New book due out October 5

The past few weeks I have been working very hard on my new book “Raising the Hood: A Christian look at manhood and womanhood.”

This book is also a compilation, edited and updated, of my blogs from 2013 to 2016. It picks up where “Women Equal – No Buts: Powered by the same Source” leaves off.

Thank you all for your support.

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Part 2. Who are you holding the cloak for?

The church is the last holdout for female equality. The first place where a woman should have been equal is proving to be the last place where she will find equality.

We live in a country where women have won legal rights, but in this country the majority of Christian women have surrendered their Christian rights.

We should never forget those women who bucked the system and who demanded their rights. It was not just for equality for themselves that inspired them to fight. These brave women were looking into the future to a time when all women would be equal. They would be heart-broken to know that 21st century Christian women willingly give up their spiritual rights.

It was 1920 before women were given the right to vote in national elections. But the battle was only half over. Women still were not full citizens of the United States with the same privileges and responsibilities that men took for granted. After 1920, women could vote, but they could not serve on juries. It was not until 1975 that all states allowed women the privilege of serving on juries. Or to be more exact, it was not until 1975 that all women in the United States could be judged in a court of law by a jury of their peers instead of by men only.

Girls today are legally able to make choices, and they have a reasonable expectation that the government will not prevent them from doing so. As children, many of us believed that our country was founded on equality for all. We recited the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” We did not know that those words were not written for women, and would not apply to women until 1964 with the signing of the Civil Rights Act.

It was September 17, 1787, eleven years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, that the Constitution of the United States was signed. We get goose bumps with the words of the Preamble, which begins “We the People.” It makes us feel as if we are family with the whole United States, and all those who came before us. It is a powerful statement. Today that sentence includes you and me, and all citizens of the United States, but like the Declaration of Independence, that was not the original intent.

“We the People” meant white males and it was understood that while they brought with them wives, children and servants, those wives, children and servants were not part of “We the People.” Only white males could vote; only white males could make laws; only white males could enforce those laws; only white males could serve on a jury; and only white males could run for offices in the governing body.

Legal equality for all people in the United States did not come easily as Americans fought against each other in the Civil War, and in the courts, for the rights that should have come with “We the People.”

It wasn’t until February 3, 1870, that black males got the right to vote with the signing of the 15th Amendment to the Constitution. Women were seeking their right to vote, but it was felt that the most important fight at that time was for black men to get that right first. Women were pushed aside. It would be another 50 years, August 26, 1920, before white and black women were given the legal right to vote in the United States. So it was 133 years after the statement “We the People” before women were included in that statement.

Why do you think that our country denied women the right to vote until 1920? Was it because they did not know better, or were they responding to a white male culture? It is impossible to believe that they did not know better. Women had been advocating for equal rights since right after the Revolutionary War, and were very active up through the Civil War. Voting was just one of the equal rights denied women.

To repeat, it is inconceivable that the United States did not know better. This is a country that thought outside the box. This new country would not be led by kings who had power over them, but by a man who would be the President elected by an electoral college. That was extraordinary thinking, not envisioned by any other country.

The book, Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation, by Cokie Roberts (Harper Perennial, 2005) will dispel any idea that women were not speaking and engaging in the founding of our country during the Revolutionary War and the aftermath of that war.

Today, we turn to our Bibles and see that in the beginning God declared that women were equal. Women’s Declaration of Independence is right there in Genesis with these words, “And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” What happened between the pages of the Bible that took away women’s equality? The answer is that nothing happened between those pages to change women’s status. But much happened in man’s heart, and women have had to contend with inequality ever since.

As it was with the early government in these United States, it is with churches today. It is inconceivable that they do not know better.

‘And when the blood of your witness Stephen was shed, I myself was standing nearby, approving, and guarding the cloaks of those who were killing him.’ (Acts 22:20)

It is 2016. Are you holding the cloak for the church which should have been the first to recognize women as equals, but that is, instead, the last holdout?

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Part 1. Who are you holding the cloak for?

The 33 Men series on Authentic Manhood is male headship and any church that allows women pastors should never teach this course in their church because it diminishes those female pastors and every woman in the membership. Of course that is not what the Authentic Manhood dreamers admit to. They say it is a ‘movement that leads men to live the life of truth, passion, and purpose that they were created to live.’ Please remember that anything that is sold by LifeWay Resources will promote male headship.

The 33 Men series quotes Ephesians 5:22-33 to back up their Authentic Manhood claim in marriage.

  1. God’s vision and design for a biblical marriage in Ephesians 5:22-33 (ESV): “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. … Husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. … Let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.” 1. Victor P. Hamilton, The Book of Genesis, Chapters 1–17, New International Commentary on the Old Testament (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1990), 181.

Considering the answer Jesus gave to John and James when they asked for the privilege to sit at his right hand side when he came into his kingdom (Mark 10:38), it is highly doubtful that husbands can stand-in for Christ here on earth. But standing in for Christ is exactly what they would be doing if husbands were given the privilege by God to be heads over women. Christ does not share his headship with human males.

The scariest scriptures, Ephesians 5:22-24

Ephesians 5:22-24 is often quoted by those who teach that women must submit to their husbands.

“Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.”

Those who quote Ephesians 5:22-24 do not adhere to it. The Danvers Statement Concern #8 is “The increasing prevalence and acceptance of hermeneutical oddities devised to reinterpret apparently plain meanings of Biblical Texts,” but even their writers back away from the plain meaning of this text.

The plain meaning of Ephesians 5:22-24 is:

  • Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. The plain meaning would put husbands on equal footing with God.
  • The husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church. The plain meaning gives husbands salvation rights, judgment rights, forgiveness ability, healing ability, miracles, obedience authority, to accept worship, to answer prayers, and the right to receive tithes.
  • The husband is the savior of the wife just like Christ is the Savior of the church. The plain meaning makes husbands saviors of their wives. Why would the great I AM, share His salvation right with an earthly man?
  • The church submits to Christ. The plain meaning makes husbands worthy of having wives submit to them.
  • Wives should submit to their husbands in everything. The plain meaning makes man divine and infallible.

Does any Christian believe that men can save their wives, and that wives should submit to their husbands in absolutely everything? Ask your pastor about this and he will begin to qualify this statement. It is qualified when they say that women should not follow their husbands into sin. It is qualified when they say a wife should not endure physical abuse. It is qualified when they make old age or infirmity of a husband an exception to allow wives to make decisions for their aged or infirm husbands.

Anyone who reads Ephesians 5:23 and insists that this scripture means that the husband literally has spiritual or physical charge over his wife, has made a golden idol and named it husband. To read this scripture that way gives man divinity and nullifies the whole Bible that proclaims only “One” God.

The plain meaning of this scripture is scary, yet it is quoted so casually that we have accepted the part we want to hear “that wives should submit to their husbands,” and have ignored the significance of the remaining part of that sentence.

(Read the complete chapter in my book Dethroning Male Headship: Second Edition available on Amazon in print and Kindle)

‘And when the blood of your witness Stephen was shed, I myself was standing nearby, approving, and guarding the cloaks of those who were killing him.’ (Acts 22:20)

It is 2016. Are you holding the cloak for those who teach Authentic Manhood?

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Hold accountable

Many preachers would love to be compared to the Apostle Paul, but few want to be compared to him when he was Saul.

I can’t get Denny Burk’s “My vision for the future of CBMW” out of my mind. If you haven’t read it, you need to do so. He reminds me of Saul who persecuted the first followers of Jesus known as people of The Way.

Just as Denny Burk feels a clear vision about the importance of the Danvers Statement, a clear vision began forming in Saul’s mind as he held the cloaks of those who stoned Stephen.  It took Saul to a very dark place where he was willing to go to any extent to carry out that vision.  After the Damascus Road, he suffered the same treatment from the Jews that he sought for people of The Way.

The church in every generation needs to be taught what scripture says about the complementary differences between male and female and how those differences impact family and church leadership. (Denny Burk)

Saul went to the high priest asking him for letters that he could take with him to the synagogues so he could round up anybody they knew who were of The Way.  Then Saul went from house to house, dragging out both men and women and throwing them into prison. Saul stole the letters from those prisoners when they wrote back for help from their families. Now he had names of others whom he could rout out and throw in prison. All because these people were following Jesus who said, “Love your neighbor. Treat others like you want them to treat you.”

Burk wants to renew this war against women with “resources, conferences, etc. in order to equip churches and organizations to face these current challenges.” They already have those resources plus they have locked egalitarian books from being sold in Christian bookstores. What more do they want?

This is what Denny Burk wants. He wants to spread the net further and encompass all gender and sexual identities. He doesn’t seem to understand that even if a Christian has strongly held objections against homosexuals and transgendered people, it is not right to embark on a crusade against your fellow man. Christians should never be complicit in exacting damage to those we disagree with or see as less than ourselves.

Saul’s destruction began with holding the cloak of those who stoned Stephen. Denny Burk is holding the cloak of those who began the destructive Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and who wrote the Danvers Statement in 1987.

I want to thank the CBMW board of directors for their support and for the opportunity to serve an organization that I care so deeply about. I also want to thank my friend and outgoing president Owen Strachan for the faithful labor that he put into this work over the last four years. Owen has built a platform and organization that did not even exist at this time four years ago, and we are the beneficiaries. Truly we reap in fields others have planted, and we give thanks. (Denny Burk)

Saul – now Paul – became a changed man.  Now that he was a follower of Christ, he became the one beaten, jailed, and imprisoned for almost 6 years. Paul was held accountable for his sincerely held belief that he was right and the men and women of The Way were wrong. He staked his reputation and his life on it. In the end, he suffered beatings and imprisonment and death, just as he did to those first Christians.

We look to Paul today for some of the most encouraging, uplifting scriptures to be found in the Bible. He is our hero. But it didn’t start out that way because Saul was wrong in what he thought God wanted.

My prayer is that Denny Burk will see that this rage he has against women and women’s equality, and now homosexuality, is not about what Jesus wants, but is about what Denny wants.

It is 2016. Whose cloak are you holding?

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Redefining God diminishes women

All it takes is one look and an open mind to realize that the danger in Christian America is not the falling away from God, but the redefinition of God. That one look should begin at the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood website.

“Founded in 1987, CBMW is the flagship organization for the complementarian movement. CBMW exists to help Christians and churches discover God’s good plan in Christ for men, women, families, and congregations.”

Begin with the article from past president Owen Strachan:

“The love of even one tiny child swallows a father whole, claims his attention, determines his days. The child, after all, does not want the world’s affection. The world doesn’t even exist yet for the child. The child just wants a father, a father who loves Mom, and that will be enough.”

But, Strachan, your statement is wrong and deliberately ignores the role of the mother. One tiny child needs the mother more than it needs the father, no matter how much papa loves mama. The woman is equipped for feeding and nourishing that baby, whereas the father is not. But that diminishes the role of daddy and does not fit with the so-called “God’s good plan in Christ for men.” By the way, show me where Christ made any comment that supports complementarianism. But what the CBMW statement does is support the Eternal Son Subordination, and, yes, that is also on your site.

Here it is. Read Wayne Grudem’s old argument on the Trinity (Eternal Son Subordination): http://cbmw.org/public-square/whose-position-on-the-trinity-is-really-new/

Complementarians need this false theory in order to keep women subordinated. In her book, Woman this is WAR!, Jocelyn Andersen exposes complementarian motivation for defending this heretical theology by quoting Charles Stanley, a leading Southern Baptist pastor who supports the subordination of women. In his book, A Man’s Touch, he wrote, “If there is no submission within the Godhead, then there is no basis for complementarianism.” So we see that complementarian’s agenda for female subordination is what drives the Eternal Son Subordination theory.

Wade Burleson, well-known Southern Baptist pastor, had this to say about Southern Baptists’ position on the Trinity on June 15, 2015 on his blog:

“…Southern Baptist leaders have made the tragic error of believing that a husband should rule and a wife should be submissive because the Bible demands it…Truth be known, the Bible calls any desire to control and dominate–be it the husband or the wife—‘the curse.’ Southern Baptist Convention leaders have wrongly pushed for men to lord their authority over their wives, and called on wives to submit to the authority of their husbands because of a belief in and promotion of ‘the eternal subordination of the Son.’”

Burleson goes on to say, “I predict we will see the divorce rate of Southern Baptists decline in the next few years, and it will not be because of cultural accommodation. It will be due to our new leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention laying aside the doctrinal error of eternal subordination.”

However, for Burleson’s prediction to come to pass, there must be new leaders who are willing to lay aside this flawed theology. And they are not going to do it as long as they are lying in bed with the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.

Ignoring and diminishing women and their contribution to humanity, limits the kingdom of God, but is accepted theology to those who have as their reason for being, the subjection of all females to all males.

It is 2016. Is your love of female domination greater than your love for the kingdom of God?

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CBMW on women and the devil

Is the CBMW willing to bring back witch hunts?

The answer is yes and unless you read it for yourself, you will not believe it. Newly selected president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, Denny Burk, in his vision for CBMW seeks to enforce the Danvers Statement, and create wider acceptance of it.  The Danvers Statement is the modern day equivalent to the Malleus Maleficarum (The Witch Hunter’s Bible) which caused the deaths of thousands and thousands of women who were accused of consorting with the devil.

Women consorting with the devil was a strong belief in the Middle Ages, and it has not disappeared in Christian circles as is seen in the Missions and Vision statement by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. If a woman becomes too strong, usurping the authority of the husband, she is guilty of inviting the devil into the home, according to the CBMW.

See for yourself! The CBMW will tell you today that the devil finds an entrance into the home when husbands do not demand submission (structure their homes with wifely submission) and when women do not submit to a husband’s authority. Read their website under Missions and Vision:

“If families do not structure their homes properly, in disobedience to the teachings of Ephesians 5, 1 Peter 3, and Colossians 3, then they will not have the proper foundation from which to withstand the temptations of the devil and the various onslaughts of the world. This hinders the sanctification of married couples and also introduces confusion about basic parenting issues such as raising masculine sons and feminine daughters.” (CBMW.org)

Shockingly, this is the same language found in the Malleus Maleficarum (The Witch Hunter’s Bible). Wikipedia quotes Michael Bailey (Battling Demons, 2003, University Press):

“The text argues that women are more susceptible to demonic temptations through the manifold weaknesses of their gender. It was believed that they were weaker in faith and more carnal than men. Michael Bailey claims that most of the women accused as witches had strong personalities and were known to defy convention by overstepping the lines of proper female decorum.” (feminine daughters)

The Malleus Maleficarum asserts that three elements are necessary for witchcraft: 1) the evil intentions of the witch, 2) the help of the Devil, and 3) the Permission of God.

Look closely at number 3. THE PERMISSION OF GOD. This is exactly what the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood believe when they tell you that God has a submissive design for women. They are saying that God permits women to be susceptible to the devil.

Women, do you hear that! Do you see it! Can you live with it!

Jesus was not concerned about raising masculine sons and feminine daughters, nor was he concerned with wives submitting themselves to their husbands, and neither did he indicate that husbands were strong enough to keep Satan from entering into a family.

The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood believes that when wives submit themselves to their husbands, this enables families to withstand the devil’s temptations and the onslaughts of the world. If you believe that is the gospel, then you need to find yourself a real Bible.

It is 2016. Denny Burk, are you listening? Have you let the power of the devil blind you to the Word of God?

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Fox News and Christians

Gretchen Carlson, formerly of Fox News, has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.

“I have strived to empower women and girls throughout my entire career,” Carlson said in a statement. “Although this was a difficult step to take, I had to stand up for myself and speak out for all women and the next generation of women in the workplace.

In an earlier blog on Huffington Post, Carlson said:

“Finally, we have to stop thinking of sexual harassment as only a women’s issue,” she wrote. “It comes down to how we raise our children, including our sons. It’s not enough to tell our daughters to stand up for themselves. Part of putting an end to harassment involves educating boys to be completely accepting of women, both at home and at work, so that harassment becomes a relic of the past.”

It is doubtful that a 76 year old man wakes up one morning and begins sexual harassment of an employee. More than likely it was a long-time moral failing of that man, and it has been reported that he has a history of sexual abuse against the women he hires.

So, where does this leave Christians, who make up a large part of the viewing audience of Fox News?

I, myself, am conflicted. I watch Fox News – a lot. But I have also been very concerned about the women on Fox News. They have to show their legs and thighs with very short dresses, and low-cut dresses are far too common. I realize that this is the norm in New York, but I do not live in New York City. I can guarantee you, most of Fox News viewers live in the south where modest dress is the norm. I have also been concerned that women cannot age on Fox News and that they must wear long hair which makes them look like immature dolls. Women cannot grow up on Fox News. I am tired of women being judged by their breasts, their legs, and their long ‘teenager’ hair. I am tired of a society that tells women they cannot grow up and mature, and age as the years pass.

In fact, religions that do not give women full equality are acting just like Fox News. They insist upon a helpless female who must submit to men, and who cannot grow up to be full adults.

There is no doubt culture is changing. The past did not have it right in many ways: race and lack of women and girls’ equality being two that were diametrically opposed to the teachings of Christ and what Christianity should be about.

It is 2016. Are you clinging to an out-dated culture regarding race and women?

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