Gynocentric interruptions of Scripture–have you ever heard of such a thing? Well, you have now because Aimee Byrd has made sure that you did. What once wasn’t even a thought is now, according to Aimee, an important part of Scripture.
And we’ve bought into it.
Bought into what, you might ask? Gynocentric interruptions…what is that?
Oh, not to worry. It’s a teaching that clearly falls within the historic biblical faith. I mean, after all, don’t you remember Martin Luther talking about it? John Calvin? Or what about John Owen?
Yeah, it’s because they never even heard of gynocentric interruptions of Scripture and neither had anybody else. Until recently, that is, when Aimee Byrd discovered there was such a thing as, wait for it, gynocentric… oh… yeah, you got it already.
So, these gy…uhm…the female voice interruptions in Scripture (don’t you feel a little bit dumber having read that?)…I have a secret for you that really isn’t a secret: Gynocentric interruptions of Scripture? Yeah, they don’t exist.
They have never existed.
The story of Scripture
The only voice that matters in Scripture is God’s. The entire story of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation is about Jesus. It’s not about anyone else. The Old Testament points to Jesus and the New Testament reveals Him.
The entirety of Scripture is the story of the Christ. Everything that is in Scripture points to Christ. All of it.
The “voices” Aimee writes about don’t exist and gynocentric interruptions simply don’t matter. Neither do white, black, brown, trans, gay, or any other kind of voices or interruptions.
Aimee Byrd is a member of the OPC. She’s been a blogger and an author for a number of years. I’ve been reading her since right after she got her start. From pretty much the beginning, I saw problems with her theology. It just seemed so…uhm…feminist.
But, I was assured that Aimee is and was and always will be anything but a feminist. She’s solid, I was told. You can trust her.
So, I kept reading. Perhaps I misunderstood. Perhaps, if I was right in my concerns, she would correct her trajectory. But, no. Each book, each article, was worse than the last.
Aimee has leaned heavily on feminists and egalitarians for her research. She readily admits this. They have good things to say, she says. They write about things that the more conservative among us aren’t writing about.
I wonder why that is?
Where she leads
Aimee has many, many followers. She’s the leading female voice in the Reformed Presbyterian church. And she’s stirring up a hot mess.
You know what? Many women are buying into it.
1 Timothy 2: 11-15, Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.
Many in the church are biblically illiterate. This makes it easy to dupe us. I say this with love for the Lord and out of concern for my sisters: Be careful who you read and what you believe. Make absolutely sure that those women and men from whom you get your theology, that their writings line up with Scripture.
Read your Bible. Get to know it so well that you can identify false teachings.
If only Aimee did this….
I have no doubt that Aimee thinks she’s teaching truth but the teachers she’s learned from didn’t teach truth. Don’t make her mistake.
We mustn’t sell out, sisters. We must not trade the beautiful place appointed to us by the Lord, that of wife, mother, and keeper of our home, for…what exactly? For lies about how important women are? How our voices matter? And we can do anything we want to do, especially that which men can do except–and this is really important–women can do it better. Is that really what we need to hear?
small a apostle
Is it really what God said?
Well, sure. See Scripture is just loaded with all of these gynocentric interruptions that point to how important women are so we know women are important because God said so. After all, He appointed all these small a apostles in the form of the women at the tomb to be apostles to the Apostles.
So said Aimee.
Aimee is being used to introduce full blown egalitarianism and feminism into the church. She is a change agent. The change she is bringing about is dangerous to your souls.
Aimee claims Biblical manhood and Biblical womanhood don’t matter as such. It’s whatever we do as a Christian man or woman that makes it biblical manhood or womanhood so….
It all leads back to egalitarianism. Feminism.
All because of all those gynocentric interruptions.
James 1: 15, Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
The Reformed church is under attack. Women like Coleen Sharp, Aimee Byrd, Christine Pack, Rachel Green Miller, and several others are at the forefront of a movement that is pushing egalitarianism. Through their efforts, the line in the sand is being erased. They’re winning because too many of us are blind to the danger.
They’re also winning because the husbands, pastors, and elders who ought to be standing up to these women and telling them to stop, aren’t.
Those who ought to care enough for their souls and ours, aren’t doing their jobs.
What Aimee and company claim as essential truth is something hitherto unknown in the reformed church. My question to you is this: How then can this narrative of gynocentric interruptions and all the faux doctrine that goes with it be so essential if it wasn’t part of the church’s teachings from the time of the reformation until now?
Egalitarianism is against the clear teachings of Scripture and against the historic teachings of the church. The Lord tells us just the opposite of what these ladies, others like them, and the men who are enabling and encouraging them would have us to believe.
Scripture teaches us just the opposite of what those who are pushing the idea of gynocentric interruptions would have us blindly accept. All that matters, or has ever mattered, is God’s voice. It’s His Word, and His voice, His commands that make up Scripture. To God’s people that is where it must begin and end.
Once the church knew this.
Did God really say?
Eve listened to Satan when he asked “Did God really say?” Too many of us are listening still. But these voices we’re listening to are leading us away from God.
Aimee Byrd is teaching false doctrine. Sure, some will get angry at me for saying so. I might lose friends for saying this. But that’s alright. I have friends who have lost friends for standing up to Aimee. I’ll stand with them and they with me. But if we see the truth, it’s our job to warn those who don’t.
I’ve been warned by others about other things. I’ve learned truth from those who cared enough to write and to speak. So I beg you: If you are reading Aimee, or listening to Aimee, stop. She’s teaching false doctrine.
God’s Word for today
God’s Word for today is what God’s Word has always been and to claim otherwise is to fall into sin. Yet that’s what the progressives, egalitarians, thin complementarians, well to be honest–complementarians in general, and feminists in our midst are doing.
2 Peter 3: 16b, There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.
1 Peter 3: 4, 4 but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.
Sisters, let us repent. May we listen only to the Lord and not to those voices that would lead us astray. Let’s be women with gentle and quiet spirits, happy in the sphere that the Lord has placed us in rather than wanna be feminists traipsing about seeking the gynocentric interruptions of Scripture.
Gynocentric interruptions? Or just the voice of Satan saying “Hath God really said?”