Tony Jones has a problem with your church:
The time has come for a schism regarding the issue of women in the church. Those of us who know that women should be accorded full participation in every aspect of church life need to visibly and forcefully separate ourselves from those who do not. Their subjugation of women is anti-Christian, and it should be tolerated no longer.
- If you attend a church that does not let women preach or hold positions of ecclesial authority, you need to leave that church.
- If you work for a ministry that does not affirm women in ecclesial leadership, you need to leave that ministry.
- If you write for a publishing house that also prints books by “complementarians,” you need to take your books to another publishing house.
- If you speak at conferences, you need to withdraw from all events that do not affirm women as speakers, teachers, and leaders.
I for one am glad that liberals are willing to take their ball and go home, wherever home is for that magic bus of Modernism that is constantly running 5 minutes behind schedule and is panicking to catch up. I have no problem with those who are not willing to listen to Jesus giving up the pretense that they care what He says. Take your politically-correct, dying churches and begone.
Tony Jones ignores one inconvenient truth in his rant against the idea that men and women are not perfectly interchangeable: separation of the roles of men and women is not new in Christianity. It’s not trendy. It’s not modern. It’s not even political in any real sense of the word. It’s Christianity: real-life, historic, biblical Christianity, based on a creation narrative and a reality that distinguishes the sexes in real and important ways.
So it’s not time for those who would overthrow historic Christianity to leave Christianity. It’s time for them to leave Christianity alone.
There are three facts we need to deal with in regards to the issue:
- Jesus chose men as the Twelve and used women in different roles.
- The Bible defines certain roles for men and women, both in the church and in marriage.
- The prior facts are offensive to modern political correctness.
It is, of course, the third item that is truly at issue, for that is the one that drives liberals* to reinterpret not only the meaning but the facthood of the first two. That’s fine, we’ve all heard the arguments. Jones is correct that the debate is over. One must either choose modern political correctness** as a guide to the holy, or one must choose the word of God. Make your choice and live by it.
Or die by it. As I wrote a dozen years ago about Liberalism and Decline, (and which Vox Day has expounded in two best-selling books) liberalism is a poison that destroys organizations, rotting them from the inside out. While it provides good-paying, short-term jobs for people who like to preen for the cameras, it ensures that they will never accomplish anything worthwhile. Or at least nothing related to the organization’s original goals.
Still, in the end it really doesn’t matter all that much whether liberal churches or denominations leave Christianity. So long as Christians are free to build new, vibrant, and growing ones, the old ones – who are ironically those who pretend to be the most modern – will wither and die of their own accord.
And modernity will skip down the road to hell without paying their religious fellow travelers any mind whatsoever. Just as it does today.
* Or maybe “equalitarians.” Jones uses the word “complementarians” in there, which I assume he uses to mean “people who understand the Bible,” but I’m not sure. I’ve never met one.
** It should be no surprise that the newly-discovered “gay rights” also makes an appearance. It is amazing to me how quickly its acceptance became a religious requirement once it became a political pet cause of the left.