I’m With Jane


Just as a word of introduction, before you continue, I implore you to read this article by author and co-host of Fundy Sees Red, Marci Preheim. Then, I want you to read this article by one of my partners here at LNT, Hannah Conroy. Otherwise, none of what I am about to say will make sense.

Allow to say two more things before I allow my fingers to dance with anger across the keyboard:

  1. I’m not going to recall many details of the events because Marci Preheim has already documented the events fairly well in her post.
  2. I do not know the people involved in this incident, and for all I know everything that’s being said could be a boldfaced lie. I have no proof whatsoever that these events unfolded the way Marci Preheim’s article said that they did, but I have reason to believe that the events of this story actually occurred for three reasons: (1) I’ve followed Marci long enough that I’m confident that she wouldn’t post BS. (2) Marci Preheim attended John MacArthur’s church for a while and she can tell you all about the in’s and out’s of it. (3) I don’t know “Jane” personally, but I’ve known and heard of way too many Jane’s to remain silent.

As I read Preheim’s article and Hannah’s response to said article, I’m left feeling very angry and very tired. It makes me angry for all of the obvious reasons. A woman has her voice taken from her simply because the culture of the church community that she’s getting an education from devalues the voice of women, and because once again, this is a situation where the abused powerless aren’t receiving justice and the powerful abusers are covering up their crimes. Unfortunately, this is what people who are not complimentarians think of when they hear about complimentarianism.

Let’s be honest, the Reformed community does a crappy job of showing sympathy to women like Jane. Now, to a degree, I understand where they’re coming from. Accusations of rape against someone who didn’t do it can ruin their life, but according to what I’m reading, he openly admitted that there was no consent. This is unacceptable. And if everything that I’m reading is true, then this man needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent and John MacArthur and anyone else involved with this case needs to resign immediately and repent.

Like I said earlier, this whole thing left me feeling tired. I’m tired because I hear about stories like this all the time. A leader hurts people in his church here, a leader hurts people in his church there, etc. The list goes on and on. I’m tired of hearing about it. Something needs to change.

Personally, I am not a complimentarian, but I think if complimentarians are to be taken seriously then they need to stand up against people like MacArthur and say, “He does not represent me.” But this isn’t just the time for talk, this is also the time for action. Complimentarians need to show that a woman’s worth is not determined by her ability to marry or bear children, but her value is determined by her belonging to Christ and being made in the image of God.

As for me, I am with all the Janes. I believe that they have a voice, and I believe that they deserve equality within the body of Christ, and if you don’t believe that then you are no better than Jane’s oppressors.



Author: W Logan Dixon

30. Simul Justus et Peccator. Husband. Pastor. Thinker. Writer. Podcaster. Coffee-drinker.

One thought on “I’m With Jane”

  1. I appreciate everything you’ve said.

    I’d be considered a complementarian, although I take issue with Piper, Grudem and many things in the movement and have been outspoken against it.

    I’m the co-host of a theology podcast for women. I hear stories like this also and am horrified. One woman who reached out to me recently, her husband beat her one night. The following day her pastor told her to return because her husband was “repentant”. I’ve also been talking to a woman who was told by her pastor not to contact the authorities when her daughter was sexually abused. She asked me what to do and I told her, “Go now to the police.” and she did. And left that church. There’s also a woman who was met with church discipline for not returning to her abusive husband.

    Thankfully I personally have also seen abuse situations dealt with well. Because they often aren’t though, we’ve used our platform to take up this topic and plan to continue to talk about it, bring light to situations like this. I appreciate your site has done the same.

    I know that because of the Young, Restless and Reformed movement, the label Reformed is broadly used. MacArthur isn’t Reformed, he’s a Calvinistic Baptist. Those of us that are truly Reformed have little in common with him theologically. He confuses law and gospel, among other things. He does not represent me, someone that is truly Reformed. The same is true regarding Piper and Grudem and CBMW. I just want to be clear that many of us that are truly Reformed have been outspoken against things being promoted by these men.

    I hope the Lord uses Jane’s story for good in some way, shining a light on situations such as these. My personal goal is to encourage churches to put policies in place that would correctly deal with these situations. I’m just glad to see so many talking about this, bringing light to this situation.

    There are so many Jane’s. And many now are praying for “Jane” specifically.

    Thanks for talking about this.


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