Perhaps this book ought to be called "Ten Lies the Church Tells Women: How the modern Church cherry picks the Scripture"
I had to take a look inside this book. I had an idea of what it said, but just had to look. I don't find it a mystery that I am the first and only one to write a review, as I would doubt there should be many readers, just based on the title and blurb.
What I saw in the quick review was disappointing. It showed me all the Scriptures about women that are agreeable to all, but leaves out the ones, which I assume, the author chooses to challenge.
Of course, the Scripture holds women in high esteem. Ever notice how Moses put the daughters of Jethro in front of the watering line, when the Midianite men put themselves in front?
Ever read Proverbs 31?
How about the rights of the slave wife in Deut 21, who has the right to divorce her husband under particular circumstances?
Why are widows singled out for ministry by God?
How God truly cares for the least of women!
The author tends to throw in a few verses such as these, which show what high esteem God holds women -
BUT, when it comes to the verses that teach the subordination of women to their fathers or husbands, the review is cut off, and instead, there are many statements by men of the Church, which some are true, but scrape against our modern secular sensibilities, taken out of context, and some ARE just plain chauvanistic. But that IS NOT the Scripture!
Is Jesus not subordinate to His Father? Why is it that the only the Father knows only the day and the hour of Jesus' return? Why did Jesus say He only did, and said, as He saw His Father doing and saying? Why did Jesus submit His will to that of the Father, while struggling with the thought of the cross in the garden? Yet, Jesus is equally God, as is the Spirit.
Submission is not slavery. Men submit to their boss, their company policies, (even stupid ones), etc., etc.
Wish the review actually dealt with the verses that teach women need to submit to their husbands or fathers, as in 1Cor 11 or 14.
The message of this book may be summed up in two sentences: (1) the Church will never be whole until men and women share equally in its ministry and governance, and (2) until then, the voice of the Holy Spirit will be distorted, muted, or silent. It takes the author, an ordained minister, about 205 pages to say this much. The "Ten Lies" which he identifies are all variations on the same theme, which may be characterized as negations of the two sentences stated above. The book is a difficult read, primarily because enough of the author's presentation is sufficiently muddle-headed to be an irritant, at least to an analytical reader. For example, the author says: "God's original destiny for woman--a destiny that was secured by Christ at Calvary--is that she rule on earth through the righteousness of Christ" (pg. 27). A moment's thought shows that this proposition makes no sense at all. If God's original destiny for woman was (in a nutshell) equality with man, then that intent was framed in His mind from the beginning, and had absolutely nothing to do with Christ. If the author really means what he says, then God intended the Fall, in order that Christ might make up the deficit on the Cross. If so, then God is, at best, a sadist prankster. I also found it irritating that the author lumps Islam and Buddhism together with "atheistic communism", Mormonism, Scientology, and a number of relatively minor New Age cults as false religions (Pgs. 126-127). That sort of willy-nilly categorization evinces an understanding of religious history at about the level of a seventh-grader. I will leave aside his comments on "context", a rule which he himself does not observe in the course of his analysis, except as it suits him. Altogether, notwithstanding the promise of the title, there is not much to this book.
I had to finish this book out of sheer discipline since I was disgusted with the shoddy scholarism. I strongly disagree with the author's premise, that most of the men who run the church have been lying to women. I think, women, with the help of Lee Grady, are lying to each other. Grady is clearly a feminist who attempts to Christianize his ideology to make it seem biblical. He has not convinced me that the Bible does not teach there are no role distinctions in Scripture. Mary Kassian has written extensively on this subject in The Feminist Mistake.Grady evidently disagrees with the Apostles Paul and Peter. I do agree with the Apostles and want to see churches full of masculine and loving leaders. We do not need a new way to interpret the Bible, we just need patriarchs and matriarchs who obey it.There is no doubt that God gifts women just as much as he gifts men. It is undeniable that women are often given leadership gifts. Should we assume that believers should always get to use their gifts as they want? Isn't humility one of the most mystifying qualities Christ displayed? Let us be meek and quiet in the spirit of Christ's Bride. An example of this is Nancy Leigh Demoss who has authored many books over the years and has a speaking ministry and radio program, and leads Revive Our Hearts. Nancy has many gifts, one of which is leadership. Yet she will not hold a position of authority over a man. Her book, The Lies Women Believe, is biblically sound and relevant without catering to the sinful desire we all have at times to prove ourselves justified, victimized, and entitled. It is true that men have hurt women over the course of human history. And now women are urged to behave like abusive men to take over the roles that they believe they have been denied. The emasculated man will just have to sit in silence. Well, men and women are equally depraved, but I fear my "sisters" may surpass in their abuse of the opposite gender.
This was a great book. I grew up in an evangelical church that is very patriarchal. I could not relate what I felt about God and what the church taught about women and their "place". Thank you Mr. Grady!