“Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved praise from men more than praise from God.” John 12:42.
I am not sure John would use the word praise today. I think perhaps he would use the word “approval.”
It is the same thing we find in our churches today. Those people sitting in the pew seek to be approved by the congregations. So they will not speak up.
Two weeks ago, two women told me “don’t stop working for women.” They go to different large Baptist churches in a city nearby, neither of which allows women deacons, and one does not even allow women to teach mixed classes of men and women. The other one probably doesn’t now, either, but it did when I went there, before a new fundamental pastor came on board. Being of a certain age (before the Baptist fundamentalist takeover) they both remember the days when women could teach mixed classes. Both women said that they prefer a woman teacher.
Neither one of these women will speak up to their pastor. One of the women has been going to her church for many years and she said “I doubt that he even knows my name because he has never called me by name.”
Yet they still go. Yet they remain silent. Yet they know of a better way.
Frankly, there is not another Baptist church in their city that allows women to speak up in church. Oh, they can sing. They can even sing solos. They can act out skits before the congregation, and they can plead for money, and they can give reports. (Read Wayne Grudem’s things that a woman can do and you’ll find out why they can do these things.)
They can’t teach a mixed class of men and women, and they can’t serve communion because serving communion is done by the deacons and deacons are – you guessed it – men.
These women are not alone. There are many sitting in those pews who think it is time that women are seen as equal before God as their husbands, as Mrs. Whoever’s husband, and as their own boy children.
Will you join me in being the voice for these women?