Trey Comments at “The Transformed Wife” About Working Women

Complementarianism, Gender Roles, The Transformed Wife

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-by Kathi

In our last book post we talked about how God’s Design turns work into a men’s only club. This seems to be a big deal among the comp crowd.

Trey posted a comment again at The Transformed Wife giving his two cents worth about why women shouldn’t be in the work place. To me, it’s only worth two cents.

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Once again, Trey shows his true colors. He doesn’t offer any Biblical reasoning for why women shouldn’t work; he offers generalizations and scenarios that he thinks plays out in every work environment. He almost sounds as petty as the women he is imagining in his head. And Lori agrees with Trey only because she thinks that God designed women to be home.

Does Trey’s argument make all of you working women want to come right home?

Review of Children’s Book “God’s Design” – Get to Work! and Is This the End?

Complementarianism, God’s Design, Gender roles

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The Watch Dog may not be a sheep dog, but he’s fluffy like a sheep.

-by Kathi

This series is a review of God’s Design, a children’s book which teaches children about complementarity. For an introduction of the book, click here. All of the underlined subtitles below are chapters from the book.

This is a very sad day, children. This is our last day to talk about God’s Design. I know, I know….we’ll get through this together. Today, we will talk about work and summarizing everything we’ve learned.

Made for Work

This chapter takes off by explaining how hard sheepdogs work. How appropriate is that for SSB?!

When I visited Ireland a couple of years ago, I had the pleasure of watching a herd of sheep driven down the road from one property to the other. The sheepdogs were definitely the workers. It was mesmerizing watching them run around the sheep making sure they all stayed moving in the right direction.

Just as sheepdogs are made for work, God designed men for work too (emphasis added).

Men are designed for work. Why is work a men’s only club? Because of Adam.

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. Genesis 2:15 (ESV)

Yes, we are reading the Bible that literally. Men work because God put man in the garden to work.

So where does that leave women? Of course, Eve was not created for work the way Adam was. She was a companion to Adam’s work.

Eve was created for Adam, and Adam was created to work.

As a woman, I’m left to believe that my only purpose is to serve and please a man. I guess there can be no satisfaction in any work that I do. How do comps feel about women who are EMTs and save lives on the way to a hospital? Do they mind that she’s not home where she should be when she’s working on getting their heart started? …or a woman police officer … or fire fighter who works at protecting their home and neighborhood? Or, heaven forbid, a woman in the military who fights for our country’s freedom. Are comps looking down on them thinking, “She should be home encouraging and supporting her husband!” Please, don’t answer that.

Oh, but children, you need to work too! No time for play and rest, you little sluggard! Be like the ants and go to school, answer questions in Sunday school, rake the leaves, take out the garbage, and pray! Or, better yet, be like Chick-Fil-A owner, S. Truett Cathy. Seriously, could they pick a more obvious example of how a good Christian works?

God’s Good Design and You

The final chapter. Here is what we learned in this book:

#1…The way God designed male and female is very good.

#2…Men were designed to lead, provide, protect (home and church), be strong, be responsible, be self-sacrificing, take initiative and work hard.

#3…Women are designed to encourage, support and submit to those that God has put in leadership above them, be a helper, be a companion, be gentle, be cooperative, and care for others and home.

#4…If we do not follow God’s design it’s like choosing to eat a burnt hot dog over a beautiful meal. (Really!)

#5…If we trust Jesus we will want to follow God’s design.

#6…If we pray God will help us fight the battle of sin over a wrong view of manhood and womanhood. (Notice that homosexuality was never mentioned.)

And, that’s what this book has left us with. If you do not follow the complementary view of gender roles you are sinning and rebellious. Thank goodness the book ends with a call to accept Jesus. It must end with the gospel!

Thanks for joining me on this journey through God’s Design. We’ve had some great discussion along the way. I hope you have enjoyed (is that the right word?) this series. It sure has been eye opening. If you’re all up for another book series, I’d be happy to do it again (because I’m a sucker for punishment and I take one for the team). Make some suggestions and let’s see where we go next.

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If you would like to read prior reviews on God’s Design, here are links in the order of the book chapters:

Know Thyself, Creature

Headship, Helper, and an Answer We Already Knew

Rebellion, a.k.a. It’s All Her Fault!

Teachings on Homosexuality as a Distortion of God’s Design

Examples of Complementarian Manhood and More Doublespeak

Examples of Godly Womanhood

Purity and Honoring God’s Design

Married/Single; Husband/Father; Wife/Mother

The Church and Learning About Things We Already Know 

 

Review of Children’s Book “God’s Design” – The Church and Learning About Things We Already Know

Complementarianism, Women in the Church, Gender Roles, Proper Church and Family Roles

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-by Kathi

This series is a review of God’s Design, a children’s book which teaches children about complementarity. For an introduction of the book, click here. All of the underlined subtitles below are chapters from the book.

Today, children, we will talk about God’s design for the church and how to learn God’s ways (as if this hasn’t already been said enough). Continue reading

Review of Children’s Book “God’s Design” – Married/Single; Husband/ Father; Wife/Mother

Complementarian, Gender Roles, Being Married, Being Single, Desiring God’s Influence

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-by Kathi

This series is a review of God’s Design, a children’s book which teaches children about complementarity. For an introduction of the book, click here. All of the underlined subtitles below are chapters from the book.

Today, children, we will talk about marriage and singleness, husbands and fathers, and wives and mothers.  Continue reading

Review of Children’s Book, “God’s Design” – Purity and Honoring God’s Design

God’s Design, Purity, Biblical Gender Roles, Complementarity

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Embracing Couple, Miraflores, Peru

-by Kathi

This series is a review of God’s Design, a children’s book which teaches children about complementarity. For an introduction of the book, click here. All of the underlined subtitles below are chapters from the book.

Today, children, we will talk about purity and honoring. It had to be covered at some point, why not now? Continue reading

Review of Children’s Book, “God’s Design” -Examples of Godly Womanhood

Ruth, Mary, Sarah and Proverbs 31: Examples of Complementarian Women

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-by Kathi

This series is a review of God’s Design, a children’s book which teaches children about complementarity. For an introduction of the book, click here. All of the underlined subtitles below are chapters from the book.

Today, young girls have the chance to learn what makes a godly woman. I know you all were thinking hard about who the examples might possibly be. Now’s the time to find out! Continue reading

Review of Children’s Book,”God’s Design” – Examples of Complementarian Manhood and More Doublespeak

Complementarian, Egalitarian, Teaching Children, Children Desiring God, John Piper


Paul & Jesus: Examples of Complementarian Manhood

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-by Kathi

This series is a review of God’s Design, a children’s book which teaches children about complementarity. For an introduction of the book, click here. All of the underlined subtitles below are chapters from the book.

Today, boy children will learn about biblical complementarian manhood from two godly examples that were not even married. Girls, it would be wise for you to listen up, too, so you are aware of what husband material godly manhood looks like. Continue reading

1-1/2 years Later, Bethlehem Baptist Church Doesn’t Seem to get Domestic Violence: A Personal Story

Bethlehem Baptist Church, Pastor Jason Meyer, Domestic Violence, Emotional Abuse, Spiritual Abuse

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Pastor Jason Meyer, Bethlehem Baptist Church

Almost exactly 1-1/2 years ago, I wrote an article about John Piper’s former church, Bethlehem Baptist Church (BBC) regarding domestic violence, Encouraging Shift from Bethlehem Baptist Church Regarding Domestic Abuse and Care for Abused Women. Around that time, BBC pastor, Jason Meyer, preached a sermon and humbly expressed how he and his church had not handled domestic violence appropriately.

You can listen to the sermon or read the transcript here: Fooled by False Leadership

The following is the opening paragraph of the Elders’ Statement which was also released at the same time:

Elders’ Statement on Domestic Abuse
We, the council of elders at Bethlehem Baptist Church, are resolved to root out all forms of domestic abuse (mental, emotional, physical, and sexual) in our midst. This destructive way of relating to a spouse is a satanic distortion of Christ-like male leadership because it defaces the depiction of Christ’s love for his bride. The shepherds of Bethlehem stand at the ready to protect the abused, call abusers to repentance, discipline the unrepentant, and hold up high the stunning picture of how much Christ loves his church.

I was cautiously optimistic about the steps Bethlehem Baptist seemed to be taking. They brought in professionals to help them learn and understand domestic violence signs. They professed to want a heart to empathize with women who were harmed by domestic violence.

One domestic violence case was ongoing at that time. Natalie had reached out to the Bethlehem Baptist leaders for help years earlier. But now, the church leadership was doing a complete overhaul in how they were going to counsel when there was abuse involved . . . . or so they implied. Continue reading

Children’s Book “God’s Design” and its Teachings on Homosexuality as a Distortion of God’s Design

God’s Design, Homosexuality, Complementarianism, John Piper & Wayne Grudem’s Influence

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-by Kathi

This series is a review of God’s Design, a children’s book which teaches children about complementarity. For an introduction of the book, click here. All of the titles below are chapters in the book.

This week children, we will talk about homosexuality. This topic may potentially become heated. I ask that discussion please be civil and hope that we can acknowledge that as fellow Christians (better yet, as fellow human beings), we recognize that we may come to different conclusions. I ask that in our discussion we always maintain that it is the person that God created that is most valued and not our ideas or theology. Continue reading

“God’s Design” – Rebellion, a.k.a. It’s All Her Fault!

God’s Design, Headship, Complementarianism, Biblical Gender Roles, The Fall

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Adam & Eve

Who started this whole mess?

-by Kathi

This series is a review of God’s Design, a children’s book which teaches children about complementarity. For an introduction of the book, click here. All of the titles below are chapters in the book.

Today, children, we are going to learn about how man and woman rebelled against God’s design. Spoiler alert!…We’ll talk about one more than the other. Continue reading

“God’s Design” – Headship, Helper, and an Answer We Already Knew

God’s Design, Headship, Complementarianism, Biblical Gender Roles

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-by Kathi

This series is a review of God’s Design, a children’s book which teaches children about complementarity. For an introduction of the book, click here. All of the titles below (except for The Answer We Already Knew) are chapters in the book.

Today, children, we learn about God’s perfect design for man and woman. Oh, and remember how men and women are equal, but different? We’re totally equal. (sigh) Continue reading