Demand For An Apology

Seneca Falls 2 Convention Issues a Demand for an Apology from Complementarians for the Harm Fostered by their Sub-Christian Doctrine

On July 24, 2010 at the conclusion of the Seneca Falls 2 Evangelical Christian Women’s Convention, the newly established Freedom for Christian Women Coalition issued a list of concerns and demands to Drs. Randy Stinson and J. Ligon Duncan, III of the Council on Biblical Manhood and BIBLICALWomanhood (CBMW), demanding that they repent of their aberrant and sub-Christian doctrines.  (These individuals will receive original copies of the document on Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 10 AM, CST, according to the projection of Fed Ex tracking information.)

Shirley Taylor, founder of bWe Baptist Women for Equality, wrote in her self-authored Demand for an Apology from the Council on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood  (the document signed by the founding members of the Freedom for Christian Women Coalition):

“We demand that the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood acknowledge the harm that has been done to the church body by The Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood, confess it as sin, and denounce it . . .”

One might also add that they should acknowledge that their screed which scapegoats, objectifies, and demonizes all women has had a detrimental effect on society at large.  Presumably and in accordance with their own divinely inspired objectives, Christians claim to serve as THE moral signpost for secular society, but CBMW has facilitated more harm to women than many of the secular groups that they so acerbically decry.

In fact, many liberal secular feminist organizations provide far more functional and tangible support to women of all faiths.  Christian women have been abandoned by their own Christian ministries who have been influenced by this ideology, forcing them to turn to secular agencies for support and care where they are received without discrimination.  Many liberal, secular, and civil organizations demonstrate a better example of the concepts of “Love your neighbor as yourself,” “Love your enemy,” “Bless those who curse you,” and “Do good to those who despitefully use you,” than do those who follow CBMW’s ideology.  

The Freedom for Christian Women Coalition grieves deeply that their fellow beloved Christians and that the Christian Church has failed women of all faiths, particularly those within their own belief system.  They hope that their efforts and call to justice will foster unity and mercy in the Body of Christ, bringing healing to the Church, the of working unity and a spirit of mutual respect, Christian love, and reconciliation among the supporters of the Coaltion, CBMW, and those women and children who have been regretfully and unintentionally harmed by the misguided ideology.

The Seneca Falls 2 Conference addressed what many Christians identify as the root cause of the many sins against women fostered within Evangelical Christianity.  The Conference addressed many aspects of the regretful outcome and end effects of the poisonous pedagogy promoted by the Danvers Statement ideology.  Though the discussion was not limited to the following topics, the conference speakers confronted these primary issues:

For more information, the anticipated release of video coverage of the proceedings, and for information about the Freedom for Christian Women Coaltion, please visit www.SenecaFalls2.com and the Seneca Falls 2 Blogspot.

The participants of the Seneca Falls 2 Convention and the Freedom for Christian Women Coalition would like to express their deepest thanks and heartfelt gratitude to Vyckie Garrison, No Longer Quivering, and the NLQ website readers for their much needed support of their efforts.  

Cynthia Mullen Kunsman, RN, BSN, MMin , ND

www.UnderMuchGrace.com

(Discussing the phenomenon of Spiritual Abuse in Evangelical Churches)

Discuss this post on the NLQ forum.  Comments are also open below.

  • http://www.undermuchgrace.com Cindy Kunsman

    The Baptist Associated Press published an article about the Demand for an Apology:
    http://www.abpnews.com/content/view/5370/53/

    And for another perspective on the conference, Waneta Dawn (author of “Behind the Hedge, a novel about her experience of domestic abuse) wrote about it on Submission Tyranny: http://submissiontyranny.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.undermuchgrace.com Cindy Kunsman

    And a link to a radio interview with Jocelyn Andersen discussing the Demand for an Apology and her history of Domestic Violence.

  • http://www.undermuchgrace.com Cindy Kunsman
  • Julie

    You know, I’m just tired of this. So tired. Women fought like animals in the 60s, 70s, and 80s for equality and to be viewed as human beings, and THIS is what’s happening??? Theocrats getting together and deciding that there’s a pink and a blue track for salvation??? What on earth is going on here?

    I can’t ascribe this to biology…this country has had too long a history of ongoing feminist struggle, although it went on by different names (the first Seneca Falls convention, the women’s suffrage movement, the Temperance movement–a misguided effort to control domestic violence by outlawing alcohol). BUT THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A BACKSLIDING OF WOMEN’S RIGHTS IN THIS COUNTRY AS WHAT WE ARE SEEING NOW…

    The only thing I can GENUINELY think of is that moneyed interests have combined with virulently rightwing theocratic elements to wage a dirty covert war against women’s rights. From what I can tell, more than a fair number of them are Christian Reconstructionists—the American Taliban. “Handmaid’s Tale,” anyone?

    May the Lord Jesus Christ come back SOON and put an end to this agony. What an abomination this utter heresy is!

  • Julie

    Do you know what the real truth of the whole issue is?

    The CBMW are idolaters. Yes, you heard me.

    You’re quarreling with IDOLATERS. They’re not going to listen to you! “Ephraim is joined to his idols…let him be.” It would be a much *better* strategy to go warn the myriads of young people who are going to be taken in by this to STAY AWAY, THAT THIS IS IDOLATRY AND HERESY.

    These “believers” have decided to elevate gender into a “God…”

    It’s THEIR “God”!

    They can’t face the fact that the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob is also the God of eunuchs—some of whom chose to *become* eunuchs to pursue the Kingdom of Heaven. These idolators, these Pharisees, would spit at a Carpenter’s Son Who over 2,000 years ago said, (paraphrasing), “Jerusalem, Jerusalem! How I longed to take you under My wings as a mother hen does her chicks, but you would not~!” They would spit at this Son, call him a “sissy” and accuse Him of being wimpy, and crucify Him—notwithstanding all their denials. They can’t face the fact that the Man Who overturned the moneychangers’ tables and called the Pharisees out on a regular basis was also meek, mild, and like a lamb led to the slaughter when His Hour arrived. NO, they’re MUCH MORE interested in participating in Neanderthal pagan cave-dwelling “masculinity” than they are picking up their Cross and following Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God.

    They claim to love their wives sacrificially as Christ does the Church—blatantly ignoring the torment they inflict, or even deliberately making their wives go up on the Cross instead of themselves!

    Female Christians: the days are evil. Perhaps I’m advocating something that St. Paul would never have dared to insist on, but I think we women believers need to accept the hard, cold truth: the institution of marriage has fallen FOR GOOD and is way too dangerous to our faith and watchfulness to participate in: the days are evil, the Antichrist is just around the corner, and there is too much apostasy in the Church—thanks in part to organizations like CBMW—to trust that ANY marriage made nowadays will last. Plus, Our Lord and Savior is coming back VERY shortly. Women believers, stay single, ***unless you know beyond the shadow of a doubt that the Holy Spirit is ordering you to get married.*** Otherwise, stay away: it’s too dangerous, and the hour way too late…

  • Brian

    Hi,
    I’m a man who forsook Evangelical Christianity after over 2 decades of adult involvement. My first marriage failed largely due to many of the things that the apology from CBMW demands. One big problem is that most men are “wounded” themselves and therefore cannot nurture nor respect others, especially women in any sort of a healthy way. The literalist presentation of the Bible promotes the draconian Fundamental/Evangelical sub-culture that creates so much fear and self-loathing in both men and women.

    Believe me, MEN need to reclaim their personal identity and humanity from the “death grip” of Bible fundamentalism as well. Personally, I’m no longer persuaded and certainly not intimidated by Biblical/spiritual rhetoric. For a religion that promises so much peace and preaches that God loves “unconditionally”, Fundamentalist Christianity consistently delivers so little of it.

    Let’s learn to love ourselves first so we can take back who we really our as individuals. Only then will be free to love another. My wife of 13 years and I were once in high-control Evangelical Sect. We got out 6 years ago and are now pursing our individual dreams, yet happier together than ever without church.


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