Sunday morning escapism

 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.)     


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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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8 Responses to Sunday morning escapism

  1. EricW says:

    I just posted a link to this on my Facebook page. I suspect it will be the first time many of my readers hear of Danvers or CBMW or Quiverfull. It will be interesting to see if you get any new comments or readers as a result.


  2. JenniferS says:

    Recently I’ve become really jaded by that aspect of church life. I’m finding that with most Bible study books and Sunday school literature we are simply re-telling the same stories and answering superficial questions about them rather than seeking some sort of new insight or real application. I think it’s done out of both laziness and fear. People don’t really want to take the effort to dig deeper and seek new insights, and they secretly fear (whether they realize it or not) that finding something new may have significant consequences when actually applied to their present lives.


  3. territippins says:

    It has been quite upsetting for me to see this extreme form of patriarchy try to insert itself in my denomination (Pentecostal Holiness). I was raised hearing women teach mixed classes, and also the occasional woman Evangelist that came through town. Of course, women were always involved in teaching ministries in the surrounding Nursing Homes. I found that men *came and went* in that area as there was not alot of glory or back patting to be had there. My Aunt has taught faithfully at our local Nurshing home for 19 years, while men drifted in and out. She has heard the drifters complain about a *woman teacher/preacher*, the male residents complain but, still she remains faithful. I have listened while men made condescending remarks like, “be careful sister not to get in the flesh” when you tell them God has spoken to you about a ministry or spiritual gift. It is a crying shame to watch the cooperation between genders that I witnessed as a child in my denomination be transformed into nothing more than male rule and privilege. We are definately going backwards not forward.


    • Yes, I agree that we are going backwards in many denominations. I wonder if men are ever told to be careful not to get in the flesh. I wonder why they think it is all right to tell women that.


      • EricW says:

        Men are jerks. That’s your answer. 🙂


      • Aw, com’mon now! Men are not all jerks. I am sure you are not! I am going to be serious just for a minute. We talk a lot about men in this blog and I fear that people might think that I am a man-hater or don’t like men. That is far from how I feel. I have a husband, 2 sons and 5 brothers, and had a father who was respected and loved by everyone. I love these men. I find lots about men in general that I love. I have worked for some men whom I have great respect for. What I don’t love is how some small men have elevated males and given them greater authority than God did. Thanks for the comments. You all make my day!


      • EricW says:

        Okay, some men are jerks. And some of the patriarchalists – hopefully most – are believing and doing and teaching what they do because that’s all they know. But I suspect there are some – maybe many – who really do think a woman’s place is under the authority of a man, whether her husband or her pastor. And those, IMO, deserve the appellation of “Jerk.” 😀


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