I need to explain some of the beliefs which are so disturbing to me. This patriarchal movement is anything BUT Biblical theology. Since Doug Phillips and Vision Forum seem to be at the center of this movement, I will begin with his view of girls and women, using his words, and contrasting them with Scripture.
“To raise a daughter without thought to marriage, to instill in them a spirit of independence from the family, or to focus their training on a career outside the home, is actually to disqualify them for graduation and the next step in life. In contrast, a woman who meets the biblical requirements for graduation is one who is comfortable being under the jurisdiction of her father and seeks to make him successful in every way. She recognizes that God calls women to be under the authority of God-appointed men, first in the form of fathers, and later as husbands.” Christian Graduations and Young Ladies, by Douglas W. Phillips, Esq., June 16, 2003
According to Mr. Phillips, our daughters should never be taught to be independent women. They are not qualified to graduate from high school if they are not prepared to marry and run a household. Daughters must remain completely under the control and authority of their fathers, serve them, and help them to be successful. So I ask, where is this in the Bible?
Let’s consider the Proverbs 31 woman:
She was independent and her husband trusted her. 31:11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
She bought land and had her own money. 31:16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She had her own business, and made a profit. 31:17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. 18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night… 24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.
She gave to the poor, apparently without consulting her husband. 31:20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
She did not disrespect or cause her husband to be ashamed of her. 31:23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
She was educated. 31:26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
All verses are from the NIV
It seems to me, from these passages of Scripture, that the Lord gives women these fantastic abilities, to raise children AND earn a living if she chooses, to teach her children AND work with the needy, to use her intelligence and give instruction to others. I do not see an authoritarian husband hovering here, to ensure his little woman isn’t getting too smart or spending too much time out of his shadow. I see a strong woman whose wisdom causes her husband to trust her judgment, and her children to rise up and call her blessed.
More on this issue in coming days!