More on Moore

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.

  1. 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

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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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6 Responses to More on Moore

  1. Mara says:

    The other thing(s) men thing they are protecting women from is other men. So are men the protectors or the ones women need protection from? Enough said.

    Also, I’ve heard it said, if there was a war, how would these women fight it without their men. To which I respond, and who started the stupid war that you are referring to? A bunch of women overseas?

    Yes, there are a whole lot of holes in the one-way, women need men to protect them argument. Men and women need each other and protect each other. Men can stop puffing themselves that they are the only protectors on the planet


  2. pnissila says:

    And there is another, far more important, I believe, realm of “protection”: spiritual.

    As Christians, we understand it is not really “flesh and blood” that we “war” against, but “principalities and powers.”

    No gender required, assigned, or assumed in this “battle.”

    It is THE fundamental “protection assignment,” if you will.

    There are times a man “battles in prayer” to protect his wife and family from the “weapons” Satan uses against them. Specific actions often follow

    There are times a woman “battles in prayer” to protect her husband and family from the “weapons” Satan uses against them. Specific actions often follow.

    Sometimes it is the children who “battle” against the real “enemy” of Mom and Dad and/or siblings, thereby protecting…

    One such warrior/protector was Abigail (see 1 Samuel, 25): her actions saved and protected not only her entire male household but also saved the young King David from blood guilt due to his impetuous response to Abigail’s husband’s foolishness. She faced the possibility of death, but was spared, when she went in the dead of night to intercede for her household–and to warn and instruct David as well, regarding a serious mistake he was contemplating.

    Abigail’s “head” and “protector” in this matter? God, Himself.

    Had she decided to behave according to the inferior position of a woman in her culture, she might have actually realized here might have been a way to rid herself of her abusive alcoholic husband as David’s plan had been to kill all the males in the household. However, because she knew who her real “head” was, God, and because she was obviously a woman who understood her position in His “household,” she was the protector–and the leader–in this situation…

    I fear that when we rigidly assign who does what, when, and where in the church based on reproductive body parts, we seriously risk missing the bigger and, as Abigail’s story reveals, perhaps even the most crucial “picture” of God’s “assignments”.

    One more thought.

    I have heard that Complementarians describe themselves as akin to God in the Trinity, as the “head,” and their wives as “Jesus,” who submitted unto death to the Head. Even if this were a correct presumption, Jesus not only submitted unto death for us, He called a white-washed tomb a white-washed tomb, He turned over the tables of the greedy in the temple, He cast out demons, healed the sick, raised the dead, and knew a “snake” when he saw one.

    Hmmmm…wonder how THIS role of the “submitter” alings with the “submissive role” of women in Complementarianville?


  3. pnissila says:

    That is, “aligns.” 🙂


  4. pnissila says:

    Me, again: Oops, should read BMBW regards the husband as Jesus, the wife as the Church, thus, relegating the man, again, as spiritually superior…I do apologize for this error :).


  5. Nancy says:

    Hey, Russell Moore: I have several firearms and I know how to use them. I can defend myself! My 30 year old daughter can say the same thing!

    Russell Moore also thinks God demands patriarchy.

    The men in church is all up in arms against the SBC accepting missionaries who “speak in tongues” and are threatening to stop sending money, but no one has a word to say about Russell Moore insisting that women be subjugated! That speaks volumes.


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