Feminists' Scripture-twisting of "mutual submission" does have its limits...

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(B)e subject to one another in the fear of Christ.

Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body. FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND SHALL BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH. This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband.

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER (which is the first commandment with a promise), SO THAT IT MAY BE WELL WITH YOU, AND THAT YOU MAY LIVE LONG ON THE EARTH.

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Slaves, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ; not by way of eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether slave or free.

And masters, do the same things to them, and give up threatening, knowing that both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.

(Ephesians 5:21-6:9)

Always and everywhere, the Church has understood this text to mean what the reformer, John Calvin, explains so clearly:

Society consists of groups which are like yokes in which there is a mutual obligation of parties. The first yoke is the marriage between husband and wife, the second yoke binds parents and children; the third connects masters and servants. So in society there are six different classes, for each of which Paul lays down its particular duties. He begins with wives whom he commands to be subject to their husbands in the same way as to Christ.

False shepherds twist this text, telling people that "submit to one another" really means "mutual submission," and that the husband and wife are both commanded to submit to each other--wife to husband, but equally husband to wife.

So then, why does the Holy Spirit not go ahead and say that the wife is the head of the husband as Christ is the Head of the Church...

but He does say the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the Head of the Church? That simple question alone should point out to sincere Christians the absurd lengths to which Christian feminists are prepared to go to justify their rebellion against God's order of Creation through which He made woman subject to man, wives subject to husbands.

But false shepherds never concede defeat, being perfectly prepared to see the destruction of souls and accept that destruction as the price that must be paid for them to win over disciples for themselves.

True shepherds will see what's at stake here with this text, and will expose the false shepherd's rebelliousness in no uncertain terms. It is nothing but wickedness for men who claim to be teachers of the church to teach that Ephesians 5 presents a Divine command for husbands to submit to their wives. This false interpretation twists the plain meaning of the text. God will punish those who abuse His Word and lead others to do the same.

Note also, though, that there's no reason on earth the destruction of authority should stop with the authority God has placed in husbands. If the text truly teaches that all authority is equally held by the superior (man) and the subordinate (woman), the same must be true of parents and children, bosses and employees, kings and subjects--and most importantly for this particular discussion, professors and students.

So why did we never hear the feminist scholar, Dr. Gilbert Bilezikian of Wheaton College talking about his mutual submission to his Wheaton students? He was constantly saying that the principle of mutual submission was to be lived out between wives and husbands with husbands submitting to their wives; why did he never call for mutual submission between Wheaton students and faculty members, for professors to submit to their students?

Well, it hardly needs to be said that Dr. Bilezikian is a sexual anarchist--not an academic anarchist. He knows which side of his bread is buttered.

But right here the gig is up. Dr. Bilezikian's inconsistency proves that he doesn't believe in mutual submission at all. It's just an exegetical ploy he uses to oppose patriarchy, but he has absolutely no intent to extend his rebellion against God to academic, civil, or parental authority.

Authority is of a fabric. Pull on one thread and the whole unravels, straight to the Only Sovereign God Who rules the earth. When feminists claiming to be Christians attack the authority God has decreed to be innate in the male sex, the true focus of their attack is God the Father Almighty.

True shepherds, knowing the damage these false shepherds are doing to our flocks, will use every opportunity we come across to expose them. True shepherds also will never speak of "mutual submission," because we know by doing so we're confusing our sheep and making them more vulnerable to the false shepherds' Scripture twisting, and the rebellion that has always been central purpose of that twisting.

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