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Old 8th March 2009, 03:15 AM
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Baptist views on feminism

I'm just curious what my fellow Baptists think about feminism. I'm not talking about the radical feminism of the 60's and 70's, but traditional feminism.

I was raised very conservative Southern Baptist, but I've realised as of late that I'm a bit of a feminist. A lot of the old time Baptists believe that the woman's place is in the home and actually encourage women to stay barefoot and pregnant. I do not agree with this. I also do not take to well to the idea of "submitting" to my husband. I think we should be equal and show equal respect to each other.

Those are a couple of things right off that I can think of, but I just wanted to get everyone else's opinions on this as well. Feel free to include Scripture if you like.
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Old 8th March 2009, 10:04 AM
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here's the deal

first, there's nothing that says submission = being a doormat, neither does it equate with being barefoot & pregnant

that said, if a husband loves his wife as Jesus the Christ loves the church submission isn't an issue!!!

most, if not all, Christian men I know depend on their wives, both desire and respect their opinion and input and consider them equal partners in their marriages - again, most if not all would even say that their wives are the "strength" in their homes

I especially want to emphasize - the two most conservative, God fearing men I know (my father and my pastor) treat women with more respect than anyone else I know - they don't make demeaning comments about women, they don't disparage their wives or other women they are acquainted with, they don't make off color jokes about or to women. They (my dad & my pastor) are this way because they love the Lord.
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Originally Posted by leothelioness View Post
I was raised very conservative Southern Baptist, but I've realised as of late that I'm a bit of a feminist. A lot of the old time Baptists believe that the woman's place is in the home and actually encourage women to stay barefoot and pregnant.
The highest calling a woman can have is to be a mother and a homemaker.

I also do not take to well to the idea of "submitting" to my husband. I think we should be equal and show equal respect to each other.
The Biblical teaching of submission has nothing to do with equality.
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As a teenage guy, I make my share of sexist jokes. (Not to be taken seriously, I promise! :p) I HIGHLY respect women and yes, they deserve equal treatment. Heh, I like what was said earlier: If the man loves his wife as he loves Jesus, there really is no problem.


It's funny that this comes up, actually. I recently split with a girl I had been with for six months a week after I accepted Christ because she was so dominant and I knew that it was not a godly relationship. After a discussion, she said, "So, it basically all boils down to Jesus, doesn't it?"


Yes. Yes, it does.
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Originally Posted by leothelioness View Post
I'm just curious what my fellow Baptists think about feminism. I'm not talking about the radical feminism of the 60's and 70's, but traditional feminism.

I was raised very conservative Southern Baptist, but I've realised as of late that I'm a bit of a feminist. A lot of the old time Baptists believe that the woman's place is in the home and actually encourage women to stay barefoot and pregnant. I do not agree with this. I also do not take to well to the idea of "submitting" to my husband. I think we should be equal and show equal respect to each other.

Those are a couple of things right off that I can think of, but I just wanted to get everyone else's opinions on this as well. Feel free to include Scripture if you like.



Regardless of what Baptist believe, or any abuse that may have been committed by some, shouldn't the greater question for you be, what does the Bible teach on the role of women in marriage and the church?

You say you are a "bit of a feminist" and the thought of submitting to a husband is not something you care for, OK, What if what you desire is in conflict with what the Bible teaches? What will you allow to shape you and whose image will you be conformed to?
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Originally Posted by JohnDeereFan View Post
The highest calling a woman can have is to be a mother and a homemaker.
I agree, but that isn't something that we should be relegated to without a choice otherwise. Some women don't want to have children. Some women like myself are not very domestic. So where does that leave us?


The Biblical teaching of submission has nothing to do with equality.
So are you saying that women are subordinate to their husbands? Are we mere property to them? In what ways do you believe women are not equal?
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You say you are a "bit of a feminist" and the thought of submitting to a husband is not something you care for, OK, What if what you desire is in conflict with what the Bible teaches? What will you allow to shape you and whose image will you be conformed to?
Don't get me wrong, I don't mean that the woman should be able to boss the husband around. What I do mean is I would like to be able to have a say in things. I would like to be able to make decisions alongside my husband. The only thing I would not mind the man having complete say in is finances, as I've never been good with them.

Maybe a better question to ask is what is the Biblical definition of submission? What does that entail?
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Originally Posted by leothelioness View Post
Maybe a better question to ask is what is the Biblical definition of submission? What does that entail?



I was just going to say, "Ask your Husband", but how about this instead, You and your husband take a Bible and some time, and find out what the Bible teaches about what the role of the man is, the role of the woman is, and how they are supposed to live together in marriage, that will most likely answer all your questions and challenge you and your husband to live and love in a marriage that pleases God.
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Women should submit to their husbands.

Ephesians 5:22 KJV Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

Colossians 3:18 KJV Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.

The husband is the head of the household just as Christ is the head of man.

Ephesians 5:23 KJV For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

Men and women are equal in God's eyes.

Galatians 3:28 KJV There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

That is what I think about feminism.
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