No closer today in getting an apology

On July 24, 2010, I demanded an apology from the Council on Biblical Manhood and
Biblical Womanhood for their teaching that denigrates women.  

They are adhering to and teaching a patriarchal system of Christianity that makes
women second class Christians.  They tell women that women cannot be a deacon or a pastor in a church because she cannot have authority over a man, or because she
cannot “be the husband of one wife.”  

They tell women that the husband is to be the leader in the family, as if women were
children and not full adults, and need a leader.

Nowhere does Jesus indicate that women need a husbands to provide leadership to
them, either in the home or in a spiritual realm.

You can read the Apology demand sent to CBMW 7-24-2010.

We are held in bondage by little men with little minds who want to box God into the 1st century when it comes to women.

I found the following in a book published in 1998 and I wish all pastors would read the paragraphs I have copied below:

Over the centuries, the Israelites moved from the concept of God as warrior to the idea of God as wisdom, from the notion of a tribal God to a universal God who did not belong to Israel despite Israel’s mission to witness to the God who is one. 

Throughout time, Christianity, too, has grown in its awareness of who Jesus is and what of the mind of God Jesus came to reveal by consorting with Romans and Samaritans, with Canaanites and tax collectors, with Pharisees and women.

To close off the possibility of new insights into the mind of God now is to close this generation off to the Holy Spirit. Can there be a greater religious sin?

Patriarchy is the social system in which the church took root. It is Roman in origin, legal in concept, and pre-Christian at its philosophical roots. It is not in itself a revelation. Patriarch and Christianity are not synonyms. One can certainly exist without the other and does.

 In fact, to be Christian is to be called to reject anything that excludes the other, that diminishes the other, that denies the other the fullness of life, that uses the other for its own gratification and profit. Any spirituality that justifies oppression, invisibility, domination, and exploitation mocks the very essence of Christianity. (Heart of Flesh, page 47 by Joan D. Chittister, William B Eerdmans Publishing Company 1998)

Will you join me in demanding an apology from all who teach that women don’t quite measure up to women in the church and in the home simply because they were born female?

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About bwebaptistwomenforequality

Shirley Taylor writes with humor and common sense, challenging the church body to reclaim equality for Christian women.
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6 Responses to No closer today in getting an apology

  1. Mara says:

    No closer to an apology.

    But…

    Many, many, many more people realize the need for CBMW to apologize. Many more people have been made aware of how CBMW has the misused and twisted of the Bible to support a defunct doctrine that needs to die a swift death. But we may have to settle for a slow death. Any death that can be brought against the false doctrine of male superiority is a good death. And out of the death of the false doctrine comes new and eternal life and the God kind of freedom that He has call all His children to, male and female.

    Take heart Shirley. We are being heard.

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  2. Mabel Yin says:

    I am afraid the enemy from within will use this argument “to be Christian is to be called to reject anything that excludes the other” to accuse us of wanting to include homosexuals. We are all sick and tired of women and homosexuals being spoken of as one and the same.

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  3. Kristen says:

    Christianity is about following Jesus, and following Jesus is about turning from sin. The homosexuality issue is about the question of what is sin and what is not. I completely agree that Christianity is antithetical to labeling anyone an “other” to be excluded, diminished or denied. The two issues– inclusion of all, and telling all to turn from sin, are both part of Christianity. They should not be conflated with one another, nor allowed to obscure one another’s importance.

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  4. Hopewell says:

    I am fascinated by your post. I am watching in horror as more and more women buy into the the nonsense spread by Vision Forum and other patriarchal “voices” that a a woman’s place is in the home. PERIOD. Nonsense.

    Lisa @ http://quiverfullmyblog.wordpress.com/

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    • Welcome! Thank you so much for joining us. I don’t understand why women buy into this. Perhaps they are looking for an “ideal situation” and hope that this is it. The sad truth is that patriarchy is not ideal, and is not a healthy situation for families. Everyone suffers when this becomes the norm.

      Please continue to read and let others know. Your voice can be heard here.

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