When an Oasis is Really a Mirage

Posted By on May 21, 2011

An excellent piece from The Center for Women of Faith in Culture highlights why there can be no neutrality when it comes to discipleship:

Women need to hear from other women. This is a truth impressed upon us through stories in scripture about women like Ruth & Naomi and Mary & Martha. In scripture, we see that women are called to teach and influence other women about how to live out their lives to the glory of God, and scripture illustrates well the impact of studied woman on other people in her life. The truth is, as women we are called to relationships with a purpose that invites us to a true knowledge of God which both sustains and transcends these relationships. But we might think of these relationships as an oasis, a “place’ to find rest and nourishment through the biblical truths which ground the friendship and all of the joys and other residual benefits that result.

On a larger scale in our contemporary context, women are seeking other women’s voices to speak wisdom and insight into their lives. Though we don’t endorse them, this is why organizations like NOW and other feminist student organizations continue to make such an impact on younger, college-age women. It isn’t necessarily because these women are open to their ideologies from the start, but these organizations present themselves as a resource to fill the emotional, intellectual, and professional needs of women at this particular stage in their life, no matter the faulty philosophy they seek to advance….

Recently, however, I’ve been disappointed to learn of a women’s center in Denver that could have a similar influence on the lives of women in their vicinity, being a source for wisdom from a Christian worldview, explicit or implicit. After all, their founder at the helm professes to be a Christian and has earned a Christian studies degree at a top-notch evangelical seminary. However, while receiving endorsements from other evangelical entities, this particular organization has opted for a pluralistic approach in its mission to women.

Read the entire piece HERE.

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Jennie is the wife of Matthew and mother of ten children, all of whom keep the household bubbling with life, learning, and levity. Jennie co-founded LAF in 2002 with Lydia Sherman and has been delighted to hear from women all over the world who enjoy their femininity and love to cultivate womanly virtues.

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3 Responses to “When an Oasis is Really a Mirage”

  1. Amy says:

    You find all kinds of good articles that I don’t think I would have stumbled upon on my own. I’m so thankful for your site!

    I’d read about Pomegranate Place on another blog, but it was helpful to read this in-depth article about it. I went to a college in my hometown and fortunately had the guidance of my family, my home church and of a couple who served in a really wonderful campus ministry. Instead of being drawn into shamanism, neo-paganism and all of the other dark -isms that this center seems to be pushing on seekers, I was challenged and strengthened in my faith. I think it’s sad that an evangelical seminary would support this sort of center and sadder still that college students in many schools really don’t have anywhere to turn for guidance and mentoring from more mature believers.

  2. adam says:

    It should be pointed out that Naomi was a widow so Ruth did not have anyone else to give her advice in this situation and she did take Naomi’s advice. I think you need a balanced approach in women should seek advice from both genders and older male relatives and not just women. In other stories you had fathers giving advice to their daughter or other relatives giving advice. In the story of Esther it was Mordechai, Esther’s Uncle who told Esther that she did have to risk her life for her own people. In the story in the beginning of Exodus you had Tzippora’s father telling the daughters to bring the man that helped them draw water from the well. Naomi did show herself to be noble and caring about Ruth’s interest in telling her the difficulty of her being able to get married which of course one of the daughters went back to her people which was very unselfish of Naomi because it would be in her best interest to want the daughter in laws to go with her as not to go alone as a widow and with no children either.

  3. Absolutely true, Adam, but I think this was written in the context of Titus 2, where older women are commanded to teach younger women. There are topics about which only a woman can teach another woman (pregnancy, childbirth, many aspects of marriage, etc.). Seeking advice or counsel should definitely involve “a multitude of counselors,” just as Scripture says, but there is a place for women seeking the teaching or counsel of other women exclusively. The point is that this teaching should not come from pagans or unqualified women who do not even share our beliefs or believe in the Scriptures. Thanks for the comment!

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