Let Freedom Ring – Part 3

In the past 30 years, churches that traditionally had women pastors, Assemblies of God and United Pentecostal, are now dominated by male pastors.  They, too, have resorted to teaching that the husband has authority over his wife.  As one Pentecostal wife told me “my husband is the ruler in our home.” I see this as a direct influence of the Southern Baptist Convention fundamentalist takeover.

The non-denominational churches that have a husband/wife pastor team say that they allow women to preach (and we see they do because the wife preaches), but those churches do not have a woman as a senior pastor.  In many of those husband/wife churches they teach that wives are to submit to their husbands. Equality just flew out the window.

A Methodist minister in England emailed me that the complementarian view is prevalent in their churches.  He said that they watch what we do over here, and are influenced by it. In our own country, even though Methodists embrace women as pastors, not all are on board with women’s equality in the home.  In March I attended a wedding where the Methodist minister of a very large church near here told the husband, “James, remember that you have the greater responsibility in the marriage. If she wants to go shopping, even though you would rather go to a ballgame, you must go with her.”  In those words, he gave the couple’s marriage to the husband.

There are a handful of religious denominations that accept women as equals, but ultimately they have become the stumbling block against women pastors instead of being the standard.  These churches that have accepted women as pastors have also recognized that within their congregations there might be homosexuals.

Fundamentalists tell us that churches will be full of homosexuals if they allow women as pastors. They lead us to believe that any woman who feels called to preach is a homosexual. So with that reasoning, both the pulpits and the pews will be filled up with homosexuals. Fundamentalists have bound themselves to homosexuality and many have bought into it.

Personally I have never heard of, nor encountered, a homosexual woman pastor. But I have heard of, met, and encountered male pastors who are adulterers, homosexuals, pedophiles, child molesters, wife beaters, murderers, abusers, and sexual deviants.  Nobody says that because some men are these things that we should deny all men from service in the church.

These churches that have allowed women equality in the pulpit and church offices cannot carry enough weight to pull women into equality. As I said, they have become a de facto deterrent.

We will continue this discussion.  Check back for “Let Freedom Ring – Part 4.”

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Shirley Taylor writes with humor and common sense, challenging the church body to reclaim equality for Christian women.
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5 Responses to Let Freedom Ring – Part 3

  1. Michelle says:

    Why shouldn’t churches be full of gay people?

    Why is it that, “Hate the sin, love the sinner” is not said about pride or gluttony or thievery?

    I wish this would cease to be the club that gender egalitarians can be hit over the head with.

    I find your reports of the acceptance of the greater authority of the man in marriage by denominations that accept women as pastors disturbing. Thank you for letting us know about it!

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    • Good question! Hypocritical, in fact. At BGCT we spent money in what we call the Montrose area where alternate lifestyles abound. It was ok to spend money for a new church start where we knew they would be attending, and there was no condition that the pastor demand that they change their lifestyle any more than any other lifestyle was condemned. We were happy to corral them into one area and one church setting, and patted ourselves on the back that we had ‘reached’ them. But I know of a transgender couple that were asked by the pastor of a big church (not Baptist) to not come back as they did not fit the image the church wanted to be known as. Incidentally, is it reasonable to believe that more homosexuals would go to church than non-homosexuals? Because if homosexuality is only 2 percent of the population, and non-homosexuals attend church at what percentage? In America, 280 million people actually represent only a few million in church. Don’t know the percentage, but it is not great. If it were great, our churches would be full. So if there are 4 million homosexuals http://news.discovery.com/human/about-2-of-americans-are-gay-110411.html, then they would all have to be in church every Sunday and even then the pews would not be full as there are 8,000 Baptist churches in Texas alone.

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  2. It is sickening that they use homosexuality as a tool to demonize people. To coin a term from the secular society? They make themselves look like, ‘haters’. I don’t know HOW they can live with themselves by defending their stand with the word ‘biblical’ in front of it, and not look at HOW some could see the hate anyway! They are NOT misquoted! They are NOT misunderstood!

    Its always easier to deal with the log in another’s eye than deal with the speck in your own.

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    • They like to say they “hate the sin, but love the sinner.” They think that justifies their out and out warfare against gays. Their action is hateful toward one group of people. Don’t we “hate the sin, but love the sinner” with all sins? Of course we don’t say such a thing! It is the word “hate” that people hear, and not the word love. And, it is hate that is more frequently expressed.

      In my mind, they are also sending a message to all women, because they have linked the two as closely as bread and butter.

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      • I think that is part of the plan to keep the fear going. If we allow women in the homosexuals are next. They repeat that theme over and over again.

        Are the gay people equal in God’s eyes, but have differing roles as well? Barf!

        Their campaign of hate is an abomination.

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