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To the left is the infamous Gothard umbrella illustration for so-called authority and structure in the home. Without going into a detailed critique, note some problems:

The wife does not have direct access to Christ! She must go through her husband! Yikes. So bad. This is not biblical. Rather the Bible says: “For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus.” – 1 Timothy 2:5

And the role descriptions…Women certainly protect their families too, and even the celebrated Proverbs 31 woman provides for her family. These strict role descriptions simply don’t match up with the realities of life, or the Bible! I could go on, but I will leave it at that.

I came across this astute statement on twitter:
“Some see patriarchy as God’s Order – the umbrella of protection over the household. It is a dark canopy hindering the blessed light of the Gospel.” – @cb_johns

Below is a new and improved, more biblically accurate, umbrella diagram – made by Amber D’Ann Picota. I can’t seem to find a web site (etc) for her. Let me know if you are aware of a place I could link to her.

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