Church on Sunday morning we put aside our family problems, go to Bible Study, and enter into Bible World.
For a few minutes each week, we escape from the real life where we live and live in the past and try to solve their problems of thousands of years ago. That was a long time ago, and nothing like what we live in today. Sure, they treated women awful and we know the Patriarchs had multiple wives, but that was Then. We don’t live that way today.
Or do we?
We need to get our heads out of the sand. The majority of Baptists and other Christians have no idea what is being taught and practiced in the real world around them.
Their church libraries don’t tell them. Their pastor won’t tell them. Their Sunday school teacher will stick to the book and either doesn’t know, or won’t bring up the subject.
The members remain ignorant. Studying Leviticus or the Gospels, and keeping their heads in Bible World. Completely unaware of the abuse in Christian homes, the Quiverfull theology, the patriarch movement, the Danvers Statement, who the Council on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood is, nor how it affects them.
It does affect them. They just don’t know it. They don’t know that when their pastor tells them to submit to her husband, that he is quoting the mantra of the Danvers Statement; or when a woman tells her pastor that her husband wants her to have 10 kids, and she doesn’t, she is told that her husband is the leader of the family and if he wants her to have 10 kids, she is to do it.
It affects them when their girls and boys are taught by their youth director who has been to a seminary that adopted the Danvers Statement. It will affect their girls who are told that the boys are to be the leaders and that they can never be a deacon or a pastor.
It affects them when their boys are told that all women, their girlfriends included, are created to be in submission to males. It affects them when their daughters suffer abuse even after submitting to her husband.
Go back and actually read the Demand for Apology from the Council on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood. Read the Concerns and Demands.
You, and every Christian, can be affected by the Danvers Statement, as is practiced and preached.
That is what you should be told in Bible Study.
See and hear the speakers at the Seneca Falls 2 Conference where we issued a Demand for an Apology from the Council on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood. Tell others that we are fighting for women’s equality.
(I’ve been in Sunday School for 60 years and know what I am talking about. Bible Study should be about how we are to live today, but we spend our time judging the Bible characters and situations of the past, because we don’t want the lessons to get too close to home. And, truthfully, it is hard to apply Leviticus to our lives today.)