Did we win confessional integrity only to sacrifice our moral integrity?…
Is it just camouflage for abusive males and permission for the abuse and mistreatment of women?
reveals God’s steadfast and unyielding concern for the abused, the threatened, the suffering, and the fearful. There is no excuse whatsoever for abuse of any form, verbal, emotional, physical, spiritual or sexual
…abuse power and weaponize authority
…be ready to protect any of God’s children threatened by abuse and must hold every abuser fully accountable…
…be ready to assure safety and support to any woman or child or vulnerable one threatened by abuse.
…can’t offer an accurate diagnosis of what went wrong
Men are in charge, but they shouldn’t abuse the women under their leadership.
…only look at the Bible and they ignore human experience.
…always make man serve the Sabbath, rather than having the Sabbath serve man.
…talking your eye off human beings and reading the Bible in a moral and human vacuum
You don’t hope for godliness, you form godliness. That’s the contrast between complementarianism and egalitarianism. Complementarianism is wishful thinking.
a practice of care and protection, not just in words, wishes, and commands, but in concrete, structural ways.
For inerrantists, the creation is read straight off the page with the page understood as having revelatory power…
It is pointless to argue along these lines.
I can intellectually recognize that part of my reaction is probably rooted in my own response to trauma I experienced (though there’s no obvious connection to evangelicalism or complementarianism
What I would like to know is how to become//ready to assure safety and support to any woman or child or vulnerable one threatened by abuse// I think that part of that Readiness is understanding what and why cults become fundamental.
I think that it is possible to understand the power of being in power and to//…offer an accurate diagnosis of what went wrong// I think men find it normal to ignore and invalidate the experience of women and children because it isn’t their experience and except the Holy Spirit intervene with helping them intuitively acquire the gift of empathy, anything in the Bible that backs up that existential fact is the going to underscore justification any abuse of power they wish. As you have witnessed accurately MHO//they ignore human (female and child) experience.// so now what? I think you are observing addictive behavior. It is humanely and scientifically impossible to reach people who are so disconnected from reality. I reckon one had better leave it to the Holy Spirit to wake these people up and in the meantime one can Direct one’s Energies towards advocating/protecting the vulnerable and learning how to do it better!!