What I’m Not Saying

As I’m preaching through a series on femininity I find it challenging to present a biblical perspective while, at the same time, not unnecessarily losing listeners.

Of course, if the truth is offensive and a listener is lost, there’s not a lot I can do.  But sometimes, the truth is heard and muddied through underlying misogynistic or feministic presuppositions. In light of that, I’d like to make a couple of clarifications as a follow up to yesterday’s sermon.  Below I list what I said (copied and pasted from my manuscript), followed by a clarification.

Clarification 1

I said (in regards to 1 Corinthians 11:3): “So picture a totem pole here.  God is at the top, then Jesus, then a husband, and then a wife…So authority goes down, and submission and honor go up…The husband is in authority over his wife.  The wife submits to her husband.”

What’s not true (but is sometimes assumed): “All women should submit to all men.”  That would be unbiblical, and I think made clear in weeks to come.  Some Christians seem to believe that women, in general, are to be submissive to men, in general.  A wife is to submit to her husband only, and in fact, submitting to any other man would be an act of not submitting to her husband.  See Ephesians 5:22.

What’s also not true (but is sometimes assumed): “The authority of a husband is the authority to boss and push around.”  That would also be unbiblical, and I think will be made clear in weeks to come.  A husband has been given authority to love and serve, to take sacrificial responsibility.  He is the authority, and she is the glory.  See Ephesians 5:25,

Clarification 2

I said: “Ladies, the home must be the focus of your help and hard work.”

What’s not true (but is sometimes assumed): “Ladies, your place is the home.”  A woman’s place is not the home, as if she should only leave for groceries and cleaning supplies.  A woman should prioritize her home in such a way that all her hard work outside the home benefits her household without neglecting it, and most importantly the people in it.  See Proverbs 31.

Hope that is helpful.

Pastor Erik

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Erik Meyers is lead pastor of Veritas Church.

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