The Daily Telegraph reports a vicar in the UK (a conservative Evangelical) who has preached a sermon which has outraged some in his congregation (apparently – this is from the reporters perspective. He is reported as saying that “Wives must submit to their husbands in everything in recognition of the fact that husbands are the head of the family as Christ is head of the church.” He goes on to say “This is the way God has ordered their relationships with each other and Christian marriage cannot function well without it.”
If THIS IS what he said, then he is absolutely wrong – and his women parishioners SHOULD be outraged. As a conservative evangelical (reformed) christian I get SO frustrated when preachers misrepresent the headship theology. A wife IS to submit to her husband – but that husband must be dying for his wife day by day. Wives submit to your husbands – husbands love your wife as Christ loved the church. THE TWO COMMANDS GO TOGETHER. Why, why do preachers NEVER mention the husbands responsibility to love his wife as christ loved the church. And if a husband is NOT doing this (and thus sinning and disobeying God) why does he demand his wife submit. And if a husband IS loving his wife as CHrist loved the church then his wife will almost certainly HAPPILY and WILLINGLY submit to him.