"The interview with Dr. Moore was worthwhile. At least he presented a better, kinder, gentler complementarianism. The problem is that there is still no bend to the position; it is as legalistic and hidebound as Phariseeism, if more kindly put."
When Dr. Russell Moore's interview with the palterers* of Molech Today's womyn's blog was published on the very same day he was elected president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, I was a bit worried. When I read the interview, I was even more worried. I posted a link to the interview to my email group, using the following question as a subject line:
Why does CBMW bother?
I was taken to task by several, including a friend of Russ Moore's, for being unfair and too harsh. Referring to my experience on both sides of this battle - and as far as I have been able to determine my experience is utterly unique - I said I didn't think I was being harsh at all. In fact, men previously associate with CBMW had resigned their association with the group over what is seen as kidd glove treatment of their feminist opponents. In a response to one of those gentlemen in the email group, I wrote the following (edited for typos):
I don't know how Moore can even think that they are not about destroying Scripture when CBE publishes bloggers that deny the Trinity, slander CBMW-ers on a regular basis (claiming they support, enable and encourage wife-beating), and profess to worship "godde". I've watched seminaries, parachurch ministries, denominations and the publishing industry fall like dominoes over this. Then there is also CBMW's inexcusably glowing obituary for Cathie Kroeger - a woman who had dedicated the last decades of her life to destroying Scripture and who giggled about her scholarly shenanigans as well!
The Egalitarians will smell blood and go in for the kill. I know I would have. And God knows what will or will not be gained, though I may never know. . . .
But Dr. Moore is a gentleman, even a Southern gentleman, and knows better than to hit a lady. I do rather hope he never forgets that, but I wish he would also grant that there may be a time to take that same lady (read: religious feminist) by the shoulders, sit her down and impart a few home truths about what she is doing to Holy Scripture. Because it only took a few days to show I was right in my assessment that the feminists would see this interview as a moment of weakness. You can't win by gentlemanly discourse, and you can't show weakness in the face of an opponent who seeks your death - just ask the State of Israel what those "land for peace" deals have gained them.
The quote at the top is from the discussion thread following Moore's interview, written by a feminist pastor. As Irenic as Dr. Moore was in that interview, he is still seen as a legalist and a pharisee.
So, I'll ask it one more time:
Why does CBMW bother?
*look that up in your Funk and Wagnall's