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?