Women are still being labeled witches

The words are the same. Women are in league with the devil and are more likely to be witches. During the Inquisition, the accusation that a woman was in league with the devil was enough to have her branded a witch, tried and burned at the stake.

Even then many in the Christian community such as scholars and theologians doubted that there were such creatures as witches, but they became silent because of the overwhelming influence of the Catholic Church. Women were denied life because of some heretic preacher, man, woman, or child who decided they were going to send someone they didn’t agree with to hell.

Nothing has changed. Well, maybe it is still illegal to burn women for their beliefs or actions, or appearance, but women are still being tagged as witches by Christians who want to deny all women equality.

It is likely that the man who wrote the following comment to me had read Mark Driscoll when he called women witches. Not in so many words, but the meaning that women can be in league with the devil is the same. Driscoll says in Tough Texts Tuesday, “Yet she will escape (from Satan’s attack) through childbearing (and wifely roles) if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.”

You see the connection, don’t you? A woman is likely to be influenced by the devil unless she submits to her husband and controls herself. Those women used to be called witches, as witches were often unmarried women. The thought is the same even though the actual word is not used.

This is the comment you need to see:

“I agree woman were not called to be preachers. But at the end I feel that for some people will never except that coming from a human being they need an act of God to tell them otherwise. The devil is very smart and can have any one thinking what’s right is wrong what’s wrong is right. Even the very ELITE can or will be fooled. So why not go straight to the source and quiet ourselves enough to hear his word. Pray hard with sincerity and ask him to answer the question for you.”

In those words, I, and women who believe in equality for women, have just been called a witch. He says we are listening to the devil when we should be listening to the Lord.

That man says we need “an act of God to tell us we are wrong.” Does he desire to be that hand of God? Exactly what act of God is he talking about? Burning a witch at the stake was an “act of God.”

My comment to him and to Mark Driscoll is that is it not women who are in league with the devil, but it is men and others who desire to have control over women who need to be very careful who they listen to.

Will you join me in telling it like it is? Will you open your eyes to the injustice that women are still living with, and will you speak up for women against those who would label them a witch?

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About bwebaptistwomenforequality

Shirley Taylor writes with humor and common sense, challenging the church body to reclaim equality for Christian women.
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7 Responses to Women are still being labeled witches

  1. tommy9999 says:

    Shirley:

    I have tried to be nice to people over the years about their differences in theology. But when Driscoll or the man who sent you the comment say such things their IGNORACE is showing and we are going to have to call them on it.

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    • Did this man realize he was joining in with the witchhunt of years ago? Does Driscoll? The we have to know if they would care. In my book I ask the question, “Will your works, blogs, papers, books be compared to the Witch Hunter’s Bible?” Right now, I can say they will be someday. I have read the Recovering Biblical stuff, and Piper’s Notes and Bruce Ware ridiculous theology about women, and they are hate-filled. They are works of mysogony against women. Yes, I refuse to lie down while they tie me up to the stake.

      > Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2013 15:28:13 +0000 > To: bwebaptist.women@live.com >

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  2. Mara says:

    Sometimes I just have to say it like it is, too, Shirley.
    Men set themselves up as the authority and become ‘keepers’ of the truth. But unfortunately their slant on the truth is so obviously self-serving. Yet they are so, so, so blind to the wickedness of their own hearts.
    I don’t call them in league with the devil or warlocks or male Jezebels or whatever. They are simply deceived and misguided brothers who, though still heaven bound, they have lost their way on this earth.

    Anyway, since we seem to be in cahoots on this one, you can take a glance at my latest, calling out the little pharaohs, pharisees, and popes for what they are, men who wish to take over the kingdom of heaven by force through fear, insults, and intimidation:

    http://frombitterwaterstosweet.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-violent-take-it-by-force.html

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  3. Many women are scared to be demonized for standing against such lies within the church, because they know they will absolutely receive persecution by the religious leaders and “the people of God.” However, if you read in the Bible who were persecuting the prophets of the Old Testament all the way to Jesus, it was the religious leaders of their day and the people of God, (in the Old Covenant) the Israelites. Not to demonize Israel or religious leaders, but I say that to say this: why would anyone think they are superior to this persecution?

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    • I’ll be writing more about this witch stuff later. Even your words play into what is being said about women. “Women are scared to be demonized.” Mankind has often found it easy to demonize women.

      > Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2013 20:06:20 +0000 > To: bwebaptist.women@live.com >

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      • Humanity always does this to people. 1) Find the few differences between them and another person. 2) Use those differences to treat those people as less than human or below them. That is what they used with slaves. They called them unevolved or the descendants of Ham. Native American Indians were called “savages.” With abortion they call the babies fetus. With women they are called weak (oftentimes mentally, physically, and emotionally). Same formula is used every single time. “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9. Looking forward to your book by the way.

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      • Great! Thanks.

        > Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2013 06:02:11 +0000 > To: bwebaptist.women@live.com >

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