(*Note: This post has been edited from its original format. As I'm exploring online sites and learning more about the "do's" and "don'ts" of blogging (yes, there are rules in the world of blogging) I wanted to add more of my own content to this post while sending you to Sallie's site for more on her post. )
I am touched by the numerous gifted women who are courageously using their voices to speak out about the issues and concerns close to their hearts. Let me just shout out my sincere gratitude to each of you whose blogs have had a visit from me in the last little while. You are an inspiration to me!! I may not necessarily agree with everything I read yet there are times when something just resonates with my own heart and I know I need to share it.
That's how I felt when I stumbled upon this post "The Complementarian Argument from Historical Precedence" by Sallie Schaaf Borrink. Sallie has taken quotes from "Ten Lies The Church Tells Women: How the Bible has been misused to keep women in spiritual bondage" which describe how prominent leaders in Church history viewed the role of women. They are shocking reflections of the twisted theology that resided in the minds of many men as a result of the cultural and patriarchal influences surrounding them:
Out of respect to the congregation, a woman should not herself read in the law. It is a shame for a woman to let her voice be heard among men. The voice of a woman is filthy nakedness.