In writing about Karen and Bryan these past few days I have been receiving critical feedback. This is to be expected as par for the course as what I have been saying is politically incorrect. Therefore, I do not expect most people to agree with my evaluations or my suggestions.
However, one commenter on my YouTube channel did surprise me with his assesment (I’m assuming it was a guy). It really shouldn’t have struck me as odd since his critique was largely the mainstream protestant, politically corrected, “Christian” view of the woman’s role. And yet, I always find myself shaking my head when I am subjected to this nonsense as it literally attempts to make the Bible say the exact opposite of what it plainly says. For the sake of brevity, I’ll summarize this idiotic doctrine as follows: Although the Bible clearly teaches a woman to be subject to her husband, working from home, and bearing children, the highly relevant passages where these commands are found should be ignored in light of passages that do not pertain to gender roles specifically and theological “principles.”
To be clear, if you are not a Christian, what I am about to say does not apply to you. After all, you are not a Christian and therefore the Bible has no hold over your life.
Additionally, even if you are a “Christian,” you do not have to believe in the Bible. Plenty of “Christians” don’t care at all what the Bible says. I cannot make you trust the scriptures nor can I make you stop calling yourself a “Christian,” even I do not think you are one.
But, we should be able to agree on one thing… what the Bible plainly says.
I’ll be first to admit that sola scriptura can be a difficult path to moral absolutes. As I am fond of saying, life is complex, so a complex book was required to give us guidance. I think moral decisions often require a great deal of discernment and wisdom.
But then, there are some subjects that the Bible is so crystal-clear in articulating that you have to willfully subvert it to interpret it any other way. And such is the case with the role of women.
Let’s begin. This will not be exhaustive, but let’s hit the biggies.
To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be contrary to your husband, but he shall rule over you.”Genesis 3:16
Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.Ephesians 5:22-24
I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works. Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.1 Timothy 2:8-15
Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.Titus 2:3-6
Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct. Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening. Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.1 Peter 3:1-7
Submit to your husbands. Do not teach in the Church. Work from home. Be saved through childbearing.
You don’t have to like it. You don’t have to believe it. You certainly do not have to heed its commands.
But the scriptures say what the scriptures say.