Series on Feminism in the Church – Part IV Final Post

It’s Friday once again, dear ones, which means we will once again be addressing my least favorite subject. I thought the reading for last weeks post was the most grievous, until I began to research for today. I’m going to discuss the connections between feminism and Wicca/new ageism, so once again I must apologize for the quotes, they’ll be difficult to read. As I’ve mentioned previously, I grew up in a feministic household. I had never made a connection, however, to my mothers feministic beliefs and her turn towards witchcraft. I can see now how easy it is to move toward so called ‘spirituality’ and goddess worship when so much of the literature bends in that direction.

This is a serious indictment against allowing feminism in the church. I’m in no way suggesting that every feminist is a practicing Wiccan, however most of the leading feminists view their movement in a spiritual way. Like anything that steps away from a Biblical structure, it leads down the path towards witchcraft in steps. The end result seems to be atheism, though many stay within a new age mysticism that borrows Christian language. Others continue on to Wicca, or goddess worship. Again, it’s important to note that none of these underlining goals have anything to do with equality. Witchcraft and goddess worship does nothing to help women earn the same pay as men, yet it is pushed in the feminist groups and is direct opposition to Christianity. The Biblical view, on the other hand, of man and woman is equality. As Paul states, we are equal, whether we are male or female, with differing roles in the body of Christ.

My deep concern is that many women within the church that embrace feminism are unaware of these connections. Our leaders, elders, and pastors are vilified if they dare to urge discernment in this area. I pray that this series will help break down some of the walls that have been built between women and men in the name of equality. Let me just remind you, beloved, that in these posts I’ve pointed out feminism’s attack against Christianity, men, and marriage alone with showing its roots and spirituality which oppose Christ in every way. Once again, we have to ask ourselves, in light on the SBC’s wavering and women like Beth Moore’s recent hurtful rhetoric, should feminism be in the church? My stand is clear, friends, you’ll have to decide this for yourself. As always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

If you’ve missed the previous posts here are links to Part I, Part II, and Part III.

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Thursday Book Review – The Holy Life the Beauty of Christianity

Beloved brethren today’s book I’d like to review for you was written by John Bunyan (1628-1688). You’ll recognize him as the writer of Pilgrims Progress and Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners. The Holy Life is a short book, published in 1684 just four years before Bunyan’s death, which expounds upon 2 Timothy 2:19. The style of this book, while not as easy to read or eloquent, is similar to Thomas Watson’s, so it lends itself to organized note taking.

The topic Bunyan addresses here is one dangerously lacking within the discussions of believers today, holiness. Many will, unfortunately, shrug this subject off as ‘legalistic’. That label gets thrown around all too often today, perhaps simply due to a misunderstanding of what legalism actually is. In this book Bunyan never suggests that holiness is a means of salvation, but rather calls believers to a holy life style as means to glorify God, and share the Gospel with onlookers. He decries those who profess the name of Christ, yet have never repented of their sins and put their faith in Him. It was much more evangelistic than I expected, while still stinging with conviction and leading with encouragement to believers.

I would recommend this book to all believers, though it would make a particularly apt gift for elders, leaders, and pastors. Due to the age of this one, it’s in the public domain. This, of course, means it’s free! Also, Librivox has a free audio recording of it as well, which you can find here. Here is the pdf, and paper back, though there does not seem to be a kindle version available, sorry friends. I pray this review has found you all doing well, dear ones, and has blessed you. As always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Wednesday Testimony – Jeff Durbin

Apologia Studios are doing absolutely amazing work at the abortion mills, and their videos on sharing the Gospel with the lost in various cults are extremely helpful. I’ve been so blessed by Jeff Durbin, his radio program and the other videos they upload, but this one in particular. As far as testimonies go, this is very raw and honest. Have tissues handy, they’ll be needed!

Series on Feminism in the Church – Part III Attack on Marriage

Hello again, dear friends! I hope this post has found you all well. As we return to this troubling series today, please pray for me. The reading material I’ve had to research for this post is grievous. Particularly in this part of the series, with the attack on marriage. Many of us have felt the sting of our parents divorcing, or perhaps were raised by a single parent. I have family members hurting right now because their spouse left them. Marriage is an unmistakably beautiful union, where God takes two people and makes them one. What God has joined together, let no man tear apart. In my last post in this series I explained that feminism can not coexist with Christianity, I hope this post further underlines that truth. I apologize in advance for the quotes, beloved, I’m sure they’ll grieve you as much as they have me.

When Jesus is questioned about divorce in Mark 10 He points to the very first marriage, quoting as He often did from Genesis. In the beginning God made them male and female and the two became one flesh. This is a beautiful thing, dear ones. Marriage is the only thing that God compares with Christ’s relationship to His Church. Husbands should love their wives like Christ loves the church. This alone has placed marriage on such a pedestal that we, as born again believers, must be willing to defend it. Unfortunately, in this case we have to defend Gods plan for marriage against feminism, which is currently creeping into the church. Feminist scholars, often teaching our children in universities, view marriage with as much hostility as they view Christianity.

The question I want to pose here is whether or not feminism should be in the church. You can clearly see my opinion on that question, as I’ve seen first hand the damage that is caused when marriages are destroyed. Every church, and believer, is going to have to answer this question for themselves. What we’ve seen so far this year is that a social gospel is being pushed throughout the Body of Christ, and with it comes feminism. How will we answer this movement? I hope this series will help you all in that regards.

Beloved, let us not forget that we stand on the completed Word of God. When the world tempts us to falter, to set aside, or to go against Scripture it’s time to take a stand. The ‘tolerant’ will slander and abuse you, but stand you must. This is not an option, friends, we have one book, the Bible, that we follow. When the fads and movements of the culture we live in turn away from the teaching therein, we are a peculiar people set aside for the glory of God, we do not follow the culture. So be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Hymns of the Past – When Once I Mourned a Load of Sin

When once I mourned a load of sin,

When conscience felt a wound within,

When all my works were thrown away,

When on my knees I knelt to pray,

Then, blissful hour, remembered well,

I learned Thy love, Immanuel !

When storms of sorrow toss my soul,

When waves of care around me roll,

When comforts sink, when joys shall flee,

When hopeless griefs shall gape for me,

One word the tempest’s rage shall quell,

That word, Thy name, Immanuel !

When for the truth I suffer shame,

When foes pour scandal on my name,

When cruel taunts and jeers abound,

When “bulls of Bashan” gird me round,

Secure within my tower I’ll dwell,

That tower, Thy grace, Immanuel !

When hell, enraged, lifts up her roar,

When Satan stops my path before,

When fiends rejoice, and wait my end,

When legion’d hosts their arrows send,

Fear not, my soul, but hurl at hell

Thy battle-cry, Immanuel !

When down the hill of life I go,

When o’er my feet death’s waters flow,

When in the deep’ning flood I sink,

When friends stand weeping on the brink,

I’ll mingle with my last farewell,

Thy lovely name, Immanuel !

When tears are banished from mine eye,

When fairer worlds than these are nigh,

When Heaven shall fill my ravish’d sight,

When I shall bathe in sweet delight,

One joy all joys shall far excel,

To see Thy face, Immanuel !

Series on Feminism in the Church – Part II

Beloved, last Friday we started a very serious series on a touchy topic, feminism in the church. Today I want to give you a quick review of the roots of this movement as it relates to the church. It’s important to know where these types of movements come from, to help understand what their goal truly is.

Most feminists claim their roots go as far back as the ancient pagan Greek civilization, while acknowledging three ‘waves’ in modern western culture. Some postulate that we’re in the fourth wave now, each ‘wave’ bringing a new generation into the feminist movement beginning in the early 20th century, late 19th century. On the surface spokeswomen have always said that their only goal is equality to men, currently in pay although previously in voting. Underneath the popular rhetoric is a stream of other goals, none of which hold to equality. Rather, what we often see is the desire for the woman to be over the man, not by his side. This puts feminism in direct objection to Christianity, which states women and men are equal, though they hold different roles within the church.

Many of the goals of the feminist movement oppose Biblical principles, such as the push for abortion. Women in this movement consider the murder of the unborn as a right, while denying the right of the father to keep his child alive. Often ignored are laws of double homicide in the case of a pregnant woman being murdered. The issue of children in the womb having a right to life is ignored, and the debate focusing on a woman’s right to her own body. We’ll discuss more of the underlining goals of feminism in further parts of this series.

The main thing I hope to show in this post is that feminism is not compatible with Christianity. In fact, it’s roots are in opposition to Biblical truths. As born again believers we must stand on the full counsel of Gods Word, and refute falsehoods whenever they creep in unawares. Pastors, elders, and leaders should warn their flock about these movements and their anti-Christian roots. Sisters in Christ should warn other sisters not to attach themselves to this movement. Next week we’ll dig a little deeper into just how opposed to Christianity feminism is by addressing their attack on the family. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.