The Sin of Feminism

I had been thinking for some time about why feminism bothered me so much, and not being content with the answers, and I had the thought that others have brought this up before but I am going to in a sense more to clarify my thoughts than anything else.

Questions about equality, ethics within marriage, the basis of male and female relationships are an endless argument. But what I’ve noticed within Christianity is that feminism obscures the issue of women and sin. In fact, bizarrely, it does the opposite from a Christian perspective of establishing equality: it absolves women of responsibility for the origins of their own sins.

The Bible doesn’t teach that your social or economic position absolves you of sin. You are not supposed to lie, commit adultery, steal, murder, profane the Lord’s name if you are a slave or a wealthy person.

So everything falls under the umbrella of this. Women who demand not to have to fulfill Paul’s words to the Church on marriage but insist on men doing their best to fulfill theirs are not looking to the beam in their own eye. In fact they are refusing to accept the concepts of fairness and justice as the Bible presents them. We hear a lot about ‘mutual love’ but the expression of this is blasphemous–it’s only mutual if the woman’s happiness is being pursued within the marriage.

Denouncing feminism to modern ears sounds like denouncing any virtues women might have. But to me that isn’t the point. Anything that gets in the way of doing the work of the Gospel in every aspect of life is evil and needs to be denounced. Feminism is an insidious and clever philosophical enemy that appeals to our basic desire to protect women, in particular in the way that it turns this on its head and says that chivalry has always been about oppressing women. But as we’ve seen, goodness does not lie in chivalry anyway.

So I think that this is the best way to denounce feminism–that it obscures women’s own responsibility for sin.

18 thoughts on “The Sin of Feminism

  1. The chief sin I see in feminism and the MRA’s is how the only thing that matters is temporal positioning. The flesh and how it is treated takes a front seat to all else. You cannot exhort a feminist to this verse for example:

    For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
    (1Pe 2:15-21)

    That verse is a complete affront to the core of their being. Suffer patiently? Endure grief? Those have been converted to modern cardinal sins. Now the only thing that seems to matter is how effectively our grievance can be marketed.

  2. We hear a lot about ‘mutual love’ but the expression of this is blasphemous–it’s only mutual if the woman’s happiness is being pursued within the marriage.

    Yep, there’s nowhere in the Bible that says you will be happy if you live a Christian life, nor is “happiness” a fruit of the spirit or anything of a similar nature.

    Might be a good idea for a post.

  3. I once could have spoken in agreement with GIL re church attendance. I heard a teaching that changed my mind. I am convinced that it is a corporate affair. However, this depends upon what you mean by church. Corporate can mean small groups in houses. But, it is not a one person walk…..exclusively…..thing, the Christian walk I mean.

  4. In our Bible study this week we were talking about the parable of the seed and the sower, and how it is important to remember that we very rarely are prepared to be ‘good soil’ on our own. In order for a person to be this way, they have to have heard the message of the Gospel, seen it acted upon consistently and have been taught on how to do so by others. It is very rare that someone turns out to be a saint on their own.

    How can we teach on removing the beam from our own eye and then looking to the mote in the eye of another if this is entirely conditional based on our position?

    Feminism and other progressive approaches have been effective precisely because they are appeals to justice. But we need to understand that it is the Bible that taught first about charity, about mercy, justice and fairness, understand how it teaches these things, and understand how the philosophies and religions that go against its values are not in fact pursuing those aims. If Feminism encouraged better marriages, for example, and better understanding between men and women, i’d embrace it regardless of what it’s called. The fact that Feminism rejoices at divorce is telling. And pulling aside the veil you can see for instance Germaine Greer stating that the family unit is unecessary and needs to be done away with. If Feminism was about justice for everyone, I’d embrace, it but when you pull the veil aside you see modern feminists saying that it is impossible to treat a man unjustly because men rule over women.

    The very idea of Christianity in fact is oppositional to Feminism. Christ came to this world in the vulnerable form of a human infant, do demonstrate God’s mercy and compassion to us. Feminism is revealed as being nothing but a worldly and satanic approach by demanding obvious strength where the Bible in fact requires us to look to the example of Jesus who humbled his strength.

    There was a guy in a class I was teaching last year, a guy whose family had been involved in a lot of crime, who had been in jail for attempted murder, and he had observed this clearly, he was powerfully struck by the fact that Jesus COULD HAVE struck down his executioners but CHOSE not to. By contrast I read a feminist art review this year which condemned the story of the Prodigal Son because as she put it the world doesn’t need stories of the redemption of men who did wrong. Says it all.

  5. “…the world doesn’t need stories about the redemption of men who’ve done wrong. Says it all.”

    It does say it all: in fact, it also obliquely discredits the lie we hear from women about ‘redeeming men with love’ when they chase after scumbags. Feminism has never been anything but a gender supremacist movement; (and also by extension, women pursue thugs out of a superiority complex, not out of love).

  6. Are women really different? I don’t think so. Society is different. Why for example is Israel compared to an adulterous, lascivious woman if that were not something that could get heads nodding back in the day? Why would there be need to warn women about vanity? I think that what has changed is that our society has. But if you consider that then you might conclude that society is a thin barrier. If all that keeps us back from sin is disapproval or social penalties then that’s not really moral, even if it is a good guideline.

    The problem is that it is rare in churches today that both men and women are equally told to avoid sin and cherish righteousness, and for the sins of both men and women to be identified. You so often see the Beth Moore stuff–about how women need to curb their instinct to be self criticizing, or how women need to do a Christian version of “you go girl”. And again—I wouldn’t mind if this confidence building stuff led to stronger faith and clarity of purpose, but I see that it seems to do the opposite.

  7. “Do not conform to the patterns of this world/society”, is exactly what “team Christian woman” have failed to do.
    As for me, I dont believe that staying away from attending church is the way to go. What the churches need, is for us to be “sowers of the red pill”, so to speak. It’s frustrating work, but I will never give up on the effort of opening some eyes to the truth.
    I know Empath has been doing his part talking to pasters and such, but I don’t remember if he attends a church.

  8. Yes of course I attend a church. It took a while to settle on one after we moved a few years ago because I was not content under blue pill regimes. We finally found and joined one this year.

  9. I think I may have stumbled across a descent church a few weeks ago, out of the tons of Sunday morning nightclubs here in the DFW area of Texas. So far the pastor doesn’t seem willing to pull any punches. It’s only been a few weeks though. There is one issue however. A new men’s bible study just started up that is led by the pastor, and they call it “Man Up”. I’m am going, to referee if need be, but nothing objectionable has come up yet the first two weeks, besides the name of the study. I will get around to talking to the pastor none the less.
    I’ve been trying to come up with something to replace “Man Up” and “Step Up”. How about “Word Up” for Men (as in The Word of God)

  10. For the time being, anything “up” is code for man bad woman good. How about a mens group that is all about encouraging men because we face tough challenges in the form of work, kids, AND a wife. Thats what they do for the women, tell them how understandable it is they feel so down because even their husbands are pressing down on them sometimes.
    A flip flop to corrective teaching for women and encouraging teaching for men….now that would be good stuff.
    Also, when they teach the Bible to men they teach it very differently than they do to women. Word Up for men vs Word Up for women, huge difference. Seems there are different versions of the bible, one correcting men and one encouraging women.

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