The Church Effeminate

Audience: Christians, red-pilled men, and anyone else.

The protestant evangelical world’s current news story of the week is over John Macarthur’s response to a question about Beth Moore (“Go home”). Reformed Christians are actually surprised someone would openly say that women are not to preach. For this to be a controversy is a sign of the rot inside the American protestant “church.” Dalrock has his comments on the matter here. Gunner Q, who once attended Grace Community Church also commented on the matter here.

Christians should not be surprised that “fellow believers” are surprised someone would take the Bible literally. This is a result of a battle that began nearly 200 years ago, long before the “complementarian” compromise had to be made. In fact, the church has seen this before in history:

These heretical women – how audacious they are! They have no modesty; they are bold enough to teach, to engage in argument, to enact exorcisms, to undertake cures, and, it may be, even to baptize!

It is not permitted for a woman to speak in the church, nor is it permitted for her to teach, nor to baptize, nor to offer [the eucharist], nor to claim for herself a share in any masculine function – not to mention any priestly office.

– Tertullian. Elaine Pagels, The Gnostic Gospels (New York: Random House, 1981).

Feminist advances in the church are not just a sign of secular influence, but are the product of other theological errors.

Theologian Dr. John W. Robbins, PhD was fighting the feminization of the church over 20 years ago through his Trinity Foundation. In fact, in an article discussing the Promise Keeper’s as an unholy ecumenical response to the castration of men in the church (Many of the proponents of PK have been proven over time to have been apart of the feminization of the church), it was noted that:

Strong men have been perceived as a threat, not only by ambitious women who want to lead, but also by seminary graduates who have claimed an official and un-Biblical monopoly on church leadership. Ambitious women and ambitious clergy formed an alliance early in the century to keep laymen, elders, and deacons from governing the churches

As part of a lecture series on the topic of Justification, Dr.  Robbins gave this lecture on the feminization of the church in the United States. It is a solid hour of facts that show you the progression of this error, and how it has its roots in heresy. He links the Deaconess movement, the Sunday School movement, and foreign missions as all part of a general feminization of the Church. Dr. Robbins notes that sentimentality and subjectivism, along with the division of the “head” vs. “heart,” are the result of feminist influence in the church. (*You do not have to be “reformed” to enjoy the lecture*).

The speech later became one of many essays, which was compiled into a theological text on reforming the modern church to be in accordance with scripture. I came across his work earlier this year, when his book was recommended to me. Since then I have read some of his other work. Time has proven him to be correct on several matters, especially when it comes to fractures within the PCA denomination.

He was a scholar who understood the implications of certain errors in the reformed christian church, and fought to reform the reformed denominations. It is unfortunate that this body of work did not receive more attention during the life of Dr. Robbins. This may be due to the fact that Reformed Presbyterian churches, particularly the PCA, is a small community.

I intend to make him a must-read author, especially since many of the errors he fought against are currently infecting the Reformed Baptist world.

A book review of The Church Effeminate and Other Essays can be found here.

The Church Effeminate and Other Essays on Amazon.

A link to the book on Good Reads.

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