Category: Priesthood

Headship: Chauvinism, Culture, and Service pt 3

Nearly two thousand years ago, the Apostle Paul penned these controversial words: Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. (Eph 5:22-24) For the last two weeks, we’ve looked at some prime examples of what biblical headship isn’t. On the one hand, we’ve talked about “Christian chauvinists” – men who take passages like this one and twist it to justify their own self-centered way of relating with women. On the opposite side of the spectrum, and equally damaging, is the prevailing view of our day – that Biblical exhortations to headship are not to be taken seriously. That they are merely cultural. As one facebooker explained, “The Bible is a guide to self improvement, not to be taken literally for the purpose of belittling one gender over another.” Now, putting that particularly-dangerous line of thought aside, the question we want to answer today  is this: is that really what the Bible does? And if not, what does the Bible really say about headship? One of the keys to properly understanding and interpreting the Word of God is to understand that for every biblical truth, there is also a balancing...

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Headship: Chauvinism, Culture, and Service pt 2

Starting with Headship: Chauvinism, Culture, and Service, we began a look at the Biblical concept of headship. In this post, we discuss the “Cultural view” of headship, where it comes from, and some of the problems associated with it. Cultural At the other end of the spectrum (as two related heresies so often are) is what I would call the cultural view. The cultural view of headship says simply this: That headship as laid out in the Bible is a cultural issue. Living in a more advanced culture two thousand years later, we have transcended traditional gender roles. Like chauvinism, this is by no means a new idea. In modern times, we can tie it to the rise of feminism and the “sexual revolution.” In the name of “liberating women” and “giving women freedom over their own reproductive choices”, our society has discarded traditional gender roles in favor of the “empowered woman.” And the church, sadly, has not only acquiesced – it has largely embraced feminism. In fact, as some might point out, feminism really had its start in the church long before it became accepted in the workplace. For the last sixty years, there has been an almost implicit assumption on the part of our culture that the church is for women – that it is the woman’s domain. The active membership of most churches today is overwhelmingly female....

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Lead Her Like Christ

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.(Eph 5:22-23) We live in a fallen, sin-marred word that is fundamentally broken from the inside out. Understand that. We live in a world where there are sometimes mothers, but no fathers. We live in a world where husbands are emotionally, physically, or sexually abusive. These things do happen and are happening. And they create unique cases in which it is both unsafe and unloving to tell the wife or children to be submissive and obedient. While acknowledging that this is the case (and having been privileged to be part of a pastoral staff that has to deal with cases like this from time to time), we can still teach the general commandment: Wives, submit to your own husbands. Husband, before you do too much in the way of chest-thumping and self-congratulating, know that your calling is an even heavier one: Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy...

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