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9/14/06-Tyler

Don't Marry Career Women: Two Local Pastors Weigh In

 Pastor W.N. Otwell has been the Senior Pastor of Heritage Baptist Church in Mt. Enterprise for 25 years. He says in his 40 years of ministry he has watched the erosion of the American family, and he says most of the problems can be traced to one thing.

"Drugs, alcohol, runaways. I think most of the problems in America at this point stem from the militant feminist movement. Working women have not done much good for our society, just like educated women haven't done a whole lot of good for our society," says Otwell.

Even in roles such as teachers or nurses, Otwell says a woman's time is best spent in the home.

"I don't believe Christian women, God-fearing women, ought to be in the workforce. What the heathen women do, I don't think God wanted them to do, but they're not under the jurisdiction of the church. We, as Christians, are.

If a woman is widowed or her husband is disabled he believes the church should take care of her and her family.

"If the church is not going to take care of her, and the government doesn't take care of her, and she goes and gets a job, then I'm not going to be critical of her," says Otwell.

Pastor Otwell says the only time the Bible says it's acceptable for a married, Christian woman to work outside the home, is if she does so under the authority of her husband or in voluntary, Christian service. He says America would have fewer problems if women stayed at home preparing for marriage and motherhood rather than a life in the workforce.

"That's what that article is all about. Don't marry a carreer woman,"says Otwell.

Reverend Vic Willman is the Senior Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Tyler. He says while the Forbes article raises concerns he has about the state of the American family, he doesn't believe scripture prohibits women from working outside the home.

"The old testament judge of Debra was a political leader, even a military leader for the people of Israel.  The noble wife in Proverbs 31 was engaged in commerce and activity outside the home," says Willman.

"I believe men and women have many gifts and abilities to use in both the home and the marketplace. I think when husbands and wives make those decisions about how they order their lives within the family, that we [the church] are there to support them and encourage them and do everything we can to surround that family with Godly nurture and encouragement," says Willman.

Reverend Willman says he believes the key to a strong, enduring marriage is not whether or not a woman chooses to have a career. He thinks it's more important that both spouses share a common, spiritual life to help get them through the tough times.

The author of the article recently issued a statement saying the piece was meant to be mostly  satirical and only part academic.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com

 

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