In 2004, as I approached my fiftieth birthday, the Lord used two godly women to challenge, ever so gently, what I had been taught about women, the church and God. Long before that date, the teachings of my church culture had jarred my spirit. Further, after accepting a denominational position at age 43, I had come face-to-face with the demeaning and duplicitous treatment of women that these “scriptural” tenets produce.
Yet, I was afraid to probe the subject. The accepted stance is counted so clearly biblical and so foundational to the faith that to question what we had been taught is considered the first step on a slippery slope to liberalism, heresy and hell. Almost as frightening (for one whose life and relationships had been built solely in the context of a particular church culture), to question meant to risk being labeled a liberal or a heretic.
Thus, even after realizing the jarring in my spirit might be coming from God himself, I tried for two more years to treat the matter as too peripheral and too controversial to approach. Finally, in 2006, I relented. As I dared to let the Lord challenge what I’d thought I had to believe, I began writing a series of articles, describing what I was learning about women, the church and God. Then, in 2012, I began to revisit and revise that series.
What About Women? incorporates and adapts those columns. It also includes new chapters that uncover new insights. It tracks the seemingly random, but decidedly Spirit-led path of my search. What About Women? chronicles the Spirit-to-spirit exposé the search has produced. It wrestles with these questions, and more:
- What’s the difference between agreeing with dishonor and godly submission?
- How have we confused biblical and Confederate womanhood?
- How have we denied women adulthood and even personhood?
- Can women lead, preach, prophesy? Can women teach men?
- How have women in the church been pitted against one another by the Lie of the Pie?
You’ll delve into lots of Scriptures in this book, but you won’t find a systematic study of every verse mentioning women. You may notice an order to the flow of the chapters, but it’s not an order I would have chosen logically. It’s an order guided by God the Spirit, as he chose what to reveal to me next.
My prayer is not that you agree with every conclusion I’ve drawn. My prayer is this: The Lord overwhelm you with grace to humble your soul, quiet your fears – and receive what he shows you, Spirit-to-spirit.
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