DeYoung, CBMW and women: in heaven as on earth
I will publicly eat my words, with a little horse radish to disguise the taste. I misjudged Kevin DeYoung rather seriously. I had at first suggested that since he was using this title – The Beauty of Differences – on Heaven and on Earth for the April 8, 2014 CBMW Conference, he would preach on the eternal subordination of women. But then, after reading somebody’s rough notes on his speech, I assumed that he had not referred to the eternal subordination of women and he was, in my view, absolved. Oh, silly me! What a mistake.
DeYoung’s talk is now online, and he does indeed believe that women are designed to have an “eager posture” to be “helpers” and “willing to be led” by men for eternity. What does it mean to have an “eager posture” towards men for eternity? What needs are men going to have for eternity and how burdensome could this become? Actually DeYoung proved himself to be something of a poet as he tied up his talk with these words,
The river of divine design is at our backsand the wind of the spirit is in our sailsthere is something nowand there will be something even in heavenjust as the Father, Son and Holy Spiritwill continue to be three distinct persons,so man and woman will be distinct personsin the world to comethese differences should not be eradicated but celebratednot confused but clarified,not shamefully embarrassed but happily embraced.