Jennie Chancey’s exegesis defeating Andrew Sandlin’s

What truly amazes me is that Rev. Sandlin can state so confidently that the Bible does not call a woman leaving her God-given, home-based occupation for work outside the home “sin.” While he quotes the first portion of the famous Titus 2 passage, he neglects to carry it through to the final kicker: “that the word of God may not be blasphemed” (Tit. 2:5b).

I don’t know about anyone else, but my dictionary still defines blasphemy as showing “contempt or disrespect for (God, a divine being, or sacred things), esp. in speech” and uttering “profanities, curses, or impious expressions.” The Greek word used here is blasphemeo, which is used elsewhere to refer to reviling the Holy Spirit.

It is interesting to note that St. Paul uses the word in 1 Cor. 4:13 to refer to the way the world reviles Christians, calling them “the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things.”

Are Christians to blaspheme or to encourage others to blaspheme God’s Word? St. Paul writes in Col. 3:8, “But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.”

I think we can feel fairly confident, then, that blasphemy is sin, whether it is spoken verbally or lived before a watching world.

Quote source

Chancey, J. cited in thatmom (2007). Questions for Stacy on Being a Keeper at Home and the Roles of Women. Available http://thatmom.wordpress.com/2007/12/01/questions-for-stacy-on-being-a-keeper-at-home/. Last accessed 16th Aug 2014.

 

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