Male-female relationships: A Tale of Two … counterbalances

Well, I have just been reading the responses on Facebook to a post made by John Piper, and it’s occurred to me that a great number of people out there in the ‘Christian’ world have a fairly poor grasp on Genesis!
The bold but unfortunate Rev Piper said something I thought was very wise about Galatians 5 … I hope he’ll forgive me for quoting him here …
 “The fruit of the Spirit have a feminine feel. And God delights in the man wise enough to bear them, by the Spirit.
 Mortification of sin is a very masculine sport. And God delights in women who love to hunt.”

You can check out this link ( and see whether YOU think he’s got that right or not!

The responses to Piper in my opinion revealed a lot of guys in ‘church’ making over-strong responses … threatened sounding responses that were anti-woman or anti-recognition of characteristic (though not UNIVERSAL!) male weaknesses.
Let’s face it.

Woman was actually DESIGNED in Genesis 2:18 – not to row at or brow beat with our vision of things (nor vice versa!) but to be different and to see things differently from the male of the species. In fact in the Hebrew expression used there ‘ezer means ‘helper’ and keneghdo means ‘counterbalance’. God designed difference into the system to create a positively helpful ‘creative tension’ in it!

Now … if we can just get to grips with the fact that this is the way God MEANT it to be, we might be able to do something to work with the complimentary God gave us and try to bless each other a bit more with it all the while our fallenness threatens to poison it … eh?


About welshrev

Simon is a church planting pastor and Rural Chaplain based at Grace Church Llandeilo and serving the Heart of Wales. He has a Facebook page as Rev Simon Bowkett and the Grace Church website has lots of information and resources at Facebook page is 'Grace Christian Community Llandeilo' ... you would be welcome to drop by there for a chat!
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