. . .if you think your 18 year old Christian daughter doesn’t dishonor God when she wears less on a public beach than she normally wears as underwear.
. . .if you think the picture of Biblical submission in Ephesians 5:22-33 doesn’t mean a Christian husband has no authority over his Christian wife.
. . .if you think that the statement “the gospel is offensive to the unbeliever” is problematic
. . .if you think Jesus never warned sinners about the perils of an eternity in Hell
. . .if you think the Apostle Paul taught that wives should be treated like slaves
. . .if you think the Old Testament has nothing to do with New Testament believers.
. . .if you think God will tell you something ‘personally’ that contradicted ‘what was written’.
. . .if you think Matthew 7:1-5 permits you to judge others’ motives and not just their ‘fruit’
I would provide more than sufficient scripture to refute those ill informed thoughts, but I already did where they were uttered by( professing Christians) and it didn’t work. They all come from the same place.
Amen and amen.
I am a bit unclear on your meaning on #2 though. Are you saying he does or does not have authority over his Christian wife? Certainly this passage has been abused, and in both ways.
As Christ has authority over the Church, a husband has authority over his wife. I think the comparison is clear. And yes, it is abused – both ways. But I don’t think that it’s a passage meant to specifically ‘teach’ an authority structure, but rather to teach ‘fruits’ of being filled with the Spirit. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, there will be a picture of those passages in a Godly home. I posted a reply earlier, but it seems to have not made it. Anyhow, those are my thoughts. Based on the text, you cannot say that it doesn’t present any authority of a husband over his wife, as some do.
We’re on the same page, then. I thought we were; just wanted to make sure!
I knew that! Have a great day!
Wow that first one…is a problem even among some in churches that are doctrinally sound.
I posted that general comment at a blog in which a Christian Mom said that her 18 year old daughter, with her bikini and cute belly button ring was one of the most God-honoring people she had ever known. It was a blog post in which ‘Christians’ were airing their frustrations about too much ‘modesty talk’, especially where there are hypocrites posing as Christians (pervs). That such people are in Church is a grievous thing, but God’s teaching that clothes are for covering (men and women) stands. Our mission, as I see it, is to point people to the Cross, not ourselves.