All seek to answer the question of whether wives are 100 percent equal partners or whether "biblical womanhood" means a God-given role of supporting their husbands — and, in turn, knowing their husbands are honor-bound to die for them, if necessary.
It's another battle in America's culture wars, one evangelical churches find themselves facing more often as a new kind of parishioner fills the pews, said Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission."There was a day that many churches could assume they were living in Mayberry and seek to apply texts to pictures that people in the pews already had in their minds," Moore said.
In cultures where dating or courtship is acceptable, dating can help youth develop friendships and eventually find an eternal companion.
Youth in the Church are taught to wait until at least age 16 to begin dating and to date only those who have high moral standards.
This periodical offers articles of inspiration, encouragement, and information on topics related to an egalitarian view of the relationship between men and women in the home, the church, and the world."Even though she has a strong personality, she is able to submit to her husband," one reads.And another: "The fact is that God made us to submit to our husbands, whether we're housewives or the big bosses at work.""I didn't like (the word 'submission') at first because I was independent, but I wanted something different because I had been married before, and I didn't want to go through another failed marriage," Heather Lenzy said. It was for my own good."Even some new religious books that advocate for women to take on careers couch that advice in terms of the Proverbs 31 woman.The second is a lengthy recitation of what the ideal woman would be doing with her time.Nolensville authors Adonis and Heather Lenzy take up the topic in their new book "Dating in Black & White," which they wrote after a number of Oasis Church members asked for instruction on successful dating and marriage. Some of the phrases in the book would make feminists blanch.