Read this drivel below. It is by a preacher by the name of Doug Wilson. This past week I received a link to something his wife wrote – which I will not share with you because I don’t want to perpetuate anything they have written – about the joys of marriage. So this couple is still being pushed out into the internet as some kind of experts on marriage.
Read this short review of the book Reforming Marriage by Doug Wilson.
“A husband must always remember that as a husband he is a living picture of the Lord Jesus. This remembrance is his first duty in marriage. Since, as a husband, a man is speaking constantly about the Lord’s relationship to His people, he ought to seek to speak truthfully as well. The way the man treats his wife will determine whether he is speaking the truth about Christ or not. But he does not have the option of remaining silent; he is speaking all the time. This is because the Lord is a husband, and all husbands are therefore a representative of Him.” (Doug Wilson in Reforming Marriage, p. 42).”
How many times do I have to repeat this? I guess I have to keep repeating it as long as such drivel as the above is spread out to unsuspecting women and preached about by pastors who don’t know what they are talking about.
So here goes. You all know it and you can say it together with me. The apostle Paul is not writing a Marriage Manual. He is doing one thing and that one thing is trying to explain to a group of people who and what Christ is, and he is doing it by using an illustration of a man’s marriage. The women understood. This is the way it was for them.
The apostle Paul tells them that this is the way it is with Christ and His church. He bought the church with his blood. He loves the church, he takes care of the church. The church, in turn, submits to His will and there is a love relationship between the church and Christ.
Men are not the living picture of Jesus. Women are not the living picture of mankind.
Why would they be? Does Christ need a living picture of himself on earth? I can guarantee that if He did, he would not choose every husband to be his representative. There is no scripture that says that we need it. This is like all the elves that are supposed to be helping Santa Claus at Christmastime. A fairy tale. But a dangerous fairy tale.
Jesus sent the Holy Spirit, not a holy man.
It puts too much a burden on the men to be the representative of Christ, and it puts too much responsibility on the wife to be the representative of mankind.
Hogwash! What garbage these people continue to perpetuate upon us.
Won’t you join me in speaking up whenever you encounter such drivel as this?