PlanetChristian: Biblical Womanhood

Explaining another term from the list Leaving the Orbit of Planet Christian.

This isn’t a phrase from our previous church experience. In fact, I didn’t really encounter this belief until I began reading blogs. To be honest, I had not given the topic much thought and was quite surprised to discover that many Christians do not believe in gender equality.

When my husband was reading the post, he said, “What’s Biblical Womanhood?”

I replied, “That would be like if I would submit to you.” ;)

Actually, I believe quite strongly in submission within relationships, including marriage. However, I also believe that submission is given voluntary as an expression of love and that it is mutual within the relationship.

Whenever I see the term Biblical Womanhood used, it is used to define requirements and restrictions for women which contradict the freedom that we have in Christ.

I reject that bondage.

A few posts that I wrote related to this topic:

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9 thoughts on “PlanetChristian: Biblical Womanhood

  1. Not only do many women have a gap in their understanding when it comes to their identity and freedom in Christ, but so many men have not grasped this spiritual fact as well. Unfortunately, the term ‘Biblical Womanhood’ makes a promise that it does not seem to be able to deliver. Maybe the emphasis ought to be: Biblical Identity in Christ for both brothers and sisters ‘in Christ’.

  2. From the male perspective – the only person allowed to have balls in a traditional Charismatic church is the pastor – and sometimes the elders (though that was not my experience). First thing church leadership does to any stallion (up and coming leader) is casterate him. That really is one of the reasons so many men don’t participate in the traditional setting.

    Women aren’t allowed to be women and men aren’t allowed to be men – that’s true equality !!!

  3. Agree with you Jerry – pastors are usually surrounded by eunuchs who enjoy the role they are given without realising what has happened to them.They feel important since they are still ‘the heads’ of the women folk.What a weird kind of society.

  4. Pneumatological heresy?

    By saying that I’m wondering if the very phrase “in Christ” becomes part of the problem (sadly). The emphasis on Christ without reference to the Spirit means there is, essentially, a kind of Roman Catholic priest idea, where the man is Christ to the woman. No doubt influenced by the Ephesians 5 passage.

    Yet we read in Romans 8 that Christ’s work opened up the work of the Spirit in believers for real and thorough freedom–freedom to be, and live, and hope, and participate in full with Christ in the many gifts of the Spirit.

    Which means, I suppose, that just because a church calls itself charismatic doesn’t mean it actually believes in the Holy Spirit–just a genie to put on a show.

  5. I reject that view as well Grace. Interesting that most advocates of that view only see it applicable in the church and in marriage but not in the world of commerce or government.. with that they subtly label it as something other than a kingdom view of women.

  6. dan,
    Yes he did, right after I cooked him breakfast. :)

    nadine,
    Do you think we’ll get to number 49?

    barb,
    You’re right, it is an issue of skewed identity, and to use the Bible as the “authority” for skewing it is so sad.

    jerry and charlie,
    There are similarities and overlap with the clergy/laity issue as the gifts of many are disregarded and the focus placed on an appointed professional.

    patrick,
    For a man to attempt to step in as mediator in his wife’s relationship with Christ is as damaging to him as it is to her.

    bob,
    In NT times, the restrictions upon women were based upon the fact that the culture was still patriarchal. Women experienced much greater freedom within the church than they did culturally.

    Now, in a mostly egalitarian culture, we find that the church is the only place still attempting to restrict women. What an incredibly failed witness to the kingdom view.

    everyone,
    This is still a difficult issue for me to address. I don’t want to “represent” or fight for the cause. I don’t want to be considered because of my gender anymore than I want to be disregarded because of my gender.

    I related to this post by Eliacin more than I typically relate to posts discussing the “gender issue.”

    In the end, I think it boils down to realizing that I can’t change another’s heart. If there is no esteem or value for me as a person to begin with, then I don’t trust esteem and value that is given based upon obligation, guilt, or coercion.

    Overall, I believe there is still a strong tendency within both males and females to look for a “handsome Saul,” a smart well-recognized name that we can attach our followership to. Because of that, we will tend to miss the voices of many “others.”

  7. In answering Patrick–I get my foundations for ‘in Christ’ from Ephesians, esp. 1:7-14. I agree that we need a pneumatological emphasis otherwise we a trying to live far below what we have been promised and provided. Yes, as there are gaps in understanding who Christians are ‘in Christ’ there are gaps in understanding the full provision of the Spirit who was poured out by both the Son and the Father to make us full to overflowing as daughters and sons in His Kingdom.

    In light of our annual consideration of the completed work of Christ on the cross and the power which God raised him from the dead, and of Paul’s teaching and encouragement to the Ephesians re their new identity IN the risen Christ, I offer these passages for our corporate reflection:

    “That power is like the working of his mighty strength which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given . . .And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” Eph. 1:18-23

    “In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” Eph. 2:21-22

    With this realized freedom ‘in Christ’ that “we may approach God with freedom and confidence” Paul offers a prayer for the Ephesians in 3:14-21. I highlight v. 16: “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being….” And v. 20 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

    Let us celebrate His Resurrection, and all that it means to us as His Church, with great gusto!

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