Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

Southern Baptists Return to Biblical Guidelines

Written by Rev. H.A. Bergsma
At a recent convention in Salt Lake City, the Southern Baptists have rewritten their church's Faith and Message Statement. It appears that there is a desire to return to Biblical guidelines. One of those guidelines has to do with family values in today's society. A reporter for the London Free Press (Kelley Teahen) expressed disbelief at the Biblical guidelines on which many stable marriages are built, and devoted a column to saying, "No gracious submitting here, thank you."

How quick the world is to react against anything that is Biblical! We may not agree with all the guidelines set by the Southern Baptists, but may their emphasis on Biblical family values have an impact on our society.

The negative London Free Press report was not left unchallenged by the readers. One such response is worthy of notice. It is entitled, "I Gladly Submit to My Husband," and written by Cristina Lush of London. "What God says about the husband's role is that the husband is the head of the wife. Paul wrote: But I want you to now that the head of every woman is man, and the head of Christ is God (1 Cor.11:3). What does this mean? It means that the husband is to provide responsible leadership without being dictatorial or blindly self-serving. Biblically, his leadership is to provide love (Eph.5:25), to follow the example of Christ's love for the Church (Eph.5:25); to be done with understanding (1 Peter 3:7) and without bitterness (Col.3:19); to equal his love for his own body (Eph.5:28). Now, the fact that the husband has been appointed head of the wife does not mean that he is superior. The same verse that says the man is the head of the wife also says that God is the head of Christ (1 Cor.11:3). And we know they are equal in nature. Both are fully God. The husband's headship is functional. It helps the marriage work. It breaks the tie vote. In my marriage, my husband and I always discuss things together and if we cannot agree on some issues the final decision is for him to decide and this takes great responsibility. The husband is to provide loving, understanding, God-honouring leadership and has to answer to God. I gladly submit to my husband because I know first and foremost I am submitting to God."

A practical and Biblical application from a London lady on what the Southern Baptist in Salt Lake City want to emphasize.

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