Friday, January 17, 2014

Who's the Boss?

This question is very important to a lot of people.

Someone has to be in charge. If someone is not in charge, chaos will ensue, or so goes the thinking.

And, in case anyone hasn't noticed, if someone has to be in charge, there is a large number of men who will do whatever they can to make sure that it isn't some woman bossing them around.

Here is a quote from John Piper:
" And so I distinguish between personal, direct exercises of authority that involve manhood and womanhood because it's personal.  She's right there.  She's woman on man, and and I'm being directly pressed on by this woman in an authoritative way.  Should she be doing that; should I be experiencing that, and my answer is no.  I think that's contrary to the way God made us…"

Source for this excerpt is from TWW's TCC's 2014 Women's National Women's Conference.

Note that Piper says, "should I be experiencing (a woman's authority), and my answer is no. I think that is contrary to the way God made us..."

Piper wants to make sure that he never has to experience a woman's authority and he calls on his opinion that God agrees with him. He feels that God thinks Piper should not have to experience a woman's authority.

Piper and the other men who dread the authority of women go to great lengths to make sure they never have to experience this horrible thing. But someone has to be in charge... So they go to great lengths to make sure that they, the men, get to be that One In Charge.

Here is Shirley's second installment of her Desiring to be God series:

Desiring to be God-Part 2
(check out Part 1 if you haven't yet)

and here is a blog post examining the error made concerning Genesis 3:16:
Genesis 3:16 is not a mandate for is a warning for wives...

So, who's the boss?

If you are a Christian, then it should be Jesus, not some mortal man somewhere that fears women.

Edited to add this blog post from a friend who gets comments from time to time from people obsessed with who the boss is and how much they want men to be the boss over women.
Submission, Obedience, and Authority
(Oh, how people obsess over this. It's unhealthy for the spirit life.)

And from another friend:
Was Sarah Bessey Right? (which goes into Denny Burk's Desire to be god over his wife, not in those words.)

There seems to be a pattern going on here.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for linking to my blog post about Genesis 3:16. I pray that women will be reminded of the grace and redemption that is fully theirs, too, by studiying this Scripture IN CONTEXT and not as it has often been interpreted to the detriment of a woman's freedom in Christ Jesus.

I am so glad to have found your site this way! I will be visiting "your posts"!


Mara Reid said...

Hey, I see you all the time over at Shirley's Blog. I didn't realize until today that you had your own blog. And since the Theme was very strong, it was only natural to link you. You are in step with what I believe. And I feel the more voices the better. Because most of the voices are able to say it in a different and often better way than the way I say it. And I welcome this!

Retha said...

The most recent male authority assertion I heard was (after a piece that call men representatives of God's authority):

"where the Church lacks a clear symbol of God’s headship, the conception of God’s authority in his Church will start to shift in unhealthy directions or be neglected."

God's authority will be neglected if we do not give men authority? God appears to think the opposite. For example, he did not originally give Israel a king, and when they wanted one, he said they were rejecting him for wanting a king. (1 Sam 8:7 ..."the Lord said ...they have rejected me")

Mara Reid said...

They twist and turn and do whatever it takes to give themselves the chief seats in the house.
Darn Phariseeism is alive and well in the church.

Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the chief seats in the synagogues and the respectful greetings in the market places. Luke 11:43