Of Inerrancy & Lessons Learned

I am in the mood to do another post today and this commentary will look at two different articles posted by 2 different bloggers. First up is Peter Enns.

#1. Inerrancyhttp://www.patheos.com/blogs/peterenns/2014/07/inerrancy-doesnt-describe-what-the-bible-does-some-comments-from-my-ets-talk/

So, the 15 minute presentation I gave at ETS is my attempt to go a bit more into my view on inerrancy from a slightly different angle to address some general issues that remained for me after the volume had been completed.

To be fair, I understand the limitations 15 minutes provides plus realize that his presentation is probably a snippet of what he believes. Yet one can also say a lot in 15 minutes.

1. Inerrancy prescribes the Bible–and God–too narrowly

Yet the Bible provides a very narrow description of both God and the Bible itself

Titus 1:2
in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago,

It isn’t humans who define God and the Bible narrowly.  Enns errs here in thinking that the doctrine of inerrancy is human authored. God makes it loud and clear that he and his word are inerrant.

As I see it, inerrancy prescribes the boundaries of biblical interpretation in ways that creates conflict both inner-canonically and with respect to extra-biblical information. This is why “holding on to inerrancy” (as it is often put) seems to be such a high-maintenance activity, requiring vigilant and constant tending.

No, inerrancy sets the ground rules so that believers know when they stray from the truth.  Just because 2 different accounts on the same story may seem like they contradict, they do not. All it means is that the bible reader must be patient and wait for the answer when none is forthcoming immediately.

One is not to assume nor interpret but look to the Holy Spirit who guides all who want it, to the truth.  leaping to conclusions and interpreting means one is not providing others with God’s truth but their own ideas and that is not what Jesus taught anyone to do.

2. The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy prescribes an unworkable model of Scripture

To tell you the truth I do not really care about the ‘chicago statement on biblical inerrancy.’  Maybe it is needed for some but I prefer listening to God’s word about God and feel we do not need a human authored statement to make the point.

First, it implies that those who critique inerrancy stand in opposition to God himself.

Well yes you are. If you say that God lied or allowed his authors to invent stories or doctrine then you are attacking God and his character. You are also undermining every teaching in the Bible including salvation. You are also saying God didn’t inspire the Bible contradicting clear biblical teaching.

Inerrancy isn’t the problem here. the problem lies with those who reject inerrancy because it means they have to give up their false doctrines if they want to see heaven.

3. Israel believed in many gods

Yes and no. There is only 1 God, just as there is today BUT that doesn’t mean that God’s people do not sin and turn to false gods. We know the people of Israel did so as the Bible tells us about those times. It also tells about the punishment for such sin.

Just because Israel believed in different gods does it mean the bible is errant. The logic is astoundedly bad for someone claiming to be a scholar. It is like saying baseball didn’t exist because Americans followed different sports. The choice made by people has no bearing on God, his word or inerrancy.

Or consider Deuteronomy 32:8, where the high god Elyon—known to us also from Ugaritic religion—apportions the nations to the lesser gods, one of whom is Yahweh, whose “portion was his people, Jacob his allotted share”—and so Kemosh gets Moab, Baal gets the Canaanites, and so forth.

If you look that passage up and read in context with the rest of the chapter you will see that Enns does not understand scripture.  That passage does not say what Enns is saying and Enns is reading into the passage what he wants it to say, not taking out what it actually does say.

Ugarit writings have no bearing upon biblical writings nor do they get to say there are more Gods than the Trinity. They are secular writings and will reflect the secular beliefs of the Ugaritic people not the truth about life and God.

There is only one Most High God and that is God of the Bible not some secular invention. Why Enns would import secular writings when there is no biblical instruction to do so is a grave error on his part.

4. Inerrancy doesn’t describe what the Bible does

Actually it does. Inerrancy sets the boundary so that all believers can see when false teachers are entering into their midst. The Bible sets boundaries for the believers so that they know what is the right path to walk. Inerrancy is part of those boundaries. Without it all the teaching of the Bible is suspect and vulnerable to change simply because one person doesn’t like what he or she reads.

Inerrancy also motivates us to wait for the Holy Spirit to help us get to the truth. We do not get to cherry pick what is true or false, we learn what is true and false. Enns wants to cherry pick instead of humbling himself and learning. Without that boundary, anarchy reigns and anything goes.

5. An “Incarnational Model” is more helpful

Why? Does that method allow for one to ignore the difficult passages of scripture? Or be more inclusive in the church where sin can enter and corrupt what God wants holy? Attacking inerrancy means one does not want to follow God but their own way.

I don’t think inerrancy is the right category for wrapping my arms around Scripture’s complex dynamic.

Of course he doesn’t. If he did then he would have to give up his false doctrines and learn the truth. He would have to let go of his false Adam and admit he was wrong. Why is it so hard for scholars to admit they are wrong and God is right? That is a question the scholar has to ask and answer themselves.

If you take away inerrancy then you take away belief in God.  If one doubts God’s word then they are not believers but doubters. Doubt leads to destruction not salvation.

#2. Lessons Learnedhttp://www.patheos.com/blogs/formerlyfundie/a-few-things-ive-learned-as-a-christian-outsider/

The American Christian landscape in our current context seems to have a steady stream of people who feel like outsiders– out of place everywhere, at home nowhere. While many of the changes we’re seeing in American Christianity will be net positives in the end, the process of reforming and has left many exhausted, and on the margins of faith.

If the author of that article thinks there are Christian outsiders then he needs to ask why that is so.  He needs to ask if those supposed outsiders beliefs play a role in their exclusion from the Church. But to do so he would need to come to an understanding of what is the ultimate and only standard for belief to be included in Christ’s Church.

That is if he rejects the biblical standard provided by God and found in the Bible. If there are such a thing as Christian outsiders then it is because they do not believe God or his word and seek to import false teaching into the Church. Then one would have to doubt the claims of those outsiders when they label themselves as Christian.

Obviously I am not talking about new converts who need to learn God’s ways and replace their sinful ideologies with the truth of the Bible. They are not outsiders but immature believers who have a lot to learn.

Outsiders are usually those who have rejected some or all of the passages of the Bible and seek to replace them with secular or false ideas. Of course they would be on the outside because they do not believe and God has told us that fellowship between righteous and unrighteous is impossible.

But let’s look at his supposed lessons.

1. I’ve learned to get my identity from Jesus– not the tribe.

He is misguided here as every believers identity comes from their decision to repent of their sins and follow Christ. We are called Christians for a reason–we strive to be like Christ.

Since leaving fundamentalism/conservative evangelicalism, I’ve had to set out on a journey where I no longer had those labels to give my life the shape it once had. In those times, I’ve come to learn that my identity as a Jesus follower must come only from Jesus.

Labels are dangerous because they refuse to allow people to grow and change.  To be labeled as a follower of Jesus one has to actually follow Jesus not some altered version of him. Jesus didn’t encourage or support sin and called people to repent from them. the author of that article supports sin and calls for its inclusion in the church.

Jesus didn’t pursue his own agenda but the will of his father. The author of that article pursues his own agenda time and again. It is easy to claim one is a follower of Jesus but does that person’s fruits support the claim? In this case no they do not.

2. I’ve learned that the key to happiness is contentment.

We must ask the question–Content with what? here in Korea I have written about how unhappy other ESL teachers are because they are not content with what they receive with their contracts and that lack of contentment leads to many problems with their sojourn in this country. His explanation falls short

The experience of being a Christian outsider has been similar to a life chapter when I was in poverty and didn’t know where the next paycheck was coming from– it has forced me to learn to be content.

Finances are not the only item one needs to be content with. What about the teachings of the Bible he disagrees with? Why isn’t he content with God’s word as it is written? if he was content and happy he would not be looking to change God’s word and include unrepentant sinners in the Church.

Nor would he hide out in a congregation where he does not understand everything that is being said. (he has written on this before).  he is giving a partial idea of contentment not the real thing. Finances is not the only area one needs to be content in order to be happy. One needs to be content with their employment, their spouses, their children, their homes and much more in order to be actually happy.

3. I’ve learned who my friends are.

We all go through this especially when times get rough. But his explanation tells me that he wants people to defy God in order to be his friend.

It seems that there are still so many people that are so stuck on issue #1– getting their identity and meaning from tribe and labels– that they simply don’t know how to relate to someone who no longer in good conscience can hold to them

What he doesn’t get is that it isn’t the labels that turn people away from certain friendships. It is the lack of belief or the alternative beliefs that ruin friendships. he attacks the labels for his being put into the outsider category but he really should be honestly looking at what he believes first.

He should be asking himself the tough questions not blaming labels or others for his misfortune. In the last line in that quote he blames others for not relating to him when it is he who disagrees with their beliefs and calls them wrong. It looks like he doesn’t know how to relate to those he disagrees with not the other way around.

But as usual, he wants everyone to accept him and his unbelief while he rejects them and their beliefs. That thinking doesn’t make for good friendships. What he refuses to see is right and wrong and that he is on the wrong side. Instead he makes labels the scapegoat for his decisions.

4. I’ve learned to forgive– not out of desire, but necessity.

I may sound cynical here and harsh but  here goes. So he follows ONE biblical teaching, that act doesn’t make his acceptance of alternatives and false teaching correct or Christian. many cultists practice one or more real biblical teaching but that is meant to ensnare some unwary person not to actually follow Christ.

With all the loss I’ve experienced has come hurt. With hurt, comes anger. With anger– unchecked for long enough– comes bitterness. With bitterness, comes death. And here’s the deal: I don’t want to die– I want to live! This means that I’ve had to embrace a life of practicing quiet forgiveness. Sometimes I forgive people multiple times a day– it’s what I have to do to keep my sanity, and what best promotes health and well-being in my life.

It doesn’t sound like he is doing it to be biblical and to be a follower of Jesus but for different reasons.

5. I’ve learned that sometimes theology becomes more important than people, and that I don’t want to ever be on the wrong side of this equation again.

Being a true follower of Jesus mean one does not construct these smokescreens in order to import their false ideas into the church. One needs to believe the right things in order to do the right things for people.

One needs to know the will of God and do it humbly with the right spirit but one cannot do that if they toss out the right beliefs in favor of false ones. How does God get the glory when his supposed followers sin in the process of helping others?

Doing good does not justify false teaching or beliefs. Nor does it make them holy and of God. The Bible already tells us that the unbeliever knows how to give good things to their families and others. Tossing out the right belief and just doing good gets one nowhere  as salvation is not by works but by grace through faith less any man should boast.

The author of that post ignores passages of scriptures in order to feel good about his false doctrines and his life. He tries to worm his false teaching into the church and tries to distract people in order to succeed.

We obviously saw this with the World Vision implosion where thousands of Evangelicals abandoned their children they had committed to financially sponsoring over the issue of same sex marriage

And here is the evidence. A real follower of Jesus would not be spreading false stories about other believers. People did not abandon the children, they moved to a different organization that held the same beliefs as they do. This false story of abandonment has been championed by not only by the owner of that website but also Rachel Held Evans.

They make all sorts of false charges simply because christians did not want to support World Vision’s changes in their doctrine. They have the right to do so and cannot be held hostage just because children are involved.

I do not think either person knew the truth of the matter nor the whole story but jumped upon a statistic that fit their false thinking. But true believers do not do that, they seek the truth first then look to God on how to proceed.

I’ve seen theology trump real life people over and over again on this journey.

Yes and no. Some people make mistakes, others are misguided while others still use theology to escape situations they do not want to be a part of. Yet there are still those who use theology correctly and reject those who accept alternatives to biblical teaching because they are allowed to do so by God. Just because he doesn’t like it doesn’t mean God is wrong or the biblical instructions are in error.

His problem is that he refuses to repent of his sinful ways and decides to reject God and his ways instead of the sin and false ideology. The problem isn’t always with the true follower of Jesus but lies with those who can’t bring themselves to reject the alternatives.

This is something that escapes alternative holders. They do not realize or refuse to accept that they are the ones who are wrong and attack those who have admitted that they are wrong and God is right and made the correct decision for their lives.

They are the ones bringing the false accusations against God, his followers and labels not the true followers of Jesus. Labels are dangerous because they are tools to hurt others in the hands of those who do not believe. For true followers of Jesus we need only be content with one real label–true believer or true christian.

We believe and then we reject false teachings and false teachers. We do not include them into the church no matter how many posts they put up on the internet.

Are People Not Allowed To Change?

When do we let go of people’s past actions and let them mature and grow in Christ?  Right now Mark Driscoll is being raked over the coals for things he has done in the distant past and though I am not a fan, this current episode of attacks against him provide an interesting situation to think upon.

We all know what Jesus said to Peter when the latter asked him a question on forgiveness– we are to forgive 7 x 70 or in more modern terms we keep on forgiving.  But in today’s world forgiveness seems to be done more in word than in deed or it is tossed aside completely in order to dismiss what some person says.

A lot of times, the sins of a person’s past are held long over the heads hindering the ability of the guilty to find true redemption and healing. Many people subscribe to the old saying ‘a leopard cannot change their spots’ but that isn’t a biblical teaching and ignores Christ’s redemptive work.

Here are some links to some websites that continue to hold Mr. Driscoll’s past actions over his head:

http://matthewpaulturner.com/2014/07/29/mark-driscolls-pussified-nation/

Mark’s seemingly funny story about writing as William Wallace II might end up becoming his worst nightmare yet. Because Mark’s Internet ramblings as William Wallace II from 14 years ago have allegedly hit the Internet. Not just at my blog. But at lots of places. You can read the backstory about “William Wallace II” here.

If people are not allowed to change then what good is preaching the gospel to them?  If Jesus can’t change people then how can we love and follow him?   If a person repents and God does not remember their sins any more why do those who call themselves Christian continue to remember those sins and use them to deprive the new believer of the fullness of the Christian faith?

But that isn’t the only website (the last line of that quote is actually a link to others similar blogs. You just have to go to the link and find the active button)

Rachel Held Evans weighs in on the issue

http://rachelheldevans.com/blog/driscoll-troubled-mind-william-wallace

In the past, I’ve been critical of his bullying tactics and his views on sex and gender, but lately it seems the influential Seattle mega-church pastor has made plenty of news on his own, as it was recently revealed he plagiarized, used church funds to buy a spot on the New York Times bestseller list, and engaged in other alleged misappropriation of funds. 

I find it funny that someone who despises many different biblical teachings is criticizing another person for erring on biblical teaching. But not in a ha-ha funny way but in the sad shaking of the head way.  You will notice her mentioning of Driscoll’s bullying, views on sex and gender and so on yet what would Jesus say about her bullying and her views on sex and gender?

This is not some obscure pastor with no platform. He’s not a random internet troller who is best left ignored.  (Ibid)

I find the second line very illuminating as ‘internet troll’ is a label given to many who disagree with people like Miss Evans.  It is a name used to attack and hurt those who disagree with another person, it is also bullying– if you want to stick to the strict use of the word.

Not everyone is going to agree with everything you say but to label them a troll for having a different opinion is not right but demeaning and dehumanizing. So her criticism of Driscoll is hypocritical at best and shows that Miss Evans cannot forgive 7 x 70 but holds people’s sins over their head when they say things she doesn’t like or agree with.

 Believe me. But it makes me even more sick to consider what will happen if we don’t, if his leadership goes unchallenged and he continues to hurt people with his teachings (Ibid)

These words precede the previous quote and my reaction is– really?  What about your false teaching Miss Evans?  How harmful is it and what damage will you do if you go unchallenged?

I am sure Miss Evans would be very angry if her past words were held over her head and used to try to destroy her especially if she has truly repented of her evil ways. She would not be alone in that protest as others who repent and started a new life would find their growth hindered by others using their past hatefilled words against them.

So why are they doing it to Mark Driscoll?

Notice that Jesus did not hold the sins of Zachias against him when he repented but forgave his sins and let him begin to grow in the faith. We read countless stories of similar behavior in the Bible yet in the modern world, the trend is to ignore what the Bible teaches and do what humans think is best.

We must ask the question: Where would we be if God held up our past sins against us and used them over and over to beat us down? People mocked the Yankees for giving Steve Howe many chances to straighten out yet where would we be if God did not give us chances over and over?

This is one of the most powerful and influential pastors in evangelical Christianity. 

But he doesn’t have to remain so. (Ibid)

Is it right for an outsider to call for another person’s job and end their career?  I do not think Miss Evans would appreciate it if outsiders called for her removal from the internet or have her career as a public speaker ended so why is she doing it to Mark Driscoll?

Jesus said, ye who are without sin cast the first stone.  That verse doesn’t just apply to men who accuse women of sins but applies to all those who seek to destroy another person because they do not like him or her.

The removal of Mark Driscoll from his position is up to the congregation of mars Hill church. It is not within the authority of outsiders like Miss Evans, Jim West and others. who have taken a dislike to the guy. to call for his removal or ruin his career.

Yes we can point out his errors and warns others if Mr. Driscoll has been led astray into false teaching but we do not have the right to call for his firing. We are not without sin and if we cast the first stone we should be prepared to find stones cast back at us.

This is one reason why I oppose the continual hunting and accusing of old axis soldiers. I also oppose their being put on trial for crimes committed long ago. The war on old men needs to stop , for WW2 needs to end and forgiveness needs to reign. we return good for evil not evil for evil and putting old men on trial for things they may not have done is wrong.

Forgiveness helps us clear our eyes of the beams which blind us and allows us to proceed with justice, mercy and compassion. No such men may not deserve such treatment but then, where would we be if God did not act with grace, forgiveness, justice and so on to us, when we reoent for our past crimes and ask for mercy, love and compassion?

The old Nazis need forgiveness as much as any criminal or new believer needs.  So does Mark Driscoll. How will they change or seek true repentance if we do not act like Jesus taught and wants?

In The News

When unbelievers say something, Christians do not always have to respond.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/28/neil-degrasse-tyson-ken-ham-aliens_n_5627239.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592

Ham, the president and CEO of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., said in a July 20 blog post that humans should stop searching for extraterrestrial life because aliens likely don’t exist. Even if aliens do exist, he added, they would almost certainly go to Hell.

This comment provides an excellent example of why we need to be careful in what we say in public. Ham is correct but he only presents part of the picture, according to that quote. If aliens existed, wouldn’t God provide a way of salvation for them as well?  So why the assumption that they would automatically go to hell?  Why would God only limit salvation to earthlings? Such an oversight makes God look unjust, unfair and petty.

Mr. Ham seems to misrepresent God in this blog of his and paint a poor picture of whom God is.  People really need to choose their words more carefully and instead of trying to be dramatic and shock people, believers should weigh their words and make sure they are not leaving important details out of their message. Let’s look at more of Mr. Ham’s words for a moment

I do believe there can’t be other intelligent beings in outer space because of the meaning of the gospel,” Ham wrote. “You see, the Bible makes it clear that Adam’s sin affected the whole universe. This means that any aliens would also be affected by Adam’s sin, but because they are not Adam’s descendants, they can’t have salvation.”

I have to agree with Tyson’s remark that that is messed up. Aliens are affected by the sin of one man yet can’t have salvation because they are not humans? That makes no sense at all. When addressing topics of this nature, Christians really need to watch what they say and think things through before saying them.  This comment makes God look sinful. Here he is punishing innocent aliens for no reason at all yet the Bible tells us not to do such a thing.

I was going to talk about the unbelievers’ reactions to Mr. Ham’s comments but now after reading them I understand why they reacted the way they did. mr. ham made God look inconsistent, sinister, and evil not the God who wants all men to be saved.

It also makes God look like a being who plays favorites. Aliens could only exist if God created them so why would humans be favored over extra-terrestrial creatures? Again, that makes no sense and makes God out to be sinful not holy.

Before we speak on different topics, we need to see how our words make God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and Christianity look before commenting. Our remarks may seem to be innocent but in reality they are not and can be misunderstood or as we see here, presenting something untrue about God and the Christian faith.

I think that Mr. Ham has made the mistake in assuming he is the only one who speaks for Christians, God and the Christian faith and this misguiding assumption has led him to make  grave errors in judgement.

But he is not the only one to make this error as over the years many famous pastors have gone too far in their authority to speak about the Bible and God and have greatly embarrassed themselves and Christianity.  These embarrassments have also raised stumbling blocks to Christ in unbelievers.

We need to be careful that our God-given authority doesn’t take us too far and cause us to say something we will regret. Evil looks for such people who let down their guard and opens up the opportunities to be influenced to make such mistakes. Believers always have to be careful for it isn’t always jihadist , sexual perverts, or courtrooms, etc., that bring damage to the Christian faith and Jesus. Sometimes it is our own mouths that do that damage and the book of James speaks about the damage the tongue can do.

Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. (ch 3 NASB)

The book of James also speaks against favortism which would apply to how God looks if he withheld salvation from aliens.  The tongue is not something that should be left untrained or unguarded. Believers need help from God to see when they are going too far and learn how to avoid such traps.

As you can see by the reactions of the unbelievers, they do see the bad description of God that Mr. Ham provided.  As for the rest of the article

I think in the next 20 years we will find out we are not alone in the universe,” NASA astronomer Kevin Hand said during the discussion.

In his 2007 book Death By Black Hole, Tyson wrote that it would be “inexcusably bigheaded“ of humans to assume that Earth is the only place in the universe with life on it.

I think the unbelieving scientists are being ‘big-headed’ by assuming that we are not alone and waste so many resources in searching for beings that do not exist.  You should notice that the Bible does not give instructions to search for aliens in the universe. It does tell us to meet the needs and solve the problems of this world and its inhabitants.

Believers should not be worried about extra-terrestrials as they do not exist in the forms created by unbelievers. we have spiritual extra-terrestrials and they need to be dealt with in a spiritual manner not an unbelieving earthly way.

Believers need to dismiss talk of alien invasions, etc., and focus on helping those in need; for those physical and spiritual needs really do exist and real humans are constantly praying for God to send relief.  They do not get it because many believers do not respond to God’s direction to go and help.

Learn from the mistakes of others and strive to do better. Rebuke Mr. Ham but do not judge nor condemn him; but get him back on the humble path in order that he doe snot make this mistake again. Do the same to other believers who go too far in their statements and help stop the painting of the false pictures of God and embarrassing Christ and the Christian faith.

Then see who your neighbor is and what help God wants you to provide.  We do not need to be concerned about aliens. They are a figment of the unbelievers’ imagination. We believers know who the real aliens are and God has instructed us to fight the evil ones while helping our fellow human see Christ.

{you can read Mr. Ham’s complete article here:  http://blogs.answersingenesis.org/blogs/ken-ham/2014/07/20/well-find-a-new-earth-within-20-years/

in reading the whole article I stand by my words above as there are many points Mr. Ham got wrong}

Feminism-2

The other day the defining of feminism was the topic. In that article I tried to show how the roots of feminism are not found in any Christian teaching but in evil.  I did not use a lot of scripture because I felt that my readers already know the passages of scripture that define christian womanhood and how women are to act towards themselves and others.

There are a host of examples from Sarah, to Ruth to Esther, to Mary the mother of Jesus etc., that women can use as role models for their daily lives. Modern culture does not make these women’s examples obsolete because they faced the same issues, the same problems as modern women do today.

Don’t let anyone fool you, the ancient world was not much different from modern society.  Sure technological advances may be different but technology does not bring with it a new standard of good and evil, right or wrong nor does it change the definitions of morality. Instead technology is governed by the same rules of governed ancient life.

God’s definitions of good and evil, right and wrong, morality and immorality were already established by the time of Cain and the ancient people had the same right to choose to obey God’s rules or disobey them. The decisions made by men affected women greatly and those women also had the right to freely choose to obey God or not, with the same result.

Were there feminists in ancient times? Of course there were as Solomon reminds us in the book of Ecc. that nothing is new under the sun. You might call the Queen of Sheba a feminist, it is possible that she was.

Unfortunately, too many people tend to mis-apply the woman’s role in biblical records as they look for certain words to exploit in their haste to justify their faulty theological thinking. Priscilla of Acts is one such example as she is used to justify women being pastors or church leaders yet the book of Acts does not say she was such a person.

She was recorded as just one person taking a new believer under their wings and instructing him in the ways of God. Such efforts and lack of information does not justify a modern use to support promoting women to positions they are not entitled to have.

You can read about her in Acts 18 but as you read, try to be honest and see that there is nothing in that chapter that implies anything other than Priscilla was a wife and a strong, knowledgeable  believer in God.

Women have a role in God’s church and Priscilla is a good example of that role But it was not as some people have said.  Being denied leadership roles in the church does not deprive women of spiritual gifts, talents or opportunities to use those gifts from God.

Women have to find the spot God wants them to be in and then stay within God’s rules, teachings and commands to fully impact their circle of influence. BUT the spot for married women does not over-rule their main mandate of being a helper to their husbands. Sometimes women get caught up in doing God’s work that they forget that God’s work includes being there for their husbands and helping him with his needs.

Feminism can be attractive to certain women because it tells a lot of women what they want to hear. It is easy to ignore the actual message of feminism when one is being given something they want. In the jungle wild animals prey on the weak and vulnerable in order to survive, the same happens in the human world

But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, [a]haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of [b]godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. For among them are those who [c]enter into households and captivate [d]weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the [e]knowledge of the truth. (2 Tim 3 NASB)

Finding weak and vulnerable women is their goal because as salesmen say, ‘once you get the wife you get the husband’ and it is not hard to manipulate the man via the wife. Christian women have to be careful and they are to put on the full armor of God just like men have to. Women have to grow in and mature in Christ just like men do, just like Priscilla did.

Women get salvation the same way men do–through belief in jesus, repenting of their sins and being born again.  You see there is no inequality in God’s kingdom just different roles. as paul taught in 1 Cor 12

14 For the body is not one member, but many. 15 If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason [k]any the less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear says, “Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason [l]any the less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? (NASB)

Having a different role does not make a person inferior to another.  Christians are often told that we are in a spiritual war so how would that war go if everyone were generals? Or if everyone were enlisted men?  Not everyone can have the same role, some one has to lead and someone has to submit to that leadership. In God’s kingdom men have the leadership in the church and the family but they are not superior to the woman. They are still equal.

Ideally, men should treat women better than they do but since evil still exists and all people have a sin nature many husbands and men will make bad decisions and mistreat women. But this error in their thinking does not grant women permission to disobey God. How can men see the error of their ways if their women disobey the very God they claim to believe and follow?

Abdicating the commands and teachings of Jesus is a sure-fire way of adding fuel to the fire yet this is what feminism teaches women to do. They want Christian women to follow their deceived secular thinking and ignore what God says to do. That is not the way to solve problems or keep a family together.

I am going to turn to Rachel held Evan’s website once again for a couple of quotes to illustrate the deception that is involved in the feminist movement:

My feminism will always live at the intersection of race. It recognizes the Divine within all black women, all women of color, all women, all people. It doesn’t erase me from the Bible or make me the scourge of it. (http://rachelheldevans.com/blog/sunday-superlatives-72714)

As we saw in the previous post, there is NOTHING divine in feminism thus it cannot help any women see the Divine in someone else. 

Feminism gives me permission to fully engage in the “as myself” part of  “loving my neighbor as myself.” Because of feminism I can stop trying to make myself smaller and more attractive and more modest and more conformative and instead celebrate my body as an image of God. (Ibid)

But loving others doesn’t come from feminism it comes from obeying God and following the Holy Spirit.  Is it love to encourage someone else to have an abortion? Is it love to encourage people to remain in and continue to practice sin?

Feminists and people seem to be confused about what exactly the image of God really is.  They also seem to be confused between cultural pressure and spiritual teachings about how one is to look.  Part of the image of God is for the person to be holy and free from sin for God is holy and sinless. Feminism doesn’t teach that but encourages people to be unholy and sinful.

As the great granddaughter of a slave woman who loved God and believed in abundant life for all people, faith and feminism are intertwined for me. (Ibid)

Yet the Bible teaches that there is no compatibility between righteousness and unrighteousness. The two cannot exist together and feminism does not have any of God’s righteousness within its boundaries. Soon the woman has to choose which master she is going to serve–God or feminism.  She can’t have both. God’s rules for women are in opposition to the feminist movement’s desire and goals for women.

Christian women need to learn how to discern between true and false teaching, spurning the latter even though it sounds very attractive and inviting. There is harm in opening the door to what seems to be harmless thinking or ideology.  Equal pay for equal work is the smoke screen of feminism. That type of ideology gets their foot in the door and allows them to spread their false, sinful ideas to those who believe, eventually or possibly ruining another Christian and their family.

You can be a Christian who supports equal pay for equal work, for that would be a just idea BUT you cannot be a feminist and a Christian. The former is from evil and the latter is not.

I need Feminism because I’m tired of men being hurt by a culture that tells them their self-worth is bolstered by their conquests of women, their power, their domination, and whose sense of self is so small because they are taught that sharing authority with a woman is a humiliation.” (Ibid)

If men think that way then they are buying listening to false teaching and women should think twice about  dating or marrying them. But it isn’t only the man’s fault  and women have issues that compel them to date, marry & put up with inferior thinking men.

The last part is just justifying a power grab by certain women. Women who refuse to be the helper and desire more think this way. The responsibility of leadership is great and it is not limited to being concerned about only one segment of society. Men have to think of everyone while women have the luxury of eliminating members of society while focusing on their families.

That limitation does not make for good leadership. It does lead to originating simmering resentment and other anger issue problems which end up ruining a family. But that is the strategy evil. Get the women where they are not supposed to be and use the friction to destroy what God wants in this world.

The Christian woman and the Church should not allow this to happen and they should stand strong on biblical teaching for that preserves the family.  Feminism is not about obeying God but usurping authority and altering what God wants.

Christian women and men should flee its teaching and seek God’s way to solve modern society’s problems. God’s way is just, fair and maintains the proper order so that society can function and survive.

The Bible talks a lot about how to survive long and fruitfully but it also talks about how societies are destroyed for their disobedience. Feminism is disobedience to God’s way and it should be dismissed.

Feminism

Yesterday I wrote about feminism and made some pretty strong statements about that ideology. One such statement

Feminism is sourced in sin not God’s word.

is very explicit in its meaning and this article is not about bashing women or feminists, it is more about demonstrating the truthfulness of that statement. You do not find the specific word ‘feminism’ in the Bible but again, the Bible does not always use the specific words we want to see. Sometimes God speaks in ways that do not specific target that ideology but rest assured that way of thinking is addressed very clearly.

Before we get into what some feminists believe let’s get a dictionary definition or two help direct our thinking

#1. the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities

: organized activity in support of women’s rights and interests (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feminism)

#2.

the doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men.
 

( sometimes initial capital letter ) an organized movement for the attainment of such rights for women. (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/feminism)

The dictionaries seem to have come to a consensus that feminism means that women want to be ‘equal’ to men. They want access to the same jobs, the same pay the same benefits as men get and if that is all it was then I think men would have little problem with that desire. Except when it comes to leadership roles.

18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper [o]suitable for him.” 19 Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the [p]sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the [q]sky, and to every beast of the field, but for [r]Adam there was not found a helper [s]suitable for him. 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. 22 The Lord God [t]fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. 23 The man said,

“This is now bone of my bones,
And flesh of my flesh;
[u]She shall be called [v]Woman,
Because [w]she was taken out of [x]Man.”

24 For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. (Gen. 2 NASB)

If you look at the words closely you will see that though they were created equal, they were assigned different roles in life. Also, if you look at verse 24 you will see that man and woman are to become one with each other. You cannot become one with someone who is not human. So the question of equality then does not really apply to a woman’s status for she has been equal to man in terms of humanity.

Because God has an order to life someone has to be boss but that designation that placed man over the woman did not remove her humanness nor demote her to inferior status.  It just meant that someone had to lead and someone had to follow. If someone thinks that they are superior to others because of this designation or societal standing then they are sinning and that sin is called pride and arrogance. It is not called inequality.

Then we have to look at the words ‘women rights’.  What exactly does that mean? I looked at one feminist website and they said

The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) was created to develop bold, new strategies and programs to advance women’s equality, non-violence, economic development, and, most importantly, empowerment of women and girls in all sectors of society. All programs of the FMF endeavor to include a global perspective and activities to promote leadership development, especially among young women. Along with reproductive rights and access to reproductive technology, the FMF’s programs have focused on the empowerment of women in law, business, medicine, academia, sports, and the Internet. (http://feminist.org/welcome/mandp.asp)

Their idea of women’s rights means they usurp the authority of the man and take over. In its basic form that is what they are implying though they still allow for men in come leadership roles. But let’s be honest, feminists do not want men to lead and would be happy if the all the world’s leadership positions were occupied by women.

That is not what God had in mind when he created women.  They were not to be men but the helper to their man. Not all men. In other words, women when you are married but have a male boss, your husband’s direction takes precedence over your boss. Your husband is over you not your boss. Notice God’s word after the fall

Yet your desire will be for your husband,
And he will rule over you.” (Gen. 3 NASB)

So women, when you enter the workplace, you must be careful or you are going to cause a lot of problems for your family.

We see in that quote the word ’empowerment’ and what does that actually mean? It is a word that is bandied about a lot these days and used to deceive women into thinking that stripping naked actually empowers them? It doesn’t, it just means the woman or man has given into the lusts of others and displayed their goods for all to see. It makes them look foolish not powerful.

Immorality seems to be the foundation for this empowerment. Yet women have never been without power they just had other avenues at their disposal  which feminists did not like. The feminist leaders simply got greedy and wanted more.  Greed is a deadly sin which tells you that God is not behind this ’empowerment’ trend.

The words ‘women’s rights’ has been a battle cry for decades now but really what rights have they been denied?  The option to play male sports? Women have the right to form their own teams and leagues so they were not denied anything but being omitted from participation in male sport leagues.

So they were not really denied any right just participation. Some women need to learn that men have the right to have their own male only organizations just like women enjoy. So if you are going to talk about women’s rights then you need to make room and allow for male rights as well.

Denying male rights simply brings everyone back to the starting point of inequality. What this tells us is that the secular world is misguided in its idea of what ‘rights’ are. To be equal men and women would not be allowed to have any private facilities, equal access to all facilities and organizations but feminists do not like that idea. They only like it when men give up their rights to appease them.

So we can see by this brief discussion that God is not in the feminist movement but there is more:

  • FMF promotes equality between women and men and girls and boys, and supports constitutional and statutory measures to gain full equality locally, statewide, nationally, and globally.
  • FMF supports safe, legal and accessible abortion, contraception, and family planning, including Medicaid funding and access for minors.
  • FMF is dedicated to achieving civil rights for all people, including affirmative action programs for women and people of color.
  • FMF supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.
  • FMF does not permit discrimination on the basis of sex, race, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, religion, ethnicity, age, marital status, national origin, or disability.
  • FMF promotes non-violence and works to eliminate violence against women.
  • FMF encourages programs directed at the preservation of the environment, clean air and water, the elimination of smog, toxic and hazardous waste, chemical and nuclear weaponry.
  • FMF supports workers’ collective bargaining, pay equity, and the end of sweatshops.

Read through those carefully. They sound good in parts but on other parts they are quite dangerous. In their quest for equal rights, they advocate denying rights to some people, they advocate killing innocent people and they support and call sin good.

God is not in the feminist movement. I put one word in bold and there is a reason for that. In their haste to grant equal rights to some, the feminist must deny religious rights to others.  We see that in the homosexual movement today as religious people are being attacked financially and in other ways because they had the courage to say ‘no’ to participating in an activity they consider wrong.

In this world, you cannot give equal rights to all. Someone is going to suffer and right now it is those who oppose the support of very sinful activities, including feminism.  Christian women, you have nothing to gain from being  feminist except God’s anger or displeasure.

The Bible does not deprive a woman of anything except sinful behavior. Denying women the office of pastor or head of the family, etc., is not denying a woman any rights. Women still can influence their husbands who occupy those positions, they can give good counsel to them, they can help keep their husbands from sinning and so on.

Women are not powerless but they need to follow God’s rules to accomplish that fulfillment of their rights and empowerment. Feminism is against God and his rules. It is a secular ideology and group that has no desire to obey God nor follow his order for human life.

Feminism robs women of their humanity by encouraging women to sin against God and their husbands. It may look good and it may use wonderful adjectives to describe their mission but underneath it all the source and foundation for the feminist movement is evil.

There is nothing of God in feminism and women like Rachel held Evans do a great injustice to Christian women everywhere by importing its ideology into women’s groups and the church.

A beautiful and empowered woman is one who obeys God. When God is one a person’s side one is not powerless nor deprived of any rights. Rights mean nothing in God’s kingdom, obedience is the key and women need to obey God’s word just like the men do. That makes them equal to man as God’s word is for them as well and they have equal access to its teaching. Christian women need to follow God not those people who reject God’s way. Those people who support feminism are rejecting God’s way.