Friday, February 10, 2017
John 19:26-27 The Feminization of the Church?
26: When Jesus therefore saw his mother and the disciple standing by whom he loved (John) he said to his mother Madam behold your son 27: Then said he to the disciple Behold your mother And from that hour that disciple took her into his own home
 Complementarian leaders decry the “Feminization of the Church” as if they are aghast at some shocking new development in Christianity, when the truth is, that women have always out-numbered men in following Christ. The Bible, along with, early Church history reveals that women in leadership began at the cross and continued for quite some time before misogyny eventually all but eliminated women from public service to God. The scene at Jesus’ crucifixion, depicts about a six to one ratio of women to men supporting the Messiah in his agony. Here, the weaker sex demonstrates an awesome strength of devotion, while only one male (John) remains openly faithful during this frightful time (although, after Pentecost, both men and women would [and continue to] equally give their lives for Christ), but at his death, the cross is surrounded by women who openly support their Lord. This writer does not find it coincidental that it was to the one courageous man, who dared to remain with his Messiah to the very end, that Jesus entrusted the care of his mother.