Date: Tue, 9 Aug 94 12:46 CDT Subject: Promise Keepers +gt;Who is David Mclaughlin and wha

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Date: Tue, 9 Aug 94 12:46 CDT From: eldridge@spg.amdahl.com (Michael Eldridge) Subject: Promise Keepers >Who is David Mclaughlin and what scary things does he say? >Caleb Miller David McLaughlin produced a series of tapes called "The Role of a Man" which the men from my church who went to the Promise Keepers convention in LA had heard or seen there. I have to be careful what I say, because I don't want to add to the already huge pile of innuendo about Promise Keepers. The scary part is not what McLaughlin says on the tapes, but the reaction it produces in the listeners. McLaughlin says that he is providing principles, not activities, for men to be in biblical relationships. The problem is that he takes short passages and extrapolates huge principles. For example, because Adam was commanded in Gen 2:15ff to take care of the garden, and the woman was brought as a helper, one "role of a man" is to be provider. If the role is reversed in a marriage there are problems, its not natural, .... McLaughlin is a forceful and persuasive speaker. I watch men listen to these tapes and they come away feeling they now know what the Bible says about the role of a man. Well, what a surprise - the Bible says what I wanted it to say! That is the scary part. Never mind what Gen 1:28ff says. Never mind that it is not the intent of the story to describe male/female rules. I find it scary that a forceful dynamic speaker can cause men to forget to think. The content of the tapes is good, helpful stuff, but one should keep in mind that it is not the Bible, it is a man sharing a philosophy which he uses the Bible to support.

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