"THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE IS
THE HAND THAT RULES THE WORLD."
Cradle That Deb Rocked
Your tribe is expanding its influence over the Southern Baptist Convention.
How clever to arrange for one of the leading Neo-Calvinist dames to address SBC pastors' wives at the SBC Ministers' Wives Luncheon next month. By influencing the "first ladies" of Southern Baptist congregations, you can have a direct impact on those who rock the cradles of SBC babes.
This isn't the first time Kassian has addressed women of the Southern Baptist Convention. Three years ago she spoke at a "Women of Truth" conference that preceded the SBC Annual Meeting when it was held in Louisville. That was the year of the Great Commission Resurgence. . . Peter Smith of the Courier-Journal wrote an article about this gathering entitled: Women urged to focus on caretaker role. He describes how an attendee "sat with her Bible open to the second chapter of the biblical book of Titus, listening to a speaker expound on the passage's teaching that women should be submissive to their husbands and the primary caretakers at home. She knew the passage well, having marked it thoroughly in black and red ink, but appreciated the chance to join about 1,000 women – many of them pastors' wives like herself."
LifeWay, which is selling tickets to the SBC Ministers' Wives Luncheon, provides the following biographical information about Kassian on its website:
"Mary is an award winning author, internationally renowned speaker, and a distinguished professor at Southern Baptist Seminary. She has published several books, Bible studies and videos, including: In My Father’s House: Finding Your Heart’s True Home, Conversation Peace, Vertically Inclined, and the Feminist Mistake. Mary graduated from the faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine from the University of Alberta, Canada and has studied systematic theology at the doctoral level. She has taught courses at seminaries across North America. She has appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including Focus on the Family, Family Life Today, and Marriage Uncensored. Born and raised in Edmonton, Canada. She and her husband, Brent, have three sons: Clark, Matthew, and Jonathan."
Dee and I have conducted extensive research on the Calvinista movement for close to four years, and during that time we have learned quite a bit about Mary Kassian. Whether you plan to attend the luncheon or could be influenced by those who participate, you may be interested in the following additional information about Kassian.
Women's leadership conference draws from 9 states, Canada (3/3/05) By: Jeff Robinson
"More 200 women from nine states and Canada attended this year’s Women’s Leadership Consultation for training female leaders for local church ministry.
An annual event that alternates each year between the six seminaries of the Southern Baptist Convention, this year’s featured speakers were authors Mary Kassian and Dorothy Patterson, both known across the evangelical world for challenging women to think biblically on such matters as their God-ordained roles in the church and home."
Noted author, theologian Mary Kassian joins SBTS faculty (7/22/05) By: Jeff Robinson
"Mary Kassian, one of the foremost scholars and theologians on issues of feminism and biblical womanhood, has been appointed as distinguished professor of women’s studies at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Kassian will begin teaching at Southern Seminary during the spring semester of 2006, seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. said. She is a member of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) and is author of several books on feminism and gender issues…
Kassian is a veteran analyst of the trends within culture as they relate to gender issues. Over the past two decades, Kassian says she has witnessed a full embrace of feminism in both the home and the church that mirrors the culture.
Whereas Christians 40-50 years ago virtually assumed that the husband was the God-ordained leader of the home, today egalitarianism — the belief that God has gifted men and women equally so that no role is limited to one sex — is the assumption, Kassian said. Dealing with this issue biblically is part of her vision for teaching women at Southern Seminary. “Even now in Christian homes, women and men come into the churches and do not have that understanding [of male leadership in the home],” Their default setting I believe really is for the most part egalitarian rather than complementarian [the belief that men and women are equal before God but have different roles].
“So there is a whole lot of careful teaching and convincing and persuading and expositing of the Scriptures that needs to be very intentionally done … in order to build healthy marriages, healthy relationships and healthy church bodies.” Women need to be teaching women the great truths of biblical womanhood in line with the Titus 2 model, Kassian says."
You see, that may have sounded really good seven years ago when Jeff Robinson (Mohler's mouthpiece) wrote these articles, but a lot of water has gone under the Calvinista bridge since then. Speaking of Robinson, as far as we can tell, his reporting on behalf of Mohler and Southern Seminary began around the year 2000, and in 2010 he began using the title "director of news and information at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary." Robinson then became a freelance writer and currently serves as one of two staff bloggers for CBMW, according to their website. Here is his latest post. Folks, that's how spin is done in the Calvinista circles – they control the news that is released to the public.
Getting back to the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW), Mary Kassian is a Council Member, and she regularly contributes to the CBMW blog. To give you an idea of the kinds of articles she writes, here is one of her latest posts: Five Problems with Slutwalk Marches. This article first appeared on her website Girls Gone Wise. Notice the pejorative term "Girls". Yep, she and Carolyn Mahaney, who contributes to the Girl Talk blog, are colleagues. Kassian and Mahaney will be speaking together at the Here Is Our God conference next month in Orlando, which conveniently follows the SBC Annual Meeting. We will be discussing the first ever Gospel Coalition women's conference very soon.
Mary Kassian wrote a post for The Gospel Coalition, and here is a revealing excerpt regarding her association with John Piper and Wayne Grudem.
Are there any encouraging signs concerning manhood and womanhood in the church today?
"There are many encouraging signs concerning manhood and womanhood in the church today. There has been an increased focus in the seminaries on understanding God’s design for gender. There has been an awakening to the fact that God created man and woman for a very specific purpose, which is to put his gospel and glory on display. In many evangelical circles, there has been a move away from evangelical feminism toward complementarity.
I remember sitting around a table at one of the first Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood meetings, about 20 years ago, with Wayne Grudem, John Piper, and a few others, deciding that “complementarian” was an apt term to describe our position. At that time, this biblical position was on the verge of disappearing from the evangelical landscape. But now, theologians, pastors, and God’s people are recommitting themselves to a complimentary understanding of gender.
Another encouraging sign is that a new women’s movement has started in the church—a quiet counter-revolution of women who are committed to saying “no” to the world’s (feminism’s) ideas about womanhood, and saying “yes” to God’s design. In the past two and a half years, tens of thousands of women have joined the True Woman Movement. Almost 21,000 have signed a document, The True Woman Manifesto, which signifies their commitment to “do womanhood” in a way that honors God’s design."
Mary Kassian has been working together with Piper and Grudem for over two decades. Need we say more? Her womanly opinions are valued by John Piper as this article on the Desiring God website shows. (link)
A movement that Kassian has been heavily involved in for the last few years is the True Woman Movement. They have held numerous conferences around the country and have an upcoming conference this fall. If you have never heard of the True Woman Manifesto that they encourage women to sign, here is Kassian (short brown hair/tan outfit) and others (like Voddie Baucham) discussing it.
Rest assured, we will be discussing the True Woman Movement soon and will have A LOT to say about it. In the meantime, here are some phrases in the True Woman Manifesto that stood out to me:
"We are called as women to affirm and encourage men as they seek to express godly masculinity, and to honor and support God-ordained male leadership in the home and in the church.
When we respond humbly to male leadership in our homes and churches, we demonstrate a noble submission to authority that reflects Christ's submission to God His Father.
God's plan for gender is wider than marriage; all women, whether married or single, are to model femininity in their various relationships, by exhibiting a distinctive modesty, responsiveness, and gentleness of spirit.
Believing the above, we declare our desire and intent to be “true women” of God. We consecrate ourselves to fulfill His calling and purposes for our lives. By His grace and in humble dependence on His power, we will:
6. Seek to glorify God by cultivating such virtues as purity, modesty, submission, meekness, and love.
7. Show proper respect to both men and women, created in the image of God, esteeming others as better than ourselves, seeking to build them up, and putting off bitterness, anger, and evil speaking.
8. Be faithfully engaged in our local church, submitting ourselves to our spiritual leaders, growing in the context of the community of faith, and using the gifts He has given us to serve others, to build up the Body of Christ, and to fulfill His redemptive purposes in the world."
When the Baptist Press published the announcement that Mary Kassian would be addressing pastors' wives at a luncheon in New Orleans in conjunction with the SBC Annual Meeting, I felt compelled to share the above information about the speaker. Here is how the SBC announcement was made:
"Cultural messages are coming to us about what a woman is and what she can do, but we need to hear what God's perspective is," Wicker said.
Mary Kassian, an author and professor, will be the luncheon's guest speaker. A New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary jazz band and Kristin Wicker Yeldell will provide music.
As Wicker prayed over the theme, she said she knew immediately she would ask Kassian to speak because of her skillful teaching of biblical womanhood.
"She's outstanding and so balanced. She's intelligent, she's witty, she's cute," Wicker told Baptist Press. "My daughters, who are 33 and 22, absolutely love her, so she has the ear of women of all ages.
"Her husband is a chaplain, so she understands what it's like to be married to someone who is called to ministry," Wicker said of Kassian. "I'm confident in her handling of the Scriptures and know that our women will leave the luncheon not just with inspiration but with wonderful teaching from the Word of God, so I could not be more thrilled."
Kassian, a women's studies professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, most recently wrote an eight-week study on biblical womanhood with Nancy Leigh DeMoss titled "True Woman 101: Divine Design."
So this is the reason Kassian was chosen to address SBC pastors' wives – because "she's intelligent, she's witty, she's cute". . . As some of our astute readers have already pointed out, "cute" and "inward beauty" appear to be a contradiction in terms. I encourage you to read the biographical information on Kassian provided by LifeWay (at the top of the post) and see what they conveniently left out. Folks, there is an agenda, and it's not 'pretty'.
I have daughters who will soon turn 23 and 20, and I would NEVER encourage them to look to Mary Kassian as a role model. I have no desire for my daughters to be puppets in the hands of these Calvinistic puppeteers. They are playing with people's lives, and I have absolutely had it with them! Much more on that tomorrow . . .
Lydia's Corner: Ezekiel 37:1-38:23 James 1:19-2:17 Psalm 117:1-2 Proverbs 28:1