Ha Ha woman what you gonna do?
You destroyed all the virtues the Lord gave you.
~ Electric Light Orchestra, Evil Woman, 1975
While attendees of various independent fundamental Baptist churches, my wife and I dressed the part – well – she did more than I. To be honest, all I had to do was shave and wear a coat & tie; she, on the other hand, had much more to worry about – top to bottom – bra to hose.
Oh – and “open-back” shoes?
(NOTE: This had to be a rule made up by an IFB pastor with a foot fetish. See 10 Religious Rules of Life Rule # 1.)
I’ve heard some very strange sermons about what women should or should not wear. On the “wear” list – full slips and high collars. On the “do not wear” list – ankle bracelets, toe rings and bikini panties.
So, when 20/20 played snippets of Hiles-Anderson College Chancellor Dr. Jack Schaap preaching the following:
“…no time for cooking! No time for cleaning! No time for loving! No time for the husband!”
“It irritates and bothers me when I see when a man falls in love with a beautiful thing that God made and then she just lets herself go. You keep what you were when you caught that man and you stay at that. I’m not mad at anybody here – I’m just amazed at how it doesn’t matter to you! You don’t try at all! Good grief! Touch that man’s heart! Keep that man’s heart! Motivate that man! Inspire him to do something big for God!!”
“The only inspiration some of you are is, ‘Bring home another box of doughnuts’” ~ transcript of Dr. Jack Schaap preaching, from ABC News 20/20, 04-08-11
It all sounded very familiar – and it reminded me of a book I have on my shelf entitled Sex Love & Romance; Sex Education from the Bible (written by Hugh F. Pyle, D.D., LL.D, published by A Beka Books, a division of Pensacola Christian College, 2004) – a book intended for “12 to 17” year-old students being home-schooled or in a Christian school, according to the book’s foreword.
Yes – I know – the title is backwards. Most people know that, under normal circumstances, “romance” comes first, then “love”, then “sex” – but the book has been published since 1989 in at least two editions by A Beka Books, so I seriously doubt if the name will be changed or at the very least, reversed.
Let me give you a few quotes and see if they sound familiar…
“You’ll be smart to find a girl who knows her way around the kitchen and is interested in cooking, homemaking and serving. Today many a young woman has a career, pleasure and dollar signs in front of her eyes; such modern ‘gold diggers’ will sadly disappoint a young man who wants a real wife…” ~ p.17
“God would have girls to be dainty, sweet, lovely and feminine. He wants boys to be real boys – not half-girl or effeminate wimps.” ~ p.19
“…the only women you would ever see wearing men’s clothes in public would be women of the street. The cheap harlot or dance hall floozy might so dress.” ~ p.19
“…women should be careful not to dress in sensually provocative clothes (such as shorts, miniskirts, long-slit or open skirts, low-neck dresses, skimpy bathing suits, etc.) ~ p. 46
“When people honor God and believe the Bible, it is understood that the boy is to be the aggressor…it is considered improper for the girl to ‘chase’ the boy.” ~ p.20
“…girls need to be modest and be careful not to lead a boy on…girls need to be careful how they walk, talk and touch, as well as how they dress.” ~ p.20
“…young men don’t want to marry someone who is ‘second hand’ who has been pawed over and mauled by other boys before she got around to you.” ~ p.16
“God has placed the man in the first place of responsibility. God made man first, then woman. He puts the man at the head of the home, in the pulpit of the church and usually at the helm of governments.” ~ p. 102
Also, comments on an oldie, but a goodie – dancing:
“It is impossible to separate sex and the dance… Dancing is worldly; it is sensual, suggestive and arouses beastly appetites.” ~ p. 43
(NOTE: My wife says that I can certainly “separate sex and the dance” – I have absolutely no sense of rhythm and the only way “the dance” would lead to sex would be by accident. Really – like if we both tripped and fell down.)
On other religions:
“There are certain religions who have ‘priests’ who are ‘forbidden to marry’… Nowhere in the Bible does God say that the priest should never marry; it was the ‘seducing spirits and the doctrine of devils’ that gave such a command…” ~ p. 180
And, of course, homosexuality:
“More recently, AIDS has come on the scene. In America (as in most countries) the disease started among the homosexuals, whom the Bible calls sodomites… In these last days before the return of the Lord, sodomites are increasing in number and boldness… God is merciful. He gives ‘space to repent.’ To deter people from this sin, He has in these last days visited the lands that have many sodomites with a horrible plague or pestilence called AIDS… As the homosexuals have ‘come out of the closet’ (as they put it)…more and more of them have been stricken with AIDS.” ~ pp. 38, 39
The quote about AIDS reminded me of another A Beka home-school textbook, Genesis – First Things written by Dr. Beka Horton, published in 2006. This text is designed for juniors and seniors in high school – and on page 97 presents a whole new take on “the curse of Ham.”
“Later, when Noah awoke from his drunkenness, he knew ‘what his younger son had done unto him’ (Gen 9:24). The verb ‘done’ perhaps indicates that Ham committed sodomy, an immoral act, with his father.” ~ p. 97
Like I said – a totally unique view – and one I’ve never heard or read before – homosexual incest. Yikes.
Okay – that may explain the curse.
But – what about Noah being drunk? We can’t let the Old Man off the hook, can we? Doesn’t Noah share some of the blame along with Ham, the “dad-loving” son?
“Noah planted a vineyard, and when the grapes were ripe, he made grape juice. After the juice sat around for a while, it fermented… Noah drank the fermented juice (wine) and became drunk. Noah was unaware that the processes of life had greatly accelerated after the Flood, causing the juice to ferment more quickly than before the Flood.” ~ p. 96
Well, there you have it.
Noah had no idea.
“It’ll be a cold day in Hell before I listen to a woman tell me about theology!” ~ Dr. Jack Schaap, as heard on ABC News 20/20, 04-08-2011.
Maybe Dr. Schaap was referring to Dr. Beka Horton…?
If so, he may have a point.