While I was waiting to pick up my wife from work the other day, I tuned in to the local public radio station. A woman was going to discuss “America’s Christian culture and it’s patriarchy and misogyny.” Her words made me sit up and take notice. They set off warning bells. Christianity was under attack. I immediately knew why she was repeating this lie: Abortion. Men, of course, domineering patriarchal Christians who hate women, want to rule over them and render them powerless. They want to prevent them from making choices about their own bodies. Oppressive males want women to suffer and bear children they do not want.

These evil pronouncements no longer surprise me. Such misled individuals will quote this passage from Scripture to support their claims:

“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands” (Ephesians 5:22–24).1

Of course, they fail to quote the verses that immediately follow:

“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body” (Ephesians 5:25–30).

Should it surprise us that those who deny Jesus should try to hide the truth? No. Not at all. Here’s what the Lord God Almighty says about this:

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them” (Romans 1:18–19).

The devil, who inspires such lies and accusations against Christians, is a liar.

Jesus said of him,

“He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44b).

Satan doesn’t care that babies are destroyed. On the contrary, that is his will. He is a murderer. It is no wonder those who suppress the truth in our country will manipulate language, twist the truth of God, and ignore realities to claim that Christian patriarchy is evil, and that Christian men hate women. It should not shock us that they actually believe that women have the right to murder their own children, and that their right to choice is more important than the right for their babies to live. It shouldn’t shock us because their foolish hearts are darkened.

Please pray for those who inhabit these evil realms. They think their lives have meaning because they are battling for a great and just cause. Instead, their cause will only bring then spiritual death and inflict death upon others. Pray that the Lord will be merciful, forgive them, and cause them to be born again. Then they will be set free from the lies of the devil and set free to know the wondrous truth of God and Jesus our Savior.

1All Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (2016). Crossway Bibles.

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