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“If I ever meet him I’ll probably sock him in the face” said Jen Wilkin, Redefining Rahab, part 3

By Elizabeth Prata

Annotation2019-12-21110301This 3-part series looks at Jen Wilkin’s “Redefining Rahab” lessons from 2014 and 2018. We have a background & intro part 1, a look at her gender emphasis in the Rahab lesson part 2, and finally this essay, part 3, a look at her academic ethics & her situational ethics from that Rahab lesson. Continue reading ““If I ever meet him I’ll probably sock him in the face” said Jen Wilkin, Redefining Rahab, part 3″

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“If I ever meet him I’ll probably sock him in the face” said Jen Wilkin, Redefining Rahab, part 2

By Elizabeth Prata

I wrote a 3-part series on Mrs Wilkin, looking at her overall ministry here, herehere. It got long, so I promised to follow up with some specifics from her Rahab teaching lesson. This is that series.

Part 1 here

Part 3 here

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The Rahab lesson

Mrs Wilkin teaches expositionally through books. This is good. She has taught through Joshua recently and also in 2014. In the section concerning Rahab, Wilkin preached a gender message. I am sad to report this. I was fairly shocked with Wilkin’s attitude Continue reading ““If I ever meet him I’ll probably sock him in the face” said Jen Wilkin, Redefining Rahab, part 2″

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“If I ever meet him I’ll probably sock him in the face” said Jen Wilkin, Redefining Rahab, part 1

By Elizabeth Prata

Introduction

  • Some people come into the church with mal-intent from the start (Galatians 2:4; 2 Peter 2:1; Jude 1:4).
  • Some people who’ve come to faith unknowingly accept false doctrine. (Galatians 1:7).
  • Some believers, due to fear, or apathy, or not knowing what to do, put up with false apostles. (2 Corinthians 11:20 and as a result start to be swayed. (Galatians 2:13)

Falsity spreads its tentacles no matter how it comes, secretly, openly, or when it is known but not opposed. It upsets the faith of some, destroys whole families, and pollutes the church, drawing away its disciples into darkness.

Though it is a heavy responsibility and a constant challenge, incorrect or false teaching must be identified and rejected. It does get wearisome for people to constantly see this one or that one called out as drifting, false, or a heretic. It’s disappointing too. But we must persist. Keep Christ’s name spotless and His faith pure.

Incorrect or false teaching sometimes doesn’t start out as false. It sometimes starts off as good. But without course corrections, satan can take something good and twist it. (2 Peter 3:16). That may be happening with Jen Wilkin.

She admitted in an interview that her foremost motivation is not to teach the Bible to women, it is that she wants women to see what’s possible when a woman teaches them the Bible. It’s gender, not Christ. She said, “One of the most important things that I do when I travel around the country and teach the Bible is actually not that I teach the Bible. It’s that I show up looking like a woman and teach the Bible. Because a lot of women see only men do that.” Underline mine. There is nothing more important than teaching the Bible, for a man or a woman. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

This 3-part series looks at Jen Wilkin’s “Redefining Rahab” lessons from 2014 and 2018. Part 1 is background & intro, part 2 is a look at her emphasis in the Rahab lesson, and part 3  is a look at her academic ethics & her situational ethics.
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Jen Wilkin bio

Jen Wilkin hit the public scene with her freshman 2014 book, Women of the Word. She is a member of Matt Chandler’s Village Church, and is an Executive Director of Bible Studies at The Village Church Institute, a discipling/teaching arm of the church. Jen writes Bible studies and teaches. She is a nationally known author, and is a sought-after speaker for conferences, podcasts, and other settings. Jen is a wife and mother of 4 adult children.

Jen has stated often that she is a complementarian, and wishes to teach women only, strengthening them in their theological understanding. She decries books “that look like their covers were painted with estrogen”, lol, and pushes for a strong foundation for women in their beliefs. To that end, Jen has made her career and ministry focus by writing books and touring the conference circuit with that message.

However in the past series I wrote, I demonstrated that Wilkin’s complementarianism is in word only. Functionally, she teaches the Bible to men, she trains male pastoral staff, male missionaries and male church planters, (frequently on gender issues), and she speaks before mixed audiences even on a Sunday pulpit.

As we see with ministries with a singular focus, such as end time ministries, ‘deliverance’ ministries, or discernment ministries, the more singular and narrow focus the ministry’s theme is, the more easily it can be twisted away from its center and into something that over time goes far afield from orthodoxy. With Wilkin’s ever more narrowing focus on women and gender, I believe that is what might be happening with Wilkin.

I wrote a 3-part series on Mrs Wilkin, looking at her overall ministry here, here, here. It got long, so I promised to follow up with some specifics from her Rahab teaching lesson. This is that series.

Next, Part 2

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Today’s Bible Reading: The Scarlet Thread through the Bible

Her are some thoughts based on today’s Bible reading according to the Michael Coley Bible reading Plan, Joshua 1-5. I published the following essay about 5 years ago, in March 2013. It’s been excerpted to remove the discernment lesson about the television series The Bible, but you can read the original article here.

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The article below is on Dr. Adrian Rogers’ website “Love Worth Finding.”  Dr. Rogers is in heaven now with the Lord, but his work remains and continues to bear fruit for the kingdom.

The Scarlet Thread through the Bible
Dr. Adrian Rogers

Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us down by…and whosoever shall be with thee in the house, his blood shall be on our head, if any hand be upon him. Joshua 2:18-19

Rahab, the woman spoken to in this passage, was a harlot in the city of Jericho. As the Israelites came to possess the land, her city was destined for destruction — and she along with it. But she was delivered, and her life transformed, simply by tying a scarlet cord in her window.

This cord represented the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, and it pointed toward the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. In fact, all of the Bible is about Jesus Christ and His blood redemption, and you will find this scarlet thread throughout the Word of God.

The Prophecy of the Blood

From the very beginning of human history, it is revealed. When Adam and Eve sinned, God shed innocent blood in order to make them clothes from animal skins (Genesis 3:21). This is a picture of the covering of righteousness that we receive when the Lord Jesus Christ died for us.

In Genesis four we read that Adam and Eve had two sons, Cain and Abel. They instinctively wanted to worship God. Cain sacrificed the fruit of the ground. Abel had already learned that God demanded blood, so he brought a lamb. God accepted the blood of Abel’s lamb, but He did not accept Cain’s offering. Why? Because “without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin” (Hebrews 9:22).

And God told Abraham to sacrifice his long-awaited son Isaac (Genesis 22). Just before Abraham plunged the dagger into the quivering heart of his son, an angel stopped him. Abraham saw a ram caught in a thicket. Isaac was set free, but an innocent animal’s blood was shed instead.

Then, God wanted to deliver His people from bondage in the land of Egypt. On the night of the Passover, God instructed each house to slay a lamb and put the blood on their door. God said in Exodus 12:13, “When I see the blood, I will pass over you.”

And in the tabernacle and later in the temple, thousands upon thousands of sheep, oxen, and turtle doves were killed and their blood spilt as sacrifices for sin.

And finally, the Lord Jesus Christ died upon the cross. His death was the fulfillment of all the prophecy and promises. Revelation 13:8 proclaims that He was slain before the foundation of the world. He came to die; He planned to die; He lived to die; and He was born to die.

Blood is throughout Scripture, but what does Christ’s blood mean to us?

The Power of the Blood

His blood redeems us. There was a price against us that we could not pay, but the blood of Jesus redeemed us. 1 Peter 1:18-19 says, “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things…. But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”

His blood brings us into fellowship with God. According to Ephesians 2:13, “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.” Without the blood of Christ, man is a long way from God.

His blood makes peace with God. Man, by nature, is at war with God; and we can only come to God on His peace terms — the blood atonement. The Bible says in Colossians 1:20, “And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself….”

His blood cleanses. Not only does it remove the punishment of sin, it removes the pollution. I don’t care what sin you’ve committed; “the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin (1 John 1:7).

His blood gives power over the devil. It’s the blood that Satan fears. Revelation 12:11 says, “And they overcame him [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb….” The devil doesn’t want you to learn about the blood. He hates it!

Before this planet was ever swung into space, God had determined in His heart that He would send His Son to die upon the cross. How wonderful it is to trace the scarlet thread of the blood of Christ woven throughout the Bible! How much more wonderful to experience its redemption personally. Praise God for the blood of His Lamb!

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I want you to understand how important the Old Testament is. The scarlet thread runs throughout it. There are pictures and shadows and copies of the Messiah to come. See these verses-

Hebrews 8:5
They serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things. For when Moses was about to erect the tent, he was instructed by God, saying, “See that you make everything according to the pattern that was shown you on the mountain.”

Hebrews 9:24
For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.

Hebrews 10:1
Christ’s Sacrifice Once for All – For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near.

The Old Testament as well as the New Testament is beneficial for all edification, correction, and reproof. Think about the scarlet thread that runs through the entire Bible…and the power of the Blood.