More heresy from Baker's wolves...
I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. (Acts 20:29-30)
Look what Baker Book House makes its living from today. Professor Alan G. Padgett has written a book blasphemously titled, As Christ Submits to the Church, claiming it's a "biblical understanding of leadership and mutual submission."
The marketers tell us the author is a "theologian" with the terminal degree from Oxford. Did you know how easy it is to get into Oxford for grad studies in theology? Every other applicant gets accepted.
The pic on the book's cover tells us the contents are simply the outworking of Jesus' Upper Room command to wash one another's feet. Very olde truths, don't you know?
As Christ submits to the church, so all Christians must submit to, serve, and care for one another. Padgett articulates a creative approach to mutual submission and explores its practical outworking in the church today, providing biblical and ethical affirmation for equality in leadership. Professors and students in practical theology and gender courses, pastors, church leaders, and thoughtful lay readers will appreciate his new approach to a controversial topic.
Where to begin? "Christ submits to the church?"
No. Scripture says no such thing, but rather the opposite:
But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything. (Ephesians 5:24)
The Church submits to Christ--He doesn't submit to the Church!
These heretics turn everything upside down...They make evil good and good evil, truth lies and lies truth, right wrong and wrong right. They turn submission into authority and authority into submission. Sex becomes gender, male becomes female, and female becomes male. They display such audacity in working evil--even daring to use the Name and glory of Jesus Christ for their rebellion! These men and women are liars who destroy fatherhood and motherhood, and thus the homes and souls of the little ones growing up there.
Then this Oxbridge hood demonstrates his facility with the mother tongue by speaking of "affirmation for equality in leadership." Equality in leadership? Who's equal here--the authority and his subordinate? If so, what kind of leadership does the authority have? This is ridiculous blather.
Equality in leadership is the sort of leadership that never has to give an account for blood on his hands and never fears the return of his Master. One wonders whether professor Padgett shares equality in leadership with his students? Is there equality of leadership with respect to who talks most during class sessions? Do his students assign him papers? Do they make him sit at the back of the room? Do they tell him he can't process during commencement exercises? That he may not wear his hood? Do they use his spot reserved in faculty parking? Does he pay their tuition and do they divy up his salary? And what about grades--does professor Padgett demonstrate his commitment to servant leadership by taking the finals of his students and letting them grade his work?
Here's a book crafted to be palatable to pomo men desperate to escape fatherhood and their wives desperate to escape submission and childbearing.
Will the church ever, ever discipline these men and their publishing companies? How many more millions of souls must be destroyed on the altars of this goddess before shepherds love their sheep enough to slay these wolves devouring our flocks?
The words say it all: "care," "creative," "mutual," "explore," "ethical," "affirmation," "equality," "gender," "thoughtful," and "new approach."
The only word to describe such evil is 'heresy.' Try it out. Use it. Go around labelling others with their shame.
The souls of your sheep depend upon it.