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2 Stars Out Of 5
Right Message, Wrong Messenger
July 4, 2013
Age: Over 65
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!