Feminism: Throwing out the Truth of Scripture


Throwing Away the Truth of Scripture

Over the years, we have heard of people “throwing out the baby with the bath water.” This makes a point that we must not overlook. Today some preachers, teachers, and churchmen have thrown away the clear and plain truths of God’s written Word!

Let me give an example of what I mean. Today I listened to part of a debate between two well-known apologists. One is known for being an ultra-liberal Episcopalian theologian who says that he has nearly a “Unity Church” view of reality (Gnostic in nature). And the other is a well-traveled Reformed Baptist (Calvinist) writer and speaker who at least does believe in Scripture’s inspiration. By the way, this Episcopalian priest was “bishop” over an area in New Jersey and the membership dropped by about 50 percent! We can be glad that these members had enough respect of Scripture to take themselves out of this sort of radical unbelief!

As well as I can remember the theologian’s comments which he uttered to explain part of his promotion of radical feminism showed his extensive unbelief. This theologian says that he has one daughter who is a lawyer, another who is a leader in the Marines, a third is a manager in a secular company, and the last one is a professor of physics. (It may be that one of these daughters is a minister/preacher, but I presently cannot recall.)

This false teacher then states that he is all-accepting and believes in diversity. Obviously, he rejects the inspiration and authority of Scripture. But for those of you who are interested in God’s view of feminism as set forth in this man’s view, there are many instructions that leave no doubt about what God thinks of it all.

While all of his daughters “take the lead” over men and seem to take charge of their respective realms, God says something very different. What does the Lord say about this? Scripture says that “Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman” (1 Corinthians 11:3). Do you think that a female lawyer could allow men to be her “head”? Do you think that the Marine officer could allow men to be masculine in her presence—without keeping them in submission? Could the manager refuse to take the lead in her company? And could the professor refuse to take the lead in her position? (Obviously, her field would be strongly opposed to the truth of God regarding creation and evolution!)

Further, Scripture says, “Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:22). Could any of these women do this? We continue to read that “the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church” (v. 23). I don’t know if any of these women are married, but even if they are not, we know that there is a rightful headship here in which the male is a leader over the female. This has nothing at all to do with a man’s or woman’s worth or intelligence or relationship to God. But it does have to do with a rightful order, given by God our Creator.

Further, God says, “Wives, be subject to your husbands as is fitting in the Lord” (Colossians 3:18). Even if none of these women is married, we still would clearly see that God forbids a woman to take a lead over the man. (If it is sinful for a woman to take the lead over her husband, wouldn’t it be interesting if such a woman freely took the lead over other men?)

Continuing further in Scripture, we read, “A woman must quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness. But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet” (1 Timothy 2:11-12). Would there be some inconsistency here if a woman must receive (not give) instruction to men, if she is to be under “entire submissiveness,” and if she is not permitted to “exercise authority” over a man? But then the same woman would exercise authority over other men!

If a man is to aspire to the position of “overseer” in the assembly, this would mean that it is sinful for a woman to “oversee” men in the assembly (1 Timothy 3:1-2; see also Titus 1:6-9). Would it not be incongruous for the woman then to “oversee” men outside of the assembly or the home? Would this not be an example of extreme legalism? We need to get at the heart of God’s instruction and not just say that we will take what is literally on the page!

You might also want to consider 1 Peter 3:1a: “You wives, be submissive to your own husbands.” Does this mean that the woman is to be submissive in the home—with her husband—but she would then be permitted to exercise authority over other men in other venues? Let’s wake up and stop making Scripture say what it is not permitted to say! We read that some people who are “untaught” and “unstable” twist or “distort” Scripture “to their own destruction” (2 Peter 3:16)! This is what the feminist insists on doing! Do they not realize that they refuse to submit themselves to God’s instruction with the result that they do this “to their own destruction”!

Regardless of the state of this Episcopal priest who openly rejects God’s Word, and regardless of his daughters who receive his boastfulness, we must denounce his shameful rejection of Scriptural instruction on the role of the woman. Yes, a woman is just as “worthy” as a man but God restricts her from taking on a masculine role in life. Let’s open our eyes and be willing to submit ourselves to divine commands and prohibitions! Let’s not “throw away the truth” of Scripture!

–Richard Hollerman

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