That’s how Stanford’s new Dean for Religious Life Dr. Jane Shaw describes herself; she adds, “I think people are always slightly surprised that I’m not very churchy as a person[.]”
Nope. No surprise at all here, Dr. Shaw. The description given of Dr. Shaw in the article explains quite thoroughly why no one should be surprised that she’s ‘not churchy’.
First, she is, allegedly, a ‘pastor’ – that’s what he ‘Very Reverend’ appellation means. This goes directly against Paul’s teachings in the New Testament, first to the Corinthians, then to Timothy, about the place of women within the church:
As in all the churches of the saints, the women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. (emphasis mine)
Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. (emphasis mine)
Then there’s this: she’s not only the first woman to become a ‘minister’ in her home church (Grace Cathedral, San Francisco), she’s also an out-and-proud lesbian. I don’t even want to try to catalogue the number of Scriptures this collides head-on with; there are the moral rules governing sexuality in the Old Testament, Paul’s warnings to those who unabashedly practice such sins, and his admonitions to ‘flee from immorality’ (1 Corinthians 6:18-20), to put on the ‘new self’ (Ephesians 4:21-24), as well as many other Scriptures.
And I’ll just mention in passing that she’s a member of the Episcopal Church, which seems hell-bent (no pun intended) on writing their own Scriptures to suit their fancy.
As the Dean for Religious Studies at Stanford, Dr. Shaw will, according to the article, ‘”provide spiritual, religious and ethical leadership to the university community, serve as minister of Memorial Church and also teach undergraduates and graduate students as a professor of religious studies.”’
James 3:1 comes to mind: ‘Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness’. I can’t imagine she will be teaching anything other than a doctrine which does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness (1 Timothy 6:3)’. I fear for this woman’s soul, and the souls of the young men and women who will seek religious studies at Stanford and be led astray by this false teacher. Those young people – and those in charge of hiring at Stanford, might want to consider the words of John the apostle:
Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works (2 John 9-11).