The inclusion of a link is NOT an endorsement of the content, site, or author. I provide links to a wide variety of articles, posts, and points of view in order to inform the church at large about issues related to women.
I normally don’t comment on the links I share, but these are Must Read Posts. Truly each one is deserving of its own post to discuss the implications of the content, but I don’t have the time to do that right now. I’m only sharing two posts today. Please read them.
“An Open Letter to the ESV Translation Committee” from Kristin Du Mez at The Anxious Bench (Patheos)
“The new Permanent ESV translates Genesis 3:16 as ‘Your desire shall be contrary to your husband, but he shall rule over you.’
This translation mandates both conflict and female subordination; both appear to be the will of God. (Take just a moment and imagine how a victim of domestic violence might hear this verse).
As a point of comparison, consider how Bushnell addressed Genesis 3:16. That phrase, she insisted, had ‘been the cause of much degradation, unhappiness and suffering to women,’ and it had instigated ‘much immorality among men, in the cruelty and oppression they have inflicted upon their wives.’
After a careful study of the ancient Hebrew, she offered an alternate translation: ‘Thou art turning away to thy husband, and he will rule over thee.” Woman’s sin, then, was in turning to her husband and away from God. Man’s rule over women was not God’s will, but rather a prophetic description of the consequences of that action. It was an unfortunate effect of the Fall, a circumstance in contradiction to created order, an effect of sin redeemed by the work of Christ.’
Read: An Open Letter to the ESV Translation Committee from Kristin Du Mez at The Anxious Bench (Patheos)
“I might get excommunicated for this.” from Jessica Fore
“The purpose of church discipline is to address gross unrepentant sin or immorality that endangers someone’s soul. It’s not to exert control over conscionable behavior that you don’t like, put a woman in her place for challenging you, silence someone who is speaking up about injustice, or engage in whistleblower retribution when you are being held accountable for wrongdoing. If what I’ve said about the Session in my open letters weren’t true, the church could indict me for lying. If I were engaged in immorality, the church could indict me for that. But since you know perfectly well that I’m telling the truth, and am a genuine Christian acting in good conscience, the strongest thing you’ve come up with to indict me for is not “submitting” to your control. Spinning my noncompliance as a mortal sin against Jesus Christ is a petty, frivolous power play, and this whole situation is the most shameful failure of leadership I’ve ever personally witnessed in fifteen years of vocational ministry.
Jesus Christ is my Lord, and I will obey Him.”
Read: I might get excommunicated for this. from Jessica Fore
Understand What the Bible Really Says
What’s with Paul and Women?God’s Word to WomenWhat Paul Really Said About Women: The Apostle’s Liberating Views on Equality in Marriage, Leadership, and LoveI Suffer Not a Woman: Rethinking I Timothy 2:11-15 in Light of Ancient EvidenceHow I Changed My Mind about Women in Leadership: Compelling Stories from Prominent EvangelicalsPartners in Christ: A Conservative Case for EgalitarianismMan and Woman, One in Christ: An Exegetical and Theological Study of Paul’s Letters