"If you hear someone tell you that complementarity means you have to get married, have dozens of babies, be a stay-at-home housewife, clean toilets, completely forego a career, chuck your brain, tolerate abuse, watch Leave It to Beaver reruns, bury your gifts, deny your personality, and bobble-head nod "yes" to everything men say, don't believe her. That's a straw (wo)man misrepresentation. It's not complementarianism. I should know. I'm a complementarian. And I helped coin the term."
In case you missed Mary Kassian's masterpiece, Complementarianism For Dummies, no worries. The Gospel Coalition is currently featuring it front and center (link).
The comp crowd must be enthralled with this article because it has been featured on:
(1) Kassian's website Girls Gone Wise (link)
(2) Justin Taylor's blog at The Gospel Coalition (link)
(3) The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) blog (link)
When the article first appeared in early July 2012, we discussed it in a post entitled Is Complementarianism for Dummies? At this point, that post has 395 comments. Mary Kassian does not allow comments on her website (under that article), nor does CBMW, and Justin Taylor has closed comments. At this point The Gospel Coalition is allowing commentary on the post.
Here is a challenging comment by AJG (9/5/12 @ 8:30 a.m.) that squeaked through on TGC's website:
"Owen Strachen says that women are called by God to be housemakers and that men are called to work outside the home because Adam tilled the ground. He openly mocks husbands that help equally with chores around the home.
Denny Burk and Doug Wilson prefer the term patriarchy to complementarianism because its easier to remember and spell and people know what the term means. They admit that patriarchy AND complementarianism are the same thing.
So it seems that even highly visible self-proclaimed complementarians do not agree on what the term means. It's no wonder that egalitarians are suspect about complementarianism because if it looks like hierarchy and smells like hierarchy, it's probably not equality in any sense of the word."
And Brad left this comment (9/5/12, 4:31 p.m.), which I hope will stand:
"I attend a complementarian church. And from what I can tell, complementarianism does actually boil down to this:
"Get married, have…babies, be a stay-at-home housewife, clean toilets, completely forego a career…bury your gifts."
Just being honest."
The Gospel Coalition is featuring an interview of Mary Kassian that I have not seen before. Take a look…
There has been quite a bit of information directed at women on TGC's website from its first National Women's Conference called Here Is Our God to articles and books plugging complementarianism. It does appear to be of primary importance to The Gospel Coalition crowd.
Why is this post by Mary Kassian being repeated over and over and over again? Is it because we are just so DUMB?
I have a theory about why Kassian's post has shown up yet again over at The Gospel Coalition…
There is another website where this post appeared back in early July – True Woman (link). In case you aren't aware, there is another women's conference coming up called True Woman 12, and registration closes tomorrow – September 6. The conference is just two weeks away (September 20-22) at the Indianapolis Convention Center. To learn more, you can go here.
Mary Kassian and Nancy Leigh DeMoss recently wrote a book entitled True Woman 101: Divine Design. It's an eight week study on biblical womanhood. Does anyone doubt that this will be the heavily promoted resource at the True Woman conference? Here's the promo video:
I have been looking forward to discussing the True Woman movement and will be sharing what I have discovered very soon! Stay tuned…
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