One of the reasons I don’t care for women’s bible studies in the church is that women don’t seem to really get much of anything from them. Certainly it doesn’t seem like they learn what the apostle Paul says they should be learning:
3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
If they were learning these things, at minimum, then one might be able to overlook Paul’s assertion that women should be learning at home, from their husbands, rather than holding church on their own (which has shown to be a recipe for disaster). However, it doesn’t appear that women are adhering to either one of these commandments.
I don’t know how, but it seems to me that Christian women have learned nothing about being “obedient to their husbands” from holding church. In fact, it seems more like they learn about invisible loopholes regarding obedience, talking more about what they DON’T have to be obedient to rather than what they DO.
- If your husband asks you to commit a crime, you don’t have to obey.
- If your husband makes you feel unloved, you don’t have to obey.
- If your husband has any kind of sinful addiction, be it drugs, alcohol, porn, gaming, working on old cars, model trains, well – you don’t have to obey.
- If YOU feel that your husband is not putting GOD FIRST, guess what, YOU DON’T HAVE TO OBEY!
Let’s compare this to the list of reasons you dont have to obey your husband that are listed in the bible:
I think that covers all of them. Yeah, pretty sure it does.
This being the case why then would any man allow his wife to attend an all woman bible study? Women are not permitted to teach, and for good reason. Paul tells us:
13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
We don’t need to assume the meaning of these verses, Paul is saying that woman is more easily deceived and, put into a teaching position, this can lead to widespread deception amongst believers. Now, that’s certainly not to say that EVERY woman is deceived, but that doesn’t prevent the disqualification from women teaching. There are several women who visit this very blog that I would certainly trust to teach the Word except that Paul has said it is forbidden. I mean, just look at the state of the modern church in which many denominations have permitted women pastors and teachers. The modern church in the West is falling apart and ignoring or rewriting scripture like nobodies business! Due to our feminist culture, however, very few men in positions of church power dare to stand up and tell these women-seeking-to-be-pastors no! Even older Christians like my own father have a hard time swallowing the facts! When he and I got into it about women pastors he didn’t agree with me until after he approached my uncle about it and my uncle reaffirmed what I, and scripture, said!
The biggest problem to me is that allowing ones wife to attend such a study can put her at odds with her husband with regard to the word of God. I think this is one of the reasons why the bible instructs women to ask questions and learn from their husbands AT HOME rather than have them hanging out in the church where they are relegated to BEING SILENT. Once a woman feels she has a better understanding of the word over her husband the temptation to hold that over his head and rebel becomes great. Its a case of “a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing”. The modern church reinforces this rebellion by stroking women’s egos and telling them (and their husbands) that women are more spiritual and more close to God than men, which leads them to believe that they know better, and when you know better, why would you listen to someone who knows less than you?
How can one teach the word when you have already overstepped its boundaries by holding a place to teach when it is not permitted? How can you teach obedience when heart is geared toward rebellion? Modern woman tells her sisters that it is her duty to rebel. That no man should have authority over her except what SHE deems permitted, ignoring what GOD has said. Do Christian women really think this is a wise position to take? Be too submissive and you will be ridiculed by your peers, called a doormat, called subservient. YOU MUST REBEL, but you must do it in a way so that you cannot be called out on it. Ladies, be thee either hot or cold, but lukewarm is a bad, bad spot to remain in.
Your women’s bible study will tell you that you should be patient and prayerful when your boss at your job is being difficult, but to remember he is your boss and you need to be respectful.
The same women’s bible study will tell you that your husband deserves what he gets if he messes something up and offends you (and them). How dare he boss you around like he owns you? Who does he think he is? You need to tell him, girl, dont let him do you like that!
“Didn’t God say, You shall not eat of every tree in the garden?”
“You shall not surely die…”
“…then your eyes shall be opened, and you will be as gods, knowing good and evil…”
The funny thing about satan is that his tricks don’t much change. They get repackaged, but they stay the same. Unfortunately it looks like “Eve” hasn’t changed much either.
“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.“