My thoughts on the Southern Baptist Convention votes:

The gatekeepers are losing control. And that's a very, very good thing that we're seeing across evangelicalism.

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Leading up to the convention, I was discouraged. From what I was seeing on Twitter, @albertmohler was the frontrunner, & was considered "almost moderate", despite the fact that he tweeted approvingly about a slaveholder's view on women's subordination on Mother's Day.
I saw SBC bigwigs beat up abuse survivors on a daily basis. It looked hopeless.

I wasn't expecting an overwhelming vote investigate the enabling & covering for sexual abuse.

I wasn't expecting the most moderate candidate to win (though how moderate remains to be seen).
Ever since The Great Sex Rescue has been published, I've been trying to help people to see one big idea: Even if authors and pastors have huge platforms, if what they say is harmful, they already have--or they will soon--lose control of the conversation. The world has moved on.
We are no longer willing to say, as Emerson Eggerichs did in Love & Respect, that men have a need for sex while women don't. We're not willing to say, as Every Man's Battle did, that wives are the methadone for their husbands' sex addictions.
We're not willing to say that men's need for sex matters more than women's need for physical or emotional safety. And yet, as I've been saying this, the evangelical establishment has remained silent.

It's easy to assume that that means we aren't making any headway.

But then...
You see the sales figures for The Great Sex Rescue, and for Jesus and John Wayne, and for The Making of Biblical Womanhood, and for Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, and for A Church Called Tov, and for Redeeming Power, and for What is a Girl Worth.
Those in the pews are bypassing the traditional gatekeepers. We don't need megachurch pastors to endorse books. We don't need Focus on the Family to promote books. We can reach people in the pews ourselves.

Why? Because people in the pews don't trust the gatekeepers either.
The gatekeepers may still have their traditional platforms--their blogs; their radio shows; their pulpits. But they don't command automatic respect anymore. People have been burned. They know the church has been unhealthy. They want Jesus-centered churches and relationships.
I know The Great Sex Rescue is changing people's marriages, even though the typical ministries won't touch it with a 10-foot pole. What I didn't fully understand until this week is that this phenomenon is true throughout Christendom.
The gatekeepers have lost. The people have won. That doesn't mean the work is done; I still don't trust the SBC very much to truly address sexual abuse well. But it's at least much closer than I ever thought we would be.
The patriarchal voices can shout loudly about feminism and leftward drift and CRT and inerrancy and Sola Scriptura.

I'll keep looking at Jesus, and I'm part of an increasingly large crowd. One day, perhaps the gatekeepers will realize they're on the wrong side of the gate.

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19 Jun
Does the MODESTY debate affect BOYS? You betcha.
One thing we often overlook in the debate about teaching girls to dress "modestly" is the effect this has on the male gender. When boys hear that girls must dress modestly so that boys don't lust, they hear three things:
(1) lust is a HUGE issue for most boys;
(2) I can't control lust on my own;
(3) I'm not capable of treating girls as full human beings and as whole people unless they're dressed appropriately.
This is an extremely defeatist attitude.
Plus, even if every Christian girl dresses like the Amish, girls in the larger society won't. If you teach your son that he can only control his thoughts when women dress properly, then what is going to happen when he's at school? At the mall? Or even at the beach?
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18 Jun
A dad makes a video telling his girls that rather than wear shorts they should wear turtlenecks because “modest is hottest.”

This is wrong on so many levels.
Our survey of 20,000 women found that hearing the message “all men struggle with lust; it’s every man’s battle”—even if you don’t believe it—lowers marital satisfaction, trust in your future spouse, and arousal levels during sex.
When you are taught this message as a teen, even BEFORE you meet your future husband, your marriage and sex life will be worse.

Our girls deserve better.

And teaching girls that they are the gatekeepers for boys’ sins?
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7 May
Now that Josh Duggar has been indicted on possession of Child Sexual Abuse Materials (child porn), some depicting toddlers, we must confront the sexualization of children in evangelicalism.

Let's start with teenagers, and go all the way down to toddlers.
Shaunti Feldhahn, in For Young Women Only, tells girls "82% of boys feel little ability and little responsibility to stop the sexual progression." Telling girls that boys have "little ability" to stop legitimizes date rape and puts the blame at the girl's feet.
Furthermore, in a post to teenage girls, she warns that their date's dad will be tempted to "visually take in, linger on, and fantasize about all the details of this great body he's seeing." Let that sink in. Teens are being told that it is normal for adult men to sexualize them.
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6 May
Best-selling evangelical books instruct women to give their husbands sex to deal with their husbands’ porn addictions.

If any reporters are working on stories about Josh Duggar, I’d love to give background on how wives in these communities are told his porn use is their fault.
We just conducted the largest survey ever done of evangelical women’s marital & sexual satisfaction for our new book The Great Sex Rescue. One of the things we were looking at was the teaching, “women should have frequent sex with their husbands to keep them from watching porn."
In November 2019, Focus on the Family, in their broadcast, said the reason men watch porn is that women aren’t having enough sex. Every Man’s Battle (the book series sold 4,000,000 copies) told women they were like a “merciful vial of methadone” for him when he’s quitting porn.
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6 May
Can we talk COMPLEMENTARIANISM? What happens to marriage when couples act out the commonly taught doctrine that husbands make the final decision in marriage?

After surveying 20,000 women, we now know!

A thread with fun stats stuff:
Let's start with beliefs: 62.2% of Christian wives believe that a wife submitting to a husband's leadership is a way that she can love him. And 39.4% of wives believe that the husband should have decision-making power in the marriage.
And you know what? When women believe this, it doesn't affect their marriage. It's neutral--not good or bad.

UNLESS--and this is a big unless--they actually act it out.

You see, most people who believe this do not practice it.
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8 Apr
So @markgungor said yesterday: "At it’s core, marriage is a sexual contract. Refusing sex to your partner is a violation of the contract."

In our recent survey of 20,000 Christian women, we found that his take on sexless marriages is completely off base. Here's how.
When women (1) have high marital satisfaction; (2) frequently orgasm during intercourse; and (3) have husbands who don't use porn, marriages almost NEVER become sexless. Sexlessness is a SYMPTOM of a greater problem. Women don't suddenly up and decide to give up on sex one day.
Now there are many reasons why a marriage might become sexless. In this thread, I'm only going to address the most common scenario: She never orgasms; she feels distant from her husband; and she's one of the 16% of women who say their primary emotion after sex is "feeling used."
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