Reclaiming Biblical Families

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The feminist movement has successfully made its way deep into our Western culture, but more importantly and unfortunately, into the Lord's church. Christians must learn to see this poisonous influence and reclaim the standard of God's biblical family.

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Reclaiming Biblical Families

  1. 1. Reclaiming Biblical Families Strengthening the biblical family in a feminized society. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
  2. 2. <ul><li>The staggering changes for women that have come about over those seven generations in family life, in religion, in government, in employment, in education - these changes did not just happen spontaneously. Women themselves made these changes happen, very deliberately . </li></ul>“ . ” By Bonnie Eisenberg and Mary Ruthsdotter, the National Women's History Project. 1998
  3. 3. Introduction <ul><li>No one in the Lord desires or purposes to ingest the poison of false doctrine. </li></ul><ul><li>Mix truth in with error, however, and many undiscerning comfortably swallow what they otherwise would hate. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Introduction <ul><li>By 1900 the revolution of feminism successfully entrenched itself into the American culture. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The overall movement surrounded suffrage of women’s rights. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The next two waves surrounded inequalities in the political, social, recreational, and religious realms. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Undetected within these movements was the deliberate destruction of God’s pattern for the biblical family: birth control, abortion rights, lesbian rights, environmentalism and witchcraft. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Introduction <ul><li>In this sermon we look at: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How feminism is destroying the biblical family. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The need for Christians to stop ingesting the poison of feminism by reclaiming biblical families. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. The Destroying of the Biblical Family Through Feminism
  7. 7. Destruction of the Family <ul><li>Roxanne Dunbar ~ </li></ul><ul><li>“Ultimately, we want to destroy the three pillars of class and caste society – the family, private property, and the state…” </li></ul><ul><li>Female Liberation as the Basis for Social Revolution. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Destruction of the Family <ul><li>Carolyn Graglia (on Herma Hill Kay): “In order to accomplish her goal, Kay says, it is only necessary for society ‘to withdraw existing legal supports’ for traditional marriage ‘as a cultural norm,’ a goal that she believes-quite accurately-no-fault divorce laws are already accomplishing.” </li></ul><ul><li>A nonfeminist's perspective of mothers and homemakers </li></ul>Herma Hill Kay, Berkley Law
  9. 9. The Destruction of Male Headship <ul><li>Gloria Steinem ~ </li></ul><ul><li>“ We don’t just want to destroy capitalism…. we want to tear down the whole (censored) patriarchy.” </li></ul><ul><li>Founder and original publisher of Ms. magazine </li></ul>Gloria Steinem, (photo AP)
  10. 10. The Destruction of Male Headship <ul><li>Russ Funk ~ “Patriarchy is a terrible, violent, vile system that destroys huge pieces of all of us.” </li></ul><ul><li>Stopping Rape: A Challenge to Men </li></ul>
  11. 11. Rejecting the male as the primary provider for the household <ul><li>Fighting against the “male provider” mentality lead to the “women’s liberation” movement. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Stay-at-home mothers are ridiculed and disdained <ul><li>Simone de Beauvoir ~ “A parasite sucking out the living strength of another organism...the housewife's labor does not even tend toward the creation of anything durable.... Woman's work within the home is not directly useful to society, produces nothing. The housewife is subordinate, secondary, and parasitic. It is for their common welfare that the situation must be altered by prohibiting marriage as a 'career' for woman .” The Second Sex (1949). </li></ul>
  13. 13. Stay-at-home mothers are ridiculed and disdained <ul><li>Hillary Clinton ~ “I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession which I entered before my husband was in public life.” Nightline, March 26, 1992 </li></ul>Hillary Clinton
  14. 14. Women primarily pursuing personal careers <ul><li>Betty Friedan ~ Referred to stay-at-home wives living in “comfortable concentration camps.” </li></ul>
  15. 15. Women primarily pursuing personal careers <ul><li>Helen Gurley Brown ~ Of the single woman she says “She is engaging because she lives by her wits. She supports herself….She is not a parasite, a dependent, a scrounger, a sponger, or a bum. She is a giver, not a taker, a winner and not a loser.” </li></ul>Helen Gurley Brown Former editor, Cosmopolitan
  16. 16. The Large Family as a Blessing is no longer Glorified or Honored <ul><li>Margaret Sanger ~ “Greater understanding and practice of planned parenthood, through the use of contraceptive measures prescribed by doctors and clinics, will mean that there will be more strong and healthy children and fewer defective and handicapped babies unable to find a useful or happy place in life.” </li></ul>Margaret Sanger, Founder: Planned Parenthood
  17. 17. The Large Family as a Blessing is no longer Glorified or Honored <ul><li>In 1965 married couples in all states could obtain contraceptives legally. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1973 abortion was legalized: 50 million (reported) abortions have taken place since then. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Reclaiming the Biblical Family
  19. 19. We are wrestling against the spiritual hosts of wickedness <ul><li>Our goal : to destroy the fortresses of Satan. </li></ul>for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 2 Corinthians 10:4
  20. 20. We are wrestling against the spiritual hosts of wickedness <ul><li>Our goal: to destroy the fortresses of Satan. </li></ul><ul><li>Our work: take down every lofty thing against the knowledge of God. </li></ul>We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 2 Corinthians 10:5
  21. 21. The biblical family: Love, honor and obey the word of God. <ul><li>Reclaim family roles </li></ul>For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church…. Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Ephesians 5:23; 6:1
  22. 22. The biblical family: Love, honor and obey the word of God. <ul><li>Reclaim family roles </li></ul><ul><li>Honor God’s hierarchy. </li></ul>But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:3
  23. 23. The biblical family: Love, honor and obey the word of God. <ul><li>Reclaim family roles </li></ul><ul><li>Honor God’s hierarchy </li></ul><ul><li>Male primary provider </li></ul>Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. Genesis 2:15 (see Gen. 3:16-19)
  24. 24. The biblical family: Love, honor and obey the word of God. <ul><li>Reclaim family roles </li></ul><ul><li>Honor God’s hierarchy </li></ul><ul><li>Male primary provider </li></ul><ul><li>Wives primary caretaker of the home </li></ul>so that… the young women love their husbands, love their children,… workers at home, … subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored. Titus 2:4-5
  25. 25. The biblical family: Love, honor and obey the word of God. <ul><li>Reclaim family roles </li></ul><ul><li>Honor God’s hierarchy </li></ul><ul><li>Male primary provider </li></ul><ul><li>Wives primary caretaker of the home </li></ul><ul><li>Wives pursue the caring for her family and those in need </li></ul>An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels… She gives food to her household…extends her hand to the poor. Proverbs 31:10
  26. 26. The biblical family: Love, honor and obey the word of God. <ul><li>Reclaim family roles </li></ul><ul><li>Honor God’s hierarchy </li></ul><ul><li>Male primary provider </li></ul><ul><li>Wives primary caretaker of the home </li></ul><ul><li>Wives pursue the caring for her family and those in need </li></ul><ul><li>Rejoice in God’s sovereignty of the size of your family </li></ul>The fruit of the womb is a reward. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed When they speak with their enemies in the gate. Psalm 127:3-5
  27. 27. Conclusion <ul><li>Many Christians are shocked, defensive, angered, even shamed by comparing the simple teachings of God’s word to those of the feminists. </li></ul><ul><li>Their views have chipped away even at the pillars among the Lord’s people. </li></ul><ul><li>Please search your heart in light of God’s word which is able to make you (and your children) wise unto salvation. </li></ul>

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