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I always took issue with the claims of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) affiliates that those who disagree with their ideology developed their own ideas from liberal, secular feminism; homosexuality; and Communism. I laughed the first time that I heard this, for such was not true of my own denomination of origin. In my home State and as I understand the history, a married woman established the first Assemblies of God church there, and her husband encouraged her to follow the Holy Spirit's leading. They opened up their home, eventually established a church in another building, and both husband and wife were sent to college so that they could be both qualified to establish what is now Valley Forge Christian College. My very first role model was the daughter-in-law of this couple (bearing their name of Beisel), also a professor emeritus at the College who taught every aspiring pastor of that era, retiring to serve as a missionary to India. My piano teacher for many years also taught there. Neither of these women nor the denomination tolerate concepts of secular feminism, homosexuality, or Communism! These two ladies were kind and beautiful women of God, yet they were formidable in their knowledge and living out of the Word of God. I don't know how CBMW could explain away this history that I knew well from childhood. I also trained as a nurse with the Sisters of Mercy, with Cathryn McAuley as my role model from some 150 years ago.
I was pleased to read even more of this type of history in Joceyln Andersen's new book, "Woman this is War.Read more ›
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If you think Jocelyn Andersen's title of her new book is inflammatory, and loaded with gender-bias, please note that she is quoting the attitude of John MacArthur in his introduction to "The Fulfilled Family," "Gentlemen, don't even think about marriage until you have mastered the art of warfare."
Andersen shares with us the horrific pattern she discovered in her research--a pattern of war against women--especially in Christian churches. Although disagreements abound between denominations, the attitude toward women is very similar in nearly all of them. Even some women join in the war against women. Although similar to the cold war against the USSR, with propaganda and innuendo being the key tools, it is also a war that has been and is being waged from many pulpits. Scripture has been twisted, mistranslated, and misinterpreted, and the twists, mistranslations, and misinterpretations repeated until a large majority of Christians believe the human changes to scripture ARE scripture, and insist that to deviate from the misinformation they have been taught is to rebel against God.
Both those who fought for the decent treatment of women and the fight itself, now called feminism, have been maligned and misrepresented from pulpits and from Bible college teachers, even by women who themselves are the recipients and users of those rights that other women have suffered and fought to obtain for women all over the world.
Jocelyn Andersen shows what tactics are used to wage the war against women, and the final goal those waging the war are aiming to achieve.
She points out how the war against women has gained ground with certain doctrinal heresies that are used to convince women themselves that God has mandated women are to be vanquished by men.Read more ›
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