Because Christianity is bigger than Biblical manhood or Biblical womanhood (Blog of Retha Faurie)

It’s not just Sarah Faith Schlissel who wants to give God the back seat.

Consider these quotes:

>   Whenever someone helps someone else the person who is helping is occupying a subordinate or inferior position with regard to the person being helped.  – Wayne Grudem in Systematic Theology

>   Helping speaks to difference. The text says that God created her to be a “helper”–a role that involves aiding and supporting the leadership of her husband. God did not assign this role to the man. He assigned it only to the woman.  –Denny Burk, who also posts on the CBMW site, here.

As you probably know, and as Grudem and Burk certainly will know from their scholarship, the bible mostly uses the word helper (that same word used for Eve) for God. So we can superimpose this onto their explanations of helper, to see if they explain “helper” right:

>   Whenever God helps someone, God is occupying a subordinate or inferior position with regard to the person being helped.  – Wayne Grudem

>   Helping speaks to difference. The text says that God is our “helper” –a role that involves aiding and supporting our leadership. God did not assign this role to men. He assigned it only to Himself. – Denny Burk

Like Sarah Faith Schlissel, they practice God-on-the-back-seat religion. But there is  a major difference between Schlissel; and Burk & Grudem & Co. The poor girl was probably taught from a young age to think as she does, to not ask questions or study the bible for herself, but believe her father’s religion.  Grudem and Burk, on the other hand, are bible scholars. They will know that helper is mostly used for God. They either purposefully deceive their readers, or they honestly believes God is inferior to us/ aiding and supporting us as leaders over Him.

Either way, this statement, IMO, is a reason why Christians should not give CBMW views the time of day.  If the Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood aligns themselves with scholars who purposefully deceive, or who put themselves above God, we cannot trust their teaching.

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Comments on: "God-on-the-back-seat religion: Wayne Grudem imply God is inferior to us" (2)

  1. The quotes above by Wayne Grudem and Denny Burk are so discouraging and disappointing; as well as being completely inaccurate.

    They really have no excuse, because I’m sure they must know what “ezer” means and how the word is used in the Old Testament. I can only think that they really are being blinded by their masculininst perspective.

    I’ve written two articles about “A Suitable Helper” myself:
    http://newlife.id.au/equality-and-gender-issues/a-suitable-helper/
    http://newlife.id.au/equality-and-gender-issues/a-suitable-helper-in-the-septuagint/

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  2. I think Grudem and Burk are simply wrong. The big problem comes when they baptize their being wrong into thinking it is what God wants. It is a good thing that their error is so obvious, as then it can be rejected as a false teaching. But then we need to ask the further question as to why some accept it and the only answer I can think of is that they wear blue lenses and so do not even see their error.

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