Why Feminism Is Never The Answer

Why do Christians fall into the trap of believing that an ideology promoting female superiority is a legitimate answer to the “gender war”? That a man-made solution will address the spiritual problems of the human heart?

 

A Cheap Substitute

Feminism can never put a stop to sex trafficking, because it cannot stop greed, loneliness, and depravity.

Feminism can never eradicate domestic violence, because it cannot instill in men a passion to love and lead their families well.

Feminism can never put an end to pornography, because it cannot satiate lust, addiction, and emptiness.

Feminism can never cut down the divorce rate and improve marriages, because marriage is not about “equality,” fairness, or sameness; and all the role reversal in the world cannot change the fact that we are daughters of Eve and sons of Adam.

Feminism can never bring women fulfillment, because true fulfillment is only found in Jesus Christ.

Feminism can never force men to genuinely respect women by removing sexual distinction, such as by fighting for legislation which places women in combat units (but such a move is guaranteed to result in combat ineffectiveness. This has been proven by history and the fact that every nation which has experimented with women in combat has abandoned the idea.)

 

The Beautiful Lie

Feminism exalts women but can never truly empower them; promotes women, but can never pacify the innate desire to control. It insults women and men alike by insisting that the only real difference between the sexes is physical.

One of the stark ironies of feminism is that by promoting one gender over the other, it is inherently sexist. Further, this sexism fuels the historical pendulum swing between chauvinism and feminism, misogyny and misandry… prompting a backlash and fueling the very kinds of inequalities it supposedly exists to correct!

Ergo: feminism isn’t beneficial to anyone, but it does a particular disservice to women.

 

The Stark Contrast

Feminism tells me to look out for MYSELF and MY gender. God says to consider everyone else as more important than myself. (Philippians 2:3)

Feminism says that you change a husband by getting him to loathe himself and be convinced that he’s somehow responsible for centuries of “oppression.” God says you change a husband by respecting– no, reverencing!– him, being Christlike, and fixing YOURSELF. (1 Peter 3:1-6)

Feminism says that I need to find myself and get out of the home in order to feel fulfilled. God says that I find my satisfaction and fulfillment in HIM, regardless of circumstances. (Philippians 4:12,13)

Feminism says that women don’t need men. God says that woman was created for man. (1 Corinthians 11:9)

 

No Such Thing As “Evangelical Feminism”

Feminism by any other name is still feminism. Wrap it up in twisted Biblical theology and tie it off with Christianese rhetoric and it’s still the same spirit of Jezebel at work: religious, proud, rebellious, destructive, and vehemently opposed to God’s designs.

Christian women… if you’re going to make anything your gospel, make it THE gospel.

If you want to fight injustice in this world, don’t side with one gender over the other; be a conscientious objector in the battle of the sexes.

If you want to consider yourself an independent thinker, realize that you ingest the world’s lies every day and they affect you, and you need our Savior and His Word, constantly, to renew your mind with truth.

Wives, be bold in the way that Scripture defines boldness– as women who are BRAVE enough to submit to their husbands rather than “giving way to fear.” (1 Peter 3:6)

My fellow women! We were designed for so much more, so much grander and greater things, than petty feminist creeds and self-exaltation.

Show this world the transforming power of God in human lives by placing yours under His love and wisdom… by embracing His perfect designs! Step into the glorious light of truth and grace and love, and be FREE!

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If you’re interested in learning the lesser-known origins and aims of feminism, you may enjoy my YouTube videos on the topic. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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Wives of Witchcraft and Idolatry?

Is it really that big of a deal when wives don’t submit to their husbands?

Why don’t you get off the topic and quit harping away at it, Christiana? Isn’t this majoring in the minors?

Women should all just study comforting devotionals and gender-neutral passages of Scripture and not focus so much on the ones written directly to them, after all. Sure, no wife is perfect… but all is grace, right?

God commands husbands to love their wives. He commands wives to submit to their husbands. Both are repeated unmistakably, indisputably, in Scripture.

And in our culture, including church culture, we see an unloving husband as a jerk.

But an unsubmissive wife? Meh. Even the word “submissive” itself is controversial; we’re petrified to merely utter it.

(We’re the ones who decided it’s “controversial,” by the way. God didn’t.)

Submission, as we know, is the Greek word “hupotasso,” which (quoting Strong’s) is “a Greek military term meaning ‘to arrange [troop divisions] in a military fashion under the command of a leader.’ In non-military use, it was ‘a voluntary attitude of giving in, cooperating, assuming responsibility, and carrying a burden.’”

This– out of all the words in the entire Greek language– is the God-breathed word chosen to describe the way a wife ought to relate to her husband. To arrange herself under her husband’s authority, with a yielding and cooperative attitude.

What’s the opposite of “submissive”? What words come to mind as describing the opposite of placing oneself under authority and having a heart inclined to yield?

Perhaps “rebellious:” defying authority and being your own boss. Or, “stubborn:” being stiff-necked and difficult to move.

So many wives admit to being stubborn almost as if they’re proud of it, as though it somehow signifies strength. To be a rebel is considered equally admirable. Yes, from girlhood through womanhood, we seem to think that stubbornness is cute and rebellion is nothing more than a little sass.

Or, at best, we recognize these as being less-than-ideal wifely qualities, but hardly anything severe.

Such words have lost all meaning. We have watered them down in much the same way that we’ve weakened the meaning of sin in general; we’ve lost sight of just how egregious it really is: perverse and cosmic enough that God’s only Son had to be slaughtered like an animal to atone for even the smallest of transgressions…

It’s time we looked at what the Bible says about rebellion and stubbornness, which I believe will reinculcate them with the significance and seriousness that they are truly meant to communicate.

Let’s look at 1 Samuel 15:23 to see how God views all of this:

“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.”

This smacked me right between the eyes the first time I remember reading it as a young adult.

Witchcraft. (Hebrew word kesem, meaning “divination.”) Rebellion is occultic, demonic, Satanic. Anti-God. This makes complete sense when we consider that rebellion began with Satan, the first rebel in existence. It was rooted in pride: an inaccurate, inflated view of himself which led him to defy his direct authority (God Himself) and go his own way in rejection of God’s established order.

In Scripture we repeatedly see submission portrayed as protection, especially of a spiritual nature. And when we step out from under that protection, we open ourselves up to the “roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

Iniquity. (Hebrew word aven, meaning “wickedness.”)

Idolatry. (Hebrew teraphim, meaning “a kind of idol, such as a household idol.”) A violation of God’s first of the ten commandments: “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.”

What is the idol here? What are we worshipping in our stubbornness? Self. When rather than yielding we behave in a stiff-necked manner toward the authorities God has placed in our lives, we’ve clearly decided it is we who know better. We will not follow, will not bend to another; we are seated firmly on the throne of our own lives. We have created an idol in our own image.

It seems that part of the reason so many women don’t take submission seriously is that they simply do not see unsubmissiveness as actually being sin. For some bizarre reason, we see the topic of wifely submission as peripheral (even though we know it mirrors a picture of Christ and the church to a watching world–Ephesians 5) and inconsequential (even though this submission is the one hope wives are given of winning an unsaved husband to the Lord–1 Peter 3).

I’ve been told even by supposed complementarians, “Oh, you and I agree on headship and submission. We just interpret it differently…”, as if these God-breathed words are so unclear and ill-chosen as to warrant many different definitions and applications.

No, there’s actually no confusion as to what these particularly explicit words communicate. There’s no wide range of meaning, much less conflicting uses. There are such instances in Scripture, but this is certainly not one of them. We simply very often choose, en masse, to follow in the footsteps of our feminist culture and respond to God’s blueprint with indifference, rebellion, or stubbornness.

Obedience is not always easy. But it is very, very simple.

Are we going to be women who gullibly believe the messages all around us? Or are we going to be women who stand with faith of steel and believe our God?

“And Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.’” (Luke 1:38)

“And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”

“When obedience to God contradicts what I think will give me pleasure, let me ask myself if I love Him.”

~ Elisabeth Elliot