Got an email late Saturday night from a woman who has emailed me a couple of times. She works at a fundamental conservative Christian institution.
She wants me to stop promoting women’s equality.
This is her email to me.
I’m sorry if this email is about to sound rude but don’t you think it is more important that God is glorified through the church rather than women’s rights?? The Lord said a prayer right before He left this earth and it was that our church should be unified. You are bringing much dissension to the church. Don’t you think if God really wanted you on a platform He could place you there like He did Beth Moore and Darlene Zchech? Why do you have to start a revolt? This is just more thing Satan is using to tear the church apart. Just leave it alone…if the Lord really wants you on a platform He’ll make a way but I assure you, pride comes before the fall and I don’t see any humility on your part.
If you really believe that the scripture is God-breathed and inspired it says that women should not have authority over men (I Timothy 2:12) It says that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. (I Corinthians 11:3) Do you believe that?
Why are you doing this? It’s just causing division.
OK. Here goes:
She says: More important that God is glorified through the church rather than women’s rights
My response is that women’s rights in the church will glorify God more than He is now glorified by the present teaching which is:
- that He created one perfect human being and gave that human god-like divinity; and then
- created a sub-human woman who would provide one-half of her DNA to their children;
- the sub-human woman would bear and teach the children about God;
- the sub-human woman would give of her time, her tithe, her energy and abilities to carry on the work of the church, but could never lead the church, and could never have full fellowship with God.
She said: The Lord said a prayer right before He left this earth and it was that our church should be unified
My response: the church has never been unified in all of its teachings, we have always had Christians against Christians, Baptists against Baptists
Is the unification she wants:
- That we continue in slavery and holding other humans in bondage;
- That we never progress beyond the first century in our understanding of what Jesus was really saying;
- That we cease learning;
- That we stop holding people accountable for their false teaching.
She says: Placed on a platform like Beth Moore and Darlene Zschech (whoever that is).
My response: I met Beth Moore when she first started in her ministry and spent a weekend with her. She was not on a platform then, because our little church only had 3 women and the other church only had 15 women when she spent the weekend with this little insignificant group.
My question to her is: Why would I want to be on a platform under a ‘male covering’ such as Beth believes she is.
She says: pride comes before the fall and I don’t see any humility on your part
My response: Do you know how many times I have been told that I am not humble by those people who are seeking to destroy me? Do you know how many times I have been told that I am a nothing, that I am to be in submission to my husband, that Men are called by God to preach, be a deacon, whatever and that I can never be? Do you know how many times I have been told to go to another church, or to just leave, to get out the way?
Humility means “a modest opinion or estimate of one’s own importance.” Those who tell me I have no humility are those who seek to heap importance on the male gender. Humility, don’t make me laugh.
And then of course the tried and true scriptures – translated myopically (lacking tolerance or understanding).
She says: 1 Timothy 2:12
My response: This verse is sandwiched in between telling me what clothes to wear and that I can be saved by having a baby and being good. Not really a good example of God’s role for me.
This one tells it all: 1 Corinthians 11:3 tells me that Christ is the head of my husband, but is not the head of me, because my husband is. Now, do you really believe this woman believes that? It is contrary to all the scriptures we learn, contrary to all the songs we sing, contrary to all the sermons we hear, contrary to what we teach our children, contrary to all the prayers we pray, and contrary to all we know about God and His love.
I wish I had told her all that. But it all didn’t come to mind late at night.
Will you help me build a platform so all Christian women can climb aboard and proclaim God’s words to all who will listen?