A guest post by author, Shirley Taylor
from her blog,
Is the CBMW willing to bring back witch hunts?
The answer is yes and unless you read it for yourself, you will not believe it. Newly selected president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, Denny Burk, in his vision for CBMW seeks to enforce the Danvers Statement, and create wider acceptance of it. The Danvers Statement is the modern day equivalent to the Malleus Maleficarum (The Witch Hunter’s Bible) which caused the deaths of thousands and thousands of women who were accused of consorting with the devil.
Women consorting with the devil was a strong belief in the Middle Ages, and it has not disappeared in Christian circles as is seen in the Missions and Vision statement by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. If a woman becomes too strong, usurping the authority of the husband, she is guilty of inviting the devil into the home, according to the CBMW.
See for yourself! The CBMW will tell you today that the devil finds an entrance into the home when husbands do not demand submission (structure their homes with wifely submission) and when women do not submit to a husband’s authority. Read their website under Missions and Vision:
“If families do not structure their homes properly, in disobedience to the teachings of Ephesians 5, 1 Peter 3, and Colossians 3, then they will not have the proper foundation from which to withstand the temptations of the devil and the various onslaughts of the world. This hinders the sanctification of married couples and also introduces confusion about basic parenting issues such as raising masculine sons and feminine daughters.” (CBMW.org)
Shockingly, this is the same language found in the Malleus Maleficarum (The Witch Hunter’s Bible). Wikipedia quotes Michael Bailey (Battling Demons, 2003, University Press):
“The text argues that women are more susceptible to demonic temptations through the manifold weaknesses of their gender. It was believed that they were weaker in faith and more carnal than men. Michael Bailey claims that most of the women accused as witches had strong personalities and were known to defy convention by overstepping the lines of proper female decorum.” (feminine daughters)
The Malleus Maleficarum asserts that three elements are necessary for witchcraft:
- The evil intentions of the witch,
- The help of the Devil, and
- The Permission of God.
Look closely at number 3. THE PERMISSION OF GOD. This is exactly what the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood believe when they tell you that God has a submissive design for women. They are saying that God permits women to be susceptible to the devil.
Women, do you hear that! Do you see it! Can you live with it!
Jesus was not concerned about raising masculine sons and feminine daughters, nor was he concerned with wives submitting themselves to their husbands, and neither did he indicate that husbands were strong enough to keep Satan from entering into a family.
The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood believes that when wives submit themselves to their husbands, this enables families to withstand the devil’s temptations and the onslaughts of the world. If you believe that is the gospel, then you need to find yourself a real Bible.
It is 2016. Denny Burk, are you listening?
Have you let the power of the devil blind you to the Word of God?
Shirley just posted a new post that continues discussion of the many issues concerning this witch hunt ideology entitled Redefining God Diminishes Women. Here is an excerpt from the new post. It begins with a statement made by Pastor Wade Burleson who once sat on the International Missions Board for the Southern Baptist Convention and resigned, some of which had to do with his advocating to keep women on the mission field if they did not agree with the Danvers Statement and functioned with a “male covering” in the person of a husband to serve as an overseer.
“Southern Baptist Convention leaders have wrongly pushed for men to lord their authority over their wives, and called on wives to submit to the authority of their husbands because of a belief in and promotion of ‘the eternal subordination of the Son.’”
Burleson goes on to say,
“I predict we will see the divorce rate of Southern Baptists decline in the next few years, and it will not be because of cultural accommodation. It will be due to our new leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention laying aside the doctrinal error of eternal subordination.”
However, for Burleson’s prediction to come to pass, there must be new leaders who are willing to lay aside this flawed theology. And they are not going to do it as long as they are lying in bed with the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.
Ignoring and diminishing women and their contribution to humanity, limits the kingdom of God, but is accepted theology to those who have as their reason for being, the subjection of all females to all males.