by one of Lori Alexander’s commenters and Lori’s reply to her at The Transformed Wife – Why Don’t Women’s Bible Studies Teach Godly Submission?
Editor’s note: Lori’s post from yesterday was the republishing of a letter received. The letter had mentions of another of her blog posts on women and teaching. There was also a mention of input from a comment left by a man and another woman. This is the comment that the letter writer mentions as appreciating Lori’s response. Lori preaching the biggest lie in Quiverfull, that submission done the ‘right’ way never leads to abuse. I am jaw dropped at the arrogance of some of Lori’s assertions. Why would anyone chose to follow and believe the words of a woman that constantly belittles those she’s supposedly teaching?
Abuse is an important and prevalent issue that is being exposed and talked about (which is a good thing). The issue of submission deeply affects those who’ve been abused. I can tell you from personal experience (both as an abuse victim and as an advocate for women who’ve been abused) the biblical interpretation of one-sided submission (wives submit to husbands, all women to submit to all men) increases abuse and gives women no voice or agency. They’re often told it’s their fault that they’re being abused and they just need to keep quiet and submit more. This “biblical” advice causes the abuse to continue and gives men carte blanche when it comes to submission and believing they have a God-given authority over their wives/women (of course not all men abuse women, it just gives men who are abusers a “biblical” reason to continue, if that makes sense).
Submission doesn’t cause abuse. This is a modern day fallacy. Evil men abuse or men that have a problem with anger. God has told us in 1 Peter 3:1-6 that wives being in subjection to their husbands with godly behavior win their husbands without a word. Why would a husband want to begin abusing a wife who begins being cheerful with him, learns to please him, loves serving him and meeting his needs? No, it does the opposite. It draws husbands to their wives.
QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders, cultural enforcers and those that seek to keep women submitted to men and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull and Spiritual Abuse honestly and thoughtfully.
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