I love this a lot, and Miller is right on the money.
When was the last time you heard a pastor speak like this?
When we started viewing women as trouble-makers by nature, to be suppressed and silenced, instead of co-heirs of eternal life, we opened the door to so many men who should never be in the pulpit.
(This is a re-post from May 1, 2017)
A pastor’s marriage is a very important part of his life and ministry. It should be obvious that a pastor must be an excellent Christian example of what it means for a husband to serve, cherish, nourish, and love his wife in a humble, Christ-like way. Samuel Miller (d. 1850) gave some outstanding advice along these lines:
As a clergyman ought to be the most pious man in his parish, to go before all his people in the exemplification of every Christian grace and virtue, so he ought to make a point of being the best husband in his parish; of endeavoring to excel all others in affection, kindness, attention, and every conjugal and domestic virtue.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Some clergymen, who preach well on the duties of husbands and wives, are, notwithstanding, austere, harsh, tyrannical, and unkind…
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Oh that all Christian (and even those who are not) women were treated that way by their husbands . . . . .
How did women come to be viewed as trouble-makers, etc.?
The interpretation of Genesis 3:16, that the woman’s desire is a desire to usurp control over her husband and he must rule her to keep her in control.
First formulated by Susan Foh in the 1970s, then picked up by John Piper and Wayne Grudem in the ‘biblical manhood and womanhood’ movement in the 80s and on.
Today, it has infiltrated the ESV, and is the teaching of the vast majority of conservative churches.
But it is novel, and not a common view before the 70s
I distinctly remember when that suddenly appeared as the teaching in the church I attended and I was appalled but knew intuitively that it was a false teaching. It is a teaching that has lead to many ills in the church