Every time I think about what Russell Moore said, I find more and moore holes in it.
To recap: Russell Moore is the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and he wrote an article titled “The Church and Violence Against Women.” Below is one paragraph from his article. Numbering within the paragraph is mine.
We must teach from our pulpits, our Sunday school classes, and our Vacation Bible Schools that women are to be cherished, honored, and (1) protected by men. This means we teach men to reject American playboy consumerism in light of a Judgment Seat at which they will (2) give account for their care for their families. It means we explicitly tell the women in our congregations, “A man who hits you has (3) surrendered his headship, and that is the business both of the civil state in enacting public justice and of this church in enacting (4) church discipline.”
The arrogance and misuse of the scriptures by Moore is beyond belief, yet nobody is calling him on it. They can’t. It is right there in the Baptist Faith and Message 2000. It is just more of what is taught and preached and blogged about.
Let’s shine the light through those holes.
- Protected by men. Frankly, I can’t say enough about this theological theory that is just plain outrageous.
An emergency room nurse told me that when men come in to the emergency room, it is because their wives made them go get checked out. Now, who is protecting who? Did mama do it because papa can’t die because if he did, she can’t live alone and needs to be protected? Or did Mama do it because papa was so full of his immortality that he just couldn’t see that something that needed medical attention was wrong with him?
When papa leaves for work every day, mama (is supposed to be) home with the kids. Now, who is watching the kids and protecting the family? Who is watching Mama? If she can take care of children who really need help, why can’t she take care of herself?
Women are made fun of because we say we don’t need men to open doors for us. We don’t. I will open the door for men. Why does this emasculate a man to have the door opened for him? Frankly, the idea that women need a door opened for them massages his male headship idea of himself. I had rather open my own door than give up my personhood.
Mark Driscoll – we all know how low he has fallen – believes that a husband can actually protect a woman by keeping Satan at bay through marriage. So is Moore subscribing to that idiocy? Adam did a poor job of it and there is no reason to think that men have been imbued with this ability since then.
Moore says being ‘protected by men’ means that they teach men to reject the American playboy consumerism because men are going to have to stand up and explain how they protected their families at the Judgment Seat. I can’t explain this one. If you can, then let me know what on earth he is talking about.
There is no preacher standing up to protect women from this garbage. They stand in their pulpits on Sunday morning and look out at the men bullies out there who don’t want their headship threatened by preachers. So they don’t dare preach against this headship theology. Never mind that it was the pastor who started this mess to begin with. But now that the men in the congregation know about it, they want to keep it.
Their religion is very important to them. It is up there with Jesus dying on the cross. It is their theology that they are in charge of their families. The savior, so to speak.
Jesus is our standard, and since Jesus did not commit women to husbands, or to males, and because Jesus did not deny women anything based on their being women, then we cannot in good stewardship of the gospel, do so either.
If you are ready to ‘protect women’ from this heresy, speak up! Stand up