Why this is important
Male headship, male covering, male leadership, Patriarchy is all the rage right now. It is everywhere on the internet and is being taught by Vision Forum, Council on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood, John MacArthur, Charles Stanley, John Piper, Wayne Grudem, Al Mohler, the Southern Baptist Convention, many Evangelical churches, and non-denominational churches.
It is taking hold in England according to Rev David Warnock, Methodist minister in Northampton, England, who wrote “It is a worry for me as some UK Christians are very influenced by US conservative evangelicals and are trying to import their “complementarian” views.”
Don’t be too sure that your church won’t start preaching this theology. Or your neighbors might try to convince you of this false doctrine.
Jocelyn Andersen, author of Woman this is WAR! says that it has become mainstream and that many churches are accepting this. You have to wonder why anybody is willing to accept a new theology.
Complementarian means that women have certain roles to play in the home and in the church, while the husband is the leader over her.
It is not just a view. It is false doctrine, it belittles Christ, borders on idolatry of man, and subjugates one half of the world’s population.
Women are being taught this in such books as “Me? Obey Him?” by Elizabeth Rice Handford. This book has sold a half million books and is promoted as being the perfect gift to give brides before they marry. Half a million women reading this crap, and there are many more books besides this one, found in public and church libraries, and bookstores. Conferences are being held by gleeful silly women who are ready to turn over the choice of what to wear to their husbands. (See the book Quiverfull).
What is not said, but what is taught, is that upon marriage, a man who was just an imperfect human being before the marriage ceremony, now becomes a god to be obeyed, worshiped, and who is given his own little kingdom which will consist of his wife and his daughters and the sons until they marry. Read the Vision Forum’s “Father and his older children.” This can be found on the internet.
Both sons and daughters are under the command of their fathers as long as they are under his roof or otherwise the recipients of his provision and protection. Fathers release sons from their jurisdiction to undertake a vocation, prepare a home, and take a wife. Until she is given in marriage, a daughter continues under her father’s authority and protection. Even after leaving their father’s house, children should honor their parents by seeking their counsel and blessing throughout their lives.
That is why it is important to understand this theology. It is pervasive. Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and the recognized spokesman for all things Southern Baptists, wrote an article called “Women and Children First” which tells women that they are the losers when they seek equality. That we should go back to the time when men would give their lives for their wives, such as when the Titanic sank. Sounds good, but it won’t fly. It is patriarchy at its worst.
How are you going to convince men to give up their lives for their wife? Why should they? The wife is dispensable, he is the god.
What Al Mohler doesn’t understand is that women have always given their own lives to birth their children. Men have never been put to that test, and to suggest that men are more noble than women is foolish.
This is a good time to re-read First Commandment:
Exodus 20: 1-5 “I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from slavery in Egypt. Do not worship any other gods besides me. Do not make idols of any kind, whether in the shape of birds or animals or fish. You must never worship or bow down to them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not share your affection with any other god!”
Join us in Orlando, Florida, on July 24, 2010, at the Seneca Falls 2 Evangelical Women’s Right Convention.