Oh, no! Not again. I’m tired of Danvers Statement for supper every night.
Just the recipe, my child, just the recipe.
- Put Affirmations 5 and 6 (see below*) in a stewpot
- Add water to the top
- Bring to a boil. Turn up the heat until it boils over all over the stove.
Take out and serve. It will stink up the place, but some absolutely love it.
I think the man who sent me the following email last week has eaten a little too much Danvers Statement Stew.
“You mention 1 Timothy 3 but you did not include 1 Timothy 2. I believe/know your issue is rebellion against God. You are angry with God for creating you as a woman. You do not want to accept your role in the local church context. If you look at the Bible God always have roles for individuals and specific qualifications for certain task. You are not satisfied with your role because “your desire is for your husband, but he will rule over you” (Genesis 3:15ff). Your role is partly due to the sin in the Garden of Eden and partly due to the fact you are a woman. Women are created from men not vice versa. Your battle is not with Baptist but with God. I have a mother, sister, wife, and daughter. They are capable of preaching and leading, but they would violate scripture if they operate outside their roles. Why is this so hard for women? Genesis 3:15ff. You want to rule, subject, and dominate men but God will never permit this action. Again your frustration is with God. I recommend you sincerely ask God if I am correct and reveal your heart intent.
BTW, your message for the blog is flawed. (My post about Peter realizing God does not show favoritism). You are using relationships that are not appropriate for this discussion. Consider this: every Levite could not serve in temple. Every Jew could not serve as a priest. Everyone could not be the king. This is life. Read your Bible and you will see the fact. Some one has to serve (Mark 10:45).
One last point. I played sports and thought I was good. In high school I was the star and had a major role. In college I was the fourth option and never was the star. I had a different role. I was still a player and enjoyed it, but I had to accept my role. Roman 8-9 tells us God create us for various uses and roles. You must accept this or you will alienate so many and cause unnecessary strife in the church of Jesus Christ. This issue is not related to salvation and comes from the feminist movement. I don’t have time to address this matter in a clear and coherent manner so this will have to serve the purpose.”
I’m not seeing the love here. Does anybody see any love for a fellow Christian in this email to a sister in Christ? That might be because the DS recipe does not have a pinch of love in it.
*The Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood Affirmations 5 and 6: “The Old Testament, as well as the New Testament, manifests the equally high value and dignity which God attached to the roles of both men and women. Both Old and New Testaments also affirm the principle of male headship in the family and in the covenant community. Redemption in Christ aims at removing the distortions introduced by the curse. In the family, husbands should forsake harsh or selfish leadership and grow in love and care for their wives; wives should forsake resistance to their husbands’ authority and grow in willing, joyful submission to their husbands’ leadership. In the church, redemption in Christ gives men and women an equal share in the blessings of salvation; nevertheless, some governing and teaching roles within the church are restricted to men.”