God Never Desired Patriarchy! After reading the historical accounts throughout the Bible, one can easily be misled into believing that male leadership is God's intended design for marriages, families, and for mankind in general. But, a closer look at God's word clearly reveals that God never desired patriarchy. In fact, it is instead a testimony to God's… Continue reading Patriarchy has Fallen and Women are Raised
In a recent post, I mentioned I read through a commentary of Genesis by Derek Kidner in the Tyndale OT series. It is copyright from 1967. The point in noting its older date, is that I was surprised (pleasantly) by some egalitarian or progressive thoughts on the opening chapters of Genesis.
In the introduction Kidner states, in regards to the Fall:
“The shattering of the harmony of man and wife, not by any mutual disagreement but by their agreeing together against God, proved at once how dependent it had been on His [God’s] unseen participation. Without Him, love would henceforth be imperfect, and marriage would gravitate towards the sub-personal relationship foreshadowed in the terms ‘desire’ and ‘rule.'”
Kidner goes on to say that the rest of Genesis confirms this tendency. “Polygamy is partly to blame for this, but polygamy is itself the symptom of an unbalanced view of marriage, which…
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Q - Doesn’t the naming of Eve show that Adam had authority over her? A - No, both male and female were created in the image of God and they were given shared authority to rule (Gen 1:28). Brief explanation: There is a Jewish tradition that the one who does the naming of another has authority… Continue reading Doesn’t the naming of Eve show that Adam had authority over her?
Q & A Q - Isn’t the wife supposed to be the husband’s ‘helper’? A – Yes and No. The woman that was made to be with Adam was called his ‘help meet’ (Greek EZER KENEGDO), not his ‘helpmate’. Brief explanation: Ezer (help) does not mean from a lesser being. The same term is used… Continue reading Isn’t the wife supposed to be the husband’s ‘helper’?
Q - Doesn’t the Bible say that wives are to submit to their husbands as their ‘head’? A - Yes and No. Yes, only if the term ‘head’ (Greek: kephale) is understood as ‘origin’ or ‘source’ without the meaning of rank. The Bible teaches mutual submission between spouses. Brief explanation: 1 Corinthians 11:3 reads: ‘But… Continue reading Doesn’t the Bible say that wives are to submit to their husbands as their ‘head’?
Q - Can women be elders (leaders/pastors) in the church? A - Yes, Paul says, ‘If anyone (Greek tis – a gender neutral term) wants to be an elder...’ Brief explanation: In Christ, we are restored to the equality at creation (Gen 1:28). Male rule came about as a result of the Fall (Gen 3:16),… Continue reading Can women be elders (leaders/pastors) in the church?
CLICK ON THE QUESTION OR ANSWER FOR A FULLER EXPLANATION 1. Doesn’t the Bible say that women are to ‘keep silent’ in church? NO 2. Can women be elders (leaders/pastors) in the church? YES 3. Doesn’t the Bible say that wives are to submit to their husbands as their ‘head’? YES and NO 4. Isn’t… Continue reading Women in the Church – Common Questions
Equality Lost Sadly, the Church’s long embrace of Patriarchy (male leadership in society), as well as its current entanglement with Complementarianism (a newer watered down version of Patriarchy where the role of leadership in the home and church are designated to males), are a perpetuation of the Fall and its consequence, “HE (man) SHALL RULE… Continue reading God’s Plan for Gender Equality in the Home, Church and all of Society
Excellent! This is a reblog from a reblog! It’s about being female and in the image of God. Loved it!!!
If you give a girl a Bible, she’s going to ask her Father what it means. When he begins to explain it to her in the quiet of her soul, she’s going to know she has a gift and know she’s made for more. When the gift becomes his glory, she’s going to use it all the time. So she will sing or plan or teach or write. When she’s done she’ll share those gifts with you and she’ll want to read some more.
She might do something unrefined or something strange indeed, but she is more than mommy, sister, wife, and matcher of the socks. She is the very image of a God who lives outside the box.
If you give a girl a label, though, and strip away her clothes, Her Almighty Father will run right back to her and tell you where to keep your nose. The…
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MISUSING A CUSTOM There is no evidence in both the incidents of Adam “naming” Eve that God had given him authority over her. I say this to counter the willy-nilly correlating of these incidents with a Hebrew custom that if you named something it indicated that you had authority over it. If it was a Biblical custom,… Continue reading Naming of Eve and Adam’s Authority