Romans 5:1 “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.”
We have gained access by faith into Jesus’ grace.
Grace can be defined in many ways. One conservative pastor, David Reagan, says that it is God’s sufficiency or God’s fullness in the life of the believer. He likes to describe it as “God’s enoughness.” Well, just who is this man? He may be some radical preacher that the elite turns their noses up at. But what he says on his website is what is being taught by many Baptist and non-Baptist pastors. Women should stay at home and not work outside the home (they can be slaves in their homes, I suppose and that doesn’t count as work), and women can’t have authority over men. Same old theme we hear over and over by Piper and his disciples, who certainly qualifies as being elite.
Now, I liked that description that Reagan gave about grace. Generally we hear Grace defined as God’s unmerited favor. David Reagan defined God’s enoughness as God being enough for us no matter what situation we face.
What I don’t like is the rest of what David Reagan says.
I just read a little bit of his blog, enough to find out who he is. He doesn’t like women! Oh, I’m sure he loves women – for their purpose and role. But you can see what he thinks about women with the Question and Answer page.
- Can women wear pants
- Can women vote
- Can women say Amen in church
- Can women be authors of books that men might read?
God’s enoughness! God’s enoughness for who? Do men and women require a different kind of God’s enoughness? Is it for women? If that is the case, there is a lot to be desired.
Apparently God’s sufficiency or God’s fullness in the life of the believer doesn’t have to be very much for women, judged by Pastor Reagan.
Let’s reread Romans 5:1 his way: “Therefore, since we men have been justified through faith, we men have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ through whom we men have gained access by faith into this grace in which we men now stand.”
Can you imagine a man ever having a Question and Answer page with questions like those above? How insulting! We are not some alien creature. We gave birth to you!
If you are tired of men like this pastor calling the shots, then join me as we redefine Grace so pastors like this one will know what Grace is.
Join us at the CBE Houston conference on April 27-28, 2012.