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?