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  

**Cynthia Kunsman is a featured speaker at the Seneca Falls 2 Evangelical Women's Rights Convention to be held in Orlando, FL next month

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 one 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.

   Pastors preach 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?
   Sermons on the "authority" given to man over woman abound. What scripture says man was placed in authority over woman?    

You cannot serve two masters...We have one Lord even Christ....

Woman's Protector
Christians are taught that man is woman's protector. Where does the Bible say that? Scripture please!

Congregations are informed that woman needs protection for far more than just physical reasons. She needs protection--they are told--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.

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

Woman this is WAR!, examines Bible commentary and translation practices which have historically been androcentric (male centered) and even misogynistic (anti-woman). These have adversely effected understanding of the scriptures, relations between women and men, the happiness of men and women, and, in general, has hindered the work of the gospel, by forbidding women to preach, pastor, or serve as elders or deacons. 

The book chronicles the early history of the women's rights movements, as well as the role of church leadership in aggressively suppressing both women's rights and the historical record of Christian initiatives within the movements. Through the complementarian movement, many of the same arguments used to support the institution of slavery, are still used today in suppressing the rights of Christian women. This book documents identical arguments used by Christian leaders against both movements and is an unparalleled resource for all who desire an in-depth study of gender equality from a Christian perspective. The history of women’s rights is traced back [much further than usual] to the very first feminists…who were Christians—godly women, who brought the issue of women's rights to the forefront as they struggled to alleviate the suffering of others, and found they were hindered in doing so for no other reason than the fact of their sex. This work, provides valuable historical insight into Christian initiatives in the movements for women’s rights, that are rarely included in Christian literature.

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:  "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 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.