I’m currently helping to develop a teaching curriculum for our church’s college class for next Spring, based in large part on Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. One of the key issues is the topic of submission and authority. This is a much misunderstood doctrine, but it is treated very well in the book edited by John Piper and Wayne Grudem.
I was very glad to read this article, posted this morning by Russell Moore, which is brilliant. I hope you’ll look past the provocative title to the meat of his argument. This is almost surely going to find its way into how we address this topic with our students!
Here’s an excerpt:
Too often in our culture, women and girls are pressured to submit to men, as a category. This is the reason so many women, even feminist women, are consumed with what men, in general, think of them. This is the reason a woman’s value in our society, too often, is defined in terms of sexual attractiveness and availability. Is it any wonder that so many of our girls and women are destroyed by a predatory patriarchy that demeans the dignity and glory of what it means to be a woman?
Submitting to men in general renders it impossible to submit to one’s “own husband.” Submission to one’s husband means faithfulness to him, and to him alone, which means saying “no” to other suitors. Submission to a right authority always means a corresponding refusal to submit to a false authority.
Read the rest: Women, Stop Submitting to Men