The very Biblical doctrine that revealed the redemption of humankind through Christ cannot be used to justify oppression of the women. The husband being the head of the home must model the headship of Christ who is the head of the Church. Christ headship exemplifies selfless sacrifice to bring redemption to all humankind. Christ leadership does not coerce or dominate people but appeal to the willing mind to come and be filled with the water of life.
The unequal treatment of women transcends geographical location and economic status. Right from the ancient age, female have experienced unequal treatment compared to their male counterpart. God created humankind to dominate, subdue the earth, to be fruitful and multiply but not to control and oppress another human being. Any treatment that violates, dehumanizes, oppresses, intimates, controls, subjugates another human being whether in relationship or society in any form or shape should be challenged.
Women are to be empowered to speak out because speaking out has significantly reduced the abuse and subjugation of women. The purpose of this book is to redefine the Christian doctrine of the husband headship based on the example of Christ headship. Christ’s headship models love, care and sacrifice. The Biblical doctrine of husband headship cannot be arbitrarily interpreted outside of Christ headship of the Church, which is the foundation of all Christian belief. This book offers wealth of wisdom to the understanding of the truth of the husband headship in the home. The pastoral care giver needs a clear understanding of husband headship to dispense the right counsel. The Church is the bride of Jesus as the wife is to her husband and Christ should be the example of all Christian conduct.
Beatrice Ebikela Ezonnaebi, DMin, Pastoral Care and Counseling degree at Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ordained minister, pastor of Victory Covenant Ministries International in Georgia. Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) as a Resident Chaplain at Emory University Hospital, Midtown, Atlanta, 2007-2008; served as financial secretary in the Women’s Fellowship in Church of God Mission in Lagos, Nigeria; served as a cell group leader in Praise International Church in Georgia; treasurer with Praise International Church. Fellow in Black Women in leadership/ministry program in International Theological Center, Atlanta, 2009-2010; She is a member of Nigeria Ministers Fellowship with outstanding Service Award, 2008. Beatrice and her husband Dennis have been married for 42 years and have 5 biological children and 14 grandchildren. She and her husband also adopted 2 children from Nigeria. She believes that the grace of God is sufficient for us in all situation.