Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Opening Statements Video of Seneca Falls 2

Jocelyn Andersen's opening statements (video) at the Seneca Falls 2 Christian Women's Rights Convention held in Orlando, Florda on July 24, 2010 

Woman this is War: Gender, Slavery and the Evangelical Caste System of Complementarianism from FreeCWC on Vimeo.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Freedom for Christian Women Coalition: Complementarianism: Sowing the Wind and Reaping th...

Freedom for Christian Women Coalition: Complementarianism: Sowing the Wind and Reaping th...: "More and more people are asking, “Is it legal for state created organizations, such as 501c3 tax exempt corporations, to practice and promot..."

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Under Much Grace Blog: A Review of Andersen's "Woman This is War" Part I of III (Concerning Christian History)

Under Much Grace Blog: A Review of Andersen's "Woman This is War" Part I of III (Concerning Christian History)

Under Much Grace Blog: A Review of Andersen's "Woman this is War" Part II of III (Concerning Doctrine and Gender Bias)

Under Much Grace Blog: A Review of Andersen's "Woman this is War" Part II of III (Concerning Doctrine and Gender Bias)

Under Much Grace Blog: A Review of Andersen's "Woman this is War" Part III of III (Concerning Abuse and Insidious Totalitarianism)

Under Much Grace Blog: A Review of Andersen's "Woman this is War" Part III of III (Concerning Abuse and Insidious Totalitarianism)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Apology Demand Fed Ex'd to J Ligon Duncan III and to Randy Stinson

ORLANDO, Fla. (ABP) -- A group of women and men calling themselves the Freedom for Christian Women Coalition has demanded an apology for religious teaching they say is harmful to women. Shirley Taylor, founder of Baptist Women for Equality, presented the Demand for an Apology from the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood at a July 24 meeting in Orlando, FL....
 http://www.abpnews.com/content/view/5370/53
 
The Demand was Fed Ex'd to the CBMW today. Fed Ex Tracking numbers:

Tracking number 790720735778 to J Ligon Duncan III

Tracking number 792202508448 to Randy Stinson

Copy and Paste numbers here to view delivery confirmations http://www.fedex.com/Tracking

Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Freedom for Christian Women Coalition Demands Apology

FREEDOM FOR CHRISTIAN WOMEN COALITION

July 24, 2010

Dr. Randy Stinson, President
Council on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood
2825 Lexington Road, Box 926
Louisville, KY 40280

And

Dr. J Ligon Duncan III
Chairman of the Board of the CBMBW
First Presbyterian Church
1390 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39202


The Freedom for Christian Women Coalition met on July 24, 2010, in Orlando, Florida, and agreed and affirmed this Demand for an Apology from the Council on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood because of the concerns as listed in the following pages.

For the sake of all Christians, men and women, we demand that the Council on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood, make a public apology for the misuse of Holy Scripture as it relates to women, and cease to publish or promote The Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood.

Sincerely,

Shirley Taylor
Waneta Dawn
Cynthia Kunsman
Janice Levinson
Jocelyn Andersen

Freedom for Christian Women Coalition


DEMAND FOR AN APOLOGY FROM THE COUNCIL ON BIBLICAL MANHOOD AND BIBLICAL WOMANHOOD

At a time in our church history that the main focus should be on winning lost souls and spreading the gospel to a hurting world, we fear for the future because the Council on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood has placed a greater priority on women’s submissive role rather than on the gospel of Jesus Christ.

It is with that thought in mind that we make these statements.

1. We are concerned that men are being taught that they are god-like in their relationship to women within the church and home. As the mothers, wives, and daughters of these men, it is our concern that this doctrine is setting them up for failure as Christian fathers, husbands and sons;

2. we are concerned about the sin that evangelical church leaders commit when they deny the love of Christ fully to women simply because they were born female;

3. we are concerned about the damage this causes to families when husbands and fathers are told that they have Headship over their wives and daughters;

4. we are concerned about wife abuse, girlfriend abuse, and abuse to female children that takes place in many homes where evangelical men are taught that they have earthly and spiritual authority over women;

5. we are concerned that the children who attend churches that subscribe to the principles of The Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood will grow up not knowing the full redemptive power of the blood of Jesus for both men and women;

6. we are concerned for the mental and emotional development of girls and boys who attend churches that teach males have superiority over females;

7. we are concerned that men who are taught that they have Male Headship over a home and church do not feel that they are accountable for abusive attitudes and actions towards women;

8. we are concerned about the mistranslation of the scriptures by complementarian translation committees and by the false teachings propagated by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood;

9. we are concerned that pastors who teach and preach male domination/female subordination cannot relate in a loving, Christ-like manner to female members of their congregations because they have already judged them and found them lacking;

10. we are concerned that the issue of wifely submission, promoted so heavily by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, is more about power and control than about love or obeying the Word of God.

It is because of these concerns that:

1. We demand that the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood acknowledge the harm that has been done to the church body by The Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood, confess it as sin, and denounce it;

2. we demand that denominational leaders and all churches and seminaries which have adopted The Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood do the same;

3. we demand a public apology from the Council on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood, and from all heads of seminaries and Bible colleges that have adopted The Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood, for the inestimable damage this statement has done to all Christians whose lives have been influenced by it;

4. we demand that the Council on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood begin to promote the Biblical design of functional equality for all Christians, both men and women;

5. we demand that the Council on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood begin to speak out against pastors who continue to demean women and oppress Christians by the use of The Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood;

6. we demand that the Council on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood chastise pastors who claim that abuse of women is acceptable and justified because the wife is not submitting to the husband;

7. we demand that the Council on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood make known to every boy and every girl who attend an evangelical church, that God is their head, and that authority over another human being can come only from God;

8. we demand that the Council on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood teach men that they share equally in the burden of society’s ills, and that all that is wrong with society today cannot be blamed on women;

9. we demand that the Council on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood do everything in their power to teach seminarians to show the love of Christ to both men and women;

10. we demand that the Council on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood teach pastors to be loving towards those Christian men and women who disagree with The Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood;

11. and, finally, for the sake of all Christians, men and women, we demand that the Council on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood, make a public apology for the misuse of Holy Scripture as it relates to women, and cease to publish or promote The Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood.


Shirley Taylor, bWe Baptist Women for Equality , Presented at the
Seneca Falls 2 Evangelical Women’s Rights Convention July 24, 2010 in Orlando, Florida



AFFIRMED BY THE FREEDOM FOR CHRISTIAN WOMEN COALITION AT THE SENECA FALLS 2 EVANGELICAL WOMENS RIGHTS CONVENTION
JULY 24, 2010 IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA

Monday, July 05, 2010

Patriarchy Leads to Abuse. Period.

As a formerly battered Christian wife who is alive only by supernatural intervention ( you can read about that in the first chapter of my book which is posted at www.WomanSubmit.com ), it is my profound belief (backed up by studies and statistics) that strongly held attitudes of male supremacy are largely responsible for domestic violence. That is why I work so hard to raise awareness of both issues within the Christian community.

Registration is still open for the Seneca Falls 2 Evangelical Women's Rights Convention to be held in Orlando in a few weeks. It is a free conference. Please come and bring some friends if you can. ~~jocelyn 

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Q & A With Jocelyn Andersen About "Woman this is WAR!"

What is Woman this is War! about? Woman this is WAR! is about change. Women are second class citizens in most churches and many homes. This is not only un-Christian and un-Biblical but it is emotionally and spiritually detrimental to all involved, and sometimes physically dangerous to women and girls.

Can you elaborate on that statement? How can it be healthy and beneficial when evangelical leaders call men who love their families but have no desire to rule over their wives, "wimps?" And harmful prejudice against women is encouraged when Christians are taught that the underlying motive in the heart of every woman is to dominate men. Studies are showing that aggression and violence is increasing in young boys as well as college age young men and it is being connected with strongly held beliefs about gender roles. Sadly, the evangelical church is the primary propagator of this harmful paradigm. Complementarian teachings are often interfering in otherwise happy marriages and creating problems where previously there were none. The Church is pitting husbands and wives against each other. This must stop.

You sound like a feminist; isn't feminism opposed to Christianity and Biblical teaching? The definition of feminism has evolved over the years but at its most basic is simply "advocating for social and political equality for women." 

The earliest definitions of the word were derogatory, and it is the fact that Webster's Dictionary first defined feminism as "the 'cult' of advocating for social and political equality for women" that is largely responsible for the stigma still attached to the word today. Language unarguably plays a large part in defining cultural attitudes.

There is no evidence that Christian feminism can be connected with secular feminism in any way. It is not a spin-off. Anti-feminist author Mary Kassian admits this in her book, The Feminist Mistake. It is a sad fact that evangelical historians and authors have ignored and even grossly misrepresented significant Christian initiatives in the many movements for women's rights. Committed Christians, both women and men, have been instigators in the various movements for women's rights from the very beginning. For instance, four of the five women who organized the Seneca Falls Woman's Rights Convention in 1848, were Quakers. Christian involvement in women's rights spans oceans and continents and can be traced to the 17th century. The first feminist is said to be a Christian. I write about her in my book too.

Christian women have a rich heritage in advocating for equality of the sexes; and it is a heritage we should be proud of.

What about women in the Church? The complementarian teaching that men should lead and women should follow cannot be substantiated with scripture. This teaching actually comes out of paganism. There are no scriptural prohibitions against women teaching or leading in either the Old Testament or the New. In Woman this is WAR! I cover this question in a great deal of detail.

Your title accuses the church of aligning itself with caste and slavery in regards to women; how can this be justified? Because it is true. Many evangelicals teach that women are born to subordination for the simple fact that they are born female. Complementarians teach that there is nothing a woman can do to rise above the fact of her birth. This is caste. As far as slavery is concerned, many of the arguments used to keep women in subjection are identical to the arguments used by slaveholders in attempts to prove that slavery was divinely mandated by God. I recently spoke with a young complementarian who still believes slavery was mandated by God and was beneficial to the slave in many ways! Unbelievable! In the book, I draw many parallels between the attitudes of 19th century slaveholders and those of 21st century traditional role religionists and complementarians.

It sounds like you cover a great deal of historical background in your book: Yes, Woman this is WAR! is a treasure trove of historical information relevant to the issue and should be of interest to anyone researching not only the Christian aspects of the history of women's rights but also Black History. Some prominent figures in the movement for women's rights were former slaves, and also, some prominent African Americans who played a large part in freedoms so many enjoy today were devout Christians.



http://www.womansubmit.com/

Monday, June 28, 2010

The Development and Practice of Patriarchy

Watch this video for an eye-opening exposé by **Cynthia Kunsman of a movement that is making alarming inroads into mainstream Christianity http://www.vimeo.com/3224305  

**Cynthia Kunsman is a featured speaker at the Seneca Falls 2 Evangelical Women's Rights Convention to be held in Orlando, FL next month http://www.senecafalls2.com/

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Where In the Bible...?

God's "Design" for men and women. Where in the Bible can that word or even the concept be found? Can someone produce a scripture that specifically uses the words "God's Design" in reference to men and women?     And God blessed them and said unto them...have dominion.

On Father's Day, the pastor preached about "roles" for men and women. Where in the Bible can the word "roles" be found?     Can someone produce a single scripture containing that word?

He talked about the "authority" given to man over woman. What scripture says man was placed in authority over woman?   You cannot serve two masters...We have one Lord even Christ....

He preached that man was woman's protector. Where does the Bible say that? Scripture please!

The congregation was informed that woman needs protection for far more than just physical reasons. She needs protection emotionally, mentally and spiritually. How frail woman is! What specific verse of scripture says that man is woman's protector?    It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Evil Woman

"this woman is a kook - a radical femi-nazi with a chip on her shoulder the size of the full moon..."

MoveOnDotOrgg has made a comment on Woman Submit! Christians & Domestic Violence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQSLma46gWk&feature=email  "this woman is a kook - a radical femi-nazi with a chip on her shoulder the size of the full moon. You have to ask yourself why she doesn't realize it's women who have abandoned thier homes and families trying to be...men? The divorce rate is obscenely high and the blame rest squarely on the laps of clueless feminists and thier misguided mindset. Who loses? The children with broken, divorced families."
 
What this person wrote is not an original or isolated opinion. It resonates with what is being taught by popular teachers throughout the evangelical church. What makes it even sadder, is that he chose a video of a battered woman in which to state his case. The slave-holding spirit truly is merciless and implacable.
 
Women are abandoning their homes trying to be men...? Listen to what is being said here as it is a mainstream evangelical sentiment. If a woman knows that she is created a free, autonomous, human being, she is accused of trying to be a man. Personal freedom and autonomy belong only to men? What does that make women? There is only one answer to that question. What do we call someone who is not free?
 
The slave-holding spirit is still alive and well within the evangelical and fundamental Christian communities.
 
Do not think the person who made such a vicious accusation against women holds an extremist view point. His position aligns perfectly with that of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) whose sympathizers, supporters, and various board members read like a Who's Who of conservative Christian leaders: Phyllis Schlafly, John Piper, Wayne Grudem, John MacArthur, Tim and Beverly LaHaye, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Paige and Dorothy Patterson,  Joe Stowell, Al Mohler, Charles Stanley, Elisabeth Elliott....The list is impressive and extensive.
 
The blame for the destruction of families rests squarely on the shoulders of women? Women must be evil indeed. It must be so, because every person named in the list above and a host of others hold to the "evil woman" doctrine. God help us. Prejudice against women (even by other women) is extreme among conservative Christians--to the point of being fanatical.
 
But such viciousness against women is not found in scripture.
 
You say there is no resemblance between the vicious commentator and your favorite complementarian teacher? If that is the case, it is only because the really popular complementarians have learned to sugar-coat their venom. But the anonymous critic above is not interested in hiding his . . . and he is quoting some of them verbatim.
 
I seriously doubt the commentator above cares anything about anyone but himself. There is no hint of a compassionate disposition in his writing. His issue is not the preservation and wellbeing of families and children. Along with the CBMW and company, his issue is clearly that of male dominance.
 
God deliver us from slave-holding spirits.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

What’s With Paul and Women?

“The viper known as ‘the doctrine of male authority' has bitten the church,” says pastor and author Wade Burleson in the forward of Jon Zens’ book, What’s With Paul and Women?. Zens claims the church is leading the way in the suppression of women and has traditionally used 1 Timothy 2:12 as a way to do it. But he is convinced the scriptures do not support the practice. He writes, “This bottom-rung status of women in the post-apostolic age did not emerge because of a careful study of scripture.”

The gender bias with which 1 Timothy Chapter Two has been translated and subsequently handled by commentators becomes clear as Zens gently reasons with his readers to grasp what the passage (in the original language and within the context of the community to which it was written) really says.

In, What’s With Paul and Women? Zens presents an insightful, Biblical, interpretation of 1 Timothy 2:12, and his commentary on the rest of the chapter is certainly deserving of consideration from serious students of the Bible.


http://www.amazon.com/Whats-Paul-Women-Jon-Zens/dp/0976522292

Saturday, May 22, 2010

I Want to See Your Face!

Let's get together. Let's meet face to face. Let's blend our voices outside the blogosphere. Plan to attend the Seneca Falls 2 Christian Conference. Register now. Reserve your room today. Who gets an Orlando, FL vacation for $69 a night? The conference itself is free.

For those who are not bloggers or speakers, one of the events at the Seneca Falls 2  Conference will be a time of interaction between conference attendees, the conference speakers, and a few other selected leaders via a panel discussion and Q & A session. Everyone will get a chance to actively participate in this conference.

Whether you are male or female, if you support equality for Christian Women, plan to attend this exciting event! Your presence will signal your solidarity with those who support the movement for change and will provide an opportunity to participate--in person--in the process.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Concerned Women for America is Not Concerned About Women

On May 5, 2010 Concerned Women for America (CWA) released a media advisory informing the public that their Executive Director and Senior Fellow, Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse,  provided written testimony to the Senate Committe on the Judiciary during their hearing on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Her testimony consisted of informing the committee that the issue of domestic violence is nothing but a feminist political ploy. She wrote that for the "past 15-20 years, the women's movement has used the issue of violence against women to increase their influence around the world." http://christiannewswire.com/news/406313824.html  

Crouse wrote that the numbers of actual violence are skewed. She's right. They are. The numbers do not even begin to reflect how many women are actually experiencing domestic abuse or violence. But that is not what she meant. She also wrote that "violence is...diluted when psychological and verbal abuse are thrown into the mix and differ in magnitude" from  physical abuse. 

Crouse, and Concerned Women for America are wrong. The magnitude of psychological and verbal abuse should not be underestimated. They are horrendous. Crouse wrote, "Physical violence is not to be tolerated, and VAWA needs to focus on ending those crimes rather than broadening the definition of violence to the point of meaninglessness." Meaninglessness? Domestic abuse is not meaningless. It is devastating, and it can be deadly. Women can and do commit suicide as a result of domestic abuse. The suicide of a verbally and psychologically abused woman is a domestic violence murder.

Suppose a verbally abused wife does not commit suicide? Does that make everything Ok? How many women who live under the strain of verbal and psychological abuse (in military settings it is called psychological warfare) experience significant deterioration in their physical and mental health, and live miserable, shortened lives as a result of the abuse? Abuse should not be a crime?

God help us.

"Dr. Crouse concluded, 'None of us likes to see anyone abused, and we all recoil at those situations where women and children are battered and assaulted. However, those who really want to help these women cannot continue to 'add on' to the list of abuses things that are regrettable and objectionable but not 'abusive'...'"  

Psychological warefare is not abusive? How can Christians continue to support these "non-profit" organizations? Stop sending them money

Crouse continued, "we must ensure that those programs that are funded really do help women, rather than merely increasing the federal bureaucracy and imposing further barriers between hurting women and those who are eager and qualified to help them." How does Concerned Women for America plan to support programs that help battered women? Do they fund any battered women shelters? If they do, it cannot be found on their website. They do not even deal with the issue of domestic violence on their website. It is not listed as either a "Core Issue" or  a peripheral "Miscellaneous" issue. It appears that wife beating and domestic psychological warfare are not "Issues" at all as far as CWA is concerned, except in opposing efforts to help women who are victimized by these crimes. CWA consistently attempts to erect judicial and economic barriers  between endangered women and those who have the authority and the qualifications to help them.  

One of the purposes behind CWA is protecting and supporting the "Biblical design of marriage." The Biblical design of marriage, according to them, is defined by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW), and consists of male authority and submissive wives--period. How can a wife submit and leave an abusive husband at the same time? What is CWA doing to help abused women? What can they do when they issue media releases saying that verbal and psychological warfare is not abuse?

Little real help for battered and abused wives will be found within radical complementarian organizations like CWA. And CWA is a radical complementarian organization. Its founder, Beverly LaHaye, serves on the Board of Reference for the  CBMW, which is an organization committed to the absolute overthrow of the personal authonomy of all Christian women. In spite of the fact that Beverly LaHaye has been living a high profile life with CWA, and been busy in politics for quite some years, she and her husband, best selling author, Tim LaHaye, advise Christian husbands to practice economic abuse by controlling all monies earned by working wives in order to discourage female independence. Why in the world would they, or any organization connected with them, be concerned about domestic abuse? They promote it. It is part of their strategy for implementing what they call the "Biblical Design of Marriage."

Concerned Women for America may be the nation's largest public policy women's organization, but they certainly are not concerned about women.

~~~~~

"And they said Let us rise up and build So they strengthened their hands for this good work" 

Friday, May 07, 2010

My Apologies Everyone

The information I posted yesterday was incorrect. The subject matter is so relevant, though, that I have reposted it with the correct dates. My thanks to Shirley Taylor, of Baptist Women for Equality, for emailing me about the error.

Seventh Anniversary of Mass Exodus From Southern Baptist Mission Board

The Seneca Falls 2 Christian Conference is an inter-denominational event, which should be of interest to all who believe the Bible teaches the priesthood of every believer. It should be of particular interest to Southern Baptists who, seven years ago today, witnessed the International Missions Board (IMB) lose 43 missionaries in one day due to pressure to sign the 2000 Baptist Faith & Message.

Why not sign?
“Don and Angie Finley of Brazil, are two of the missionaries whose resignations were accepted by the IMB on May 7, 2003. They declared they were ‘not resigning because we have a problem with grassroots Southern Baptists’ or ‘because we have done anything wrong or have something to hide. When a Baptist missionary sending agency demands doctrinal accountability on the basis of a man-made document rather than on the basis of Scripture, something is wrong…When unnamed critics are taken seriously when they make vague, generalized and unsubstantiated accusations against doctrinally sound and spiritually committed missionaries, something is wrong. When denominational politics takes precedence over mission priorities, and missionaries themselves are made pawns in a denominational political game, something is wrong.’
"http://www.baptiststandard.com/2003/5_19/pages/terminations.html  

Rick Dill, a missionary who was fired along with his wife, Nancy, clarifies: "‘A small group of really vicious people are the ones who are making policy at the board,’ …The Dills outlined four concerns they have with the 2000 Baptist Faith & Message: Removal of the statement: ‘The criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is Jesus Christ,’ from the 1963 version. ‘The center of our faith is Jesus Christ--God who became man, born of a virgin, crucified as atonement for our sin, raised on the third day, ascended to the right hand of the Father…All Scripture comes from him and can only be understood through him,’ Use of the expression ‘priesthood of believers’ instead of ‘priesthood of the believer.’ ‘Each of us stands individually before God,’ Dill said. ‘We are called to be his priests; his Spirit works within us individually as well as corporately, and finally, we will be called to account for our lives as his servants. Loss of that concept, not liberalism, is what killed the Christian movement in Europe…The priesthood of the believer was denied and taken away, and the clergy decided what you believe, what you do and when you believe it. They took the experience with God, that the Bible insists upon, completely away. That's the most dangerous thing that is facing us as Southern Baptists.’

The Bottom Line
It is suspected that the “small group of really vicious people” making policy at the IMB were more concerned with female subordination than with anything else. Dill continues explaining why he and his wife could not sign the 2000 Baptist Faith & Message: “Insertion of language that a wife should ‘submit herself graciously’ to her husband, while ignoring ‘the injunction of Paul to submit to each other.’ Insertion of a statement that ‘the office of pastor is limited to men.’ In China, women pastor a majority of the churches,’ Dill said. ‘In Germany, we have a number of women who are Baptist pastors and do an exemplary job of service. ... Does this mean all of these women are serving out of God's will?’"

The Crux of the Matter?
If missionary wives did not agree to submit graciously to their husbands and forsake the priesthood of every believer in favor of a priesthood composed of only male believers, then missionary couples would no longer be supported by the Southern Baptist International Missions Board, and must either support themselves or come home.

On May 7, 2003, 30 missionaries resigned. 13 were fired. It was the “largest mass exodus in the history of the Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board. ’We've never had anything close to this,’ said Alan Lefever, director of the Texas Baptist Historical Collection.”

What happened at the IBM is an example of why Christians who support the priesthood of all believers –Vs- the priesthood of only some believers need to stand up and be counted. And we can do that by supporting the Seneca Falls 2 Christian Conference which will be held in Orlando, FL on July 24 of this year. Shirley Taylor, founder of Baptist Women for Equality, who says we’ve talked about it long enough, now it’s time to do something, has confirmed that she will be speaking at the conference. http://www.senecafalls2.com/

After the resignations and firings, the IMB disclosed that the 98% of foreign missionaries who did sign the document were not all in agreement with it. Some missionaries admitted they signed under pressure in order to keep their ministries. "We've talked with numerous missionaries who basically said, 'God called me here, and I'll sign in order to keep doing my ministry.' Additionally, you have 'yes' responses ranging from 'This is a wonderful statement of faith' to 'I can live with it.' … ‘Of the many disappointments and frustrations since the so-called 'conservative resurgence,' the firing of God-called missionaries is far and away the saddest day of all.," http://www.baptiststandard.com/2003/5_19/pages/terminations.html

Saturday, May 01, 2010

The Seneca Falls 2 Conference: What It Is and Is Not

About the Name: The first women's conference was held in the United States on July 19-20, 1848, in Seneca Falls, New York. Four of the five organizers of the conference were Christians and the conference was hosted at a Methodist Church. It was a predominantly Christian led event.

About the Conference: This is not a "Women's" Conference. There have been too many gender-segregated conferences. It is time to come together equally—as followers of Christ. This is a "Christian" Conference for both men and women.

The Purpose of the Conference: We are not coming together to define the problem, that has already been done. The purpose of Seneca Falls 2 is to offer solutions and to present a united front in favor of gender-equality for Christian women. We believe that by doing so, we can encourage those who presently remain silent to add their voices to ours. We believe we can see change.

http://www.senecafalls2.com/

Monday, April 26, 2010

The Complementarian Giant

The complementarian movement is huge. It is a well organized Goliath backed by organizations, denominations, seminaries, numerous conferences, authors, and money. . .lots of it.

It cannot be said that the phenomenal growth of complementarianism indicates the approval of God. There are religious cults that have been experienced phenomenal growth as well. Does that mean they are of God? Speaking of cults, the cultic overtones in complementarianism are unmistakable: Cults use dire warnings of woe or extravagant promises of temporal or eternal happiness to gain and hold the loyalty of members. Complementarianism does the same with predictions of familial and ecclesiastical disaster if women are given practical equality with men in the home and church. On the other hand, men and women are told that the closest thing to heaven on earth is in marriages where gender hierarchy is implemented. Cults claim their way is the only way. Complementarian leaders do the same when they accuse egalitarians of being in rebellion against God and blame equality for all manner of social problems.

At the True Woman Conference 2009, Mary Kassian connected gender equality with sparking the french revolution and the civil rights movement. She cited Rosa Parks as an example of an unbiblical woman. What is her view of Park’s part in starting the civil rights movement? She didn’t say, she simply continued quoting movements for “rights.” And in the process, she neglected to mention that Rosa Parks was a committed Christian who adored her husband but hated racial oppression based on inequality. Rosa Parks was right in not giving up her seat on the bus.

Kassian gave one example after another of secular feminism. What was her point? Where is the comparison between the Christian women and men who advocate for equality and the illustrations she gave? She chanted the complementarian mantras of gender confusion and lesbianism while never attempting to prove that Biblical feminists are immoral (she admits in her book, The Feminine Mistake, that no link can be found between secular and evangelical feminism). She displayed power point images with June Cleaver (the mother in the television series, Leave it to Beaver) representing true womanhood alongside an image of a scantily clad modern woman representing “feminism.” Kassian was careful to point out to her audience that the Mary (of the Mary Tyler Moore television series) was sexually active and on birth control (a one-time hint during a run of how many years?), but she conveniently neglected to point out to her audience how June Cleaver was portrayed as having a perfect life without the benefit of Jesus Christ in her life. How does that make June Cleaver an example to Christian women?

Kassian equated gender equality with women “rebelling” against “the males in their homes.” This attitude parallels that seen in homes where male abusers view attempts at equality, on the parts of their victims, as enemy action. Complementarian doctrine is the no different. There is no such thing as equal within that paradigm; it is either males in charge or females “rebelling.”

The recent Together for the Gospel Conference (T4G) drew 7,000 attendees from across the globe. The “…mostly young, mostly male crowd — reflective of the movement’s belief in male authority in churches and families — attended from around the nation and abroad, eagerly soaking up teachings and free books…The conference drew many Southern Baptists — particularly students from Southern Seminary, reflecting its role as nexus of the New Calvinism. Nearly 30 percent of recent graduates of Southern Baptist Convention seminaries who are now serving as church pastors identify themselves as Calvinists, according to a denominational survey.” (http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20100416/NEWS01/4170335/1008/news01/Confer... 4/24/2010)

With entire denominations adopting the council’s Danvers Statement, with the support of the inter-denominational Moody media empire, with seminaries, pastors, publishers and magazines promoting their agenda, the complementarian network is gargantuan. It is time for those who are serious about standing for gender equality for Christian women to stand together. That is the purpose of the Seneca Falls 2 (SF2) Conference. As Shirley Taylor said (who is going to be speaking at the conference), "It is time to put up or shut up."

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Announcing the Seneca Falls 2 Conference Tour

The top ten Protestant denominations have approximately 179,183,430 persons claiming to be affiliated with them. Well over half of these are women.

That means at least 90,000,000 Christian women are subjugated within their homes and churches due to gender-role restrictions.  

The Woman's Rights Conference hosted at a Methodist church 162 years ago, in Seneca Falls New York, only began the work. There still remains much to be done.

The first conference is scheduled for Saturday July 24, 2010 (location and details to be announced).To be notified of conferences coming to your area visit: http://www.senecafalls2.com/

Friday, April 09, 2010

Free At Last?

The Woman’s Suffrage Movement, which culminated in the 20th century, won the right to vote for all white American women. Even after the Nineteenth Amendment was passed, black women still had to fight for their right to cast a vote. Now, in the opening years of the 21st Century, for the first time in the history of the United States, the American people have broken all precedent and elected an African American to the presidency. The African American male, though still dealing with racial prejudice, appears to have finally broken free from a cruel caste system based on the color of his skin. American women also seem to have largely broken free from a caste system based on their sex—all except many Christian American women…of any color. 

This post is an excerpt from the book, Woman this is WAR! Gender, Slavery, & the Evangelical Caste System, by Jocelyn Andersen. The book is available for pre-order now. Pre-orders will be shipped 4-6 weeks before the book becomes available to bookstores.

Woman this is WAR! is scheduled for release on July 20, 2010 to coincide with the 162nd anniversary of the second day of the historic Seneca Falls Women's Conference held at a Methodist church in Seneca Falls, New York. It was a decidedly Christian event.

Visit the following links for more details:
http://hungryheart100.tripod.com/womansubmit/id10.html 
http://www.senecafalls2.com/








Sunday, March 28, 2010

Common Enemies

The causes of emancipation for slaves and equal rights for women have fought common enemies in religion, law, public opinion, and the most implacable and powerful enemies of all in fear and prejudice...It is a prejudice that defines masculinity and femininity using subjective and unfair stereotypes, forcing men and women into molds God never fashioned for them, obliterating the individuality of all in the process. Only the redeeming love of our Savior can liberate men and women to relate to one another on equal terms without fear or prejudice. The ground is level at the cross. Jesus said we would know the truth and the truth would set us FREE.

This post is an excerpt from the book, Woman this is WAR! Gender, Slavery, & the Evangelical Caste System, by Jocelyn Andersen. The book is available for pre-order now. Pre-orders will be shipped 4-6 weeks before the book becomes available to bookstores.

Woman this is WAR! is scheduled for release on July 20, 2010 to coincide with the 162nd anniversary of the second day of the historic Seneca Falls Women's Conference held at a Methodist church in Seneca Falls, New York. It was a decidedly Christian event.

Visit the following links for more details:
http://hungryheart100.tripod.com/womansubmit/id10.html
http://www.senecafalls2.com/  







Monday, March 15, 2010

Woman this is WAR! Gender, Slavery, & the Evangelical Caste System

One of the main tenets of complementarianism is the "evil woman" doctrine which holds that females are inherently antagonistic toward males—most particularly wives against husbands.


This theology, by default, arrays all men in defense of themselves against all women. In the eyes of the men and women who hold to complementarian doctrine, woman is the natural and most powerful enemy of man


“Woman this is WAR...,” takes a new look at old arguments traditionally used to keep men and women enslaved in illegitimate bondage based on sex. And just as the Bible did not condone the sin of slavery based on skin color, it also does not condone a slavery-like caste system based on gender.


This post is an excerpt from the book, Woman this is WAR! Gender, Slavery, & the Evangelical Caste System, by Jocelyn Andersen. The book is available for pre-order now. Pre-orders will be shipped 4-6 weeks before the book becomes available to bookstores.

Woman this is WAR! is scheduled for release on July 20, 2010 to coincide with the 162nd anniversary of the second day of the historic Seneca Falls Women's Conference held at a Methodist church in Seneca Falls, New York. It was a decidedly Christian event.

Visit the following links for more details:
http://hungryheart100.tripod.com/womansubmit/id10.html
http://www.senecafalls2.com/