Once again, it is the secular world who is speaking up about social justice. Social justice for women. They are declaring “Time’s Up!”
Christian women are largely silent. What will Christian women do? Nothing, is my guess. We will sit back. We will blog. But we won’t actually do anything.
I want to remind you of something. During the Inquisition, thousands of women were burned at the stake or otherwise killed because it was believed that women were more susceptible in listening to the devil. Many religious leaders had doubts, but they wouldn’t go up against the established church. The following is from my book “Dethroning Male Headship.”
That happened with the Malleus Maleficarum, or the Witch Hunter’s Bible, which is a work of absolute hatred against women. This book describes how women could naturally be more susceptible to practicing witchcraft because of their inherent weaknesses and sinful natures which they had because they were born female.
Even then, many in the Christian community such as scholars and theologians doubted that there were creatures such as witches, but they became silent because of the overwhelming influence of the Roman Catholic Church.
“The immediate, and lasting, popularity of the Malleus essentially silenced those voices. It made very real the threat of one being branded a heretic, simply by virtue of one’s questioning of the existence of witches and, thus, the validity of the Inquisition. It set into the general Christian consciousness, for all time, a belief in the existence of witches as a real and valid threat to the Christian world. It is a belief which is held to this day….Estimates of the death toll during the Inquisition worldwide range from 600,000 to as high as 9,000,000 (over its 250 year long course); either is a chilling number when one realizes that nearly all of the accused were women, and consisted primarily of outcasts and other suspicious persons.” (Malleus Maleficarum).
This is what is happening today. The Southern Baptist Convention and other evangelical churches that have followed suit, desire to keep women under submission to all males (husbands in particular). Even those who know this is wrong are not stepping up and speaking out.
Christian women, time’s up. There is a crack in the wall that the secular world women have made. Run! Run! Run through this wall.
It is 2018. Time’s Up.