Chuck Colson wrote a book called “Who Speaks for God?”
On his website there is a statement that says: “People are often quick to say God has spoken to them. However, this can only be true if what is believed is not contrary to what God has already spoken through His Word. We have direct commandments, such as to care for the sick and destitute, that are clearly found in Scripture.”
Kirsten brought this to my mind in her comment from the post “Who declared the modern day war on women?” She said “the name of God is used as a weapon against them (women). “This is God’s will. You don’t want to go against God, do you?” It’s one of the worst forms of taking His name in vain– to use its power as a tool to gain power for yourself.”
When the Council on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood sat around that table 30 years ao, that group of Christians thought they could “speak for God.” But what they did not realize was that the words that they came up with was not Christ-like, nor did it represent what the Church is to look like. It failed to remember the Apostle Paul’s words that we are now a new creation, the old has passed away. (2 Cor 5:17)
There are differing remembrances of who all were at that meeting that was the beginning of the CBMW, much like the photos of the Golden Spike where people were added who did not attend, but the real message was that this group clearly thought that God’s own words were being recorded as they spoke. Out of the meeting came the Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood. Read What the Danvers Statement of Biblical Manhood and Biblical Woman REALLY means. Regular readers will remember that I demanded an apology from this group on July 24, 2010. You can read the Demand here.
Their very first Rationale opens the first shot against women. “The widespread uncertainty and confusion in our culture regarding the complementary differences between masculinity and femininity.”
If they had been studying the Bible, and read what what on Jesus’ mind as we see in the New Testament, they would have seen that masculinity and femininity was not Jesus’ concerns. His concern was how people mocked God by being overly pious when in their hearts they were doing something else, and how they treated their fellow man, and their fellow women.
I can’t find anywhere that Jesus was concerned with men being manly men, and with women submitting to these manly men.
It would appear that this group of CBMW did speak for God because they also said “We offer this statement to the evangelical world, knowing that it will stimulate healthy discussion, hoping that it will gain widespread assent.”
But down through history we have seen how Christians have got Christianity wrong.
The CBMW group had no idea just how much it would stimulate discussion. Their words are used against women daily in blogs everywhere, but it can’t be a healthy discussion. Because they violate what Chuck Colson said : “this can only be true if what is believed is not contrary to what God has already spoken through His Word.”
I invite you to speak up because this ‘healthy discussion’ against women is not benefitting the church body, nor is it benefitting men, and it is certainly not benefitting women. We are not on opposite sides – men and women pitted against each other. Go back and read 2 Corinthians 5:17. Or better yet, make plans to attend our CBE Conference in Houston on April 27-28, 2012, and have a real “healthy discussion” about men and women working together.