His exegesis will be compelling, I am looking forward reading it. It is still common in Christian circles for a suitor to seek the approval of a woman’s Father before asking for her hand in marriage.However, most of the time this is just a tip of the hat to an outdated custom.We’ve heard for years at this point about gender roles, though many have pointed out that the only word in New Testament Greek that comes close to the word “role” is the one from which we derive our English word of “hypocrite.” Well, now Desiring God instructs fathers of daughters in yet another they must fulfill: the “role in his daughter’s pursuit of marriage.” Some of the statements were not unreasonable at all — but others sounded strikingly familiar.Perhaps Piper picked up some of the “Biblical Patriarchy” home schooling and courtship ideology taught by Doug Wilson who now blogs at Desiring God?See an example of biblical premarital mentoring with Voddie Baucham and his wife, Bridget.
If you agree that a father has any real authority whatsoever you will need to ask yourself some questions. Any Father who thinks a man ought to ask permission to marry his daughter believes he has some measure of authority no matter how small. Do they have to fail to educate our children adequately? For me to stay engaged to Bridget from the time I was a sophomore until I graduated from college was for me to expect myself to be wiser than Solomon, stronger than Samson, and more godly than David- and I was neither- so we got married.” (Source) If I had the means I would buy a copy of this movie for every Christian parent I know.See an example of premarital mentoring with Voddie and Bridget Baucham, their daughter Jasmine, and her husband, Phillip.Marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a true art form.It seems that the book just offers more straw men — ridiculous examples of people who don’t exist that allegedly believe all sorts of horrible things.Everyone is just confused about the way that things really are, and we need these great young ones to share with us the hidden wisdom that I guess no one has been able to figure out before.