A shout out to a fellow blogger examining Biblical Headship.
A few months ago, I came across a blog called 11:3 Restoration, hosted by Pete Rambo. I was impressed to find that he has been endorsing the Biblical Headship relationship structure, just as Dalrock, Deep Strength, Snapper, and I have been doing over the last couple years. So this post is intended to highlight a couple of Pete’s contributions to this topic and to draw awareness to his work.
I wrote a brief message to him to ask permission to use his images, and to inquire about his faith background. In his reply, he said he calls himself a ‘recovering pastor’, which is insightful (and somewhat relieving). He also said,
“I am a seminary trained man who pastored for ten years before leaving the church and starting a home fellowship. I believe in Yeshua/Jesus, the Messiah, and try to ‘walk as He walked’ by worshipping on the Sabbath, celebrating the ‘forever’ feasts of the Lord (Leviticus 23), and eating Biblically clean.”
I was excited to read his post at 11:3 Restoration, God v. Church/World re:Family Structure (Image) (2020 November 9). Here, Pete has a diagram that is essentially the same as the one Snapper created a couple years ago, except that he has added three more diagrams of dysfunctional/unbiblical relationship structures!
As a comparison, here is Snapper’s diagram.
And here is mine.
The Essence of Petition
I was intrigued to find that Pete had a follow up post at 11:3 Restoration, How Should a Woman Pray for Her Man? (2020 November 16). He uses his image above to explain why it is proper for a wife to ask Jesus to bless her husband, and why it is inappropriate for her to ask Jesus to punish her husband.
“If I were your servant and we had a king, could I go to the king and say, ‘I don’t like the way my master acts. Can you discipline him for me?’
Or, same scenario, would the king come to me, the servant, to say, ‘I need you to give your master a message for me. You are to tell him that I want him to do this or that.’
Of course not. If the king wanted to address a subject, the master of a servant, he wouldn’t go through the servant to send the message, particularly if the message was one of correction. Rather, the king would honor his own authority structure knowing he would not want to undermine his own authority. It brings chaos. (Esther 1:17-18)
IF, however, the servant went to the king and asked the king to ‘bless my master, teach him wisdom, show him your favor, expand his holdings because he is a good master and works hard…’ how would the king not want to honor the servant’s request on behalf of the servant?
Here is the very salient and valuable point. The servant’s only authority comes from his master, therefore to ask for things that benefit the master is without undermine his authority is right and good. To request or cry out otherwise is to undermine the authority placed over the servant, something the king will not see favorably!”
Pete Rambo also published a book that just came out recently (2020 September 10), entitled Authority, Headship, and Family Structure (According to Moses). I have not yet read this book, so I’ve clipped some excerpts from the summary below.
“Western culture has been on a steady moral decline for at least the last fifty years. The causes can be debated, however the collapse of the family structure and the rise of radical feminism is unquestionably a major factor. Today, masculinity is regarded as toxic and anything that hints at patriarchy is immediately attacked with a vigor that can only come from the fires of hell. It is this extreme venom against masculinity and patriarchal structure, coupled with the increasing collapse of society, that should clue the average person in to the fact that there must be a deeply spiritual reason why the Enemy of our souls hates the authority structure God put in place even before the Garden of Eden. Clearly, God has a purpose for ordering family and His people in a certain way.
This book is a study through the Books of Moses, coupled with the much broader message of Scripture, to demonstrate that God is very intentional and very consistent in His design for the roles of man and woman. Further, specific attention is given to His structure for clans and tribes in the prophesied restoration of the dry bones of Ezekiel 37, the whole house of Israel. Indeed, for those who desire the coming of the Messiah and long to see the Messianic Age, this book serves as a sort of field guide to building family, clan, and tribe as we await the full recovery and restoration of Israel.
Join me on this journey of discovery as we connect dots in Scripture, recover lost truths, and delve into topics that challenge the false paradigms we may have inherited from our fathers. Ultimately, it is to our fathers of old – Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – that Malachi the prophet bids us return when he counsels,
“4 Remember the Torah of Moses My servant, even the statutes and ordinances which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel. 5 “Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord. 6 He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.”Malachi 4:4-6 (NASB)
Do we know the statutes and ordinances, particularly as they relate to authority, headship, and family structure? If these are the Days of Elijah, we had better be grasping the Torah of Moses and all it says about how the sons and daughters of Israel are to act and interact.”
It looks like Rambo is hitting the target to blow up Feminism. (A lame metaphor, but I do like the hyper-masculine imagery.)
In conclusion, I urge readers to go check out 11:3 Restoration and see what Pete has to say on the topic of Headship.
A few other noteworthy posts on Biblical Headship and archetypical relationship structures are listed here.
- Snapper TRX: Breaking the Chain (2018 March 8)
- Σ Frame: The Feminine Dilemma (2018 October 27)
- Christianity and Masculinity: Headship in concept and practice (January 24, 2019)
- Σ Frame: Placing the Marriage Structures within the Archetypical Models (2020 September 28)
Dalrock has a large number of posts addressing Biblical Headship. Here are a few. (Click on the preceding link to see all.)
- Dalrock: Complementarian marriage: Egalitarian marriage with a veneer of headship. (2016 March 22)
- Dalrock: Headship makes all the difference. (2018 January 16)
- Dalrock: Headship tomorrow and headship yesterday, but never headship today. (2018 March 26)
- Dalrock: Headship is unchivalrous. (2018 May 14)
- Dalrock: Headship sleight of hand (2018 October 6)