Facing the truth about women

Oh, but it was just not done.  Jews did not eat with Gentiles.  Gentiles were impure and unclean.  

These rugged Jewish men had a lot to learn about who Jesus really was and why he had come to earth.  More importantly, they had a lot to learn about how to carry out his purpose for man now that he was gone. 

That meant doing the unthinkable.  Peter learned that.  Remember, Peter was on the housetop in prayer when a remarkable thing happened to him.  In a dream, he saw lowered down all kinds of foods to eat.  Foods that he had been forbidden to eat as a Jew because these foods were unclean.  Three times the sheet was lowered, and three times he declared the food unclean and impure.  Each time he heard the same words “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”

Peter says in Acts 10: verse 34-35 (NIV) …”I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.”

Now that puts us in a real dilemma.  Was Peter just talking about the men?  We have always used scriptures explaining salvation as being directed to both men and women.

We’ve always said “All have sinned” and meant men and women. We’ve always said that Jesus died for all, including women. Women have always been lumped in with men when it comes to every warning and every promise given to men – except when it comes to preaching and being a deacon.  Now that doesn’t make sense. If we are equal in admonition and in loving care, then we are obligated to be equal in our service to Him.

Look again at what Peter is saying.  He says “God does not show favoritism.”

If God does not show favoritism – then why does he call only men to be deacons and pastors?  Why does he demand male headship? 

Look again.  The centurion was a man who loved God and kept his commandments.  

If God can overlook the fact that a Godly man is an uncircumcised Gentile, and send the Holy Spirit to him, then God can accept a righteous woman and find full favor with her.  Didn’t Jesus’ blood wash over women as completely as it did men? Not according to Male Headship.

Don’t you see it?  Pastors, don’t you see it? Men and women sitting in the pews, don’t you see it?  

Nowhere in the whole Bible does God give a man special privileges just because he is a man.  Male Headship!  They should be ashamed to even mention such an idea.

Angry?  Yes, and so should you be.

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Shirley Taylor writes with humor and common sense, challenging the church body to reclaim equality for Christian women.
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4 Responses to Facing the truth about women

  1. Paula says:

    They SHOULD be ashamed, but they are not. And they dig the hole deeper by teaching some really disgusting things about the male’s “power”, as I wrote about recently: http://www.fether.net/2010/06/08/gender-obsessed-christianity/ . They never stop to think that their “plain reading”, inconsistent as it is, directly violates the most foundational principles of the faith: “not so among you”, no “lording over”, the Golden Rule, “love does not demand its own way”, “God is no respecter of persons” and “does not look on the flesh but on the heart”, and all the “one-anothers”. Their teachings in themselves are a giant wolf in sheep’s clothing, appearing to be righteous while speaking lies and promoting sinful pride in male flesh. It is Satan’s religion.

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  2. Waneta Dawn says:

    “Nowhere in the whole Bible does God give a man special privileges just because he is a man.”

    Shirley,
    When I challenged one commenter to quote me the verse that tells husbands to take authority over their wives, he quoted “Wives submit yourselves to your own husbands.”

    Now clearly that verse is speaking to wives, not to husbands. It seems the problem is that those husbands do not know where they end and where their wives begin. They think when someone addresses wives, he is addressing husbands, too.

    Yet, they do NOT do the same for “Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the church.” If they used the same logic for this verse as they do for the one to wives, they would reason themselves into believing that God is telling wives in this verse that husbands are always to give up what they want and are to give wives whatever they wish for.

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  3. Waneta Dawn says:

    “They never stop to think that their “plain reading”, inconsistent as it is, directly violates the most foundational principles of the faith:…”

    Well said, Paula!

    Their teaching is as mixed up as some of their dating teaching: avoid fornication, but submit to your boy friend as if he is your husband. No wonder young women are confused when they date!

    And the passages that tell us not to think of ourselves more highly than we ought to think, and to consider others as better than ourselves, must be written to women only. Well, and perhaps to a few “white trash” men as well…and blacks…and…the disabled…and…well you get the idea. Those verses couldn’t possibly be written to husbands.

    You are right: they dismiss so much of the Bible to make it say what they want it to say.

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  4. Paula Fether says:

    I really think this is where we should focus in debates on the topic, because when we go round after round on the disputable passages there’s always “wiggle room”. But nobody can refute the “plain reading” of what Jesus and the apostles said about the universal attributes of the faith, and these fundamentals have to be compromised or redefined in order for comps to keep their teachings of preeminence.

    Just recently I asked a comp 3 or 4 times “what part of ‘not so among you’ doesn’t apply between husbands and wives, and I never got an answer. He tried to turn it into a question about the quality of rule instead of the fact of rule. In other words, he tried to redefine humility.

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