This pastor is really upset with some men, men who should know better according to him.
Apparently Beth Moore and the three men with her were taking turns reading from a Bible passage at a conference run by a man. Even though she is merely reading at this point, and in company with three times as many men as women on the stage, and under the leadership of the man who organized the conference, it is too much for Mr. Miano (who describes himself as an international evangelist). This is blatant egalitarianism as far as he’s concerned: she’s exercising way too much authority for a woman and those men would have done better to boot her off the stage. How dare they let a woman read Scripture in public!
I wonder what Mr. Miano does with Bible passages that show women exercising much more authority than Ms. Moore does, because here’s what I think happens when people follow the type of patriarchy taught by Mr. Miano:
- Mary’s Magnificat is a song by a woman so I’m supposed to skip those verses when I read the Bible, right? (Luke 1:46-55.)
- Samaritan men shouldn’t have listened to the woman at the well tell them of Jesus because she’s a woman, right? (John 4:28-30, 39.)
- Anna should’ve kept quiet when she saw baby Jesus in the temple because women aren’t supposed to speak in church. (Luke 2:36-38.)
- Tamar never should have told Judah to provide her a child. Who is she to tell her father-in-law how to run the family? (Genesis 38.)
- Abigail never should have helped David, right? She should have supported her husband Nabal even if he was wrong! (1 Samuel 25.)
- Pilate was right not to heed his wife’s warnings about harming Jesus. After all, she’s not the husband in that family! (Matthew 27:15-26.)
- I bet if King Josiah knew his officials were going to ask Huldah – a woman! – for advice, he’d have never let them do it. (2 Kings 22:11-20.)
- The church would be so much better off if the apostles had just refused to listen to Mary talk about the empty tomb. (John 20:1-10.)
- No wonder Philip’s daughters weren’t married. He let them prophesy? What kind of father was he, for crying out loud! (Acts 21:8-9.)
- When Peter told the crowd in Acts 2 that women would prophesy, he must have meant only to other women. (Acts 2:14-21.)
- Mary told the wedding servants to listen to Jesus. How could she exercise authority over them?! (John 2:1-11.)
- When Jesus said even the rocks would shout out praise to him, he meant only the boy rocks, right? (Luke 19:39-40.) At least in public?
These seem extreme, but what else does Mr. Miano’s tweet mean except that any public declaration of Christ by a woman under any circumstance where men are present is not allowed?
And that’s the problem with patriarchy: it hinders the gospel, it stifles the word of God, and it’s just plain wrong.