What is the book “Dethroning Male Headship” about?
It is about changing the way churches and society view women based upon the Bible. The Bible is being used to keep women in submission to their husbands by something they call women’s “roles.”
Of course men have “roles” also, but their roles are unlimited while women are denied positions in church that are perceived as giving women authority over men, positions such as a woman being a pastor or being a deacon.
Oh, yes, it is controversial. The majority of evangelical Christians subscribe to the teaching that men are born having authority over women and that women who claim they are called to be ministers are stepping outside their biblical womanhood roles.
Southern Baptists are the largest Protestant group and that is the denomination I am familiar with since I was employed by Texas Baptists for almost 15 years. However, male headship teaching, also called complementarian, is predominant in many faith groups and denominations.
It is 2013 and women are still being told every Sunday morning in church that they are inferior to their husbands, citing the Bible as the reason. However, the Bible does not teach submission as a biblical commandment for the future.
It is time women claimed their equality and it is time pastors and seminary professors teach that women are created fully equal—no buts.
It is a sin against God when his female creation is told that any and all males are to have authority over her.
Churches pretty up the words and say it is just the husband who has authority over his wife; however, when they deny women positions in church because she is female, you see the truth is they believe that all men have authority over all women all of the time.
Our voices lend weight to each other and our voices are becoming louder and will not be stilled.
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Shirley Taylor began her ministry for women’s equality with the words “I am fed up.”
While those words are not used in the book, her message speaks to those who are also ‘fed up’ with restrictions women face when they become associated with a church that teaches and practices the complementarian view of male/female relationships known as male headship.
Often called leadership, modern day restrictions require women to adhere to certain roles which keep them in submission to all other males in the church and in their own homes.
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If Adam had been a male headship kind of guy, he would have knocked that apple out of Eve’s hand and picked up a stick and killed that snake. Alas! Male headship ate the apple.
Read what Ann says about Dethroning Male Headship:
Shirley, I started reading your book as soon as it got here and I love it! I hear your voice, and your take on things make me laugh out loud! In fact, I ordered two so that I would always have one. I have already loaned it to that young woman I told you about so that she will understand the far-reaching hand of the SBC.
We have a dark secret that we keep at home. We, too, keep women in submission.
At some point, women will have to decide if they want freedom or if they want to be bound by restrictions.
Read what Greg says about Dethroning Male Headship:
Be prepared to be fired up, because Shirley hammers the message home: What we're doing in our churches and in our homes is sinful and wrong. And it has to go.
From the blog to the book, with humor and righteous outrage, Shirley Taylor gives you a look at leadership roles for today’s Christian women. Women are told they are equal-but they have different functions. That theology is not found in the Bible. But it determines the roles women are allowed in church, and even extends inside their own homes. Women are told they are created by God's grand design to graciously submit to their husbands because by doing so, they are actually submitting to Jesus.
We know women have different functions, but whether or not they lift the lid is not a spiritual function, and should not be the criteria for leadership roles.
The church, which should have been the first to recognize women’s equality, has proven to be the last holdout against women. Women are beginning to question this theology. This book gives insight to what pastors are saying about women, and what they are preaching on Sunday morning. It calls them to account for their teaching. It also calls women to account for neglecting their responsibility to themselves and to other women.
You will be challenged to get off your equal-but and speak up and do something. Men will be challenged to take their place alongside women, not in front of women.
Originally written as blog posts on www.bwebaptistwomenforequality.wordpress.com, the content has been edited, updated, expanded, and revised.
This book is written for Christians, but anyone who has a sense of justice will be outraged at what Christians are doing to each other when they deny women full equality in the church and in the home