Pentecost: Who is your Advocate?

Two tweets after Mother’s Day caught my attention:

Visited church today where men & boys stood and gave women the Mother’s Day “gift of covering” as they pledged to be priests of home.

“Guys, it’s our calling 2 lead our wives N2 holiness..someday we can present her B4 Christ as this radiant bride.”

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. There was no time of foretelling that husbands would share lordship with Christ.

Jesus makes no mention of bequeathing a husband the privilege of representing him on earth, nor does Jesus make any mention that a woman would be presented to Christ by her husband, nor does he indicate that males can give “covering” to females, nor does Jesus indicate that husbands or males can lead anybody into holiness. 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 how can a male head provide leadership 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 heads 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. Yet there was no herald of that news.

Jacob Creath, a great Baptist preacher of the 19th century, said, “where the scriptures speak, we speak; where the scriptures are silent, we are silent.” It appears that 21st century Baptists and other evangelicals have decided to speak where the scriptures are silent.

It is 2016. Who is your Advocate?

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Engaging in a Black Market of egalitarian books

LifeWay Resources won’t carry egalitarian books and neither will local Christian bookstores. But, like times of old, there is a way around and I have found it. I proudly proclaim I am engaged in black market activity when it comes to my egalitarian books.

Today I visited my local library to see if my books had sold in their Friends of the Library book sale. I had donated four brand-new Dethroning Male Headship: Second Edition and four brand-new Women Equal – No Buts: Powered by the same Source books. All eight books were sold yesterday. My sister told a similar story of my books about her library book sale last month. My books are also placed for check-out in my local library.

A black market, underground economy, or shadow economy is a market characterized by some form of noncompliant behavior with an institutional set of rules. (Such as a freeze-out by Christian bookstores and publishers.)

Not only do I put my books in local libraries, I give my books away. As the street evangelist, I give my books to ordinary people I come into contact with. Only two people have ever refused my book, one was the complementarian woman at my local Christian bookstore, and the other was the Xerox man who came to repair my copier.

This past week, I personally put four copies in the hands of local people. This is how I did it.

Report from the street evangelist. Another day at work. Got out of my car and locked it, and then unlocked it to get another copy of Dethroning Male Headship: Second Edition out of the trunk to put on my bookcase because I gave the last one to the UPS guy yesterday. There is construction of new apartments next door and the construction manager came to the door and said his men were going to clean up our Getheseme Garden because of all the mud from their site that filled it up last week. We talked a bit about the storm and I asked him how he himself had fared. He said a close relative was in the hospital and this was the 2nd time her house has been flooded and he had helped clean her house. I said, “I have a book I would like to give you” and stepped inside and picked up Outside the pastor’s door: Reflections of a church secretary, and told him “This is to remember us here when you go on to your next job.” The work foreman who I had talked with before (he attends a First Baptist Church nearby) joined us. I told him I had a book for him and went in and got Dethroning Male Headship: Second Edition (glad I had put it in my office this morning). The construction manager said his wife would read the book I gave him, but I do not ever miss an opportunity and said, “I have a book for her” and ran inside and got my last book Women Equal – No Buts: Powered by the same Source. He said they go to a Baptist church and she is in handbells and does all kinds of volunteer work for them. Said he wished she got paid for all the work she does. I smiled and thanked God for my job where I can be the street evangelist for women’s equality to so many people. Give it a try! The UPS guy was delighted to get my book. Maybe the people who stop at your door need to hear that women are equal – no buts.

Other egalitarian authors are following my lead. Read what one such Christian author wrote me:

My husband is also a street evangelist for women’s equality, and he’s been passing out my books at work. Last week, one of the men he knows told him that he and his wife had read my book. (My husband didn’t give the book to him. Someone that he gave the book to must have shared it with him.) Anyway, he said that his wife was an avid reader and she really liked the book. So, they wanted to have one of their own. My husband offered to give him one free, but his friend said that they wanted to buy it, and he did! Isn’t it so neat how God will open opportunities for us. I think that I’ll follow your example and post this on Facebook too. We need to be constantly encouraging one another! He and I are leaving tomorrow for one of his business trips, and I’m packing…….. books! (D.A. Combs, author of Incredibly Human: Community in the First Creation)

You can read my stories of the street evangelist on my website.

Please note that I never actually get into why women are equal and do not ever quote scripture to those to whom I give my books. My books say it all much better than I can on the street. I move on to the next opportunity and, like the evangelists of old, never follow up with what happens.

Its 2016. Will you engage in the egalitarian books Black Market?

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How Quiverfull Speech Can Crash Airplanes

This past week I read what young women were saying on facebook about submitting to their husbands. Then I heard a very close family say that the husband is the head of the house. This disturbs me greatly. I am glad these young women are attending church, but I am deeply saddened that the pastors of these churches foster this dangerous teaching.

They all want megachurches, but a church can have mega people and still be egalitarian. Why couldn’t it be?

Read the blog below to see how dangerous it is in real life for those yoked together when one must submit to the other because of his rank (such as husbands’ rank over their wives.)

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The Quiverfull/Patriarchy culture produces plenty of “how-to” books, such as Fascinating Womanhood, and Created to Be His Help Meet, to show women how to be the most “godly” wives and mothers they can be. Since I practically absorbed a ton of these types of books through my skin for the first eight years of our marriage, I noticed one thing they all had in common: they tell us how how to talk to our husbands with “respect,” “honor,” and “deference to his authority.” We learned how to use encouragement, childlike phrases, praise, focusing on the positives, and carefully worded requests to communicate within our marriages.

For example, in the book Fascinating Womanhood , a man is about to make a disastrous financial decision, where he could lose everything. The author encourages the wife to say, “It sounds like a good idea, and I can see why you’re excited…

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The Woman Card used by all

This week, I had a craw full of women put-downs. Enough. This one was innocent enough. A local Christian woman (Church of Christ) has written a book on how women can resist listening to the devil and how older women are to teach younger women how to love and honor their husbands. She said that this was the neglected teaching in the church. I almost spit up my coffee when I read that at breakfast. It is the predominant teaching of her local church and all the churches in this area. I’ve met this woman. She has actually preached in some churches.

Last week on facebook someone sent the picture of the Christ Umbrella covering the Husband whose umbrella covered the wife whose tiny umbrella covered the kids and home. As soon as I made a comment about Jesus sharing his headship with a human male and wondering why, it popped off my facebook page. Not sure why. I hope it was because the person understood what I was saying. But after reading the comments of this person’s friends who agreed with the women’s tiny umbrella buffered by the Husband (the 4th man of the Trinity – isn’t that now a quartet?), I am afraid my comment was deleted because I am the radical and I played the Woman Card.

As a street evangelist I talk with young and old women in the most unlikely places about women’s equality in the church and in the home. The Woman Card is alive and present in all our lives. The Woman Card is used for those sweet-mushy talking against women such as Donald Trump and those who are for women such as Hillary Clinton.

You could call it the uni-sex card, because both men and women use it.

Denominations and churches both love us and hate us. They love our spirituality, our money, our time, and our kids. They hate when we want to be full citizens of our churches, causing them to blog, hold seminars, write books, and preach on Husband’s authority and women’s submission.

This week, my craw runneth over. I am a Woman. Not an afterthought of my Creator.

It is 2016. What Woman Card are you playing?

Read “Reports from the street evangelist” on my website

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Harriet Tubman and Christian values

Harriet Tubman never expected to be the face of the $20 bill. And neither did anybody else expect her to be. It is the right thing to do. Harriet was a spiritual woman and I would like to ask her if it was for Jesus that she set the captives free.

Don’t you wonder if it was because of the injustice of one man owning another human that caused her to risk her life and the life of others to escape the bondage of slavery? Did Christianity have anything to do with it?

I wonder because at this time – over 100 years since her death – we Christians are not prone to allow Christianity to color our words or our actions when it comes to our cherished beliefs.

  • We know it is not Christian to hold another man in slavery. But we have no such compunction against holding women in slavery to a husband.
  • We deny women the full expression of their faith even though it is now 2,000 years since Jesus set women free. We point to the Bible, and ignore the fact that Jesus would never have denied women a place at the table simply because they were women.
  • We are proud to be an American. Yet we preach against women having equality that our American laws provide for every woman, and not only do we set about squelching freedom for our American women, we go across the waters and tell other women they must submit to their husbands in everything.
  • We know it is not Christian to deny another person goods we have for sale. But we have no such compunction against withholding our goods and services to those who we deem to be in homosexual sin. We do not withhold those same goods and services to those who are in some other moral or sexual sin.

Harriet Tubman risked her life to set others free.

What will you do for the Christ that you love? For the wife you love? For the daughter you love? Will you stand up for freedom for Christian women?

It is not easy being a Christian and standing for Christian values. The hardest part of that is determining exactly what Christian values are. Can it be Christian values when you suppress one-half of God’s human creation to a lifestyle and culture of another age and time?

Is it Christian values when it is not something Jesus would do?

It is 2016. What are your Christian values?

 Reports from the street evangelist

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Report from the Street Evangelist

Report from the street evangelist. The a/c is out at work. Called the a/c man last week and he came out and said there was no power to the units and we had to call the electrician.  Long story short, neither the electrician nor the a/c man fixed the problem, but it was a good day anyway for a street evangelist. I gave my book to the owner of the electrical company and he said women should be equal in the home. He said he and his wife had been married 32 years and they were partners. They treat each other as equals. He said he would read my book and let me know what he thought about it. When I called the a/c repairman last week, I heard Christian music in the background and when I called again today for them to come back out, I mentioned to her that I had heard Christian music playing and that I am a Christian author and have written books for women’s equality. She said the music was the Church of Christ down the street singing. I explained that I belong to a group of Christians for Biblical Equality and we have many Church of Christ members who are working for women’s equality in the church. She offered to pay for the book, but I told her it was a gift and that when the a/c man came he could pick it up and take it to her. When he was about to leave, I told him about the book and he said, “Women ought to be equal.” He laughed when I showed him the cover of my Dethroning Male Headship, but I did not have my newest edition on top of my bookshelf because I had given it to the electrician. One electrician and a/c repairman at a time. This city may not have the most egalitarian servicemen, but I have met many who are. My two books are “Dethroning Male Headship: Second Edition” and “Women Equal – No Buts: Powered by the same Source.” Available on Amazon – or from the street evangelist if you happen to see me.

Shirley Taylor,

Street Evangelist for women’s equality

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Resurrected! The new Adam greets the new Eve

He is Risen and now what? Let’s not be too hasty lest we pack Jesus away with the plastic Easter eggs. In my series Lent. Destination, the garden, we saw how Jesus went out of his way to tell women that he was the Messiah. As we will see, there was a reason for this.

Jesus has been called “the new Adam.” That first Adam has been the bane of all mankind and so has Eve. But the Resurrection changed everything. Here was the new Adam – a spirit that gives life.

“So it is also written, The first human, Adam, became a living person, and the last Adam became a spirit that gives life.” (1 Cor. 15:45 CEB).

Let’s look again at that garden.  There is Jesus and there is Mary Magdalene. Since Jesus is the new “Adam,” Mary is the new “Eve.” She is the first to witness this new Adam. He called her by her name, thus naming her. She is a freed woman, no longer to be cursed by manmade rules and restrictions. She is freed of the stigma placed upon her by mankind. But it won’t last. Because whenever humans can place a stigma, they will, and they did.

Just as it was not a coincidence that

  1. Jesus told the Jewish Mary of Bethany that she was welcomed into the presence of the Master’s teaching,
  2. Jesus told the gentile woman that he had also come to be Messiah of the gentiles which included her,
  3. Jesus told the woman at the well that he was the Messiah whom the Samaritans had been expecting (believing that they were the true faith).

it was not a coincidence that Mary Magdalene was in the garden to see the Resurrected Christ – the new Adam. Everything was leading up to this.

Genesis begins in a garden. And here we are again, in a garden where the Apostle Paul says

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” (2 Cor 5:17)

The new Adam and the new Eve. And just like the original Eve, this woman Mary Magdalene who was cleansed of all her sins, remained under the curse of man. Not God, but man. So do all of us women who have come after her.

It is 2016. There are no more gardens. It is up to us to get it right.

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