Feminists can’t be Christians

But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.”  (1 Cor 11:3 NIV).For a man…is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man.  For man was not made from woman, but woman from man.  Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.” (1 Cor 11:7-9 NIV).

Christianity is sexist.  Christianity is a religious system that endorses the oppression of women.  According to Christianity women are second class citizens of society.  1 Corinthians 14:34-35; Ephesians 5:22-25 and Colossians 3:18 all speak about how women should submit to a man.   Submission is defined as ‘the action of accepting or yielding to a superior force or to the will or authority of another’.  According to Christianity, women are therefore inferior to men or men have authority over women.

Women who subscribe to Christianity subscribe to a system of oppression against themselves.  It is like if black people were to willingly subscribe to Apartheid.

The bible tells us about the existence of a very dark and horrible world.  The existence of an eternal fire even.  However, there is salvation from all of this evil.  A messiah.  A saviour.  A man.  Almost like one long Tyler Perry movie.

The Creator of the universe in the bible is a man.  His son, our ultimate savour, Jesus Christ, is a man.  That man’s disciples, all 12 of them, were men.  All the high priests, the educated people, the other righteous people and leaders of societies were also men.  John the Baptist.  Look at the books of the bible: Matthew, Luke, John, James, Mark, Timothy, Peter, Joshua, Samuel, Job, Ezekial, Daniel, Joel, Amos, Zachariah.  Why is there 1 Kings and 2 Kings but no Queens? But hey, there is Ruth, Jude and Esther so I guess that makes things okay…

The bible is about men.  The man was created first, in the image and likeliness of God.  God being the supreme power.  The woman was created as an afterthought.  From a man’s rib even.  Not in God’s image.  The woman is the man’s assistant.  That is why she was created.  We first learn of this in Genesis but the message is reiterated throughout the whole bible.  Both testaments.

Some of the most important men in the bible had multiple wives and many many children.  The most important woman, however, was a virgin.  She gave birth to ‘the most important’ man ever born.  And she was a virgin.  Did I mention that she was a virgin?  The other women who feature really well in the bible were prostitutes.  Another was a weak woman who talked to snakes and became the first sinner.  Because of her the whole human race continues to suffer today, thousands of years later.  Adam and Eve lived in the same jungle but it was the woman who got to deceived because women are so weak right?

The irony is that most Christians in South Africa are women.  Or rather, most church-goers.  In my experience women are the ones that go to church regularly with their children if they have, and the men will go now and then but it really isn’t a big deal if they do not.  Now I do not know if this trait is a general trait of Christianity or limited to townships, which is where I grew up and therefore made my observations.  Regardless, townships make up a large population of South Africa therefore the observation is valid.

In most churches the majority of the congregation are women.  But more often than not, the church leaders are men.  Imagine you are in a room that has 8 women and 2 men and you need to elect 2 leaders and you elect the men.  Logic? Sense? Oppression maybe…?

There are many people who argue that it is the women who elect to not be leaders.  And this is bull.  There are systems in place, written or unwritten, that prohibit women from rising in the ranks of church leadership.  Look at Catholic churches for example.  I know you can probably tell me about some church that has an amazing woman leader/priest/reverent etc.  And that is good for her.  Really.  But what about the other women? What about other congregations? Other Christian domains?  Are  we going to ignore the norm because of one exceptional woman?

In my church for example.  Or the church mom makes us go to on Sunday…women are literally 85-90% of the congregation every single Sunday.  But the church leaders are all men.  Every single one.  Every Sunday the service is hosted by one of the lekgotla (because we do not have a priest – well we do but his white and speaks Afrikaans and only comes to church twice a year – but that is a story for another day).   When women want to lead the service they have to apply.  Even then it is never one women who gets to lead the service, they always have to lead it collectively like women aren’t strong enough to perform male roles in churches.  I know my church might be a bit extreme but there are many like it in one or many ways.  And this is my point.

This irony defeats my point because I am trying to illustrate that Christianity is oppressive to women, but then why is it that there are generally more women in churches than there are men?

I am not saying that Christianity is wrong.  Or any religion for that matter.  In fact it is important to afford people hope, a sense of belonging to a greater cause than oneself.  It is great to have faith.  But blind faith is dangerous!  As women, we cannot subscribe to a system that blatantly seeks to oppress us by calling ourselves Christian, going to church and doing other religious activities that include ‘living a Christian lifestyle’ of which a main feature is submission; and then claim we care about the plight of women.  That we want to advance as women and we seek liberation.  Hence I strongly believe that feminists cannot be Christians.

You are either for woman emancipation or you are not.  But there is no in between.  That is why Christian Feminists are a lie.  Hypocrites!  Even Jesus says do not be hypocrites.

Pick a struggle!


6 thoughts on “Feminists can’t be Christians

  1. Well President Madame King, I really enjoyed reading through your words and appreciated your thoughts.

    ISAIAH 66 verse 13:As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.”

    Now I will begin my response with a bit of caution as I am a man, like the many patriarchs of the ancient world, and say I am speaking from the viewpoint of a human-being and have no objective of being oppressive to women.
    Firstly, let me rehash what I believe to be the premises of your conclusion that the Bible is oppressive to women and calls them to be submissive.
    Your two basic premises are that the Bible was written predominantly by men and that it portrays women as weak and prostitutes.

    Let us now look at the very books you quoted, all the verses you quoted on submission (Corinthians, Ephesians and Collosians) all come back to say that the husbands must love their wives as Christ loved the church. Now if you look at the love Christ has for the church, he did more than submit_ he gave his life to it and did not seek to please himself.
    Now how can a man oppress when he literally lives for his wife?

    Going back to the few books about women in the bible, you mentioned two yet you neglect to mention women like Deborah who were selected by God to lead the nation of Israel ( a note she is regarded as a Judge in the book of Judges), powerful women such as Esther who was brave and stood up for her people and Abigail (1 Samuel 25) who went to the king to protect her family.
    These are all narratives of strong matriarchs at time when it was unheard of for women to even be recognized.
    Deborah was a Judge, thousands of years later in a democratic South Africa we still have debates about women judges in the ConCourt.

    One of Jesus’ closest disciples was Mary of Magdalia, and it is clear that at that time it was not popular to be even associated with women. Jesus was not sexist, he was revolutionary in a patriarchal society. He spoke to the woman at the well, was patient with the woman with the issue of blood and this was part of the reason his counterparts did not like him.

    ISAIAH 66 verse 13: As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.’
    Above is a bible verse, where God compares himself to a mother.

    You seem to be looking at Christianity from the lens of an embittered 21st century young person who does not take into cognizance the time and setting of the periods in which the bible was written.

    It is easy to quote three or four verses about submission and make conclusions, but let as look at things holistically and be wary of hasty conclusion.

    I rest my case.

    1. Thank you sir for your response.

      Honestly, I would just like to find out how the bible empowers women and makes provision for them to be equal citizens in society. When I am in church or on the few occasions that I read the bible I get the sense that women are secondary citizens of society.

      Now, having said that, I get what you are saying about the bible being written 2000 years ago. Which is then my next point. What is the relevance of subscribing to the bible in a world that should be feminist?

      How do we apply the apply to today’s world without being literal about it? How do we interpret Women do not raise your voice to your husband positively? How do we preach this bible to women in todays world without saying hey be submissive? How do we ensure the society of the bible does not perpetuate?

      I guess thats really my question.

  2. It becomes unfortunate for you to read a few scriptures and then conclude that the bible is sexist and oppressive of woman.You fail to even mention the reason as to why the earth is called ‘mother’-earth.You claim the bible reiterates this oppressive behaviour throughout.Are you then saying just because ‘feminist movement’ is advocated and championed by majority women, it is oppressive and sexist to men? it is wrong for you to conclude on the latter that the bible is sexist.

    Just because the bible was written 2000 years ago, it does not mean it should be declared irrelevant to our current era.It applies today especially fake pastors asking women to not wear bras or panties so ‘Christ can see”.You fail to mention that the ‘Male’ Jesus warned about many fake pastors or people who read the bible with the human understanding without spiritual understanding.It is therefore misleading to claim to have read the entire bible.

    the dictionary you read your definition of ‘Submission’, you fail to reveal whether it was written by men or women.and if it was a group of men who came up with such a definition, then are you saying somehow the definition should not hold on the basis of their gender? or it should hold because it supports your unfortunate sexist conclusion against men?

    The bible warns even against misinterpretation like yours. Please fix the above mentioned concerns i put.It is okay to be concerned about meanings but it is wrong to peruse the bible and claim to have understood.maybe am wrong by saying you are ‘claiming to have read and properly understood the entire bible’.

    Therefore, your conclusion needs to be corrected on the basis of looking at the deeper meanings of the bible not based on ‘feminist approach’ or ‘partriachy unfortunate misdeeds’ but the spiritual meaning to it. and for now taken as null and void.

  3. Hi Seadimo. I hope you’re well. Just a few concerns on my part. Fyi, I’m serious about the tea 🙂
    1) nobody gets to tell anybody what they can or can’t be, especially not in the name of an ideology that advocates autonomy and inclusivity. feminism isn’t a cult. 2) you can’t pick and choose which scriptures to quote when bible-bashing and then critique them out of context. I’m not here for that kinda propaganda. 3) it’s common knowledge that the bible was written during a time when patriarchy was normal and very acceptable in society. but so was racism and homophobia and slavery and capitalism and every other evil known to us today. are christians not actively working to redress that? can you then still claim that they’re peddling oppression? You raise very valid points re church leadership and these are struggles I’ve had but ke I wanna have tea with you, President Sea. if for no other reason, then to contextualise, learn and teach. truly truly we can’t be divisive if we’re attempting to fix things

    1. Hi there,

      Thank you for your comment.

      I do agree that the bible was written during a very unfortunate time in history and that the worlds view on many things, including patriarchy, have since evolved. However, the fact of the matter is that the bible being as powerful as it is, still perpetuates certain norms and if there is a general consensus on its outdatedness, then why should it still be read. Should a new bible then not be written and taught? How does one go about deciding which scriptures are relevant and which are not? Just recently Zizipho Pae justified her homophobia using the Bible but claims to stand for black woman empowerment, two characteristics the bible strongly opposes.

      At which point do we say this is still relevant or this is oppressive? Who makes those decisions and how practical is it?

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