The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood wants us to believe that female subjugation is beautiful and desirable. When something is required, it cannot be said to be freely given. It is not submission in a true sense. It is adhering to a law and therefore is subjugation.
We Christians adhere to laws, both that we believe God requires and those we believe civility requires. As a nation, we have fought hard to have laws equally apply to all men and all women. We haven’t achieved that, but we desire it.
On April 8, 2021 the CBMW tweeted:
“The biblical vision of manhood and womanhood is under assault right now. Contrary to what the critics are saying, the Bible’s complementarian vision of male and female is the most beautiful, life-giving, culture-reforming, gospel-inculcating vision on offer.”
How do they hope to achieve this vision of the beautiful, life-giving, culture-reforming, gospel-inculcation? This is how: When women get their act together and submit, then their utopia vision will be achieved.
No matter how they dress it up, their tweet has nothing to do with a biblical vision about manhood and womanhood. It can’t because there is no biblical vision of manhood and womanhood in the bible.
A vision is something hoped for and dreamed of. What we see in the bible is something already in place. Jesus did not glorify manhood or womanhood. Jesus looked to the heart. Outward manifestations of manhood and womanhood were never mentioned.
But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. Matthew 15:18
Some years ago, a music band was playing on an early morning television show and my husband made the remark that he couldn’t understand the words and that that wasn’t really music. He lamented the days of Pat Boone and Frank Sinatra. He said, “I guess this music is what they like, though.” Thinking a bit, I told him, “No, it’s not that this is what they like, but this music is what they have been conditioned to like.”
I said that if these same people had lived in the early years of Pat Boone and Frank Sinatra, then that is what they would still like.
It brought to mind a time when I took my elderly mother shopping for a dress to wear to church. She had a particular kind of dress in mind, but of course the stores did not have a dress like that, as fashions had changed and she was holding on to the idea of earlier years.
My husband then remembered when he was small in the 1940s and he and his young fashionable mother would get on the bus to ride to town. He said that he remembered elderly women with bonnets on their heads wearing their long cotton print dresses with long sleeves.
He said they looked like they were still living in the 1800s.
The CBMW wants us to wear our bonnets while everybody around us is wearing modern clothes. It is fun to see and reminisce, but we really wouldn’t want to go back, would we? It was acceptable in its day, but that style doesn’t fit anymore.
Since 1987, congregations and individuals have been conditioned to accept what the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood says. Jesus was concerned with the heart. The CBMW is not. They are concerned with men ruling over women, and women accepting that rule as beautiful – some kind of utopia.