I’ve thought about writing on this for a while, and I believe this is a topic of great need within the Church.
- Patriarchy, at it’s simplest definition, is Father/headed led families. (Scripturally speaking, Father/husband headed families).
Both of these are affirmed throughout the Scriptures including Pre-fall and the Old and New Covenant. This includes examples ranging from Adam to the Patriarchs to David and the Kings and finally to Jesus, with the New Covenant revealed nature of the primary way God desires to be represented: our Father.
As we know, CBMW in their “complemenatarian” position has already been infected by feminism. Dalrock has done an excellent job of exposing that specifically in these two posts:
I don’t see a need to “defend” Patriarchy as it is an inherently good system as it was created and affirmed by God throughout the Scriptures. Hence, the term treatise. However, it seems that a “defense” is needed because most Christians are entrenched unknowingly in the Necropolis (e.g. formerly churchianity) and are convinced by secular culture that Patriarchy is an evil system.
Some articles I’ve found on ideas stem from sources like these on the defense of Patriarchy. Included is part of C.S. Lewis’ section in chapter 16 of Mere Christianity.
So much for the Christian doctrine about the permanence of marriage. Something else, even more unpopular, remains to be dealt with. Christian wives promise to obey their husbands. In Christian marriage the man is said to be the `head’. Two questions obviously arise here. (1) Why should there be a head at all – why not equality? (2) Why should it be the man?
(1) The need for some head follows from the idea that marriage is permanent. Of course, as long as the husband and wife are agreed, no question of a head need arise; and we may hope that this will be the normal state of affairs in a Christian marriage. But when there is a real disagreement, what is to happen? Talk it over, of course; but I am assuming they have done that and still failed to reach agreement. What do they do next? They cannot decide by a majority vote, for in a council of two there can be no majority. Surely, only one or other of two things can happen: either they must separate and go their own ways or else one or other of them must have a casting vote. If marriage is permanent, one or other party must, in the last resort, have the power of deciding the family policy. You cannot have a permanent association without a constitution.
(2) If there must be a head, why the man? Well, firstly, is there any very serious wish that it should be the woman? As I have said, I am not married myself, but as far as I can see, even a woman who wants to be the head of her own house does not usually admire the same state of things when she finds it going on next door. She is much more likely to say ‘Poor Mr X! Why he allows that appalling woman to boss him about the way she does is more than I can imagine.’ I do not think she is even very flattered if anyone mentions the fact of her own ‘headship’. There must be something unnatural about the rule of wives over husbands, because the wives themselves are half ashamed of it and despise the husbands whom they rule. But there is also another reason; and here I speak quite frankly as a bachelor, because it is a reason you can see from outside even better than from inside. The relations of the family to the outer world -what might be called its foreign policy -must depend, in the last resort, upon the man, because he always ought to be, and usually is, much more just to the outsiders. A woman is primarily fighting for her own children and husband against the rest of the world. Naturally, almost, in a sense, rightly, their claims override, for her, all other claims. She is the special trustee of their interests. The function of the husband is to see that this natural preference of hers is not given its head. He has the last word in order to protect other people from the intense family patriotism of the wife. If anyone doubts this, let me ask a simple question. If your dog has bitten the child next door, or if your child has hurt the dog next door, which would you sooner have to deal with, the master of that house or the mistress? Or, if you are a married woman, let me ask you this question. Much as you admire your husband, would you not say that his chief failing is his tendency not to stick up for his rights and yours against the neighbours as vigorously as you would like? A bit of an Appeaser?
In general, I think it would be best to approach this purely from a Biblical standpoint and contrasting them to the fabricated statements made by modern feminists trying to subvert the Scripture for their own gain. Such statements include things like “Women were treated horribly before Jesus’ time.” This gives any random Christian the false impression that women were treated terribly in the OT, which is simply not the case. Women were a protected and provided for class under the Law.
In any case, this is probably a massive project that I need help on in terms of compiling as many examples as possible from the Scriptures on the nature of authority, Patriarchy, and attempted christo-feminist hijacking.
When I say “marriage,” I shouldn’t have to explain that all marriage is Patriarchal marriage as that is what God has ordained as good. Made up human inventions that attempt to subvert the structures that God has created — such as “complementarian,” “egalitarian,” and “gay” marriage — are not marriage. They’re warped and corrupted monstrosities that do not honor God.
In all honestly, “gay” marriage is not a Christian problem. Let the world worry about things like that. The Christian problem is “complementarian” and “egalitarian marriage” as these are things that masquerade as Truth and lead Christians astray into falling into pits.
Anyway, what I’m looking for in the comments is:
- Compilation of the Scriptures on God’s structure of authority marriage.
- Writings and commentary on the structure of marriage with sound logical defense.
- Examples of Christian organizational structures going off the mark on marriage. CBMW is obviously one of them.