Part 9. Desiring to BE God, they have made themselves God

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.

(excerpt from my book “Raising the Hood: A Christian Look at Manhood and Womanhood.”

 

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Part 8. Making Males Essential to Women’s Salvation

Ok. Now for the crazy part. These Southern Baptist Seminary professors say that human males are essential to women’s salvation. You gotta read this.

Many scriptures in the Bible cannot be understood as written. But one scripture, 1 Timothy 2:15, has theologians, seminary professors, and pastors creating a separate step that women must take in order to enter into heaven. Men can simply ask for forgiveness for their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their savior. But certain complementarian Christian leaders are introducing a new element into salvation for women. So great is their desire to keep women subordinate, that they have reached into salvation itself and changed the way women are saved.

“But women will be saved through childbearing – if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety” (1Timothy 2:15).

Bruce Ware, a founder and prominent member of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and a professor of Christian Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where Al Mohler is president, uses this scripture to change the way women accept Christ as their savior. What Ware says is shocking and you must read it carefully. Look for two things: 1) that women cannot become Christians (submit to God) until they accept the fact that they are not men; 2) Ware’s elevation of earthly men by putting a man as a factor in a woman’s salvation.

Read Ware’s words in the following interview as reported by Bob Allen, then a reporter for ethicsdaily.com. Allen quoted Ware when Ware spoke at a church in Denton, Texas:

“Ware also touched on a verse from First Timothy saying that women “shall be saved in childbearing,” by noting that the word translated as “saved” always refers to eternal salvation. “It means that a woman will demonstrate that she is in fact a Christian, that she has submitted to God’s ways by affirming and embracing her God-designed identity as—for the most part, generally this is true—as wife and mother, rather than chafing against it, rather than bucking against it, rather than wanting to be a man, wanting to be in a man’s position, wanting to teach and exercise authority over men,” Ware said. “Rather than wanting that, she accepts and embraces who she is as woman, because she knows God and she knows his ways are right and good, so she is marked as a Christian by her submission to God and in that her acceptance of God’s design for her as a woman.”

We remember that in Genesis 3:4, Satan tempted Eve with the fruit by telling her that God knew that their eyes would be opened and they would be like God, knowing good and evil. God was the ultimate Being, there was none like God. Now Ware claims that women want to be men and I find his comments very disturbing. Ware says that women’s salvation depends upon their denouncing their desire to be men. In this way, Ware has elevated men on earth to the status of God on earth. This doctrine diminishes God and elevates man to the status of earth-gods. In addition, Ware is claiming that women are still seeking to be as God just as the serpent said in the Garden of Eden (only now it is an earthly man-god that Ware claims women desire to be). My message to these complementarians: It is not women who desire to be God.

Ware is not the only seminary professor who subscribes to the belief that women must first bow to human males before they can be saved. James (Jim) Hamilton,Associate Professor of Biblical Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) where Bruce Ware is a professor, says the same thing as Ware. Before coming to SBTS, Hamilton served as Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Houston campus and was the preaching pastor at Baptist Church of the Redeemer. This connects two major Southern Baptist affiliated theological seminaries with Ware’s theology.

Hamilton says, “All women must embrace their role as women and bear children, and if they do so in faith they will be saved.” Hamilton continues, “And I agree with Schreiner and others on the point that Paul wants women to embrace what it means to be female, and he has chosen childbearing as an example of something that only women can do. This doesn’t mean that single women or barren women can’t be saved, but they should by faith embrace what it means for them to be women.”

 Note that Hamilton says that a woman must be willing to embrace childbearing (what it means to be female). Thus, these words by Hamilton make a woman’s salvation dependent upon a human male, because it is only human male sperm that can impregnate a woman and complete the childbearing. Hamilton says the woman also has to put aside her so-called yearnings to be a male and accept the fact that she does not measure up. That is so far away from Jesus, that it astonishes me that a professor who believes that way can teach in a Christian seminary.

Not all complementarians believe that a woman must denounce her desire to be a man, and then have sex or be willing to, in order to be saved. Tom Challies, (pastor in Canada with key relationships with Desiring God Ministries by John Piper, and The Gospel Coalition) is often quoted and he weighs in on 1 Timothy 2:15 by saying that the scripture means that women in general have been given the chance to redeem Eve’s sin by bearing children (have a baby and be good theology).

Challies says, “There is good warrant to expand the word childbearing here so it points not just to the act of giving birth, but to all that Paul has just discussed a couple of verses earlier—godly womanhood. In the wider context of the passage Paul is referring to the whole of a woman’s calling within the family, within the church, within the world. She is to embrace godly womanhood, to be who and what God has created her and called her to be. She is to fight against that tendency to usurp authority that is not hers.”

They wonder why people have stopped going to church. Maybe it is because of this kind of ungodly theology!

According to complementarians, Godly womanhood is totally dependent upon human males. It is solely a woman’s relationship to a man that determines whether or not she is exhibiting Godly womanhood. Depending upon which complementarian you believe, 1) women are saved by having a baby and denouncing their desire to be men; or, 2) women have a chance to redeem all mankind by having sex and giving birth to babies and not usurping authority from males (or at least she must have the desire to have sex with a man).

It appears that Ware, Hamilton, and Challies believe that a woman’s salvation is dependent upon the sex act by a man inserting his seed into the woman. If this is the case, then it is as if he has inserted his godliness (giver of salvation) into her; or if she has no male to have sex with (marriage does not come into the picture), she must be willing to have sex with a man (because sex is the way children are conceived), and it is only then that she, or mankind, can be saved.

The one thing all these men have overlooked is that Jesus was born of a virgin, and that would signify that men no longer would have saving power for women. Of course, men never had saving power for women in the first place, but why let a few facts get in the way of demeaning women.

If they do not believe it this way, then why are they saying it? There is no justification for making such outrageous statements about women. There is no justification for making women’s salvation different from a man’s salvation. It is their desire to be god – giver of salvation – that compels them to do this.

Can you imagine Jesus telling women that in order for them to be saved, they must denounce their desire to be men, and then be willing to have sex with a man?

Pastors, you who have studied the Word, do you have no understanding of what you are saying! How is it that you do not understand that in your desire to elevate man, you have diminished God? My soul, my heart, cries out for to you to repent. Do you not see your own desire to be God?

Exodus 20: 1-5 “I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from slavery in Egypt. Do not worship any other gods besides me. Do not make idols of any kind, whether in the shape of birds or animals or fish. You must never worship or bow down to them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not share your affection with any other god!”

(excerpt from my book “Raising the Hood: A Christian Look at Manhood and Womanhood.“)

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Part 7. Salvation – The Baptist way

What must I do to be saved? Acts 16:30-31 “He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”

Southern Baptists used to believe that salvation came about when a person, child or adult, man or woman, answered the urging of the Holy Spirit, and repented of their sins, which was called accepting Christ as their personal savior. This is better expressed as personally accepting Christ as their savior, because otherwise it sounds as if we have chosen Christ to be our valet.

(This expression more than likely came about by Protestants who do not believe in infant baptism. However, the way it is said “accepting Christ as your personal savior” seems to indicate that Christ is yours, instead of the other way around. Personally accepting Christ affirms that you as an individual made the decision to follow Christ instead of your parents doing that for you.)

About the time of Evangelism Explosion, the Sinner’s Prayer came into favor across the world, and forms of it were used by Billy Graham and Campus Crusade for Christ, and televangelists. (Remember, Evangelism Explosion’s author was Presbyterian.)

Baptists, along with other evangelicals, latched onto this method of bringing people to Christ. Pastors began asking those who came forward to accept Christ to say the Sinner’s Prayer. It was usually like this, “Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and I do not deserve eternal life. But, I believe you died and rose from the grave to make me a new creation and to prepare me to dwell in your presence forever. Jesus, come into my life, take control of my life, forgive my sins and save me. I am now placing my trust in you alone for my salvation and I accept your free gift of eternal life.”

Baptists reaffirmed this prayer in June 2012 by this resolution, “We affirm that repentance and faith involve a crying out for mercy and a calling on the Lord (Rom. 10:13), often identified as a ‘Sinner’s Prayer,’ as a biblical expression of repentance and faith,” the resolution said. But then it added, “A ‘Sinner’s Prayer’ is not an incantation that results in salvation merely by its recitation and should never be manipulatively employed or utilized apart from a clear articulation of the gospel (Matt. 6:7; 15:7–9).”  This was added, in part at least, because David Platt, a Calvinist Southern Baptist, said that this prayer was superstition, and they bowed to him. Until recently, Platt was president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board.

This prayer was brought to vote in 2012 because it was felt that the Sinner’s Prayer does not bow to Calvinism (even though the added part does), and many fear that Calvinism is taking hold in Southern Baptist churches. A major disagreement is that Calvinists believe that God predetermines or predestines who will be saved, and the other half of Southern Baptists believes that each person has free will to either accept salvation or reject it.

In fact, the pastor of a First Baptist church, posted this blog on his non-Calvinist church website in November 2013 which said: “We can argue the merits of Calvinism. But of this we can be certain. Those who call on his name shall be saved. Whether you believe God has predetermined whom he will allow to call on his name or not, know this. If you call on his name, you will be saved.”

That statement by that pastor contradicts itself, and is very confusing. He says that it might be possible that Calvinists are right and that God had already predetermined if you are going to heaven or hell, but if you or your friends call on God’s name, you and they will be saved. He leaves out the part of what if you or your friends are not predetermined to go to heaven. What this pastor means is that he leans toward Calvinism, and that you or your friends cannot call upon God for salvation unless you have been predetermined to be one of the elect. So, if you cannot call upon God, that means you will never be denied because you cannot call upon God in the first place. (I am not Calvinist and do not believe that God made certain people predestined to go to Heaven and certain people predestined to go to Hell. That is not how I see God.)

If you were to ask a Baptist sitting in a pew today how to be saved, this is what you would be told, “When the invitation is given, go forward, the pastor will take you by the hand and will ask you if you are accepting Christ as your savior. You say yes, they will pray with you and it is done.” Baptism will follow if and when you decide to be baptized, but baptism is not a part of the salvation process. Male and female salvation was always the same.

That is the way it used to be. And that is still the official way Baptists and other evangelicals are saved.

But a new element has been introduced, and even though it is not a part of a church’s “altar call” or “invitation to receive Christ,” it is what is being taught to young preachers. This is discussed next.

(excerpt from my book “Raising the Hood: A Christian Looks at Manhood and Womanhood.”)

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Part 6. Southern Baptists and Calvinism

Now, we will discuss the Calvinist part of salvation that is believed by Southern Baptists.

Presbyterians, founded by John Calvin, used to be a very common faith denomination and every city and town had a Presbyterian church. My father was born into a Presbyterian family and was baptized as a baby in the late 1800s. As a young man, he became a Baptist and was a licensed minister, pianist, and deacon in a little Baptist church which he helped start as a mission church, and our family never knew him as a Presbyterian. I never met a person who I knew was a Presbyterian until recent years.

Baptists and Presbyterians have long had a commonality with John Calvin who shaped the Presbyterian faith, and Baptists who follow this are called Calvinists. Many Baptists are Calvinists, and more are becoming so. Calvinists are a very strict, conservative sect operating within Baptist churches. Many Southern Baptist Seminaries promote their Calvinist leanings. Al Mohler, Bruce Ware, Wade Burleson, and many other Baptist Christians that you might recognize are Calvinists. I insist on repeating over and over: I am not a Calvinist.

Baptists who subscribe to Calvinist doctrine, (they also operate under the umbrella of the Southern Baptist Convention), believe that in the womb God decided if you were destined for heaven or hell, and thus Baptists use the term “once saved, always saved (from the womb forward),” which gives assurance to many Baptists, and causes unbelief by others. Baptists often use the words “if they were truly saved” which most do not understand that this, too, comes from the Calvinist view because it means that perhaps they were not chosen for salvation before birth.

Methodists, and other denominations, do not claim ‘once saved, always saved’ because of the Calvin belief associated with it because unlike Calvinists, they believe that everyone always is open to salvation.

If I were Calvinist, I would be out fishing today instead of writing this.

But I am not, so here I am with a section that is far too long so I have divided it up one more time in order to continue the discussion of how Southern Baptists are saved.

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Part 5. How Must I Be Saved?

Every Christian faith persuasion has its own doctrine about salvation. It is important to learn how other faiths teach that people come to individual salvation. Remember, we are all using the same Bible, and Christians believe salvation comes through the death and resurrection of Christ. At least most Christians do even though that has always been challenged by some theologians.

Below is a simplified explanation of the salvation process. The person walking down the aisle toward the pastor to accept Christ most likely has no idea of the theological complexities of each faith denomination, and truthfully they do not have to know anything except that are responding to the desire within themselves to be saved, or to become a Christ follower. At this point in their lives they probably have no idea what living for Christ means, and certainly have not formed deep theological expressions of faith.

A note: You can see my Baptist background through most of my writing, even as I am trying to get beyond that to a deeper understanding of faith in God.

Churches of Christ believe that individuals make their profession of faith and that they must be baptized in order for salvation to be complete. Catholics, Lutherans, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, and Methodists baptize infants in the trust that those babies and children will later make their decision in confirmation classes or through life decisions.

United Pentecostals believe that people are not saved unless he or she speaks in tongues, and is baptized, and they also believe that the promise in Acts 2:38 means that if a person is baptized in Jesus’ name, that is a promise that they will be saved at some time in their life. Assemblies of God rose out of the United Pentecostal faith, believing that when a person is saved they are sanctified, but do not have to speak in tongues in order to be saved, even though speaking in tongues is common among them after salvation.

Presbyterians follow John Calvin with one of the strangest salvation process of them all. Calvinists believe that God allows certain chosen people to call on Him and be saved.

“Calvin defines predestination as ‘God’s eternal decree, by which he compacted with himself what he willed to become of each [person]. For … eternal life is foreordained for some, eternal damnation for others.’ So predestination is an act of God’s will through which God elects or chooses those whom God calls to faith and thus to eternal life, and through which God chooses those who will not receive faith. Other theologians have seen in predestination only a positive calling to eternal life. Still others have seen it as God’s foreknowledge of who would choose faith.”1 (John Calvin – b.1509-d.1564)

You can see from this statement by John Calvin that he actually says that God creates certain people to be damned to hell. What kind of God is that? It is not how I see God, and some Presbyterians are beginning to question that concept of a Heavenly Father.

Others believe that salvation is a process and that you are not actually saved until you die. Catholics believe in a purgatory where salvation can be delayed until certain conditions are met.

Baptism is connected to salvation, either in a two-step process for salvation (one pastor told me I was living on borrowed time because I had not been baptized) or as a symbolic act. Generally baptism follows a personal decision to follow Christ, or in the case of some faiths such as United Pentecost, adult baptism can be performed before salvation with the assurance that salvation will happen and they will speak in tongues. United Pentecosts also baptize in Jesus’ name, rather than in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as most churches baptize. Some faiths believe that salvation is a two-step process, and is not complete until the person is baptized. Some faiths baptize both infants and adults. Most faiths, Baptists included, baptize very young children.

Most faiths will baptize adults after the adult has expressed a belief in Jesus Christ as savior.

Some Christian faiths believe salvation can be lost, and if a person falls from grace, that person must be saved again. Relatively few people feel the need to be saved again, so even if it is a church’s official doctrine, few practice it.

What does this have to do with desiring to BE God? Keep reading through the series. In order to get through this quicker, Part 6 will be published Wednesday, March 14. Then we will have Part 7: Redefining Women’s Salvation. Hang in here with me!

(excerpts from my book “Raising the Hood: A Christian Look at Manhood and Womanhood.” (revised)

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Part 4. Salvation is the same for women and men

We look to God for our spiritual selves and for our physical selves. This is expressed through salvation and also through daily living. In the following posts, we will discuss  salvation and how complementarians change salvation for women.

Evangelism Explosion by Dr James Kennedy has long been used as a handbook for eager church members to use when they made visitation calls to people in their neighborhood, or to people who had attended a church service and made the mistake of leaving their name and address. Evangelism Explosion, written in 1961, is now in its fourth printing and is still a bestseller among evangelicals.

When Kennedy wrote the book, he was the pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church which began as Presbyterian of the United States of America, which allows women ordination to be pastors. In 1978, under Kennedy’s leadership, Coral Ridge joined the conservative Presbyterian Church in America that does not allow women ordination.

According to Wikipedia, “Evangelism Explosion’s materials have been translated into seventy languages. Jeff Noblit suggests that it is “probably the most used and copied soul-winning training course ever embraced by Southern Baptists,” while Stan Guthrie suggests that it is “the best known and most widely used evangelistic training curriculum in church history.” It is currently used by over 20,000 churches worldwide.”

“If you were to die tonight, are you certain you would go to heaven?” was a question we were to ask when witnessing to a prospective convert. There were other key points made when I studied the book at my Baptist church in the 1970s. I, too, wanted to know how to bring a person to accept Christ. One such key point was to look around the living room and pick out a picture and make some comment about it that you could use to start the conversation about heaven and the person’s spiritual condition.

Never being very clever at espionage, and being far too direct in my approach, this did not fit my personality. I can see through manipulation a mile away and was sure others could, too. In fact, one day a few years ago, I was in a Christian bookstore and had just asked if they carried a children’s book that accepted the fact that dinosaurs were here millions of years ago, when these questions were turned on me. I wanted to tell the young lady that I thought her approach was awfully crude (and rude) and was straight from the book. But I was much older, and it was my lunch hour, and most times I do not want to draw attention to myself, so I let her ask her questions and I answered them.

Yes, I am confident that if I die tomorrow, my soul will be with Christ. As I write this, I am aware of how fleeting life is. Today I was with a woman when she received a phone call that her daughter had just been killed in a car accident. So the question can fit every one of us, but it is not the best way to bring up a conversation about a loving God who wants to save us.

My personal salvation experience was that I accepted Christ while kneeling beside the bathtub one night while the baby was asleep and my husband was watching the election returns on television. Nobody asked any questions, and there was no prepared sentence that I said back to Christ. I did argue with Him, though. I had been baptized two times already, and still did not feel like I was saved, and I wanted some kind of assurance that this time would be for real, because I sure did not want a third baptism if there was no salvation. Sufficient to say, there was a third baptism, and this time there was no doubt, and has not been since that time 50 years ago.

But this series is not about me. It is about men who have the Desire to be God, and how they are infiltrating that desire into mainstream Christianity. They are doing it through the relationships mankind has with God – salvation and daily living.

Excerpt from my book “Raising the Hood: A Christian Look at Womanhood and Manhood”

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Part 3. Eternal life comes from God, not man

In Genesis 3:4, the serpent tempted Eve with the fruit by telling her that God knew that their eyes would be opened and they would be like God, knowing good and evil. God was the ultimate being, there was none like God.

Eve, desiring wisdom, took the fruit and ate it. Then she gave it to Adam and he also ate the fruit from the tree of knowledge, and now both Eve and Adam knew good and evil. They were banished from the garden with the new clothes on their backs that God made for them.

Then God said that these human beings had become like God in that they now knew good and evil. (Genesis 3:21-22 NIV), The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”

As they left the garden, there was no leadership involved. Neither Eve nor Adam was deemed to have leadership over the other. Now they both had knowledge of good and evil, making them individually capable of doing what is good, or choosing to do what is evil. They were equal. They were equal from the beginning and they were equal after the sinning. God said so.

God is not evil, but these humans were not God, and the knowledge of right and wrong would often cause man to choose that which is wrong. We see it in God’s words, “He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”

Mankind has the desire for eternal life. We want to go to heaven, we want to be saved, and we want to be with God. We believe that God wants that for us also, so much so that he sent His Son Jesus to make that possible, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

We believe that eternal life comes from God, and not from human males. We desire eternal life, but it is not ours to give or to withhold, even for ourselves.

Man has often desired to have more spiritual authority than God gave mankind. Look at Jesus’ disciples. We are told in Matthew, Mark, and Luke that James and John came to Jesus asking to sit one on each side of Jesus when Jesus came into his kingdom. Jesus told them flatly that they did not belong there. No man is divine and human man cannot be in that place. Yet men want that position and they have claimed it, by a misinterpretation of the scriptures. They have gone further than to claim it. They have chosen to teach that husbands represent Christ (the savior) in a marriage, while giving the part of the church (the lesser, the one that needs to be saved) to wives.

Women do not want to be greater in the kingdom today than males, and women did not want it back then. Women never asked Jesus for any honor to be bestowed upon them, unlike his Disciples James and John who did ask for such an honor. Women do not claim superiority over males, nor do women desire to be males. Women just claim equality.

But look back at what God said about man. God said that man would reach out and take it. Just what God said would happen, is happening. Males are stretching forth their hands, and some are claiming that males hold the power of everlasting life, and that women must denounce their desire to be males (man-gods) in order to obtain that everlasting life for themselves. In this way, they believe that human males become our gateway to God.

To become a gateway to God means that you are directly connected to God but those who enter the gateway must enter through you.

Excerpt from my book “Raising the Hood: A Christian Look at Womanhood and Manhood.”

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Part 2. Men are not born to be gods

If someone told you that human males are born to be gods, you would brand that person as a heretic, or perhaps a Mormon. Yet that is what is being taught by some professors in Southern Baptist (SBC) affiliated seminaries. Any pastor or seminary that uses Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: A Response to Evangelical Feminism as their guide teaches this.

This misogynous book was published in 1991 and was, and still is, sponsored by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. It continues to be a best-seller. The 482 page book is a collection of male headship writings and teachings of various Christians. John Piper and Wayne Grudem edited this book and it is therefore assumed that they agree with its teachings, for why would anybody put something in a book that they do not agree with? And why would anyone use such a book to teach others unless they, too, believe it?

We will use their own words to see how they express this belief that men are gods, and that women are inferior to these human male gods. In order to elevate themselves, they must first oppress females. They do that with their claim that women want to be men. This is evidenced all through their Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood book. Others have taken up their mantra that women want to be men, as we can see in the email I received.

I don’t even know where to begin! By saying the things you say, you are instantly breaking Gods commands for women. How can you, a poor sinner, decide what the scripture means? It’s very simple if you read the words that are written, and not what you WANT to think it says. God’s words are non-negotiable and are to be lived every single day. I know we all sin, but by saying that His words/commands are WRONG…I can only pray you will see the true word of God and repent. Women are NOT equal to men, or they would BE men. You are mad at God because he did not make you a man (a comment on my blog).

We will examine the ramifications of what this means to women. And we will show you how these men believe that they are gods. There is only one God in heaven, so they cannot all be God, but they teach that all men are created to be man-gods on earth. When all women must submit to all men, the result is that it creates a man-god on earth. We know it by the name of patriarchy, or male headship.

For some time I have been struggling with the teaching that God chose males to be rulers over women. I could not understand how any Christian group or pastor can teach that women can give birth to a boy-child who they believe is inherently greater than the mother is. But I had a problem with this because every time I would think, “A woman cannot give birth to a being superior to herself,” I would come up with Mary who gave birth to Jesus, who was the son of God.

Yes, she could do it, but that is the exception and women cannot give birth to a greater being than she herself, can she? A human boy baby is believed by complementarians to have spiritual leadership imbued within his being, simply because he was born male.

You will be surprised as I was to learn that complementarians are actually teaching that women – you and I – are giving birth to god-men on earth. These little boy-babies we birth are divine because how else can a baby become divine except by birth? Little girl babies are not thought to be divine, nor in the line-up with God, the Son, the Holy Spirit, and Husbands.

Adam, who was in God’s image, passed the divine image (albeit flawed by sin) on to his son Seth. The divine image resided in the individuals Adam and Seth. (MALE-FEMALE EQUALITY AND MALE HEADSHIP GENESIS 1-3 by Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr., page 89 of Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood).

Here we have Adam passing along his divinity through his seed to a son, Seth. According to complementarians, a woman in the image of God reflects an incomplete image, as she does not have spiritual or physical leadership over others.

We can see Ortlund’s reasoning in one of two ways: 1) Only Seth had the divine image and the other sons of Adam did not, and divinity would have been lost; or he meant 2) Adam passed his divine image to Seth and then to all his sons (which is the way you must see it in order for males to have headship over females).

According to Ortlund, as each male had sons, those sons became imbued with divinity. Thus they became little man-gods, which they teach is still being passed on through to sons in the 21st Century. Ortlund does not say that divinity was passed on through daughters, even though he does claim that men and women are both in the image of God. Was not Eve, too, in God’s image and wouldn’t Eve have passed that divinity to her sons and daughters, if divinity could be passed through humans? We are in the 21st century here, but down through the ages, people have thought that kings and emperors, and other leaders, had divinity on earth. It startles us when we realize our own pastors are teaching this.

Genesis 5:1 says “…When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female and blessed them. And when they were created, he called them ‘man.'” That scripture goes on to say that Adam had a son in his likeness, in his own image, so this is apparently where Ortlund feels he can exclude women. But then the statement is made that Adam had other sons and daughters and no mention is made of those sons having the divine image, so Ortlund is choosing to see what he wants to see in order to confirm his beliefs.

John Piper, who helped Wayne Grudem edit and publish the book with Ortlund’s article referenced, has a website called Desiring God. However, Piper’s words and teachings show that his actual intent is to convince Christians that men are God on earth. That is what male headship means – that human males are to have authority over all women, not just their wives, but over ALL women.

Instead of Desiring God, as John Piper and Wayne Grudem would have you believe through their premier misogynistic work Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: A Response to Evangelical Feminism (edited by John Piper and Wayne Grudem; Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1991), these seminary professors, pastors, preachers, Christian leaders, and Piper and Grudem themselves, are desiring to BE God.

excerpt from my book Raising the Hood: A Christian Look at Manhood and Womanhood.

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Part 1. Desiring to BE God

Stay with me because this series is going to get really crazy, and it would be funny if it wasn’t what complementarians actually teach and believe. These are Christian seminary professors and leaders in the Christian faith and should know better.

The oft-quoted and venerated John Piper has caused another stir recently because he says that ministerial students cannot be taught in seminary by a woman. Who is surprised at that? If women can’t preach, they certainly can’t teach a man who is studying to be a preacher.

Piper has a website called Desiring God. However, Piper’s words and teachings show that his actual intent is to convince Christians that men are God on earth. That is what male headship means – that human males are to have authority over all women, not just their wives, but over ALL women.

This series will break this down and show you exactly what is being taught in churches, seminars, blogs, and evangelical churches today.

Desiring to be God, men have made themselves a woman’s savior, her advocate, and the gateway to God. In this section, you will see how male religious leaders have made themselves into man-gods, and how they want to convince all men that they, too, are man-gods.

Christians, Jews and Muslims believe in one God. Although we see God through different lenses, and we call God by different names, we worship the same God. Most, but not all, Christians believe that God is Triune, meaning that God is in three persons: Father, Son (Jesus), and Holy Spirit.

The Triune God causes problems as some see Christians as actually trying to divide God into three separate Gods. Christians have problems with this also, often emphasizing one over the other. Some Christians buy into the belief that Jesus is eternally submissive to God, instead of being fully God. This is called the Eternal Son Submission theology and is used as the basis for claiming that women are eternally submissive to males. Those who teach and believe that women are to be submissive to husbands because this is a commandment from God for all women through the ages, are in practice subscribing to this Eternal Son Submission theology. Because of this teaching, these Christians are in danger of adding another god to the Trinity, and this time it is a little man-god called husband.

Now, understand, they do not say that, and they would deny it from the rooftops. But they quote certain scriptures from the Bible and hold women to the literal interpretation of those scriptures, and when they do that, a husband becomes a little man-god.

A quick note to explain egalitarian versus complementarian: Egalitarians believe that men and women are equal. Complementarians believe they are not. I am egalitarian. The word egalitarian will not be used in this series, but the word complementarian will be sprinkled all through because this series is about their unChrist-like teaching that males are superior to females, both spiritually and physically.

This is how it works. Complementarians teach that husbands, or males, are to have headship, also called leadership, over women. In order for males to have headship over women, Jesus Christ would have to share his Lordship with human men. If Jesus shared his Lordship with a man – married or not – that man would become an earthly god. Whenever anyone believes that men are to have headship over women, they are subscribing to a belief that is contrary to our Christian faith, which is one God.

There is no indication in the Old Testament from the Prophets, or in the Gospels, that the Messiah would share his Lordship with human males on earth.

Women have told me that they believe that the husband is the head of the wife like Christ is the head of the church. They are quoting Paul in Ephesians, but to believe this way, you must accept that Jesus is sharing his Lordship with a human man. It is more probable that Paul meant for the Ephesians to look at their own families where husbands were already the heads, and then think of Jesus as being the head of his church family. But that is not the way complementarians want you to interpret that scripture.

Jesus makes no mention of bequeathing a husband the privilege of representing him on earth, nor does Jesus make any mention that a woman’s salvation would be dependent upon anyone other than Jesus Himself. Jesus promised that he would leave an Advocate, the Holy Spirit, on earth to lead us. With the Holy Spirit within us, women need no further representation, or role play actor, or leader, and certainly not a male head. For what leadership can a male head give that the Holy Spirit cannot?

“All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid,” John 14:26-27.

These words were spoken specifically to Jesus’ disciples, but all Christians have believed these words apply to those of us who are Christians, men and women alike. We believe Holy Spirit was made known equally to both men and women at Pentecost (Acts 2:17-24).

Before Jesus began his ministry on earth, John the Baptist was to prepare the way. Luke tells us that the angel of the Lord told Zechariah that his son, whom we know as John the Baptist, would be like the prophet Elijah, “And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous – to make ready a people prepared for the Lord,” (Luke 1:17). Jesus says of John the Baptist in Matthew 11:14, “And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come.” Jesus was referring to Malachi 4:5-6, “See I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.”

There was no Elijah moment when husbands were commissioned for service, or were charged with the protection of their wives, and no Elijah moment when husbands were given the ability for sanctification of their wives to create a covenant relationship with God (1 Kings 19:16-19). More importantly, there was no Pentecost moment when husbands became the head of Christian women.

Yet, that is what it has come to in many religious circles, particularly in seminaries, and among pastors and others who believe that women are to be submissive to their husbands (some even believe that husbands will account for their wives in heaven). These complementarians believe and teach that husbands represent Christ and that wives represent the church. Therefore, to complementarians, husbands become the provider, the protector and the sanctifier to lead their wives into a covenant relationship with God.

This series is a chapter in my latest book “Raising the Hood: A Christian Look at Manhood and Womanhood.” All my books are available on Amazon in print and on Kindle. www.amazon.com/author/taylorshirley

 

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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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