Redefining God diminishes women

All it takes is one look and an open mind to realize that the danger in Christian America is not the falling away from God, but the redefinition of God. That one look should begin at the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood website.

“Founded in 1987, CBMW is the flagship organization for the complementarian movement. CBMW exists to help Christians and churches discover God’s good plan in Christ for men, women, families, and congregations.”

Begin with the article from past president Owen Strachan:

“The love of even one tiny child swallows a father whole, claims his attention, determines his days. The child, after all, does not want the world’s affection. The world doesn’t even exist yet for the child. The child just wants a father, a father who loves Mom, and that will be enough.”

But, Strachan, your statement is wrong and deliberately ignores the role of the mother. One tiny child needs the mother more than it needs the father, no matter how much papa loves mama. The woman is equipped for feeding and nourishing that baby, whereas the father is not. But that diminishes the role of daddy and does not fit with the so-called “God’s good plan in Christ for men.” By the way, show me where Christ made any comment that supports complementarianism. But what the CBMW statement does is support the Eternal Son Subordination, and, yes, that is also on your site.

Here it is. Read Wayne Grudem’s old argument on the Trinity (Eternal Son Subordination): http://cbmw.org/public-square/whose-position-on-the-trinity-is-really-new/

Complementarians need this false theory in order to keep women subordinated. In her book, Woman this is WAR!, Jocelyn Andersen exposes complementarian motivation for defending this heretical theology by quoting Charles Stanley, a leading Southern Baptist pastor who supports the subordination of women. In his book, A Man’s Touch, he wrote, “If there is no submission within the Godhead, then there is no basis for complementarianism.” So we see that complementarian’s agenda for female subordination is what drives the Eternal Son Subordination theory.

Wade Burleson, well-known Southern Baptist pastor, had this to say about Southern Baptists’ position on the Trinity on June 15, 2015 on his blog:

“…Southern Baptist leaders have made the tragic error of believing that a husband should rule and a wife should be submissive because the Bible demands it…Truth be known, the Bible calls any desire to control and dominate–be it the husband or the wife—‘the curse.’ Southern Baptist Convention leaders have wrongly pushed for men to lord their authority over their wives, and called on wives to submit to the authority of their husbands because of a belief in and promotion of ‘the eternal subordination of the Son.’”

Burleson goes on to say, “I predict we will see the divorce rate of Southern Baptists decline in the next few years, and it will not be because of cultural accommodation. It will be due to our new leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention laying aside the doctrinal error of eternal subordination.”

However, for Burleson’s prediction to come to pass, there must be new leaders who are willing to lay aside this flawed theology. And they are not going to do it as long as they are lying in bed with the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.

Ignoring and diminishing women and their contribution to humanity, limits the kingdom of God, but is accepted theology to those who have as their reason for being, the subjection of all females to all males.

It is 2016. Is your love of female domination greater than your love for the kingdom of God?

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CBMW on women and the devil

Is the CBMW willing to bring back witch hunts?

The answer is yes and unless you read it for yourself, you will not believe it. Newly selected president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, Denny Burk, in his vision for CBMW seeks to enforce the Danvers Statement, and create wider acceptance of it.  The Danvers Statement is the modern day equivalent to the Malleus Maleficarum (The Witch Hunter’s Bible) which caused the deaths of thousands and thousands of women who were accused of consorting with the devil.

Women consorting with the devil was a strong belief in the Middle Ages, and it has not disappeared in Christian circles as is seen in the Missions and Vision statement by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. If a woman becomes too strong, usurping the authority of the husband, she is guilty of inviting the devil into the home, according to the CBMW.

See for yourself! The CBMW will tell you today that the devil finds an entrance into the home when husbands do not demand submission (structure their homes with wifely submission) and when women do not submit to a husband’s authority. Read their website under Missions and Vision:

“If families do not structure their homes properly, in disobedience to the teachings of Ephesians 5, 1 Peter 3, and Colossians 3, then they will not have the proper foundation from which to withstand the temptations of the devil and the various onslaughts of the world. This hinders the sanctification of married couples and also introduces confusion about basic parenting issues such as raising masculine sons and feminine daughters.” (CBMW.org)

Shockingly, this is the same language found in the Malleus Maleficarum (The Witch Hunter’s Bible). Wikipedia quotes Michael Bailey (Battling Demons, 2003, University Press):

“The text argues that women are more susceptible to demonic temptations through the manifold weaknesses of their gender. It was believed that they were weaker in faith and more carnal than men. Michael Bailey claims that most of the women accused as witches had strong personalities and were known to defy convention by overstepping the lines of proper female decorum.” (feminine daughters)

The Malleus Maleficarum asserts that three elements are necessary for witchcraft: 1) the evil intentions of the witch, 2) the help of the Devil, and 3) the Permission of God.

Look closely at number 3. THE PERMISSION OF GOD. This is exactly what the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood believe when they tell you that God has a submissive design for women. They are saying that God permits women to be susceptible to the devil.

Women, do you hear that! Do you see it! Can you live with it!

Jesus was not concerned about raising masculine sons and feminine daughters, nor was he concerned with wives submitting themselves to their husbands, and neither did he indicate that husbands were strong enough to keep Satan from entering into a family.

The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood believes that when wives submit themselves to their husbands, this enables families to withstand the devil’s temptations and the onslaughts of the world. If you believe that is the gospel, then you need to find yourself a real Bible.

It is 2016. Denny Burk, are you listening? Have you let the power of the devil blind you to the Word of God?

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Fox News and Christians

Gretchen Carlson, formerly of Fox News, has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.

“I have strived to empower women and girls throughout my entire career,” Carlson said in a statement. “Although this was a difficult step to take, I had to stand up for myself and speak out for all women and the next generation of women in the workplace.

In an earlier blog on Huffington Post, Carlson said:

“Finally, we have to stop thinking of sexual harassment as only a women’s issue,” she wrote. “It comes down to how we raise our children, including our sons. It’s not enough to tell our daughters to stand up for themselves. Part of putting an end to harassment involves educating boys to be completely accepting of women, both at home and at work, so that harassment becomes a relic of the past.”

It is doubtful that a 76 year old man wakes up one morning and begins sexual harassment of an employee. More than likely it was a long-time moral failing of that man, and it has been reported that he has a history of sexual abuse against the women he hires.

So, where does this leave Christians, who make up a large part of the viewing audience of Fox News?

I, myself, am conflicted. I watch Fox News – a lot. But I have also been very concerned about the women on Fox News. They have to show their legs and thighs with very short dresses, and low-cut dresses are far too common. I realize that this is the norm in New York, but I do not live in New York City. I can guarantee you, most of Fox News viewers live in the south where modest dress is the norm. I have also been concerned that women cannot age on Fox News and that they must wear long hair which makes them look like immature dolls. Women cannot grow up on Fox News. I am tired of women being judged by their breasts, their legs, and their long ‘teenager’ hair. I am tired of a society that tells women they cannot grow up and mature, and age as the years pass.

In fact, religions that do not give women full equality are acting just like Fox News. They insist upon a helpless female who must submit to men, and who cannot grow up to be full adults.

There is no doubt culture is changing. The past did not have it right in many ways: race and lack of women and girls’ equality being two that were diametrically opposed to the teachings of Christ and what Christianity should be about.

It is 2016. Are you clinging to an out-dated culture regarding race and women?

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Freedom in Christ for – who?

Dear Pastor,

It is a little late, but I just read your July 4th article in your newsletter this morning. I get your church newsletter regularly because it comes to my post office box, addressed to a former member of your church who previously had my mailbox. You know me, of course. I am the sister of one of your members and you knew me when I worked for Baptist General Convention of Texas. (Letter sent to Baptist pastor August 3, 2014)

When I found it in my mailbox Friday, I tossed it in the front seat of the car. This morning I arrived early at my church and picked up your newsletter and read it. This is what you wrote:

“The history of the human race is largely one of enslavement. Men have enslaved each other…Yet man is enslaved by a worse slavery than the literal kind – by circumstances, by customs, by fear, and by his passion for sin. John 8:32 tells us it is the truth that makes man free. Christ came to make man free, not just from institutional slavery but from every kind of slavery. He frees through Himself, who is the truth incarnate. If a person wants true freedom all he has to do is surrender to Jesus Christ.”

I like the story of freedom through Christ. Paul told the people of Galatia “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Gal 5:1).

I put down your newsletter and went into my own church. Today, our praise song was “Open Our Eyes (we want to see Jesus).” The song says ‘we want to reach out and touch you, and say that we love you.’ Surely you hear the wistfulness in women’s voices when they sing this song. Much like Mary at the tomb the morning of the resurrection when she saw Jesus.

My pastor began to preach. I was glued to his every word. He told the story of Esau and Jacob. You remember the story. Jacob steals Esau’s birthright. The name “Jacob” means “supplanter, deceiver.” Jacob took what was not his to take. Through opportunity and deception, he received the inheritance of goods and position.

That was the Old Testament. In the New Testament, there is a ‘newbirth’ right, given by Jesus, where both men and women were set free. A new birth: a new right as sons and daughters of God. That was our birthright. We were free! Christ set us free from ‘institutional slavery and every kind of slavery,’ (your words, again.)

We were all firstborn, and set to inherit goods and positions. But something happened along the way.

The supplanters and deceivers came and women’s birthright through Jesus Christ was stolen from them. Women were made slaves again. Like Esau, we have been tricked and we have lost the precious birthright that came with Jesus. Yes, like Esau, we have sold our birthright for a bowl of pottage. We have received a bowl of beautiful words of flattery served with ‘equal-but.’

Jacob sought to make amends with his brother. God met Jacob on the way, and Jacob was engaged in a spiritual battle to account for what he had done. Jacob would not give up the struggle until he knew that he had received a blessing. This changed Jacob forever. He limped, but more than that, he had received forgiveness.

A birthright has been stolen. The birthright was a way of living, a position in society and family, something to be passed on to the next generation.

So it is today. And it has been stolen.

Which belies the last statement in your article on the 4th July 2014: “If a person wants true freedom all he has to do is surrender to Jesus Christ.”

True freedom would mean a full birthright. To preach. To be a deacon. To serve the Lord’s Supper. To take up the offering. To pass out an attendance pad and worship bulletin. That is not a freedom that you are willing to give the women in your church.

This past Fourth of July, as you ate your hotdogs and apple pie, women are still being oppressed by the very church that claims to set them free. What would happen if next July 4th, the women in your church can serve as God calls? Will you lead the way?

It is 2016. How free are you?

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The birth of a theocracy

Theocracy: a country that is ruled by religious leaders. Enter Donald Trump’s Evangelical Executive Advisory Board. Now, why does a presidential candidate need an Evangelical Executive Advisory Board?

This blogpost is very difficult for me to write. The words just will not come. I cannot understand how we have come to this point where a presidential candidate embraces those pastors and religious leaders who teach and preach that women are inferior in the face of God, in the face of man, and in the face of church and family. This is a man who wants to kick out Muslims, yet embraces those who teach the same concepts of submissiveness toward males.

Here they are listed in the Baptist Standard. There are five Southern Baptist pastors on the list. As we all know, Southern Baptists believe that women must submit to their husbands and must be lead by males in the church and home. There are no women evangelical pastors on this list. The fact that all but one (marginally) are male headship leaders or pastors and that the only woman included once owned an “ex-gay” clinic, tells us much about Donald Trump and the way he would take the nation. In fact, he said, “I am so on your side.”

  • Jack Graham, senior pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano
  • Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas
  • James Robison, an evangelist and founder of Life Outreach International in Fort Worth
  • Michele Bachman, former congresswoman
  • Kenneth and Gloria Copeland of Kenneth Copeland Ministries of Newark, Texas
  • James Dobson, former head of Focus on the Family
  • Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University
  • Ronnie Floyd, Arkansas pastor and immediate past president of the Southern Baptist Convention
  • Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary and former president of the SBC Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
  • Robert Morris, pastor of Gateway Church, with campuses across North Texas
  • Ralph Reed, founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition
  • Tony Suarez, executive vice president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.

So, there we have it. The birth of a theocracy. A theocracy that prefers males to females.

It is 2016. Just how far are you willing to submit?

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The culture war

Omar Mateen, the Islamic terrorist who murdered 49 people in Orlando, Florida, may or may not have wanted to preserve his Islamic culture and bring down our Western style culture. But he would not be the only one who wants to do so.

Sunday morning in church, I bowed my head in silent prayer for the victims of the massacre. Monday morning I knew nothing had changed. It came in an envelope from a large congregation of Church of Christ just down the street from us. It was an invitation to hear how Liberty University and their legal team at Liberty Counsel plan to take back America by rousing pastors and congregations into civil action. Their Three Pillars Ministry are: Religious Freedom, Sanctity of Human Life, and The Family.

Their goal is to restore the culture. And you can be sure that culture they want to restore is one that fits with their perceived “right” way. I am reminded of the Amish and the Mennonites. They chose to live in the culture and not move away from it, even though everything around them was changing.

Most Amish communities that were established in North America did not ultimately retain their Amish identity. The original major split that resulted in the loss of identity occurred in the 1860s. During that decade ministerial conferences were held in Wayne County, Ohio, concerning how the Amish should deal with the pressures of modern society. (Amish-Wikipedia)

Liberty Counsel’s first pillar, Religious Freedom, has no real meaning except to the person espousing it. To Liberty University and Liberty Counsel, it means:

Liberty Counsel advances these liberties on behalf of students, teachers, parents, pastors, churches and individuals in their homes, at work and in public spaces. Liberty Counsel advocates for students who want to pray and thank God in their schools and help Christians gain equal access to host events in public facilities. We protect the right of ministers to speak the truth without fear of government censors, and fight for those who are at risk of losing their religious freedom.  

But Religious Freedom will not be what Liberty University wants it to be. For true religious freedom, Muslims, Hindus, Mormons, Christian Science and any invented religion, will also have those same rights. Muslims can put down prayer mats in hallways and issue calls to prayer in schools. It is doubtful that is what Liberty University wants. Goal: Pray in schools.

Their second pillar, Sanctity of Human Life means no abortions. Abortions are horrible and should never be taken lightly. But to say absolutely ‘no’ to abortions opens up illegal back-room abortions and girls and women will die because of botched abortion attempts. Let’s face it. Birth control is legal, available, and cheap – but women and girls still get pregnant. Many of those women will choose to abort their baby. You can’t change that. You cannot legislate morality. There always have been abortions and there always will be. Goal: Repeal Roe vs Wade

Their third Pillar, The Family. They say “Marriage as the union of one man and one woman predates every form of government and transcends politics.” But that is wrong. One man and multiple wives was the norm in biblical times and is still the norm in Muslim cultures. Look back to pillar Religious Freedom. Since Islamic men can have four wives, are we to allow them four wives in America? Goal: Repeal same-sex marriage.

Whenever anyone wants to change or preserve culture, look at how they treat women. Liberty University is a male headship university and teaches that women must be in complete submission to their husbands and males in leadership. Islam teaches the same.

Our Western culture is not perfect by any means, but we are making a governmental step toward equality for women. Religion has not done so. Most religions seek to deny women full equality.

It is 2016. What culture do you choose?

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They already know the outcome

The Southern Baptist Convention and the Vatican have decided to study women’s roles of ‘leadership.’ They can save their money and their time. They both know what conclusion they have to come to.

“I hope when women are excluded or passed over for leadership, it is on the basis of the biblical gender parameters (such as being a pastor or elder) or that she is simply not qualified for the position, rather than on a general suspicion of women trying to control men,” Susie Hawkins, SBC author and speaker, says.

There it is: ‘biblical gender parameters’ which – in their opinion – biblically denies women the role of pastoral and elder leadership. And that is what seals the deal against women.

This Advisory Council is made up of 18 women. Three are wives of Southern Baptist seminaries: Mrs. Al Mohler, Mrs. Chuck Kelley, Mrs. Jeff Iorg. These women’s preference is to be known as ‘the wife of’ before any secular accomplishments. There is no way these women will come to any conclusion that their husbands do not agree with. In fact, that is what male headship means: he makes the rules and she cannot decide against him. Like I said, they can save their money and their time.

Now to the Catholics. Same situation. In 2010, Pope Benedict said pedophilia crime is on the same level as having a woman as a preacher. When asked about women’s ordination, Pope Francis said, “That door is closed.”

Catholics, too, can save their time and their money.

It ain’t gonna happen, folks. It cannot happen because those doing the studies have already been told what the result must be.

What they have not been told – and what they have no control over – is how you will react.

It is 2016. Is your mind closed to fully understanding the Gospel of Jesus Christ and his calling to women in service to Him?

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