Having been raised Independent Baptist and promptly rejecting the abundance of legalism that is perpetuated by that sect of Baptists, this particular story really hits home.
The BUCU is maintaining, God told them that women shouldn’t be the main speakers at an event unless their husband is there with them and they tag-team it.
President of the BUCU, Matt Oliver offers these statements:
“It is ok for women to teach in any CU setting… However we understand that this is a difficult issue for some and so decided that women would not teach on their own at our weekly CU meetings, as the main speaker on our Bristol CU weekend away, or as our main speaker for mission weeks.
“But a husband and wife can teach together in these.”
Oliver then warns the society members to “guard the way we all talk about it in the coming weeks, making sure we’re not gossiping”.
Why is this a difficult issue for some? Would they like to maintain, a woman holding multiple degrees in a subject still isn’t qualified to speak on that topic because of her nether-hardware?
Apparently the thought of women teaching anything was so distressing that international secretary James Howlett, who, according to Oliver, felt he “cannot support the decision on women teaching”.
Who are these people and why are they in positions where they can make decisions that affect other people’s lives?
I don’t see how they can think a woman teaching a class to a group of men and women could in anyway be in opposition to the any Biblical definition of authority.
This is the statement released by Oliver told The Huffington Post UK the society had now released a statement saying: “Bristol University Christian Union has no formal position on the role of men and women in the church. We respect those of our members who hold strong Biblical convictions in this area and seek to find the most practical way of expressing this inclusivity.”
This is distressing on many different levels, especially the one where – if someone is going to put the time in to become an expert on a topic and then be denied the forum to speak about it, look at the amount of knowledge that institution is losing by limiting it’s speakers, instructors to being men. What happens if a woman is single? Does she have to get her Dad or older brother to stand by and lend her credibility so God doesn’t go on a lightening spree and start toasting people?
Why BUCU? What are you thinking?