Pentecost: Who is your Advocate?

Two tweets after Mother’s Day caught my attention:

Visited church today where men & boys stood and gave women the Mother’s Day “gift of covering” as they pledged to be priests of home.

“Guys, it’s our calling 2 lead our wives N2 holiness..someday we can present her B4 Christ as this radiant bride.”

There is no indication in the Old Testament from the Prophets, or in the Gospels, that the Messiah would share his Lordship with human males on earth. There was no time of foretelling that husbands would share lordship with Christ.

Jesus makes no mention of bequeathing a husband the privilege of representing him on earth, nor does Jesus make any mention that a woman would be presented to Christ by her husband, nor does he indicate that males can give “covering” to females, nor does Jesus indicate that husbands or males can lead anybody into holiness. Jesus promised that he would leave an Advocate, the Holy Spirit, on earth to lead us. With the Holy Spirit within us, women need no further representation, or role play actor, or leader, and certainly not a male head. For how can a male head provide leadership that the Holy Spirit cannot?

 “All this I have spoken while still with you.  But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid,” John 14:26-27.

These words were spoken specifically to Jesus’ disciples, but all Christians have believed these words apply to those of us who are Christians, men and women alike. We believe Holy Spirit was made known equally to both men and women at Pentecost (Acts 2:17-24).

Before Jesus began his ministry on earth, John the Baptist was to prepare the way. Luke tells us that the angel of the Lord told Zechariah that his son, whom we know as John the Baptist, would be like the prophet Elijah, “And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous – to make ready a people prepared for the Lord,” (Luke 1:17). Jesus says of John the Baptist in Matthew 11:14, “And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come.” Jesus was referring to Malachi 4:5-6, “See I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.”

There was no Elijah moment when husbands were commissioned for service, or were charged with the protection of their wives, and no Elijah moment when husbands were given the ability for sanctification of their wives to create a covenant relationship with God (1 Kings 19:16-19). More importantly, there was no Pentecost moment when husbands became the heads of Christian women.

Yet, that is what it has come to in many religious circles, particularly in seminaries, and among pastors and others who believe that women are to be submissive to their husbands (some even believe that husbands will account for their wives in heaven). These complementarians believe and teach that husbands represent Christ and that wives represent the church. Therefore, to complementarians, husbands become the provider, the protector and the sanctifier to lead their wives into a covenant relationship with God. Yet there was no herald of that news.

Jacob Creath, a great Baptist preacher of the 19th century, said, “where the scriptures speak, we speak; where the scriptures are silent, we are silent.” It appears that 21st century Baptists and other evangelicals have decided to speak where the scriptures are silent.

It is 2016. Who is your Advocate?

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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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3 Responses to Pentecost: Who is your Advocate?

  1. Michelle says:

    So, wait–I need to remarry so that a human man can prepare me to be presentable enough to present to Christ? Who will then prepare me to be presentable enough to present to the Father?
    If wives are the bride of Christ, then they are the church. Where does that leave husbands? People who are not married?

    What does the covering look like? Typically I prefer solid colors, but if I’m going to be seeing the world through it, paisley might be more entertaining. I imagine whatever the pattern, the boys and men putting it over my head see it as rose-colored…

    The PCA, a “comp” denomination, does not celebrate Pentecost. I wonder how many other Protestant comp denominations let Pentecost slip by without comment?

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    • Hahaha! Paisley, eh? Isn’t this the most ridiculous thing you have heard? There is absolutely not scripture to back it up. In fact, if a husband or son can “cover” you, (one of the ways they do is when women speak before men and boys) it means that they can supercede the scriptures when it says that women can’t teach men. If that is not crazy, then I don’t know what is. Most evangelical churches shy far, far away from Pentecost. In all my 53 years at my Baptist church, I never heard it mentioned.

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      • Michelle says:

        Ah yes, I’d forgotten that perspective–the superceding of scripture by claiming a woman who is teaching men is not going against scripture, because she is under the authority of another man.

        The Holy Spirit isn’t a high enough authority, I guess. No wonder Pentacost passes without mention.

        I just *can’t* with what passes for logic in comp thought: Sexism, I’m used to.

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