I know this is picking the low hanging fruit, but another hyphenated feminist, Rachel Held-Evans, has offered her opinion on how the church ought to reform. Heterodoxy like this must be refuted so I will not resist the low fruit.
Ostensibly her reasons for reform are to bring back the millennials, because she claims the current church is registering high on the millennials sensitive BS meters. My irony meter is pegged as I read her piece on CNN. Writing for CNN she claims the church is too political and too obsessed with sex. CNN is a network that is obsessed with advancing liberal politics and supporting all forms of aberrant sex. Mz Hyphenated is singing along with the CNN chorus to marginalize the Christian opposition to their political ends. It is little surprise to hear from another hyphenated feminist on how Biblical-ethics need to be changed to accommodate feminist and liberal positions.
Mz. Evans it frustrated over stylistic changes. She writes “What millennials really want from the church is not a change in style but a change in substance”
Yes she wants substance changes, like becoming more accommodating to the sins she likes or tolerates herself. She wants the unchangeable God to change so that the sinful creature does not need to change. She is advocating justifying sin rather than Christ’s justification of the sinner.
“Armed with the latest surveys, along with personal testimonies from friends and readers, I explain how young adults perceive evangelical Christianity to be too political, too exclusive, old-fashioned, unconcerned with social justice and hostile to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.”
It will take a substantial change in substance to de-politicize the scriptures. The kingdom is a political term with a political hierarchy. Christ has all authority in heaven and on earth; He sits atop the hierarchy. He has ordained four jurisdictions and delegated His authority in each. The family jurisdiction he has given rule to husbands over wives and the household. He has given authority to mothers through their husband over children. He has given the civil magistrate authority to execute His civil laws. He has provided the church a polity to shepherd and disciple those of the congregation. And finally to the individual he has given volition to be accountable to His laws over actions and thoughts. The kingdom is not just eternal in duration but it has no end in its boundaries. In other words Christ is King over all for creation, every action, every thought, every word, every inch every proton, neutron and electron, and every moment.
Mz. Hyphenated says that the millennials deep down long for Jesus. But which Jesus, is it the Jesus of the Bible who reign on the throne who cannot look upon sin, or is it the Jesus who doesn’t rule has no interest in politics does not instruct women to submit to their husbands, says that fornicators will not inherit the kingdom, but just exists to make the hyphenated feel good? Is she after the Jesus who died for justice or the one that is more concerned with “social-justice”.
What the millennials need is to see the real Jesus of scripture. The ruler of the universe, who has given a holy law to be obeyed and because all sin are born in sin He was incarnate and offered himself as sacrifice to satisfy holy justice and has risen and rules on the throne. That Jesus is obsessed holiness, with His children including sex. He has given them instructions on sex, namely only in marriage and that between a husband and wife. He even gave instructions on being a woman like:
1 Corinthians 11:3 … the head of woman is man…
Ephesians 5:22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the LORD.
But then that is the point, Mz hyphenated does advocate submitting to her husband as she does the Lord. She is ignoring His rule and inviting others to follow. If she cannot submit to God, how canshe submit to God’s authority,(her husband). If she must maintain her identity apart from Christ’s law, she cannot be expected to find her identity in her husband. So the hyphen is emblematic of a “Christian-feminist” who desires the bride of Christ disobey her Lord even as she does. Taking her husband’s name she hyphenates it and rejects his name and his authority.
What millennials need is what everyone needs: Justice not social justice, to humble themselves before the throne of the sovereign God and cry out for mercy. Then by faith receive the grace of Christ and live a life worthy of their calling.