One of the things I’ve been mulling over for a while now are ‘level’ of controversial statements about women in the New Testament in contrast to today’s culture. Dalrock’s what is the blue pill and Cane’s for the love of the game gave me a bit of more inspiration to create this post.
Here’s a few of the short list.
- Wives submit to your husbands (Eph 5, Col 3, Tit 2, 1 Pet 3)
- Women are not to teach or exercise authority over men in the Church (1 Tim 2)
- Women are to stay silent in Churches and ask their husbands at home (1 Cor 14)
- Women are to wear head coverings in prayer. And no, hair itself does not count as a head covering. (1 Cor 11)
I put this list together for fun to rank your level of Patriarchy, but there is some general truth to how seriously you take God’s Word.
Here are the rankings. I tried to add some colorful, true commentary to each of the levels.
- Patriarchy Level 0 – You agree with none of these and practice none of these. You probably call yourself an Biblical egalitarian but in reality you are a loud and proud feminist. You look for ways to conform the Bible to your cultural influenced opinion rather than God’s Truth. Your responses to Biblical arguments are “but muh equality” or “it says there’s mutual submission right there in Eph 5!” or “[insert long-winded made-up story about how Paul and Peter were saying things that are only culturally relevant]”
- Patriarchy Level 1 – You agree with one of these and practice one of these. You are a unknowing closet feminist and likely a conservative complementarian like most Evangelical Christians. You probably claim to practice “wives submit to your husbands,” but in practice she mostly wears the pants. You’re very easily dragged to and fro by your wife’s emotions, but still claim you’re loving her for trying to placate those emotions instead of admonish her when she’s going off track. You will probably be offended by reading this section passage if you are in this group.
- Patriarchy Level 2 – You agree with some of these and practice one of these. Your eyes are starting to be pried open from the deception of complementarism and chivalry to patriarchy. You already knew that liberals don’t care about God, but you can start to see that conservatives don’t either. You’re comfortable calling out men on their sin but still hesitate calling out women on their sin though you occasionally understand when to do it. You may or may not wear the pants in your relationship or marriage, but you understand that you should and are trying to act as the head of your marriage.
- Patriarchy Level 3 – You agree with all of these and practice some of these. You reject egalitarianism, complementarism, and chivalry. You consider complementarianism worse than egalitarianism because at least egalitarians admit they’re Biblically disobedient. You’ve probably studied these passages in depth both exegetically and hermeneutically, but you’re still cowardly about taking a stand in front of your family, friends, and the Church. You wear the pants in your relationship or marriage and are fairly comfortable calling both men and women out on their sin.
- Patriarchy Level 4 – You agree with all of these and practice all of these. You are a true Biblical Patriarch. Feminists gnash their teeth at you. Sometimes “Christians” will talk to your family to try to convince them not to do some of these things. You might get weird looks or get called a cult leader by people under their breath. You wear the pants in your relationship or marriage and in most cases your family loves you and will defend you vehemently.
I will painfully admit that I am still level 3 instead of level 4. The process of sanctification is continual and still occurring in me.
Questions to my readers:
- What stage are you in? Single or married is fine. Also, wives can comment too about the status of their husband’s stance in their marriages.
- What additional commentary can be added to each of these levels?