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

mafia-hat-01John Piper say:

… true manhood inclines a man to fight to protect women…

Of course, he means manhood as a gender role, manhood as defined by the Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. We all know that not all men “fight to protect women.” In fact, statistics say that 35% of women worldwide have experienced either intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.*
Neither protectors of women nor violators of women could call themselves the example of what men as a group are really like. Both only show what men like them are like. Some men protect women, but some women also protect men in a variety of ways, from being in the military, through protecting his interests by being the one who remembers things like paying the bills, to lying to protect a criminal boyfriend from a jail sentence.
Piper is, of course, one of many voices in his group, which all speak of how men relate to women. Here we have the words of Bruce Ware:

“The very wise and good plan of God, of male headship, is sought to be overturned as women … want instead to have their way, instead of submitting to their husbands … and their husbands … now respond to that threat to their authority either by being abusive, which is, of course, one of the ways men can respond when their authority is challenged, or more commonly by becoming passive, acquiescing and simply not asserting the leadership they ought to as men in their homes and churches.”

In other words, the “protector”, if you do things your way instead of doing what he tells you to be doing, may end up abusing you. Note that the women he speaks about are not forcing their husbands to do anything in the way these women command. They are merely not submitting. They are expecting of themselves the same thing they accept from their men: Making their own choices without obeying commands.
And the man, when his (“wise and good” to follow?) ways are not followed, responds by abusing because of the “threat to their authority.” God never even say husbands are supposed to have authority over wives.
What kind of protection is “submit – or you may get abused by the guy we call your protector?” This is Mafia protection, not the protection found in the heart of a loving God.


Female theologians at seminaries need to be eliminated; women who are educated know too much and are “educated beyond their intelligence”**; you could be “protected” by someone who gets violent if you are not following his orders well enough; Bible laws are interpreted or ignored to suit their group, and they rule the justice system (no women allowed in church leadership) so that it is hard to prosecute them – is this organized crime, or is this complementary gender relations?


* Some statisticians, of course, will estimate it higher or lower.
** “It is interesting that today many women are so educated beyond their intelligence that they no longer understand the way God created them—with a womb to nurture life and breasts to nourish the precious life.” – Nancy Campbell
(I have never heard of someone who said men are so educated beyond their intelligence that they no longer understand the way God created them—with a penis to create life and talents to look after and protect their families. Yet it is equally true that educated men also marry later in life and have fewer children on average.)

Comments on: "Protection: Does Biblical manhood learn from the Mafia?" (1)

  1. This is a thought provoking analogy, I just got finished watching boardwalk empire which is all about the mafia and saw this aggressive “protective” attitude that so often turned on the ones they’re supposed to be “protecting”


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