“We need to not try to fix everything. Sometimes our human effort does nothing but make the situation worse. Just ask the dead engineer,” joked the pastor of BBC (Big Baptist Church). Of course if Martin Luther hadn’t fixed something, that pastor would be saying Mass next Sunday at BCC.
Last week he said flatly that the Bible says that women are to follow the leadership of their husbands.
He apparently still has a burr under his saddle because Monday he was bucking again. This time he told the story of mischievous boys who glued pages of the Bible together and the pastor read “Noah took unto himself a wife, (turned the page) and she was three hundred cubits long, and fifty cubits wide.” Funny, isn’t it, until you get to the part where he says that sometimes the Bible is taken out of context, and used for impure motives.
I declare, I’m beginning to feel a bit of paranoia coming on.
Back to the dead engineer. The joke was that a priest and a lawyer and engineer were to be executed by the guillotine. The guillotine failed to work when first the priest was to be executed and then when the lawyer was to be executed. The engineer ‘fixed’ the problem and the guillotine fell down on his head and he was executed, because some things don’t need to be fixed. On that cheerful note, I sent this pastor an invitation to our conference.
Women should not have to live in fear of their church. Power has become more important than Jesus. Pastors have lost sight of Jesus, and have ignored the message Jesus gave. Remember what Jesus told the Pharisees about their not working on the Sabbath. Jesus said people were more important than the law. “Go ahead and heal the sick, even if it is on a Sabbath.” “Feed the hungry, even if you have to use your hands to do so.”
Look how many times Jesus showed that women were more important than the law.
Jesus has become blurred in their desire to maintain this control. They claim it is their love of the scriptures that makes them speak out against women. The Pharisees made that same claim, and Jesus didn’t buy it. Wonder if he buys the modern day Pharisees’ pious claims?
Women do not want power. All we want is the acknowledgement that God created us to be all that He gifts us to be.
Congregations are brainwashed into thinking that women have to submit to their husbands. Women are willing to remain a secondary figure. The minute they step inside the door, or go to their church’s website, women are told they are not as good as their husbands.
We are bullied by pastors, and by church members. We are labeled a heretic, even though the heretic are the one who claims that men are Christ substitutes in a marriage.
Join me at the CBE Houston conference where we will learn how men and women can be scripturally correct in serving in churches together. Join me in speaking out for the equality that God gave us at birth.