One of the problems with women teaching scripture to other women (as opposed to sharing scripture) is that many women will find an exposition of scripture that makes her feel comfortable, though it may be wrong. This can put her at odds with her husband, whom she is made to believe she knows better than. Consequently this is more prevalent in women who have been Christian for a long time as opposed to women who are young Christians. One of the reasons is the ongoing concept pushed by Western churches that women are spiritually superior to men.
- Do you go to bible study every Wednesday while your husband sits at home and relaxes after a day at work?
- Do you have a strict bible reading schedule and rarely, if ever, miss your reading time while your husband is hit and miss?
- Do you read all the latest books on having a deeper relationship with Jesus?
- Do you ONLY listen to Christian music and avoid secular music?
- Do you attend no less than three women’s retreats a year while your husband hasn’t been to one in the last two years?
- Do you sing all the hymns and praise songs at the top of your lungs while your husband seemingly mumbles most tunes?
- Is your husband giving less than 10% of his income to the church and you have to constantly remind him that 10% is biblical?
Congratulations, you are more spiritually qualified than your husband to read and understand the Word of God! Well, at least in the eyes of the people inside the building you call church. God, on the other hand, thinks quite a bit differently:
1 Corinthians 14:
34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law.
35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
Here we see that God commands women to learn from their husbands at home. In fact, it doesn’t even say the oft mistaken “if they have any questions, let them ask their husbands at home”, but flat out says they should be LEARNING at home. This would seem to indicate that God doesn’t even expect women to learn exposition of scripture from a pastor or preacher, but directly from their husbands, who should be attending church or gathering with other Christian men for study of the word.
Some women may be great teachers, but many Christian women have been taught that for thousands of years they have been oppressed by men, unable to have even a thought on their own. Though this may be true in non-Christian societies Jesus was very clear about how Christian husbands are to love their wives. Why then is the idea that Christian men have been abusing and oppressing their Christian women for thousands of years still floating around? Hrm, maybe this:
16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
The curse is still in effect, and a woman’s desire to rule over her husband rather than be ruled over is still very much out there.
What is often taking place is that some women’s bible studies, and the accompanying materials, are arming women for rebellion, right along with reinforcement from the church, who by and large is populated by women. When a man quotes scripture directly from the bible that goes against his wife’s feminist-lite version of the same scripture she has it in her head that she knows better and is spiritually superior to her husband so she feels she is “more obedient to Gods word” because she knows Gods word better or “knows Gods word too”. Even if this is the case the bible does not give her authority over her husband in biblical exposition simply because she reads more, her views should be aligned with her husbands.
A great example on this in action is Paul’s words on women being silent in the church. Instead of reading the bible and understanding that what Paul is saying is exactly what he means we have other materials out there that throw in the oft told story of men and women sitting on opposite sides of the church and women being so vapid and rude that they would shout questions to their husbands from across the room! Thus Paul was speaking ONLY to that one single church about keeping the ladies quiet! This addition to the bible verses achieves the goal of breaking women free from the authority of God and their husbands and allows them to do what they do best, talk, in a venue in which they are supposed to be silent! There’s simply no way God could have meant for women to not speak in the church while not placing the same prohibition on men! There are, however, plenty of issues wrong with this story:
- It is nowhere found in the actual bible that men and women were sitting on either side of the church nor that women were shouting questions across the room. In all of my years I have never seen any document supporting this situation, only having seen it quoted in bible study guides. If this is true then where is the letter or actual ancient document this is taken from? It seems like a convenient story in that it allows women to circumvent having to keep quite in the churches and allows pastors not to have to bring the issue up for enforcement.
- It goes counter to the argument that that these men were “oppressing” their wives. In fact, it goes counter to the culture of the day which many men AND women tell us viewed women as property and not as people. If men were beating their wives so much, even Christian men, we are told, a lady would have to be very brave or enjoy being beaten to stand up in the middle of a gathering and shout at their husbands! Either the Christian men in the church were allowing their women enough freedom to be loud and obnoxious or they were oppressing them, but it cannot be both!
- It goes against the idea that Paul was writing letters he knew were going to be passed around amongst the churches. In fact, I believe Paul even asks that his letters be passed between the churches so that all would know what was going on and what was expected of them as a church and as believers. And since we know the words of Paul to actually be inspired by God then we are basically saying that God made a mistake in not clarifying that these commandments were only for a specific church and not the churches as a whole.
The bible is not a difficult book to understand. There are plenty of things in it that are not readily understood as a new believer, but as a Christian grows in the spirit and in their understanding these things become clearer. There is no mystical understanding of the word, nor are there any super-secret codes that are only revealed when your Holy Spirit reaches level 10. I have said over and over: The truth is the truth is the truth. You and I may reach the truth differently, but the truth itself doesn’t change or its not the truth! The Holy Spirit may reveal another way scripture applies to your life or your situation, but it will NEVER reveal a “new truth” about a verse that is counter to other truths, otherwise the bible becomes anyone’s game! Now your truth is your truth and my truth is my truth and that, my friends, is NOT the bible!
Look, as men and women who are Christians we have a choice to make: Believe and obey or don’t. If Christians claim that “Gods ways are higher than our ways and Gods thoughts are higher than our thoughts” then they argue against the very scripture they say they follow then how can they claim to be Christians? If God says that wives are under the authority of their husbands and that they should be learning scripture from them then who are Christian men and women to say ‘No, that doesn’t make sense”?
Once again, Christians are playing a dangerous game in which they disobey scripture but fool themselves into thinking they are being obedient by willfully changing THEIR interpretation of the scripture so that they can feel comfortable about it. The real kicker is that they already know how that’s going to turn out for them:
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.