2011 is almost gone, and what have we accomplished? Has the cause for women’s equality been advanced?
I began reading books about women’s equality in 2009, after I had started this ministry. Those books were written to enlighten people and when I found them, they were already old. Some were written in the late 1970s. Their truths are still relevant. The change from when those books were written is that the Council on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood was formed in 1987, and thus began a new round of damage to women’s equality. On July 24, 2010 I demanded an apology from them for their teaching against women.
Will women ever become equal in churches affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention? No. Not in my lifetime. Something will change, but it won’t be SBC. I predict a tightening, withdrawing, turtleshell-like convention that becomes narrower and narrower. Actually, I predicted this in 2000 and I don’t see anything to change that prediction. I predict a breaking-away from the restrictions of the SBC as more and more people leave the SBC churches, and fewer join with them.
I predict a great shift among Baptists and Churches of Christ. Many are already shifting away from the restrictions of those churches. The original body of the SBC and the Church of Christ will remain, but there will come out of these churches, people who believe in a bigger and more loving God than the original denomination would have you believe. (neither the Church of Christ nor the SBC admit to being a denomination, but for clarity sake, it is easier to call them that).
2011 is almost gone. What have we accomplished?
In April 2011, Dr. Mimi Haddad, the president of Christians for Biblical Equality, contacted me and asked me if I would join with Mabel and bring about a one-day conference to Houston. They had held a one day conference in Chicago in 2010, and wanted to hold one in the Houston area. Not knowing anything about putting on a conference, we agreed to do it.
God sent people our way. First, Ann Bayliss of the Church of Christ, and her friend Kathy Straker of another Church of Christ church in the area. And then Wiley Clarkson 250 miles away from another Church of Christ church joined us. God put together a group of people who have a heart for women’s equality. The conference will be held on April 27-28, 2012 at the Houston Heights Church of Christ in Houston, Texas. Dr. Mimi Haddad will be in attendance at our conference. www.cbehouston.org
Will you pray daily for this conference? Will you pray that people will hear about it, that people will attend, and that hearts will be changed, and long-held attitudes against women will begin to crumble? Will you pray that what we started in 2011 will have an ever-lasting impact on how women are treated in our churches from this time forward?