Civil Rights Act 1964 freed more women than it did blacks

Monday is Martin Luther King Day. It is an optional Federal Holiday. Some churches honor it but most don’t. They should, not only because Civil Rights for blacks was the right thing to do, but because Civil Rights for women is also the right thing to do. In fact, in 1964, blacks comprised only 11% percent of the population and at least one half of that number were women, leaving only 5% males. So, you see, women were the beneficiaries of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

When women got the same rights that men always had, two Baptist men, Paul Pressler and Paige Patterson, sat at Café du Monde in New Orleans and wrote on a paper napkin how to make sure that Baptists stayed conservative and fundamentalist. These two – Pressler and Patterson – are now being sued in a court of law because Pressler was allegedly involved with a 14 year old male at First Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, which is also named in the lawsuit, along with others. Read about it here.  Click on lawsuit in the article to read the whole suit.

It is these people – including the modern-day First Baptist Church of Houston, and those who they still influence, who seek to keep women from full Civil Rights in the church and in their own homes and workplaces.

Paige Patterson went on to help form the Danvers Statement in 1987 and the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 which says that “A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.”

That is male headship, plain and simple. The wife submits to the husband because as it says above, “she represents the church and her husband represents Christ.”

WOW! Do they honestly think any man represents Christ on earth? Yes, they do. They teach that all husbands do.

Priscilla Shirer says this “Men are servant leaders, protectors, providers and the spiritual leaders for their family. Women are trusted advisors who prioritize homemaking and raising children although they may also work outside the home. In areas of disagreement, women submit to the authority of their husbands as decision-makers.”

It is laughable. It is not biblical.

But it is extremely scary. Because it is taught in most Baptist churches and conferences all over the United States.

They make it sound biblical and beautiful. But it is not beautiful. It is slavery. It opens women up to abuse and puts a husband between her and God. For women, the Trinity is now a quartet: The Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, the Husband. Jesus didn’t say that. Read my Speech to El Buen Pastor Baptist Church. Jesus promised an Advocate, and that is not your husband!

I work for Christian women’s equality every day of my life. I want you to be equal in the church and in your own home. I want women to have their God-given Civil Rights that churches deny them.

2018. No excuses. What are you doing for women’s equality?


About bwebaptistwomenforequality

Shirley Taylor writes with humor and common sense, challenging the church body to reclaim equality for Christian women.
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