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What Happens When Women Don’t Submit

According to a certain Baptist pastor and theologian, they get beat up.

Bruce Ware, professor of Christian theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., said women desire to have their own way instead of submitting to their husbands because of sin.

"And husbands on their parts, because they’re sinners, now respond to that threat to their authority either by being abusive, which is of course one of the ways men can respond when their authority is challenged–or, more commonly, to become passive, acquiescent, and simply not asserting the leadership they ought to as men in their homes and in churches," Ware said from the pulpit of Denton Bible Church in Denton, Texas.

I don’t know if that is a view widely held by you complementarian believers out there but I found Ware’s statement’s fairly offensive.  Blaming women for violence because they didn’t do what they are told is pretty low and is ignorant of the causes of domestic violence.

Of course I am biased, I find complementarian theology to be wrong in a multitude of ways but I find Dr. Ware’s position particularly disturbing.