I don’t mean to rant. But I get distressed when well-meaning people pass on teaching that hurts innocent people.
I believe in submission. Someone must take the helm or chaos erupts and needs are overlooked. I just don’t buy the rot that’s taught as biblical submission.
A dear woman said, “We need strong men. Every wife should tell her husband, ‘I’m in your corner no matter what. I’ll follow wherever you lead.’” When I gave some real life examples of couples I’ve worked with, she saw another side.
Psalms 119:160 says, “The sum of Your word is truth.” Scripture makes sense only in the context of the whole.
I was part of a church that held my friend’s philosophy. In a committee meeting I expressed a thought different from the pastor’s. Afterwards a man said, “Give the preacher what he wants. He’s the preacher.”
The committee was to come up with plans that served the flock—not stroke the pastor’s ego. The discussion helped us discover the best plan. As a leader, I’d be appalled if my committee wasn’t free to share their opinions.
Another leader called herself “God’s anointed” to justify her control. Even in the Old Testament there were three offices—king, prophet, and priest. The priests had to confront King Uzziah when he became strong and proudly overstepped his role. (2 Chron. 26:16-23)Continue Reading