Mary Anne Pankhurst – I am glad I do not, and along with many other Christian husbands and fathers, queue up behind such a one as John Lennon. If anyone has been “bullied” and misused, and unappreciated are our wives, daughters, and females in general. The reason is that we, men and women are sinners from birth, and since both all fallen, self love rules! The man seeks to dominate the woman, the woman seek to overthrow all manner of authority over her – whether good or bad authority. Adam was the first masculinist and Eve was the first feminist. God did not make them that way, meaning it was not His original design in creation. The entrance of sin into our existence and experience can only explain why men want to dominate inordinately, and women want to rebel inordinately. Both can not be god! If you want a root cause of all “bullying” – it is a heart issue of sin. One needs a God given definition of bullying and sin first before any real solution of grace can be applied.
The Scriptures declare – Gal. 3:28 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus”. But it also says – 1Cor. 11:3 “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God”. All one in Christ, equal access to the Heavenly Father and His grace for all that are believers, but God has also set up an order of delegated authority or headship. How can both be true, and how can both work – grace! God Rectifying At the Core of the Enmity: a new heart of love in Christ. Notice how both love and submission is shown by the example of the Lord Jesus Christ:
Eph. 5:23-25 “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it”. John Lennon could and would never do this! This is not just an example to follow; it is God’s mandate to obey.
I am a traditionalist, and hold to patriarchical leadership in the world, home, and church. Of course that is what the inspired Scriptures set forth, so I seek to obey the only God given authority for all mankind. I love my wife, and my daughters. I teach them by word and by example that God’s revealed order in the home is the best, and will work when grace is in all of our hearts. No where in the Bible and in the practice of the Word of God do we believe nor practice that – “Females are dirt, pretty much from womb to tomb. They’re aborted, murdered, violated and enslaved every few minutes”.
I understand that much is done against women in the name of religion, but religion fails because grace is not relied upon and received into the heart. Grace will bring us back to what God intended for all of our good and for His glory before sin entered in. Grace sets forth the Lord Jesus loving the church, as His bride. Grace is there to help us to want to obey and yes, in practice be like our Heavenly Husband when it comes to loving our wives and daughters. I could not do it in any other way.
Pastor Tom Newton
Calvary Baptist Church
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