Brian Sauvé of Refuge Church, Ogden, Utah
This is the first in a series of posts (The Who’s Who and What’s What of Poisonous Patriarchy in Contemporary Christianity) highlighting current church leaders who promote and teach Patriarchy. Some church leaders encourage men to assume a position of power and control in their homes over their wives. This power-over structure is harmful, demeaning, and depersonalizes women who were made in the Image of God.
I recently ran across Brian Sauvé’s tweets and found them troubling. It is because of his tweets that I decided to take it a step further and create a series of posts on him and other men just like him. I am sick and tired of dealing with the fallout of women who have been harmed by these practices. And it’s not only the wives, it’s their children, too.
Introducing Brian Sauvé, the first in our series of pastors or church leaders who promote the dangerous teachings of Patriarchy. You can find his Twitter account here. Go ahead . . . I dare you.
Here was the first tweet I saw from this dude:
Let’s learn more about Mr. Sauvé
Name of Church: Refuge Church in Ogden, Utah
From their What We Believe page:
Theological Distinctives: “Our Elder Team broadly subscribes to the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith, a Reformed confession.“
On Gender Roles: “We believe that God created men and women in the image of God and therefore absolutely equal in dignity, worth, and value. We also believe that men and women are divinely designed to be different and thus to occupy different—yet complementary—roles within the Church and the home, specifically in the areas of teaching and authority. Because of this, only men may serve as Elders at Refuge Church. We affirm a Christlike father-rule within the home, often referred to as biblical patriarchy.“
Calvinism: “We believe that God is sovereign in salvation, that he ordained to raise the spiritually dead through the resurrecting voice of his Spirit, bringing them to salvation in Christ. The Shepherd calls and the sheep hear his voice and obey. We are therefore jovial Calvinists.”
Brian’s personal reading list can be found here. Take note of how many books by Doug Wilson he endorses. :::::ding, ding, ding::::: You will also see books by Doug’s son, N. D. Wilson.
Personal Website: https://www.briansauve.com/
I’ve included more samples of tweets for your enjoyment:
Some people have great responses: