Somebody the other day asked me, this reporter, he said, um, “I heard that…it’d be a cold day in hell before you get your theology from a woman. Don’t you think that’s kind of demeaning to the genders?”
I said, “Ask Adam what he thinks about getting his theology from a woman. I said it damned the whole world. I said the reason your soul, sorry soul’s going to hell is because a woman told Adam what God thinks about things.
…I wouldnt get my theology from a woman. I don’t mind if mama teaches the kids. I don’t mind if a strong lady, and a wise woman, and a gracious godly woman follows the, uh, takes the lesson from the pastor – Hey y’all, you listen to me right now, I still believe, it’ll be a cold day in hell before I get my theology from a woman. I’m a preacher. I wasn’t mama-called, papa-sent. No woman ever got me involved in ministry, I didn’t follow a woman into ministry. A woman didn’t write this book, not one woman wrote the scriptures right here. [banging his bible on the lectern] A man wrote the Bible, got it from God, a man hung on the cross, his name is Jesus Christ, and God called a man to lead the church here – [shouting] Hey! I’m glad I’m a man!
…I’m the messenger of the church and what I say is more important than what the news reporter thinks I oughta say. God didn’t call him to tell me what to do, and God didn’t call anybody else, either. You know, if that’s arrogant, so be it.
Is there much difference between this preaching:
And this preaching:
The first one soft-pedals the patriarchy and misogyny.
Note: The video has gone down recently due to copyright claims by First Baptist of Hammond. Apparently, they like to profit off their power-trips. I was able to find a partial transcript over at Are Women Human? (which, on first look, is phenomenal):
In Christ there is neither Greek nor Jew, slave nor free, male nor female.
In Christ-follower relations, however…
Btw, there’s been quite a few honest and heart-wrenching reactions in the comments on Carson’s blog when he posted the first video.
If you’d like a picture of what the patriarchy of the lower video looks like, you can see this other video at Jesus Needs New PR.
Note: “IFB” in the second video is short-hand for Independent Fundamentalist Baptist churches, of which First Baptist in nearby Hammond, Ind. is the god-father. They send legions of buses down to the city every weekend to proselytize and pick up hundreds upon hundreds of inner city (usually minority) children every Sunday morning – to return them in the evening.