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?

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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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9 Responses to Civil Rights Act 1964 freed more women than it did blacks

  1. Reina says:

    Actually a truly godly husband would never, ever abuse his role as a husband. Just like a truly godly wife would not abuse her role.


    • Oh, my! Roles. Actually, the bible does not designate or assign roles to either man or woman. When a husband has the “role” of leadership over his wife, or authority over her, then nobody can limit that authority, even if he is not a truly godly husband. When a man is told he has headship, that means he require anything he wants to. The preacher can’t limit it, the bible doesn’t limit it, and the church can’t. Thanks for visiting my website. You might be interested in my books “Dethroning Male headship: Second Edition,” “Raising the Hood: A Christian Look at Manhood and Womanhood.”


      • Reina says:

        Uh ok. I’m curious what are your thoughts on Titus 2 and teaching the younger women. I’m not there yet but was wondering what your thoughts. Thanks!


      • Reina, thank you for writing again. I cover Titus 2 in “Dethroning Male Headship: Second Edition.” Here is what I say:

        Another verse complementarians use to place limits on women is Titus 2:4, which says, “Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children. To be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.”
        That verse in Titus is the one complementarians use to justify their teaching that woman can only teach other women, and that women should not work outside the home. However, when looking at the websites of these churches, one sees that most of the support staff are women, the treasurer is a woman, and all of the day school personnel are women, making it is obvious that these women are working outside the home. Additionally, this verse tells women to be subject to their husbands.
        This verse is a summation of how Christians were supposed to live among themselves, using their current situation—their NOW—to explain how to behave and live as Christians in that culture, so that the word of God was not maligned. Again, the purpose for Paul’s writing was the gospel and removal of anything that would hinder its acceptance at that time. It was not a directive for women for all time.

        I am happy to answer your questions.


  2. Reina says:

    So Shirley I’m confused. Do you believe the New Testament teachings are for today? I’m not to reverence and or submit to my husband? For me, the Bible is the final authority in all my matters of my life. I was thinking about the recent women’s marches and the behavior of these women was deplorable. Sadly there were Christian women there which goes against the scripture that tells us not to be unequally yoked with nonbelievers. Sort of like me marching with the KKK which is utterly ridiculous because I’m African-American.
    Anyway, I apologize for steering off course. I feel I need to take God’s Word very seriously and obey the Bible. I believe it’s better to obey while on earth than to get to heaven and God asks why didn’t I obey Him. I shudder at the thought of hearing “Depart from me, I never knew you.”😢


    • Reina,
      Let’s start with Jesus’ words “Depart from me, I never knew you.” Reading the rest of the verse we see that this is primarily aimed toward those who tell fortunes, perform witchcraft and other deeds saying that these things are done in the name of the Lord. We have many like that today. Jesus told them that he had no part in those things. That is entirely different from misunderstanding the scriptures.
      Let’s continue with Jesus and how he treated women. Notice that at no time did Jesus tell a woman that she must submit to her husband or to any males. In fact, Jesus made the greatest proclamations to women who had no husbands. Also, note that at no time did Jesus tell men or husbands that their wives must submit to them. In fact, whenever men asked Jesus about marriage it was to learn how to divorce their wives (and Jesus gave them the shocking news that women could divorce them, too!) and they also wanted to know how they could still own their wives in heaven. They did not ask for the 12 steps to a happy marriage.
      Read these stories in the gospels. See how they shine a beautiful light on how Jesus viewed women and empowered them – not as wives or with some glorified role they were to fit into.
      1. The announcement of the birth of Jesus started with the angel Gabriel who came to a young girl and gave her the news. She questioned, but she did not run and ask her father or her husband-to-be. She made the decision for herself.

      2. Mary of Bethany was welcomed by Jesus to sit at his feet while he taught the men, in the same manner as the other disciples did.

      3. The Gentile woman was told that Jesus had come to save the Gentiles also, and that included her.

      4. The Samaritan woman at the well was told to go get her husband because Jesus had something important to say. She told him that she had no husband. Jesus said that he knew that, and he went on tell her that he was the Messiah, and she ran up and down the streets, telling the men about Jesus. Of course no decent woman would listen to her, so she told the men. Remember that the Samaritans were expecting the Messiah and they thought theirs was the real true religion.

      5. Mary Magdalene who first saw the risen Christ.
      It is not insignificant that women were given this news by Jesus himself – the Jews (Mary of Bethany), the Gentiles (Gentile woman), and the Samaritans (Woman at the well), the first Christian (Mary Magdalene). Jesus covered all the bases here.
      Remember, 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.

      My husband opened my eyes to women’s equality. Thank you for writing. I am glad to answer your questions.


      • Reina says:

        Well it seems to me we don’t agree but that’s fine. I don’t want to find myself in a place where I’m so frustrated with the everyone’s different interpretations of the scriptures that I just want to leave the faith. Sadly that’s happened to people I know. I’ve seen marriages destroyed because the couples have allowed Satan to enter in and totally deceive them both and as a result they are no longer walking with Christ. And their children aren’t either.


      • Reina, the last thing I want is for you to lose your faith. Stay strong. What I do is go outside and look up at the stars and think “God is so much bigger than I am and His love for me is so great, and He can love me through my questions and times of doubt.” God bless you.


  3. Reina says:

    Thank you Shirley


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