Articles for the Month of June 2015

Women’s Ordination – Our New Forbidden Fruit

imagesIN0LKUPIWhen Eve sinned, a seismic shift occurred in her soul though she was yet unaware. The quiet departure of the Holy Spirt from her heart devastated her conscience, but the emptiness was not felt as yet. She hastened to Adam luring him to partake of the forbidden fruit. He followed her. A  fundamental transformation then occurred in the human family. The genetics of men and women were forever altered after Adam sinned. The robe of light was lost and they knew that they were naked – devoid of the Spirit of God. The only legacy they could now leave to their prodigy would be that nakedness. Eve could now only bequeath to her daughters a legacy of succumbing to the same temptations that caused her own fall. Thereafter the tendency for women to yield to the longing for independence to forge new paths would cause her daughters to wander from God’s roles for them. Women would tend to be seduced into spiritualism and occultism as an attempt to become like god. Women would be disposed towards sensuality to entice men to submit to their desires.

Sin had upset their union and ever after there would be this yearning for oneness, but to it unnaturally coupled a struggle for dominion. She would desire him, she would long for him because his affections had been estranged from her as we discern from the Genesis narrative. I can only imagine the searing tears she must have shed as she heard him say of her, “the woman whom Thou gavest to be with me”. Where was the tender poetic endearment “bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh? “ She was now ‘yours’ not ‘mine’. Sin had marred the sacred oneness. However, merged with her longings would be strivings for supremacy. She would continue to essay for that feminine dominance that had lead Adam to follow her into sin. Control over Adam tasted good, it was an exquisite elixir, and she would always want more.

As had Eve when she offered Adam the fruit, so women would attempt possession of dominion by the subtle wiles within her power - stealth, sensuality, and manipulation. However, her attempts to usurp dominion would not work. As God had spoken, He would rule. Her efforts to take over would result in chaos, the disintegration of the family and further spiritual declination. Think of Rebekah’s control over Jacob in order to subvert Isaac’s intention to bequeath the birthright to Esau. She got her way, but never saw her beloved son again.  Think of Abraham and Sarah, and her misguided plans resulting in the birth of Ishmael. We are still reaping the baleful effects of her usurpation. Only the indwelling of the Holy Spirit can save women from reentering the same dark path toward the trees of the knowledge of good and evil with which we are presently surrounded.

We have been told a startling fact about the female nature. In ‘Fragments of Old Testament History’, we read the unnerving statement, “Satan chooses women, for he can use them more successfully than he can men”.-(1) A humbling appraisal for all women to contemplate in light of the assertions made by some that women are superior to men.  It may be that women succumb to Satan’s ploys more readily because hers is a more emotional and relational mind. Perhaps the dialogue with the Serpent at the forbidden tree opened Eve’s mind to the occult and imprinted that ‘openness’ or susceptibility in the female gender. I just do not know for sure.

However, we do know that statistically women are far more likely to use spirit mediums than men are. The American Federation of Certified Psychics and Mediums report these interesting statistics (2-6):

Percentage of men who admit to have contacted a psychic: 39%
Percentage of women who admit to have contacted a psychic: 69%
Approx. number of women in the United States who have spent more than $1000 for psychic reading in 2011-2012: 575,000
Approx. number of men in the United States who have spent more than $1000 for psychic reading in 2011-2012: 95,000
Approx. number of women in the United States who have spent more than $5000 for psychic reading in 2011-2012: 375,000
Approx. number of men in the United States who have spent more than $5000 for psychic reading in 2011-2012: 5,000
Approx. number of women in the United States who have spent more than $10,000 for psychic reading in 2011-2012: 275,000
Approx. number of men in the United States who have spent more than $10,000 for psychic reading in 2011-2012: 300

If the trend they report is accurate, women are far more likely to invest large sums of money to receive help from psychics.

As discussed before, the Edenic power struggle was replayed in the lives of Sarah and Abraham, Rebekah and Isaac, as well as Jezebel and Ahab. Today the debate in our churches over Women’s Ordination is but a repetition of that struggle for female dominance. It does not however stand alone. We see also the emergence of an intriguing trilogy - women’s ordination, homosexual rights and the emergent church. It is no coincidence that these three rise together. Like smoke swirling from the same bottomless pit, this ‘three-fold union’ compasses a broader invasion into our religion and darkens our horizon.

Where does this stuff come from? Culture, but not just any culture…the trilogy rises out of a feminized culture. These thee phenomena are a result of the feminization of the culture and subsequent feminization of the church.

Wikipedia defines feminization: (7)

“In sociology, feminization is the shift in gender roles and sex roles in a society, group, or organization towards a focus upon the feminine. This is the opposite of a cultural focus upon masculinity.
Strong male icons in American culture like Ward Cleaver and John Wayne have been replaced in recent years by strong female icons and weak male icons like Homer Simpson.


It can also mean the incorporation of women into a group or a profession that was once dominated only by men.


Potential examples of feminization in society can include: The feminization of education – Majority female teachers, a female majority of students in higher education and a curriculum which is better suited to the learning process of women.[2]

On the other hand, the scriptures describe a patriarchal culture. A society is either a patriarchy or matriarchy; it cannot both or neither.  Egalitarianism is a deceptive myth of our modern age honed into prominence by the women’s movement. Nevertheless, God declared in Genesis that dominance had been given to the masculine gender. So it is and ever will be while we live in this world.

Satan is attempting to remove the patriarchy and replace it with his own governmental form. He himself attempted an upheaval in heaven to remove the Divine patriarchy of the Godhead, and he would like to inspire us to do the same. When women seek to replace men and become the heads of the church the image of Christ and His church is turned upside-down. According to Ephesians 5:22-32 women represent the church and men represent Christ, therefore the symbol of male headship must be regarded as sacred, for it reflects the divine reality.

Satan seeks to subvert the authority of Christ in the church using women as important vassals. We have paragons in our midst, which have epitomized the feminine, the ultimate purpose of which is the replacement of the masculine by the feminine. At first glance, it would not appear that the Catholic Church is a feminized church because of the preponderance of a male priesthood, but on closer inspection, we note that the religion is dominated by the mother worship of the Virgin Mary. The Virgin Mary actually supersedes the position of Christ. The New Age Church and Buddhism are feminized religions, which offer among their panoply of idols the worship feminine deities. Shall we allow the swirling smoke of paganism and ecstatic experience to engulf us as well?

Eden repeats itself throughout the ages in our cultures, our churches and in our hearts. Women’s ordination is our new forbidden fruit, promising unity but portending only deeper apostasy.

Will we eat of that forbidden fruit again?

 

References:
1) Satan's Use of Women.--"And of Jezebel also spake the Lord, saying, The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel. Him that dieth of Ahab in the city the dogs shall eat; and him that dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat" (1 Kings 21:23-24). To the guilty king the prophet delivered a message of fearful import.  {10MR 76.1}

"Thus Satan used an unconsecrated woman to sway the heart of the king, and through the king to cause all Israel to sin. It is a terrible thing to be an instrument in the hands of Satan. Satan chooses women, for he can use them more successfully than he can men."--Ms. 29, 1911, p. 13. ("Fragments of Old Testament History," November 17, 1911.)

2) American Federation of Certified Psychics and Mediums
www.americanfederationofcertifiedpsychicsandmediums.org/

3) http://americanassociationofpsychics.com/

4) http://www.americanfederationofcertifiedpsychicsandmediums.org/statistics.htm

5) The American Federation of Certified Psychics and Mediums Official Handbook
https://books.google.com/books?id=FQTiAwAAQBAJ&pg=PA67&lpg=PA67&dq=number+of+female+vs+male+mediums&source=bl&ots=5lVbKwK_we&sig=O0TIbt6-MRsByBaFaSfLokcGmXM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=rrqGVbvrGIbhoAT14biACQ&ved=0CFkQ6AEwCA#v=onepage&q=number%20of%20female%20vs%20male%20mediums&f=false

6) All Women Are Psychics Paperback – January 1, 1988 by Diane Stein

7) Feminization (sociology)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feminization_(sociology)

Going My Own Way

6274188038_355e16ac9f_mThere is a growing movement among American men to flee any lasting connection with women.  Casual sexual contact is encouraged, but only carefully and as needed.  These men have decided to completely disengage themselves from all formal, legal, long term relationships with women.  They call themselves MGTOWs – Men Going Their Own Way.  They have been so badly burned by Western feminism that they have banded together to try to warn naïve, younger males from ever marrying.

MGTOWs maintain careers and fundraise to create safe places which bar aggressive intrusion of women into their conversations.  MGTOWs continue to earn money, work, pursue careers and enjoy hobbies but only for themselves.  Some have been forced by divorce courts to pay alimony but are barred from ever seeing their own children. They warn younger men to fear trying to create families. "Women will only use you for financial support and you will never have the chance to be a father to your child’.  They declare that long-term connection with westernized women is too dangerous – both financially and emotionally.   Perhaps a few are sad that this is the case, but they will not take the chance to be bankrupted financially or emotionally ravaged again.  Western women just cannot be trusted.
 
Here’s the mission statement from the MGTOW website (1)

 

M.G.T.O.W – Men Going Their Own Way is a statement of self-ownership, where the modern man preserves and protects his own sovereignty above all else. It is the manifestation of one word: “No”. Ejecting silly preconceptions and cultural definitions of what a “man” is. Looking to no one else for social cues. Refusing to bow, serve and kneel for the opportunity to be treated like a disposable utility. And, living according to his own best interests in a world which would rather he didn’t.

 

 sov·er·eign·ty    ˈsäv(ə)rən(t)ē/   Noun. Meaning: Supreme power or authority. Autonomy, independence, selfgovernment, self-rule, self-determination, freedom. Self-governing

 

In Japan there are factions of men who are even farther removed from traditional masculinity.  They are called “herbivores” and are a relatively recent phenomenon of the 21st century. (2-7)  As usual there exists a continuum of personal characteristics, but at the extreme the Japanese herbivore males are passive, not interested in women, sex or making money.  They are not homosexuals.  Herbivores immerse themselves in their own eclectic hobbies such as fashion, sewing, video games, personal grooming or eating dessert.

 


  “ Yasuhito Sekine is considered a poster boy for Japan’s herbivore men. He runs an online dessert appreciation group for men. The group of 1,000 members debate things such as the virtues of different brands of strawberry shortcake.” (2, 3)  

 

  . . .dessert appreciation . . .for . . . strawberry shortcake . . . ? 

Herbivores eschew high-powered careers reasoning, “Why work yourself into an early grave to give all your money to an angry woman.”  The Japanese women on the other hand are called, “carnivores” because they have become such aggressive sexual predators upon men.   
 
Japan has declining marriage rates, declining birth rates, and a declining economy some of which has actually helped to create the emergence of the herbivore culture among their young adult males.  Herbivores represent only about 20-30% of Japanese men, but about 60%-75% of men in the 20 to 30 something age group. (7, 8)  Japanese politicians are struggling to alleviate this problem because if carried to a logical conclusion it would only worsen their societal, political, military and economic woes. (8)
 
The Japanese response to the social enigma appears more extreme than that of the West.  But I have heard it predicted that the herbivore culture will come to the West as well.   Perhaps the American metrosexual is will become the new Western herbivore. (9)
 
Such is the effect of the ‘women’s liberation movement’ …..so called. 
 
Feminism opened the door to the redefining of roles. Cultural responses vary, but in the end the result is the same - separation.  We live in an age that feels it can recreate humanity, but we really, really cannot.  Much the same as a tornado bursting through a slumbering village feminism has left an aftermath of chaos, loneliness, and emptiness.  Men and women are going their own separate ways - independent, isolated, and self-absorbed.  But wasn’t that one of the goals of second wave feminism?  Remember Linda Gordon’s statement about the “destruction of the nuclear family”?  (10) Well here we are.
 
It need not have been this way.

We must restore the whole counsel of scripture as the guide for our lives.  God's laws compass all that He has created. The words spoken from Sinai are not the only expression of His will for humanity.  Every part of creation is governed by divine order.   Every word of God is creative and brings into existence systems that are an expression of His will.  These arrangements are laws which speak without words.  For instance, when the Lord created the world He designed the law of gravity.  It is immutable.  If we were to leap off a bridge to defy it, we have only ignored it to our peril.  No human devising can dismiss it.  We may only recognize, cooperate and if wise appreciate it.
 
We may also observe from the manner of creation His laws regulating relationships between men and women.
Need God speak these laws verbatim? 
No, He has spoken through His actions.

Think of it this way. We have a tradition during the Christmas holidays when attending a performance of the Messiah. Everyone knows that when the Hallelujah Chorus is presented we stand. Why?  Well, as tradition has it when the Hallelujah Chorus was first presented King George II, attending the London premiere of “Messiah’’ in March of 1743 was so inspired that he stood to his feet in honor of the music, the composer and the Lord. (11)  Court attendants of the king then stood to their feet.  No one sits while the King is standing. When the commoners saw the King and his court standing they stood to their feet as well.  There were no formal degrees, proclamations or brochures handed out that night instructing the audience to stand.  There was no need.  The King had spoken by his actions.  He did not need to repeat himself.  
 
Need the King of the Universe speak before we pay attention to Him?  Should we not watch His every movement and bring ourselves into harmony with Him?  His actions are laws no less than His words.
 
God’s laws are all that He has said, all that He has done, all that He has created.  
The laws governing our being are as immutable as the Ten Commandments.  
 
The Lord brought into being man and woman, gave them marriage and procreation to fill the earth.  Man was to be her protector and she was to be his supporter - a help “ meet for him” as we read in Genesis 2:18. (12)  Masculinity was created first and with a stronger physical nature.  Eve was given a softer physical nature.  May we learn from our physical natures certain characteristics of our inner natures?  Will our modern minds allow us to admit that women were designed to be soft and men to be strong?   That the softness and ‘strongness’ of their natures extends beyond the physical but reaches to the emotions, the mind, the heart?  That there is really nothing wrong with this, but it is in fact God‘s design for humanity?   
 
But accepting this means we must let go of our own ideas. 
My journey out of feminism has taught me that we can’t be everything alone. 
Men and women really do need each other. 
Alone and apart they can only represent a part of God’s image.
 
One may feel, “This is too old fashioned and just not true.  Men and women are more complex than that.  Women are also strong.  We should be free to explore ways of relating and not be hedged in by restrictions. Lots of relationships work that are not traditional.”
 
Complex we are for sure, but distinct none the less.  May I suggest that the restrictions of the traditional gender roles most natural to men and women are designed by God for our deepest pleasure and long-lasting fulfillment?  Our sinful natures feel very comfortable functioning outside the perimeter of God’s laws.  But the hedges of God’s laws are only meant to protect us from our innate tendency towards chaos. 
 
Human devising may create nontraditional families which seem to work well for some people.  But what happens when those principles are set in place for generations?  Look at the MGTOWs.  They are an example of feminist entitlement backfiring.  Instead of capitulating to women’s demands for more control MGTOWs are just leaving women to fend for themselves.  The natural male-female dynamic designed in Genesis is still functioning, despite the rhetoric of feminism for ‘equality, empowerment, entitlement and supremacy’. (This can of worms will be explored in a future blog.)  How much suffering do we need to see before we take a step back?  What are we doing?
 
Here’s a thought to consider - our roles are written in our genes. 
One may respond, “Gender roles are a matter of choice not genetics”.
But is that so? "Can a man bear a child?”  
“Of course not.” 
 
We readily admit that this idea is preposterous because it is a physical impossibility.  May I suggest that the physical impossibility is not the full extent of the gender distinction?  Women are not only designed for child bearing, but designed for child nurturing.  The emotional, relational heart so natural to women is needed to care for the newborn.  She is more than an incubator for the embryo; she is mother to the child. 
 
On the other hand, is the mother all that is needed?   Are men only sperm donors and unnecessary for the home?  Some folks think so.  But we say no, no indeed.   Men are in fact the center of the home. Though this concept is all but lost on the millennial mind it is nonetheless true.  Men are the ‘bands’ that give form to the family.  This is the literal meaning of ‘husband’ which may be translated “the band of the house”.   Husband is the band that holds the house together, so without the band the house will fall apart.   Without men the home will at best struggle for secure foundation.  (By the way, feminism proposes that the government take the place of the husband – and the mother as well.)
 
Gender distinctions compass the full gamut of our natures – mental, emotional, and spiritual as well as the obvious physical distinctions, and all these distinctions are anchored in our DNA.  What are some of those distinctions?  Masculinity is strong, logical, law oriented, focused and courageous.  Femininity is soft, delicate, emotional, relational, diffuse, intuitive, luxuriant, sensitive, and tender.  These gifts when blended in marriage form a beautiful reflection of the image of God in humanity.  
 
An interesting study came to light in December 2013 about the brain wiring of men and women.  (13)

 

Scientists have drawn on nearly 1,000 brain scans to confirm what many had surely concluded long ago: that stark differences exist in the wiring of male and female brains.

 

Ragini Verma, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, said the greatest surprise was how much the findings supported old stereotypes, with men's brains apparently wired more for perception and co-ordinated actions, and women's for social skills and memory.

 

It's quite striking how complementary the brains of women and men really are," Ruben Gur, a co-author on the study, said in a statement.

 

Our brains are “complementary”…Hmmm.  Sounds like the minds of men and women were designed to work together.  Have we stumbled upon just a bit of evidence that we were created to be one ….perhaps?
 
Inspiration offers an even more difficult thought to surround.
The woman was made for the man. (14)
She was created for him.
Women were created to help men.
Hard to swallow?
Yet it is scripture.
 
Genetics are the foundation for our gender roles in this world.  Just as the man who jumps off the bridge to prove he can fly usually perishes, so we can only ignore our God-given roles to our own peril.  Our roles are really written into our genes.
 
We live in the ’perilous’ times spoken of in scripture when the love of many would wax cold.  (15) The image of God is gradually being effaced from humanity.   A dark aftermath of satanic war upon all of nature has brought us to the brink of annihilation.  Some environmentalists such as Jacque Cousteau believed that at the pace we’re going we can only last a few more decades, perhaps another century.  (16, 17)

We are really in a war. 
 
Would that our churches were a refuge for the wandering MGTOWs, isolated herbivores, and desperate carnivores.  Would that they could find restoration in our midst and be healed.   We can only hope and pray that these war-weary, battle scarred souls might somehow be led to the knowledge of God’s beautiful plan for humanity.
 
O that our homes were different from those in the world!
 
Only the Lord our God is able to make it so.

References

 1) http://www.mgtow.com/about/ 
 2) https://sexyscience1.wordpress.com/2013/10/28/japans-carnivore-women-and-herbivore-men/ 
 3) http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=120696816 
 4) http://www.avoiceformen.com/sexual-politics/m-g-t-o-w/a-real-study-of-japanese-herbivore-men/ 
 5) https://awalkinjapan.wordpress.com/2012/11/01/carnivorous-women-herbivorous-men/ 
 6) http://www.avoiceformen.com/relationships/in-his-own-words-reflections-at-the-end-of-an-abusive-marriage/ 
 7) http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/foreigners/2009/06/the_herbivores_dilemma.html  
 8) http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/10/22/japans-sexual-apathy-is-endangering-the-global-economy/  
 9) Metrosexual is a portmanteau, derived from metropolitan and heterosexual, coined in 1994 describing a man (especially one living in an urban, post-industrial, capitalist culture) who is especially meticulous about his grooming and appearance, typically spending a significant amount of time and money on shopping as part of this. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metrosexual  
 10) No Longer in Sheep’s Garb.  https://asimplefemininity.com/?p=189  
 11)  “Theories abound, the most common being that King George II, attending the London premiere of “Messiah’’ in March of 1743, was so moved by the “Hallelujah’’ that he stood up - and if the king stands, everybody stands.” http://www.boston.com/ae/music/articles/2009/12/19/taking_a_stand_for_messiah/  
 12) Genesis 2:18  “And the LORD God said, [It is] not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.”   
 13) http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/dec/02/men-women-brains-wired-differently  
 14) 1 Corn 11:9  “Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.”    
 15) 2 Tim 3:1-5  “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;      Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”  
 16) "The road to the future leads us smack into the wall," Cousteau wrote. We simply ricochet off the alternatives that destiny offers: a demographic explosion that triggers social chaos and spreads death, nuclear delirium and the quasi-annihilation of the species. Our survival is no more than a question of 25, 50 or perhaps 100 years.”
 http://www.deseretnews.com/article/569841/Cousteaus-memoirs-offer-doomsday-warning.html?pg=all  
 17) http://phys.org/news/2010-06-humans-extinct-years-eminent-scientist.html