Christine O’Donnell, Circa 1998: A Wife Should ‘Graciously Submit’ to Her Husband

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Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Since she won the Republican primary on Tuesday, tea party favorite Christine O’Donnell’s take on premarital sexual relations have become abundantly clear. But in a June 1998 CNN appearance, she indicated that her views are equally strong on the structure of relationships among married couples.

O’Donnell’s CNN interview came right after the Southern Baptists took a hard-line, conservative turn at their conference in Salt Lake City. At the meeting, the group added a resolution to their statement of beliefs that said a wife should ”submit herself graciously” to her husband.

Two days after the conference accepted the resolution, O’Donnell, president of the Savior’s Alliance for Lifting the Truth (SALT), defended the language. Responding to CNN host Mary Tillotson, O’Donnell argued that God designed family structures as such so that wives should be subservient to the leadership of their husbands.

O’Donnell’s comments according to a transcript of the appearance, found via LexisNexis:

OK, this is not about merely a Baptist doctrine. This is a biblical doctrine. And the passage from the Bible the Baptist article is taken from talks about a submissive family. And yet, what the media seems to be reacting to is the word “submit” in the wives. But yet, even in, Mary, your introduction, you ignored or you left out where it says they graciously submit to a servant leader. And that is God’s design for the family. It is not about dominating and it is not about being a slave to your husband.

O’Donnell’s view that wives should submit to their husbands is not “biblical doctrine” according to most Christian denominations. At the time the Southern Baptists wrote the statement, the rhetoric of wives submitting themselves was a break from other Christian faiths which had generally used the language of mutual submission to one another, rather than one spouse holding the power in a marriage. Efforts to weaken the Baptists’ statement were turned back, as the language of submitting had large support among conference attendees. The New York Times reported in 1998:

While the amendment says that husband and wife have ”equal worth” before God, the choice of words about marital relations also makes it one of the most conservative of such declarations. The amendment relies on biblical passages like Ephesians 5:22-33, which compares the husband-wife relationship to that of Christ ruling the church but which is seldom interpreted so literally these days among most Protestants and Roman Catholics.

This post originally appeared in The American Independent.

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Comment posted September 16, 2010 @ 9:46 pm

“O’Donnell’s view that wives should submit to their husbands is not “biblical doctrine” according to most Christian denominations.”

It's probably “biblical doctrine” is most Christian denominations who throw the phrase “biblical doctrine” around…

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I will have to agree with you and also add: That things of that sort is between the husband, wife and God. Not to be used for public pollitics.


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The previous comments show a special brand of ignorance. My response is to provide clarification for all who will visit here in the future.

Traditional views of women (and their place in the local church) that are rooted in biblical doctrines have been used by God throughout history to improve respect for women, not oppress them. Biblical Christians recognize that God's Word places some restrictions on the ministries of women in the local church. Unfortunately, satan has deceived women into focusing on what they have been forbidden to do by God. As such, this fuels their misguided passions into presenting themselves for service in positions for which Christ did not design them for or call them to. God never assigns spiritual authority to women in the Bible. Therefore, women can never justify assuming the role of pastors and church leaders. This issue is not open for discussion – nor is it open for your interpretation. The first biblical hermeneutical principle in the proper interpretation of Scripture is: When it makes plain sense, seek no other sense. God has already spoken to this issue. You can either accept this truth or rebel against it… as the rest of the unbelieving world does.

However, women have wonderful, productive opportunities of service in the corporate world and in politics. Here is where Christine O'Donnell appears on the stage to model for all of you what a true lady actually is! She knows her role in life, invests her passions to follow her calling and desires to serve her nation with dignity and truth.

Some of the main parts God has designed for a woman to function in the church are those of a submissive learner, a gifted trainer (of children as long as the wife is submissive to her husband), a skilled hostess and a humble servant. Yes. God does command explicitly that wives are to submit to their husbands. This is a biblical doctrine that both the “unchurched” population and those who refuse to accept Scripture as God's final, written revelation from Himself to mankind have decided to ignore. GOD KNOWS BEST – YOU DON'T! Nor will you ever improve upon God's blueprint for His church, the family unit or government. For the Christian, Scripture alone is the final authority for faith, practice and living a biblically governed lifestyle. That having been said,

Christine O'Donnell has is absolutely right! As a Christian, she is not ashamed to transmit her beliefs. As an American, she is not afraid to assume responsibility. She has leadership qualities that are based on truth and humility. Here is a qualified, decent, intelligent servant of the people who has expressed her faith skillfully and unapologetically.She is going to be one of the best leaders in our government (no matter the level) that a nation could hope for!

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Comment posted October 15, 2010 @ 6:16 am

Who cares shes a loonie…and religious doctrine has no place in government


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Comment posted October 15, 2010 @ 2:54 pm

Religion is defined as “a belief system”. All people are “religious”. The religion that you have embraced is most likely an agnostic or atheistic philosophy – which you adopted from being “brainwashed” by your liberal, godless culture. In fact, Obama (who you probably voted for) has shown more confusion and deception about what he believes than any other president in history. William Penn (1644-1718) has said, “If we will not be governed by God, we must be governed by tyrants.” The government and it's provisional liberties (which you ignorantly enjoy) was founded by Christian believers. They placed integrity into a Constitution that was intended to ensure that the Bible (and those who believe in the authority of Scripture) would continually influence significant issues that affect our government. But they also intended that government should not interfere with, squelch or limit in any way Christianity. Since what a person believes is directly related to their character – and since character is most often directly responsible for how a leader governs and makes decisions – your statement, “who cares shes a loonie…and religious doctrine has no place in government” has revealed to all of us that you are the “looney”,.. and an extremely ignorant and dangerous one!

Our government has suffered severely because of people just like you! But as you will soon see,.. the tide of corruption will soon turn!!!


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