How the letter “Y” creates heresy?
In women’s ministry today, I am hearing more and more good women leaders confuse
the words worth and worthy. I have been to different conferences, and listened to women that I respect tell the audience, “You are worthy.”
The #MeToo movement brought sexual abuse to the forefront. Jesus restores the dignity of women like myself who endured abuse. Some leaders have unintentionally confused worth, meaning value, with being worthy, which is based on merit. We must care for abused woman. We must understand the pain of being violated as an Image Bearer creates feelings of being worthless and shamed. We can teach that inherent in every soul is worth because God created her without compromising the truths of the gospel.
My worth to God does not mean that I am worthy!
The Gospel is Good News. Although, our sin makes us unworthy, Jesus died for us, while we were sinners. God’s love for us did not change because of our sin. Sin did not change our value in God’s eyes. He desired to redeem us, while we were unworthy.
We are not worthy, but we do have worth.
Many good people with great intentions want to free women from this bondage by adding a “y” to the end of the word worth.
You are worthy!
Now we enter heresy and further the weight of bondage. The broken and abused are not excluded from Romans 3:10-12 “There is no one righteous, not even one: there is no one who understand; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away. They have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, no not even one.”
This demonstrates that we have all sinned and so we cannot be worthy of God’s salvation. Our behavior here is the issue not our intrinsic worth.
Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Inherent in every soul is worth because God created it.
Worth is unmerited.
Genesis 1: 27 So God created mankind in his own image; in the image of God he created them; male and female.
Psalm 139:14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful. I know that full well.
Worth is untouchable. No one through word or deed can change a soul’s worth. We were all born to broken parents. One does not have to endure physical, sexual, or emotional abuse to feel worthless. Sin mars everyone’s sense of self-worth. Sin separates us from the Source of Worth, but when our dignity is broken we experience shame. Shame and guilt are not the same thing. Shame says, “There is something wrong with me.” Guilt says, “I did something wrong.” We all have guilt because we all have sin. Those of us battling shame feel like we were born worth less than others. We were born bad.
Say it with me…
My worth is untouchable.
God loves me. He redeemed me. Through Jesus Christ, He justifies and glorifies me!