There Are No Genders In Christ?

I have encountered a number of Christians who hold the belief that there are no significant gender differences in Christ. They therefore believe that men and women have the same function, and that we should not distinguish between the genders when it comes to the church or daily life.No Genders In Christ

Their evidence comes from Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

Taken by itself, this verse certainly looks pretty definitive. It says right there that there is neither male nor female, all are one in Christ Jesus! The problem is we cannot just read individual verses. This verse is not meant to be read by itself, but in context with the rest of the chapter, and the letter of Galatians as a whole.


Context of Galatians

 

There is a problem Paul is addressing in the Galatian church, namely, the issue of works righteousness vs. righteousness through faith. In the opening of Galatians Paul states that he is “amazed” that they have so quickly deserted the gospel that he taught them for a different and false “gospel.” In the first two chapters, Paul explains the gospel he taught them came straight from God, and that they should not listen to any other “gospel”. Next, he begins explaining just why the false teaching is false.

Context of Galatians chapter 3


Moving into chapter 3, Paul explains that it is Faith which saves, not following the Law (works).

“But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed. Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” – Galatians 3:23-27
It is within this context that Paul states, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

Why would Paul randomly state that gender distinctions have been done away with when he is talking about Faith over works? When we take the context into account, we see Paul is not saying men and women are identical in their Earthly functions, but that salvation—through faith—is equally available to both genders.

Within the same verse, we see Paul is saying the same thing in regard to Jews, Gentiles, slave and free. Everyone has equal value in Christ, which was a ground-breaking assertion in those days. When we look at the non-canonical “Gospel of Thomas,” we see that others had different ideas.

“Simon Peter said to them, ‘Make Mary leave us, for females don’t deserve life.’
Jesus said, “Look, I will guide her to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every female who makes herself male will enter the kingdom of Heaven.” – Saying 114

According to this false gospel, women don’t have equal access to the Kingdom of God because they are female. Paul refutes this idea in Galatians by stating that we are all one in Christ.

Paul Contradicts Himself?

 

If Paul really was saying that there is no distinction between men and women as far as their Earthly functions are concerned, then he must be contradict himself later on when he sates in 1 Timothy 2:12 that, “But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.”

Additionally, he must also be contradicting himself when he says that slaves should obey their masters in Colossians 3:22.

Of course, it is more likely that Paul is not contradicting himself, but that what he says later on fits in accordance with Galatians, especially considering the context. Paul isn’t telling us to live as if we are androgynous, but that we all stand on equal ground in Christ.

Wife, Please Go See If That’s A Murderer

Feminism’s crusade against Chivalry and all things gender specific has been overwhelmingly successful. At one point in time, for better or worse, there were clear gender distinctions. The husband was the provider, and the wife managed the home. The husband was the protector, and the wife was the nurturer. If there was a potential murderer/stalker person parked outside your house, the husband would investigate, not the wife.
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After a day of moving and unpacking, the sun had set. No street lights left the road in blackness. The moving truck was parked in front of our driveway, and I sat in front of it in our car. As I was waiting for the truck to move so I could pull our car into our drive, the neighbors began to come down their driveway in their car. Their drive met our street between where I was parked and the moving truck. Before the neighbors could reach the road, they stopped.
The light inside their vehicle turned on, and I saw a man and a woman talking, I’m guessing they were husband and wife. After a few seconds, the wife got out and began to walk toward me. As she approached, I lowered my window.
“Hello!” I said.
“Are you with the people moving in?” she asked. I replied in the affirmative. “Okay, just making sure,” she said, then walked back to their car and they drove away. So apparently they were worried I was some kind of stalker or thief staking out their house or something, and yet the wife went to investigate instead of the husband?
This is very small example, but I think this situation represents the cultural confusion we have today surrounding how men are supposed to treat women. The Feminist ideology steeping our culture has imposed upon women the lie that they do not have choices to make; that they can “have it all” and not have to face the consequences. Not too long ago, a man never would have had his wife go investigate the mysterious car parked in front of their house. He would have investigated himself, partly because men are typically better equipped than women to handle potentially violent situations. More importantly, because it is the husband’s job to love and protect his wife, not because of anything she has or hasn’t done, or can or cannot do, but out of respect for the mere fact that she is a woman, and his wife.
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Why Feminists Will Never Be Happy

Hello readers!

I wrote a guest post for Generation Cedar. Make sure to check it out!

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Feminism has failed. More and more people are starting to realize this fact, but the beast just won’t die! While all of society is worse off for the advance of Feminism, the sad irony is that those who lose out the most are the Feminist women themselves.
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I’m not talking about the first wave of Feminism which campaigned for suffrage and the end of abortion (though this wave was not without flaws). Yes, the first Feminists were staunchly pro-life because they understood how harmful abortion was for women (not to mention it is murder). It is the second and third waves of feminism which have failed us as a society, and failed women most of all.
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Don’t Teach Girls To Be Modest; That Sexualizes Them

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A couple years ago, I wrote a series defending the belief that women and girls should dress modestly.  I thought that modesty was good because it was considerate of others, allowed women to be treated with more respect, and accented femininity.
Don't teach modestyBut, according to opponents of humility in dress, modesty actually sexualizes girls.
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It’s always baffled me how some could make such arguments. Modesty is the exact opposite of objectifying!

On Facebook, some of my Christian, homeschooled, friends were sharing this article, (don’t waste your time reading it) which explains how modesty apparently sexualizes, specifically, through the banning of leggings and yoga pants in schools.

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There are several very poor arguments and assumptions made in this post which Christians should never buy into.
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Here are three of them.
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1. Your comfort is more important than the comfort of others:

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The article makes the point that the our own comfort is more important than the comfort of others. The article states that, “Girls clothing is not and should not be responsible for boys’ behavior.” This is a true statement, however, the article goes on to argue consideration of others should not be a factor in determining what to wear. I find it troubling that Christians are buying into this line of reasoning.

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Those who defend the wearing of yoga pants always claim that their reasons are solely based on comfort. While I highly doubt that’s the only reason for many woman, that is still not a good reason.

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We don’t have a right to do whatever we want if it harms other people. (1 Corinthians 8:13)
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I don’t like waiting in long lines. Those are very uncomfortable, but that doesn’t mean I have a right to cut to the front of the line. I would be satisfying my own comfort at the expense of others. This is wholly unloving, and a display of immodesty and arrogance. It’s pure narcissism to believe that your own comfort is more important than others.
This idea completely contradicts the teachings of the Bible.
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“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.” – Colossians 3:12

“Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” – Matthew 23:12

“Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman without discretion.” – Proverbs 11:22

All of these verses, and more, point to the fact that we should not merely do what pleases us, or seek to draw attention to ourselves at the expense of others.

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2. The only alternative to immodesty is baggy pants:

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This idea is just ridiculous on several levels. I’ve heard many homeschooled Christians make this objection to modesty, and the article does as well: “Traditionally ‘cute’ clothing for young women is notoriously restrictive and often painful.” No, that’s false. Traditionally, ‘cute’ clothing was not restrictive. That is still not the case today. There are many modest alternatives to yoga pants that still look nice and aren’t excessively baggy. In fact, there are even many fashion blogs and websites today that deal with only modest clothing. Here is one example.

Second of all, this article is making the argument that looking “cute” is again, more important than other people. As the article says,

“Keep in mind that loose or baggy clothing for girls is neither “popular” nor “attractive” and even borderline socially unacceptable. Professional women: would you show up to the office in a baggy pantsuit? No? Then why would these girls show up to school in baggy jeans? Lycra and Spandex make for supremely comfortable pants…it’s not about looking “sexy.” It’s about comfort.”

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Professional women would not wear yoga pants to the office, or a job interview, and yet, apparently many are beginning to adopt the idea that yoga pants go with everything—including professional attire. Yoga pants are not classy or nice or cute—they are exercise clothing, like sweat pants. Yoga pants don’t look nice. In fact, the definition of “cute” is, “attractive in a pretty or endearing way.” Yoga pants are not pretty, or endearing, and they are only attractive to those who like to enjoy the view of your legs and rear-end. You would not say a person wearing yoga pants is “well-dressed.” It’s actually rather sloppy.
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The article also seems to be arguing that we should encourage the wearing of yoga pants because they are “popular” and “attractive”. “Keep in mind that loose or baggy clothing for girls is neither “popular” nor “attractive” and even borderline socially unacceptable.”

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I find it interesting that most liberals push for individuality, and following your heart, while here this article is arguing that the social pressure to conform is just fine, and should be adhered to. Don’t ask girls to dress modestly, because then they won’t fit in. How horrible! A lot of bad things have been popular in the past, and are popular right now. In some societies, eating people was very popular. If cannibalism came back into style today, should we go ahead and join in? We should never seek to do what is popular. Instead, we should seek to follow Christ and do what is good, right, and true. It is possible that something which is popular can be good, but we still should not participate merely because something is popular. While I don’t expect non-Christians to understand this concept, it’s shocking to see many Christians adopting these ideas too.

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Also, we should never dress for the purpose of attracting others, especially the opposite gender. That is purely manipulative and fits the definition of immodesty to a T, which is the trait of being vain or conceited. Rather than trying to draw attention to ourselves, we should seek to draw attention to Christ through modest behavior and dress. Dressing to attract, again, is an expression of narcissism, since we are trying to put all of the focus on ourselves.
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Please, don’t let your self be controlled by the whims of the culture. Just because everyone is doing it, doesn’t mean you should too. Don’t be a mindless drone.
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It’s so ironic that in our culture we preach that everyone should “be themselves” and “follow their heart,” but we also make sure that everyone conforms to their same “self” and that everyone’s heart follows the same thing—self-worship. Additionally, there is nothing attractive about yoga pants, unless you want to attract guys who are purely interested in you for your legs and rear-end, which brings me to my final point about this article.
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3. Showing off sexual parts of your body isn’t sexualizing:

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This part of the article made the least sense to me. It’s claiming that covering up the sexual parts of one’s body…is consequently sexualizing them…but revealing clothing is fine and innocent? What?
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The article claims that, “I think what we’re hearing online is girls expressing that the strange, inconsistent enforcement of the dress codes is sexualizing them against their will…Until [the idea that yoga pants should be banned] changes in schools, I highly doubt the more mature, serious variations of unwanted sexualization — street harassment, sexual assault, and victim-blaming — will ever fully disappear.”
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No, just the opposite is true. The idea that women should show-off the sexual parts of themselves is what has led to these more serious issues. Displaying one’s self as a sex object conflicts with the idea one is not actually a sex object. The article claims that, “Female bodies are not public art. They are not for your viewing pleasure,” and yet the article believes that women should be able to show off and draw attention to different parts of their bodies.
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That’s like putting up a billboard that says, “Don’t look at me,” or wearing a T-shirt with the words, “Don’t read this sentence.”Billboards are built to be seen, words are meant to be read, and tight clothing (or no clothing at all) draws attention to the body. That’s just a fact.
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Modesty doesn’t sexualize a person, it reveals their dignity. Modest dress draws attention to a person’s character—and who they are. Hopefully, such modestly dressed people are seeking to live for Christ, which means Christ will be revealed through their dress.
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On the flipside, wearing clothing that exposes or draws attention to parts of the body that are sexual, do sexualize a person. By definition, this is true. Only in a world so warped by the influence of Feminism do we get the idea that being modest sexualizes someone. Immodesty objectifies women, not the other way around.

The article would disagree, however, because the writer claims that, “Everybody wears leggings and everybody has butts. And there is nothing inherently sexual with either of those things.” That is just incredibly naive, and I don’t think I need to go into explaining why this is so.

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Are there cases where modesty can be taken too far and turned into legalism? Yes, of course. That can and does happen. Anything can become legalism. The Biblical command to love others can become legalism, but that doesn’t mean we should do away with love, but it seems we have no problem doing away with modesty at the first rumor it has led to legalism.
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Philippians 2:3-11:

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.

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This passage creates a stark contrast with those who despise modesty. The article I have been referencing seems to have no notion that we should count others as more significant than ourselves, or that we should look to the interests of others rather than our own. And yet, so many Christians have easily bought into the cultural idea that we are so much more important than everyone else that we should be able to do and dress how we want without a care about how it might harm or impact others. It’s our “right,” we say. We talk a lot about our “rights” in America, but you don’t hear people talking so much about our duties or responsibilities, such as our duty and responsibility not to harm others. Granted, if you are not a Christian, then it would not make sense to have duties (or rights for that matter) but as Christians, we have no excuse.

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. – Philippians 2:3-4 

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Even though Jesus was God, He did not consider His comfort or interests as more important than others. He made Himself a servant. How much more should we seek to serve others?
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This is the core of modesty. It’s not about what you wear, it’s about the heart. Do you really care more about others than yourself? This article from the Huffington post (which is a great authority and Christians should definitely turn to it for wisdom [sarcasm]) clearly reveals that the anti-modest are champions of narcissism, not humility.

I Am A Sexist

My recent post describing the reasons why I don’t participate in ballroom dancing seems to have upset a lot of people. In fact, I was even called a legalist and a sexist. Someone needs to stop me because I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to hug or dance with girls outside my family. I’m dangerous. Yes, because I don’t feel like I have a right to touch and hold the bodies of girls and women, I must be a sexist.

Then I realized my scoffers are right. In today’s modern society, I am a sexist.

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Being a sexist used to mean you believed one gender was superior to the other. This is now called “hostile sexism”. It’s pretty obvious to everyone today (except radical Feminists) that both genders are equal in value. The Bible confirms this in Genesis 1:27,

God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

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Clearly, both men and women are created in the image of God. Both men and women reflect God’s character, so they are equal in value.

So I’m not a sexist, right? I believe men and women are equal in worth.

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Today, you are also a sexist if you believe men and women are different, or that men and women should treat each other differently than members of their own gender. Many refer to this kind of “sexism” as “Benevolent sexism.” If that sounds confusing , just think “Chivalry.” Chivalry is considered benevolent sexism today.“As it turns out, men and women are equally prone to holding benevolently sexist values (the idea that men should always open doors, or earn enough to support a woman, are two common examples).” – Prevention.com

In this case, I am guilty as charged. Why? Because biology and the Bible says so.

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University Unmasked: 01 – University State Is Great!

I attended Convocation the other day, which was basically an initiation into the school (which I will refer to as “University State” from here on out.) Just prior to convocation, my business survey class was held. One of the emphases of this initial session was to make us aware of our required participation in a “first year success series” where we would learn valuable information on how to have a successful first year at college”. This series involves a number of sessions we are required to attend, including a “Peer Leader” session where we learn valuable information key to our first year success…such as where to buy contraceptives on campus.

 

Click to see a video clip (There were even two guys smoking during the ceremony)
After survey class, we were walked over to an old basketball arena. Student volunteers lined the sidewalks while our class of 7,000 was ushered into the dome. The upperclassman cheered and gave high-fives, like we were going to some grand event. The reality didn’t quite fit the hype.
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We sat and listened to dignitaries of the school give speeches on how great our university is, and what great things we would all accomplish. I think the university’s goal was to get us excited about being a part of the school, and to inspire us to try hard and do well, which means it was pretty much a waste of time. However, I was told some useful information. One of the speakers talked about how we would be meeting a lot of different people, with different beliefs, values, and sexual orientations, and that I should be open minded and accepting of these differences. Good to know. I thought everyone here was going to be just like me.
College has just started, but the subtle indoctrination of liberalism has already begun. Many feministic and liberal ideas are already ingrained and assumed, such as the need to know how to find contraceptives, and that all beliefs and lifestyles are valid: plenty of Post-modernism and Humanism to go around.
But none of that is particularly unexpected. The most unexpected and eye-opening part of Convocation came as the first part drew to a close. Check back here for a post on what went down.

The Textbook Scam – University Unmasked 2

When Speaking The Truth Makes You A Target

I recently came across a very good Youtuber by the user name of “Christy0Misty”. I watched her series on Feminism and it was so good I wanted to share it here on my blog.Truth target

Unfortunately, in my attempt to find out more about her, I learned that she has deleted her channel and left Youtube, as a result of an overwhelming backlash of hate-mail and threats (though her videos have been uploaded by other users.) This situation reminded me of just how dangerous the truth can be, and that we really are at war against the lies and deceit of the enemy.
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Satan will do everything he can to stop the truth from being known. Why? Because all truth leads back to God. If the truth can be destroyed or twisted, then evil can fester and spread. We as Christians cannot shy away from the truth.
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