From the blog to the book, with humor and righteous outrage, Shirley Taylor gives you a look at leadership roles for today’s Christian women. Women are told they are equal-but they have different functions. That theology is not found in the Bible. But it determines the roles women are allowed in church, and even extends inside their own homes. Women are told they are created by God's great design to graciously submit to their husbands because by doing so, they are actually submitting to God.
We know women have different functions, but whether or not they lift the lid is not a spiritual function, and should not be the criteria for leadership roles.
The church, which should have been the first to recognize women’s equality, has proven to be the last holdout against women. Women are beginning to question this theology. This book gives insight to what pastors are saying about women, and what they are preaching on Sunday morning. It calls them to account for their teaching. It also calls women to account for neglecting their responsibility to themselves and to other women. You will be challenged to get off your equal-but and speak up and do something. Men will be challenged to take their place alongside women, not in front of women.
Originally written as blog posts on www.bwebaptistwomenforequality.wordpress.com, the content has been edited, updated, expanded, and revised.
This book is written for Christians, but anyone who has a sense of justice will be outraged at what Christians are doing to each other when they deny women full equality in the church and in the home.
The disingenuous and central mantra of the Counsel on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood states that "Women are equal, but different." They then write tomes to explain the "differences," all of which either directly or indirectly negate equality.
In her presentation at the Seneca Falls 2 Evangelical Women's Rights Convention, Shirley Taylor pointed out the inconsistencies of the "Equal, but..." statements, saying she was tired of "their 'Equal, but...'s." The Freedom for Christian Women Coalition has adopted this as their mantra:
"No 'Equal, but...'s!
Equal means equal!"
Shirley Taylor briefly explores the history of the Civil Rights movement and how gender was inserted into the racially directed laws, hoping that the law would not pass.
She recalls what it was like for both minorities and for women before the Civil Rights Act. The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood was established to consolidate power -- power that in many respects belongs only to God.
Complementarians tell women that they not only must submit to men, they must also "like it." Failing to like it is sinful and is said to bring shame upon the name of Jesus. Or do they just want women to be Stepford Wives?
Complementarians maintain that women must neither teach men nor "usurp the authority of a man." But avoiding direct statements of such, they teach that that a wife's salvation is mediated through Jesus only after it has been mediated through her "male head." Shirley Taylor and Jocelyn Andersen explain this evasive, misleading, and blasphemous double-talk. (Excerpts from Seneca Falls 2).
Complementarianism focuses on gender-specific roles that they claim are mandated by Scripture, limiting women to a certain set of "roles." Join the speakers at the Seneca Falls 2 Evangelical Women's Rights Convention and learn about this "role play," something that has more to do with the traditions of men and acquisition of power than it does with the Bible!
In the early 1970s as an inexperienced Sunday school teacher at a Baptist church in Houston, one sentence from the Teacher’s guide stayed with me.
“The Jews loved nothing more than to argue in the marketplace about whether or not women have souls.” I don’t remember the context of the sentence, but it was not an anti-Semitic statement.
It was a pro-woman statement. This was shortly before the Conservative take-over of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Today we find that the marketplace is the Blogs - and the comments under the blogs, where women are
discussed endlessly. Discussed like a piece of property - what can she do, what is she forbidden to do
- and she is assigned roles in the church and in the home. Roles that have no basis in the Bible.
We are told that we must submit to our husbands – no, we are told that we must “graciously” submit to
our husbands. That attitude is nowhere in the Bible. The Apostle Paul didn’t even think of that. Now, there is nothing wrong with submitting to your husband. If you want to do that, go right ahead. After all, he is to submit to you also.
But submission and restrictions on women go hand in hand. You will not have one without the other.
What do you want to do?
I would like to see people like you and all others stand up for women’s equality, not because a woman
might have been an elder or deacon in the First Century, but because it is the right thing to do in the 21st century.
I want you to live like you are equal in Christ.
I want you to walk up to your pastor and tell him that you are a person saved by the grace of God, just like the men are, and that it is time that your church recognizes that, and allows women to serve in all capacities in your church, because you do not live in the First Century.
Whenever a church or denomination has in its bylaws that a woman can’t,
then that individual church or denomination decides exactly what it is that a woman can’t do.
It is not the Scriptures that tell a church what a woman can’t do,
it is her church that tells her what she can't do.
Will you join us in telling your church what it can't do?