Newsbriefs From The World -- By: Anonymous
Newsbriefs From The World
The phenomenal success of Promise Keepers continues to mystify the media. As an example of the logical leaps and assumptions made by journalists trying to discover what’s behind its success, in the May 7, 1995 Cleveland Plain Dealer, Neil Chetnik, writer of a weekly “Men’s Column,” gathers wire stories and comments from the Texas Promise Keepers gathering. He mistakenly quotes Tony Evans as having said at the meeting (the quote is accurate, but the source is the book, Seven Promises of a Promise Keeper) “I’m not suggesting you ask [your wife] for your role back. I’m urging you to take it back… If you’re going to lead, you must lead. Be sensitive. Listen. Treat the lady gently and lovingly. But lead!” Chetnik then comments, “For many men at the Texas gathering, this kind of rhetoric amounts to permission from God to claim supremacy over women.”
But the issue is not male supremacy. Following in the trail of the feminists and evangelical egalitarians like Gilbert Bilezekian, Chetnik wrongly equates headship with domination and dictatorial leadership. CBMW has always affirmed that men and women are equal in personhood, dignity and value; we also affirm that God has created men and women with certain sex-differentiated roles from creation.
In Latvia, Lutherans have discontinued ordination of women, but women who already are ordained can remain in their posts. The change reverses an ordination practice in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia since 1957. National & International Religion Report (NIRR), May 1, 1995
The Church of Sweden will accept as candidates for the ministry only those men who fully accept the ordination of women to the priesthood. The 111–103 vote by the church’s General Assembly removed any “conscience clause” that would have allowed opponents of women’s ordination to be ordained. (NIRR, November 28, 1994). This action by the Church of Sweden follows a typical pattern for feminist groups: first gain “tolerance” of the view that women can be ordained to the pastorate, then move to exclude all other views. The Presbyterian Church, USA has followed the same pattern in recent years.
For those of you who might be wondering, CBMW was not affected by the collapse of the Foundation for New Era Philanthropy. We did not entrust any monies to the Foundation.
Authentic Manhood Seminar with Larry Crabb, Jr., will be coming to Birmingham, Alabama August 4–5, to Boise, Idaho September 22–23, to San Fernando Valley, California October 12–14, and Winnipeg, Manitoba October 27–28. For more information, or for a listing of upcoming sites and dates, contact 303/697–5425.
SBC document affirms complementarity
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