Sunday, August 24, 2014

All Women are Easily Deceived (The IFB's Strange Woman)

This post is part of a series examining the “strange woman” doctrine.

The concept of a “strange woman” is an unofficial doctrine** held by some Independent Fundamental Baptists concerning sexually abused girls: They become human garbage and things to be used, to be dispensed with in whatever way is convenient to those who have charge over them. Note that many doctrines in a high demand group are not formally documented but become part of the oral tradition or the hidden curriculum** of their culture and are often more powerful rules than the formally stated ones.

Ron Williams of Hephzibah House offers a very lengthy sermon about this insidiously taught doctrine causing pastors confront occurrences of sexual abuse in their congregations and in educational settings. (Full sermon transcript available HERE. Audio available HERE.)

I'm Almost Without Words!

I can't even really justify much of this with commentary. It derives from their teaching of Gender-Biased English Translation Theology that claims that Paul thought all women were deceived. (See 2 Timothy below.)

Instead of understanding that the writing was putting a greater burden of responsibility on Adam because he just sinned because he didn't care, Eve and all women after her are said to be poor decision-makers and given to deception.

All Women are Always Given to Deception According to Williams (Men, apparently, are not.)

QUOTE: Part I Selecting Marriage Partners
And a feminine heart can be deceived. . . What happened to Eve in the garden? Eve was deceived. And you have a feminine heart, too, and you can be deceived.

QUOTE: Part II, Dinah's Preventable Defilement
And she [Dinah, daughter of Leah and Jacob] had learned her lessons well; she had learned how to be insecure from her mother. She had learned how to emphasize flesh and to appeal to men by flesh from her father, never mind character.

QUOTE: Part II, The Predatory Nature of Men
Dinah here was like a moth flying around a flame. You ever see a moth flying around a flame? It’s like that little moth is empty headed, propeller brained moth, you know.
[. . .]
Oh? How pretty mmm zap!” A moth will fly right into a flame, and zzz their gone. That’s the way Dinah was here. Empty headed, propeller brained, like a fish biting at a bait, “oh look at that worm. Boy that looks good.” until their hooked.

Strange Women Scheme

QUOTE: Part I, A Woman's Poor Conduct Attracts a Man of Poor Character
She should have actually disobeyed Laban, and she saw his interest was in fleshly, carnal areas, and Rachel’s beauty, so she tried to compensate by doing anything she could to get his affection, and her method was having children, and she was fertile... as a fertile, I mean she had lots of children. Boy, the children started coming along, boy, she had seven children just like that.

QUOTE: Part II, The Predatory Nature of Men
No doubt Dinah reasoned... “Boy, look at that neat stuff going on around here. Well I’ve never seen anything like this before. Boy this is really exciting and interesting.” until she suddenly lost control of the situation.
[. . .]
And by the way, if you’re a Dinah in this kind of a situation, the devil will put in your path peers, friends so-called, who will encourage you. So girls, may I plead with you, stay under the protection of your mom and dad. Stay under the protection of those that God has placed over you. That’s the safest place in this world to be, if you’re under God’s authority you’re as safe as God wants you to be.

1 Timothy 2  King James Version

1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.
I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.