Not content to be god to their wives on earth, Southern Baptist leaders believe that males will continue to be God over women in heaven. Here we will see how they believe that women were created from earthly men and it is through an earthly man that she becomes the image of God. Desiring to be God, they have made themselves God.
Baptist Seminary Professor Bruce Ware teaches that a woman derives her status as image-bearer from the man rather than directly from God. He says women are the glory of the man WHO IS THE IMAGE OF GOD. Listen here. Around the 22 and 26 minute mark, Dr. Ware discusses the means of the woman’s creation out of man. He says, “Woman came from him indicating that she owes her existence to what he was first and by that establishes again male headship.” While both man and woman are fully made in the image of God, according to Dr. Ware “nevertheless the woman’s humanity as image of God is established as she comes from the man.” He clarifies that he is not saying that the woman is not made in the image of God, but he is saying that “her means of being the image of God is because she comes from [man] who is the image of God.”
Southern Baptist leaders and complementarians are not content with ruling over women in the present world, causing the CBMW to take male headship into heaven itself, leaving no avenue of equality for women. The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood endorses this heresy that male headship will continue on into Heaven, and that males will eternally rule over their wives, and that wives and children will eternally be submissive to the husband and father in the family.
Click on the link to read their Spring 2006 Spring Journal to read it for yourself. Find it here: “Relationships and Roles in the New Creation” (Article by Mark David Walton, Senior Pastor, Glenwood Baptist Church, Oak Ridge, Tennessee).
(Please note that this is Mark David Walton’s belief, not mine. My belief is that there will not be any gender identity because the soul is sexless, and it is the soul that will be in heaven, not some body that needs clothing).
Walton says: “Given that gender identity will remain, is there evidence that functional distinctions will likewise remain in the new creation? Will resurrected saints as male and female have gender-specific roles? How will we relate to one another? Will male headship apply? Initial responses will likely depend on whether such questions are approached from a complementarian or egalitarian perspective. Complementarians, who view male headship and gender-specific roles as part of God’s original plan for creation (and for the present age as well) are more likely to answer these questions in the affirmative. Functional distinctions will remain. Egalitarians, on the other hand, who view male headship and functional distinctions as a result of the edenic fall—and therefore as being inappropriate to mature Christendom—are likely to reject such a notion as inconsistent with the Kingdom ideal of equality for all. Which view is correct? Does it matter?”
(Let me repeat, this is Mark David Walton’s beliefs, and in my personal opinion, it is a false teaching and reflects a human ego that is not godly. And yes, it does matter.)
Bob Allen says, “Bruce Ware, professor of Christian theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, suggests that “women will be saved through childbearing” in 1 Timothy 2:15 should be taken literally, noting the Greek word translated in the New Testament as “saved” always refers to eternal salvation.
The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood continues in their great evil against women. They are selling men a bill of goods that they cannot deliver. In the final day, when God has his say, man will find himself stripped of what he thought was his male headship. Consider who is Head in Heaven. It is not human man, because for a man to be Head in Heaven, that would mean that he had divinity on earth. Who among you will say that males are created to share God’s Lordship?
The Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood’s office is located on the campus of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. Supporters include Southern Baptist Convention leaders like Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler and Russell Moore, head of the SBC Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. The group’s core beliefs are detailed in the Danvers Statement, drafted by evangelical leaders in Danvers, Mass., in 1987.