There will be some people who read my last post about women who do not want equality and they will say, “Maybe it is God’ s will that women don’t have equality in our churches. God is not allowing it to happen because it is His will. Because equality in church is wrong, and not the way God intended it to be from the beginning of time. Because feminists keep trying to usurp God’s will and demand that God do it their way. Maybe this is God showing them that His way is for women to let men have authority over them.”
Man has always done evil things and claimed that it was God’s will, and God did not intervene to stop man from his evil deeds.
The Medieval Inquisition led to other inquisitions and over a period of 700 years, evil reigned throughout Christendom. Innocent people were tried, put in jail, had their property confiscated, murdered, and burned at the stake by those who claimed to be doing the will of God.
The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) was formed because Baptists in the North did not want slavery, and the southern Baptists did, so they split and the Southern Baptist Convention was born. We know slavery wasn’t right, but it was right in their minds. There were individual Baptists who spoke out against slavery, and some people in the associations, and state conventions spoke out against it. But the powerful leadership had their way, and would not listen to reason. They would not listen to scripture that said to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. They had no love for their fellowman. And God allowed them grow and prosper. The denomination is no longer growing and prospering.
Does God find favor in these Southern Baptists today who say that women must be under the authority of a male? Does God find favor in the writings of Wayne Grudem *when he sets out to explain the limited service positions that a woman can hold in a church?
Can we judge by the fact that many people are under their influence and are teaching and preaching the Danvers Statement and its restrictions on women?
Sorry, fellas. God does not always set right man’s evil ways. He allows you to make bad decisions and to cause great harm to others. Not because it is His will that men and women are tortured, jailed, or burned at the stake. But because He has given free will to man. And evil can be born of that free will.
It is a sin to deny women full equality before God. There is no way you can say that women were created in the image of God, equal before God as persons Danvers Statement Affirmations #1) and then deny them the privilege of serving God as He calls.
Women have not won yet, but that does not mean that God is pleased with the way women are treated.
* Thanks to Mabel who pointed me to this atrocity by Wayne Grudem.