Scripture and sex roles

I saw this link on the crisis of absent men in the church from a link off of Free Northerner’s latest lightning round.

I went through some of the articles on the site, and they have some excellent analysis. There are a couple in particular that outline the gender/sex roles:

Gendered distinctions in role [in the church]:

* 1 Corinthians 11:4-5: ‘Any man who prays or prophesies with his head covered disgraces his head. But any woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered disgraces her head’[2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

* 1 Corinthians 14:33, 34: ‘the women should be silent in the churches… it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in church’[7]

* 1 Timothy 2:11: ‘A woman must learn quietly with all submissiveness.’[8]

* 1 Timothy 2:12: ‘But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man. She must remain quiet.’ [9] [10]

* 1 Timothy 3:2, 4: ‘The overseer then must be above reproach, the husband of one wife… He must manage his own household well’[11] [12] [13] [14]

Gendered distinctions in authority [in marriage]:

* 1 Corinthians 11:3: ‘the man is the head of a woman’ [15] [16] [17] [18]

* 1 Corinthians 14:34: ‘Rather, let them [the women] be in submission, as in fact the law says. If they want to find out about something, they should ask their husbands at home’[19] [20]

* Ephesians 5:22-24: ‘Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord, because the husband is the head of the wife as also Christ is the head of the church – he himself being the savior of the body. But as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.’ [21] [22] [23]

* Colossians 3:18: ‘Wives, submit to your husbands’[24] [25]

* 1 Timothy 2:12: ‘But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man. She must remain quiet.’[26] [27]

* Titus 2:5: ‘being subject to their own husbands’[28] [29]

* 1 Peter 3:1: ‘In the same way, wives, be subject to your own husbands.’[30]

These two articles are from here and here. Then there is also an article on the benefits of complementarism.

Out of the 260 total chapters in the New Testament, these are the only sex distinctions that we have to go on for our lives. I can see why it would be easy to get things confused for most men in the church, especially when the church goes astray on sex roles.

Now, half of the point of this article was to examine the sex roles, but the other half is to show that the general prescriptions to believers is almost universal. That we are all — male and female — to become like Jesus.

I’ve talked about “rebranding” this blog in a way to address the fact that most of the prescriptions on godly masculinity are indeed about godly men AND women in general.

Differentiation to a focus on unity

In general, when we talk about nice guys, it’s not so much a problem about masculinity that it is a problem about idolatry. For example, the pedestalization of women and their feelings leading to nice guy syndrome is not solely destructive to men. It is also destructive to women in the sense that feminism “builds up” the women up into paragons of pride and entitlement.

The effect of feminism is different on men and women, but it leads them astray in different ways. Therefore, the response to the spirit of jezebel — feminism — is different by both sexes. I am addressing “masculinity” in the context that I am addressing men specifically on how to throw off the shackles of feminism’s idolatry and lust of women.

This site will be continued to be geared towards teaching men, but the articles that don’t address specific mindsets and lifestyles about women can also be applied by women as they will be godly concepts.

These were my previous 3 categorization of articles on this site.

Understanding the Scriptures as it pertains to godly masculinity mindset and a godly lifestyle. This study will look at elimination of feminine behaviors and mindsets accrued from society, feminism and churchianity, and building godly masculinity in terms of a man on his mission and all that encompasses. This category will also explore the Greek and Hebrew words in Scriptures as they relate to our understanding of God and His will for our lives.

Learning godly masculine behavior by putting it into practice in terms of eliminating feminine behaviors and mindsets from society, feminism and churchianity, and building godly masculinity in terms of a man on his mission and all that encompasses.

Learning the subtleties of godly masculine behavior as it pertains to women with the intent of spurring them towards Christ. The fact that it is attractive to women is just a nice side effect.

To bring clarity to these topics, these categories are going to be changed to these instead:

Understanding the Scriptures as it pertains to godly mindset and a godly lifestyle. This study will look at elimination of ungodly behaviors and mindsets accrued from society, feminism and churchianity, and building up a man on his mission and all that encompasses. This category will also explore the Greek and Hebrew words in Scriptures as they relate to our understanding of God and His will for our lives.

Learning godly behavior by putting it into practice in terms of eliminating of ungodly behaviors and mindsets accrued from society, feminism and churchianity, and building up a man on his mission and all that encompasses.

Learning about the Scriptural roles and responsibilities of male-female interactions with the intent of spurring them towards Christ. The fact that it is attractive to women is just a nice side effect.

As you can see the changes are subtle, but I think it makes all of the difference.

For the first two categories the goal is eliminating the ungodly and putting on the godly. Most of my writing will indeed be directed to men, but women can learn and should use most of these concepts too albeit they may need to be modified to apply to women. Some concepts will be universal such as the focus on holistic godly improvement — good nutrition, exercise, time management, etc — but others will focus on the facets of feminine behaviors that are ingrained into men from feminism. These affect men differently than they do women, so some may not apply.

The last part I want to clarify strongly. The intent of the section is to learn how to learn how to behave around women, and I think that is slightly off. The clarification comes in that we first need to understand the roles and responsibilities of men and women have in marriage and apply these concepts towards the interactions. This makes it a much broader category than it was initially, and I think that is a good thing. Our understanding of the Scriptures and male-female interactions will lead to a godly mindset which will lead to godly behavior.

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8 Responses to Scripture and sex roles

  1. Looking Glass says:

    You can read a lot of the social-sexual changes over the last 100 years as an attempt to obliterate the creation of Deacons. There’s a reason why they’re so valuable: they are the pillars that support a church body.

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