Monday, February 13, 2012

Radical Feminism and The Church

I am going to ruffle some feathers today as I address the issue of feminism.  Feminism was at one time a movement to bring equality to women in terms of how they were treated in the world.  In that, they did some very good things and corrected some wrongs that should have been corrected.  Unfortunately, as with many rights movements, those goals move from equality to selfishness and that is what we are seeing today.  Most troubling is when this creeps into the family and into the church.  I spent much time speaking last week on the roles of wives and husbands in the family, but women and men also have very defined roles within the church.  I will start with some scripture.
Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but [they are] to be submissive, as the law also says. And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church. Or did the word of God come [originally] from you? Or [was it] you only that it reached?  1 Corinthians 14:34-26 NKJV

I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting; in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works. Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. For Adam was formed first, then Eve.  1 Timothy 2:8-13 NKJV
These two passages are a hard pill for many in the feminist movement to swallow.  Some have even created what is known as the Egalitarian theology to change the meaning of Scripture to the feminist's liking.  That doctrine, however, is false and, taken to its logical end, leads to heresy.  The fact is that women are called to have a submissive role in the church.  They have a role, and it is an important one, but that role does not include being a pastor or a leader of men. 

I know some churches now allow women pastors, but there is no way to Scripturally justify that position.  The argument is generally along the lines of women being more educated and qualified today than they were when the Bible was written.  Through the women's movement, that fact is largely true.  Women are better educated and more qualified today than they were back then.  There are many women who are just as studied, if not more studied, than most other men in the Bible.  From a worldly perspective, they seem to be right in their argument.  That is, until you actually read the Scripture.  The reasons given why women are not leaders in the church have nothing to do with education or qualification.  In 1 Corinthians, the reason given is that men wrote the Bible and women were recipients of the Word throughout history.  That fact has not changed.  The authors of the Bible are still the same authors they have always been.  The second reason given in Timothy is that man was given authority at Creation.  That is the main reason.  When God created man and woman, He created man to be the leader and the woman to be the helpmeet.  In today's world, many men like to make excuses for God, but I will not.  That is what God decided, we have no need to defend it.  The circumstances that set the reasons why women are not to have a pastoral role or a role that involves leadership over men have not changed and therefore the rule has not changed. 

The other area where feminism has taken hold of is in our families.  First of all, I just want to preface this by saying that I do believe that a woman should have just as much a right to work as men.  Furthermore, I do not believe it to be right to choose to hire or not hire someone based on their sex in most circumstances.  There are jobs that it would be wrong for a man to have just as there are jobs where it would be wrong for a woman to have.  I also believe that women have every right to have just as much of an education as any man can have.  The problem comes when the these worldly rights begin to infringe on God's plans for our families.  I understand there are many times where both the husband and wife need to work to support the family.  This is especially true in harsh economic times such as these.  There are many cases, though, where women put their career in the world over the calling in the home.  God calls women to rear the children.  That is why women are equipped to care for babies physically and emotionally. 

Furthermore, the world is working hard to take away the authority of the man in the home.  Do you think it is any mistake that men are generally portrayed as morons in our entertainment?  It always seems to be the woman who makes the smart decision whereas the man just cares about sports and other meaningless things.  This illusion has become the reality in many Christian homes as we immerse ourselves in worldly entertainment.  We think that entertainment is a reflection of reality, but more and more entertainment is being used to influence reality.  I am not going to rehash what I wrote last week, but God has given clearly defined roles in our homes and it is not for us to tinker with God's plan. 

Finally, radical feminism has become a promoter of sin.  They are the ones who promote abortion, the rights of children to get abortions without parental consent, and who want the government to force insurance programs (and even churches) to provide abortions and contraception.  They want women to be "free" to fornicate without repercussion.  What I find truly hypocritical that they claim they want government out of their lives in terms of having a personal right to abortion, but they want the government in the lives of businesses and insurance providers to force them to pay for it.  They just do not want abortions to be legal, they also want someone else to pay for their poor life choices. 

Feminism has nothing to do with femininity.  If anything, they want to destroy the beauty of femininity and replace it with some radical view that makes women more manly then men.  This represents the minority of women, but they want their ideas to apply to all women.  They care nothing about God's plan for women and want to make up their own, thinking they know better.  It is no wonder that they are often angry and bitter because they are fighting against the very nature God created inside them.  They say they are for the rights of women, yet they attack any woman who decides to emulate God's view of femininity.  They say they are for the rights of women, yet they have no problem with the wholesale slaughter of unborn children (including female ones).  They say they are for the rights of women, yet they want to impose their ideals on all (including women) whether they agree with it or not.  There was a time when they did wonderful things in terms of women's rights in the work place and at the voting booth, but that was a long time ago.  They have grown selfish and are rebelling against the role God has given women in our churches and our families.  They forget the strong and important place God has given them in search of a calling God has reserved for men.  In that, they are trying to do what God has not called them to do while ignoring the call God has for them.  Just as a man will never be at peace trying to be a woman, so will a woman never be happy in trying to be a man.  Without Jesus no true joy and peace are possible, but in Christ you still will not find it until you embrace what God has created you to be instead of constantly trying to be something else. 
And the LORD God said, "[It is] not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him."  ... And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place.  Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: "This [is] now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man." Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.  Genesis 2:18, 21-24 NKJV

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