In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior. Your adornment must not be merely external--braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands; just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear. (1Peter 3:1-6)
David and I have mentioned our interest in the proceedings of the "Gender and the Church" conference going on this weekend at our denominational college, Covenant College. Sponsored by Covenant's Kaleo Center, the keynote speakers are Carolyn Custis James and her husband, Frank. The conference web site provides the following credentials for Mrs. James:
Carolyn Custis James is an international conference speaker for churches, colleges, seminaries and other Christian organizations. She is a new voice in Christian publishing with a strong, affirming message for women... Carolyn is President of Whitby Forum, a ministry organization dedicated to helping women go deeper in their relationship with God and to serve Him alongside their brothers in the faith... She is a founder and sponsor (along with Reformed Theological Seminary and Campus Crusade for Christ International) of Synergy conferences--a national gathering of women in seminary and in vocational ministries... During the years between seminary and her present ministries, she had her own business as a computer software developer in Oxford, England. She and her husband Frank (President of Reformed Theological Seminary-- Orlando ) live in Orlando, Florida. They have one college-age daughter.
What "strong, affirming message for women" does Mrs. James provide that is "dedicated to helping women go deeper in their relationship with God... to serve Him alongside their brothers in the faith?" Here's an excerpt from last night's Bible message by Mrs. James...
This excerpt is taken from the web site of a woman in the audience who was completely sympathetic to the presentation:
'Ezer,' the word used for Eve as a "helper" suitable for Adam, is used twenty-one times in scripture. Twice for a woman. Three times for nations. Sixteen times for God. For the references to nations and to God it is used in reference to battles. A better translation of 'ezer' is "warrior."
When God says "It is not good for man to be alone" he creates a 'warrior' to go to battle with him because the man's need was not trivial.
Every woman is a warrior. We are image bearers and we are 'Ezars.'
If you're looking for a wife and you're looking for a woman who will submit, I think you're looking for the wrong thing. You need an 'ezer.' You need a warrior because you're going to have battles to fight.
This is just standard fare from evangelical feminists. It's wrapped up in the spirit of our age and directly contrary to the Word of God. A man who's looking for a submissive wife is "looking for the wrong thing"?
Assuming the report of what Mrs. James said is accurate, did President Nielson, his wife Kathleen, one of the Bible profs, or even Mrs. James' husband correct her when she contradicted the Word of God?
You think that's a joke?
It's not--I'm deadly serious. If the Apostle Paul confronted the Apostle Peter in front of the church for not eating with the Gentiles after "certain men" came up "from James," what do you think he would have done with Mrs. Frank James when she told the young men of Covenant they ought not to desire a submissive wife? He'd have resisted her to her face.
Mrs. Frank James tells the young men of Covenant desiring a submissive wife they're "looking for the wrong thing?"
Has no one heard? There isn't a young man in the church today who would dare acknowledge desiring such a biblical thing in a wife. It's been beaten out of him long ago by women like Mrs. Frank James whose husband is...