Teaching the Bible is now sensational! Recently VICAR Angus MacLeay offended his parishioners by encouraging women to "be silent" and "submit" to their husbands while teaching from Ephesians 5. His letterlet that was given to the church said that women should "be silent" and "submit" to their husbands. The leaflet, entitled "The Role of Women in the Local Church", adds that wives should "submit to their husbands in everything". It continues: "Wives are to submit to their husbands in everything in recognition of the fact that husbands are head of the family as Christ is head of the church. well without it. "
Dozens of women have canceled their subscriptions at St Nicholas Church in Sevenoaks, Kent, where married MacLeay is rector after the leaflet was handed out.
The uproar from the church members was spectacular. One female member of the church said she was "disgusted" by the sermon, adding: "How can they talk that way in the 21st Century? No wonder the church is losing touch if this is the kind of gobbledegook they want us to believe in I will not be going back to that church and will have to seriously consider my faith if this is the nonsense they are spouting now. "
Another, who did not want to be named, said: "We're supposed to let our husbands talk for us and remain silent? What kind of medieval sermon is that – we are not in the 15th Century. direct debit to the church. "
Reverend Mark Oden, a married father-of-three, told the congregation: "We know marriage is not working. We only need to look at figures – one in four children have divorced parents. Wives, submit to your own husbands."
He added, "I did not set out to unnecessarily offend people, but I stand by what God has said in his word the Bible."
Commenting on the story which was reported in the British newspaper, The Sun, a man from Ohio said "It's amazing how many people get upset when the Bible is preached. quick to distance themselves from the one who said it. "
The Ephesians 5 does indeed state that women are to submit to their husbands, but is only half of the story. The husband has the responsibility of loving his wife in the same manner that Christ loved the church. If one focuses on the instructions for wives without taking into account the dual-responsibility of mutual submission and care, tempers will flare. Just ask Vicar Angus MacLeay.