Thinking Out Loud

October 29, 2019

MacArthur: A Lesson for the Boys and Men

Filed under: Christianity, current events, theology, women — Tags: , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 8:30 am

This is about the 8th or 9th time I’ve found a Twitter thread that I felt was worthy of a wider forum or a different media. This time around the author is Tish Warren Harrison, author of Liturgy of the Ordinary (InterVarsity). I know as I’m typing this that some of you are weary of this subject, but I believe she offers a fresh perspective.

When everyone was talking about John MacArthur and “Go home,” I was busy having a human being, so I haven’t been online. But do I care? Of course I care. I care because I’m a female priest and care about Beth Moore. And because I care about the church. And here’s what I thought:

I have often said that I keep having this conversation — not just about women’s ordination/roles but about women’s catechesis/discipleship, institutional empowerment and accountability, theological training, leadership, and depth — for my daughters, but this week, I had a son.

And I have realized that we need this conversation just as much for him and every boy of the next generation. Because it is hard to be a faithful, orthodox Christian in the world. I think it is getting harder.

If boys and men can’t learn from and value the gifts, insight, teaching, knowledge, writing, ministries, and works of God in 50%+ of the church, it will be all the harder for them to walk with Jesus.

Sexism is a sin. We don’t often speak of it in those terms, but it’s not just “problematic.” It’s a principality and power. It is idolatry. And like all sin, it diminishes us as a church, not just those sinned against, but those who are in sin.

(And note I’m not talking about complementarianism as a biblical conviction, which is not what any of this is about — Beth isn’t ordained even. This is about if women can speak about God.)

3 Comments »

  1. Of course women can speak about God. The question is whether they can stand up and preach over a congregation including men. The question is the same as for Adam and Eve: are men going to abdicate responsibility and are women going to usurp authority? The Bible isn’t sexist, it teaches that men and women are equal, and different, and have different roles in the church…

    Comment by Robert — October 29, 2019 @ 8:51 am

    • Oh Robert, don’t be such a dunce, of course the bible is sexist! It was written by men. Fortunately, the bible isn’t God. Did God tell you to place women in a subservient “role”? Of course not.

      Comment by Pricilla — October 30, 2019 @ 7:07 pm

      • Jesus is in a “subservient role” to the Father. They’re still equal though

        Comment by Robert — October 30, 2019 @ 8:04 pm


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