Evangelical feminists: Wanna talk about me...

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There is no end to the whining of Christian feminists. It goes on and on with no end in sight.

The latest is a bunch of statistics put together under the sponsorship of Gordon College and the Imago dei Fund. The document is titled, "Gender Dynamics in Evangelical Institutions: Women and Men Leading in Higher Education and the Nonprofit Sector." Copyrighted by Gordon College, these are the researchers and their employers: Lead Authors and Researchers: Amy Reynolds, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Wheaton College, and Janel Curry, Provost, Gordon College. Also Neil Carlson, Director of the Center for Social Research, Calvin College.

Then this Research Advisory Team: Pamela Cochran, Lecturer of Theology, Loyola University Maryland; Korie L. Edwards, Associate Professor of Sociology, Ohio State University; Karen A. Longman, Professor of Higher Education, Azusa Pacific University; Ruth Melkonian-­‐Hoover, Associate Professor of Political Science, Gordon College; Helen Sterk, Professor of Communications, Western Kentucky University.

The final member of the Research Advisory Team was that ubiquitous feminist instigator, Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen, who is employed as Professor of Psychology and Philosophy at Eastern University. This is the same Eastern University that recently hosted the feminist heretic, Rachel Held Evans, and is home base for homosexualist heretic, Tony Campolo.

So what are these women whining about?

That their sex doesn't have enough leadership positions. They're mad that Evangelical colleges, seminaries, missions, and other non-profits have more men teaching and exercising authority than women.

But isn't this inevitable given God's Creation Order of Adam first, then Eve? Wasn't Eve created to be a helpmate to Adam and wasn't that act of God the template for the relations between the sexes forevermore? Didn't the Apostle Paul explain this quite clearly to another generation of Christians who wanted more women teaching and exercising authority over men in the New Testament church when he wrote:

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. For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve. And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. But women will be preserved through the bearing of children if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint.  - 1Timothy 2:11-15

Whining about not being put in positions of authority over men is the opposite of "entire submissiveness" and "remaining quiet." Is there a man in a position of authority over any of these women who will be the Apostle Paul to them, telling them to forsake their complaining and rebellion and to give themselves to childbearing? Again, where is the Apostle Paul when we need him? Have we no apostolic succession today? What about Wheaton's president or board of trustees? What about Phil Ryken or David Geiser? Can neither of them take Ms. Reynolds aside and kindly remind her of her place as a woman making a claim to godliness? Does academic freedom prohibit Scriptural admonitions? Does no one care about Dr. Reynolds's soul? And if not her soul, what about the souls of the women students among whom she is fomenting rebellion?

We argue that even as women are underrepresented in leadership positions in the church, churches alone are not the only or central religious actors. Religious organizations, especially evangelical Christian organizations—the focus of this study—are numerous and active in everything from providing social services to leadership development to education. ...Conservative evangelical theology and culture is often connected with stronger beliefs about gendered differences, and ideas about gender difference are a key reason inequality persists within institutions today.

"Ideas about gender difference" are to blame? What impiety! Are these women ignorant of God's Word? God's Creation Order? God's commands concerning their sex? Do they dare to complain that "women are underrepresented" in the church's teaching and exercising authority over men? Who will be faithful to tell these women to sit down and be quiet? To repeat the Apostle Paul's direction that "women will be preserved through the bearing of children if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint"?

In the face of the drip, drip, drip of such rebellious women, it's no good to be quiet. They must be silenced, with all authority. With God's authority. Speaking the Word of God.

Read the whining. You'll see the battle is being lost. Check out the stats, especially how many of these women are single and childless, and how much worse they are in their submission to Scripture's doctrine of sexuality than even the men surveyed along with them.

But don't allow yourself to get bogged down in their stats. Certainly among our readers are some who know these women or their husbands, fathers, pastors, or presidents, and can appeal to them to admonish them over these sisters concerning their rebellion?

You say I'm a lunatic?

Man's wisdom has always been foolishness to God.

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PS: Yes, the application of God's Creation Order is not a simple matter and no two of us would agree where and how to apply it, even in the church and home. But that it does apply everywhere man is man and woman is woman is incontrovertible, Scripturally. And that these women deny God's Creation Order, even in the Church, is also clear.

Would I employ a woman in higher ed administration? Yes, in some positions. Would I vote for a woman president? Yes, in some circumstances. Would I submit to my wife's command? Yes, I do and have, on many occasions. Given such responses, have I surrendered God's Creation Order? No. Why not? You tell me and we'll both know.

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and big lots of grandchildren.

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