Open Letter to Dr. Ronnie Floyd: wives are witches?

Dear Dr. Floyd,

This is most difficult letter to write. You are not going to believe this until you see it in writing. Bluntly, Baptists teach that women are consorting with the devil when they do not submit to their husbands. For over 300 years, thousands of women died when they were accused of being witches, and today, thousands of women suffer by that same accusation by Christian leaders.

Southern Baptist pastors teach that weakness and susceptibility of women allows the devil to influence them. A pastor of a Southern Baptist church in Texas, who I do not want to embarrass by calling his name, confirms this: “The many roles of the woman, including wife and mother, can be very taxing. This is why Satan focuses his attack on the family and more importantly on the wife and mother. He knows that by destroying the family unit, he destroys part of God’s plan for man.”

Heavily influenced by Southern Baptist leaders, the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood equates women to witches on their website (Missions and Vision).

“If families do not structure their homes properly, in disobedience to the teachings of Ephesians 5, 1 Peter 3, and Colossians 3, (submissive wives) then they will not have the proper foundation from which to withstand the temptations of the devil and the various onslaughts of the world. This hinders the sanctification of married couples and also introduces confusion about basic parenting issues such as raising masculine sons and feminine daughters.” (

Shockingly, this is the same language found in the Malleus Maleficarum (The Witch Hunter’s Bible). Wikipedia quotes Michael Bailey (Battling Demons, 2003, University Press):

“The text argues that women are more susceptible to demonic temptations through the manifold weaknesses of their gender. It was believed that they were weaker in faith and more carnal than men. Michael Bailey claims that most of the women accused as witches had strong personalities and were known to defy convention by overstepping the lines of proper female decorum.” (see ‘feminine daughters’ from CBMW referenced above.)

Women consorting with the devil was a strong belief in the Middle Ages, and is still a factor according to the pastor, and the statement by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. If a woman becomes too strong, usurping the authority of the husband, she is guilty of inviting the devil into the home. Baptists and the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood believe that when wives submit themselves to their husbands, this enables families to withstand the devil’s temptations and the onslaughts of the world. If you believe that is the gospel, then you need to find yourself a real Bible.

Dr. Floyd, I know that you believe that women are to be submissive to males, to their husbands of course, but also to all men in leadership. You could never have obtained the position you have if you did not. However, it will take men such as yourself to open your heart to the fact that many cherished beliefs may not honor Christ. I have presented reasons for you to reexamine those beliefs in light of God’s word, in light of your own prayers for a breakthrough, and in light of how we can be a Great Commission people.

Signed: Shirley Taylor, Street evangelist for women’s equality

(Shirley’s Note: – Dr. Ronnie Floyd is president of the Southern Baptist Convention.)

Do you think that wives who do not submit to their husbands are witches? What does this say about modern day religion? What does this say about modern day Christian pastors and leaders?

Wives, if you do not want to be called a witch, then it is time to tell these religious leaders that it is they who are listening to the devil, and it is time THEY sent the devil packing.

Men, you might think it fun to be married to a witch like Darrin was in the tv show ‘Bewitched.’ But fun and games is not what these Christian leaders are talking about. They are accusing your wife of consorting with the devil, which is exactly the definition of a witch.

Their teaching is evil. What are you going to do about it?

My new book “Dethroning Male Headship: Second Edition” is available on Amazon and Kindle. All my books can be found on

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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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