Whose authority – Part 2 of 3

Listen live!  Jocelyn Andersen and Shirley Taylor discuss Authority Friday, February 25 at 10:00 a.m. Central time.


In America we still have a fundamental belief that women are second-class citizens.  It is called submission, and spoken of in flowery prose. It is a holdover from the Middle Eastern mindset that we read about in Monday’s post, and what we find in the Bible. The Bible was written by a people in a certain time and a certain place.  That culture is not ours, and Jesus nor the Apostle Paul ever told us that we had to retain that culture.  We are to be new creatures – we are Christians.  Equally washed in the blood of the Lamb, and as such, equal citizens among each other and in church.

The worst kind of abuse is the abuse of authority in the home.  This abuse is directed at both wives and children, particularly female children. Last week we heard of such a case.  The musical group 5 Browns have appeared at many venues, including Christian churches. The father of the group, Keith Brown, pleaded guilty last Thursday to sexually abusing his daughters when they were children, a time span from 1990 to 1998. The Brown family are members of the Church of the Latter Day Saints.

In her article The Persistence of Patriarchy, published in Christian Ethics Today, Ann Eggebroten tells of visiting a church in California one Sunday.  She said the sermon was great at this megachurch, and the people were very friendly.  She was curious about their belief on wifely submission and asked one couple who befriended her about it. 

The husband speaks at length about how well it works. “A tie goes to the runner,” he says. “What does that mean?” his wife asks. He tries to explain, but neither she nor I get it. He continues to discuss being the head of his wife: “It’s not supposed to be noticeable that I’m in that position.”

Now do you really think that the husband who is speaking is not aware every minute that he has authority over his wife?  You bet he does.  That is the nature of authority.  It is not content until it shows itself.

Listen to what Waneta Dawn says in “Behind the Hedge”: “Again and again when you are totally submitting to him, he adds a whopper to his demands or cuts you down out of the blue over a minor detail.  I think the real issue is domination.  He wants to assert power over you. He’s lording it over you, which Jesus taught the disciples not to do, and he has nearly convinced you the submission rule overrides all other Christian doctrine.,,,In essence, he’s misusing scripture” Page 62.  Please read Waneta’s blog on husbands authority.

We know that there are many Christian men who love their families and who do not abuse them.  We know that many of these Christian men and their wives believe that the Bible teaches that the husband is to have authority over his wife. 

The problem with that is that the scriptures never tell a man that he has the authority over his wife. These families have changed the message of the New Testament from Christians submitting to each other and to Christ, and are focusing on a teaching that is not in the Bible.

Go to the internet and try to find Christian websites about husbands and wives.  You would think we live in a foreign Muslim country by all the websites extolling a husband’s role and his sweet little submissive wife’s role.  Why is there so much written about the necessity of wifely submission by those who are asking her to submit?

Matthew 20:25-27“…You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. It is not so among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.”

Fellow Christians, we must see this.  Women have been set free just as the men have.  “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.”

(Paul added this sentence just in case they didn’t fully understand) “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3: 26-28)

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4 Responses to Whose authority – Part 2 of 3

  1. Mara says:

    Shirley, you know that parable that Jesus teaches about the camel going through the eye of the needle and about that gate in the wall in Jerusalem called the eye of the needle where a camel could get through only if everything is taken off its back and it crawls through on its knees.

    He was saying that rich men have a hard time getting into heaven because they want to take in all their wealth and prestige along with them and walk in upright without kneeling. It was easy for a poor person or woman to do so because they were already on their knees due to culture and they already possessed very little.

    Compism is the answer to men who don’t want to leave their ‘position’ at the gate of the kingdom of heaven. Compism is their answer. They get to take their privilege of being born a man right on in with them.
    But you see, when they try to take that in, they haven’t really entered.
    I’m not saying they aren’t ‘saved’. I’m saying they have not fully entered the kingdom of heaven. They are stuck at the gate debating over the wealth they want to bring in with them on their backs.


    • I didn’t know that. I understand that passage much better now. It is a very good comparison. Somebody has distorted the Word of God and sold men a bill of goods. If men really love their wives, they should be on their knees praying to God in Heaven to allow their loved ones the same spiritual benefits that they have. But they don’t. They accept that they are born to a higher status, and never even question as why God would choose one of creatures to rule over the other. Now that my eyes are open, I cannot understand why Christian leaders foster this awful theology which doesn’t further the kingdom of God, and certainly doesn’t help either men or women. Church history will call them to answer for this someday.


      • Mara says:

        Well, I admit, it’s not the standard application of that parable.

        But when you study the Bible and its overall message and use the words of Jesus as the foundation of understanding, these things become a little more clear all the time.

        The greatest weakness of the comp movement and CBMW is that they say the words of Paul have all authority on these matters without tempering those words or even comparing them with the words of Jesus Christ Himself.

        Jesus is the Foundation and Chief Cornerstone of the gospel. Not Paul. And guess what. PAUL DOESN’T WANT TO BE THE CORNERSTONE. Yet comp teaching makes his words just that. Comps use the words of Paul to undermine the teachings of Jesus and as an excuse for disobeying Jesus rather than keeping Paul’s words in their proper place and perspective.

        Waneta had a good blog post about this a few months ago.



      • Thanks, Mara. I added that link to the blog so others can see it.


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