Friday, April 15, 2016

Feminism Destroys Marriage

Examine the commonly held view of marriage, and of the marriage state and relationship.  You see it in the cartoons, you see it in the reports of the cases in the courts, you see it, I say again, in the popular jokes.  Why should it be thus?  How has this come to be so current?  It is because of this completely wrong view of what marriage really means.  Today the whole question has become aggravated because of the modern notions of equality between men and women resulting from the so-called feminist movement.  This has aggravated the whole problem; and it makes the subject we are dealing with particularly urgent at the present time.  There has been this modern movement of feminism which claims that men and women are equal in every respect, and that there should be no division or distinction at all, but complete equality.  Now while, on the one hand, there are aspects of that teaching with which any Christian man, leave alone any sane intelligent man, must agree with the whole of his being, on the other hand, taking it in general, and as a principle, it goes against the plain teaching of the Scripture at this point.  It is without any question the cause of much confusion, much trouble, and much damage, not only to the marriage state, but also to the family as a fundamental unit in life.  The result is that discipline has gone, order has gone, and children are not given a chance.  Why?  Because their parents are not in the right relationship to one another; and the child is bewildered at seeing this competition, this conflict, where there should be unity.  This modern feminist movement has tended to becloud the whole issue; and, alas! it seems even to be seeping into the thinking of many who call themselves evangelical, and who claim to believe in the Scripture as the infallible Word of God and our only authority.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Life in the Spirit in Marriage, Home & Work: An Exposition of Ephesians 5:18-6:9, pg.96-97

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