God ordained Marriage between a Man and a Woman, Why? He said it is not good for Man to be alone and so He created a Woman to help them, yes we are greatly needed but so is a Man or God would have just created a Woman… Hmmmm I wonder where God would have got the rib from if there had been No Man ? perhaps there will be a few helpful ideas given to clarify this mystery.
Genesis 2:18 And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone, I will make him an help meet for him.
Why are we Woman needed, although very important, it is not just for cooking, housework and to have babies, as Woman we are Men’s Helpmate Mentally, Physically, Emotionally and we Support and Encourage them Spiritually. We see this confirmed with some of the woman mentioned in Scripture, Yes we are very precious to God and He values us greatly.
Deborah the Prophetess who was Married, rebuked Barak for wanting her to be in Leadership, but Trusted God and obeyed Barak and went with him but than encouraged him to Lead and he was successful. Deborah called herself a Mother (Judges5:7 ) as Eve was called (Genesis3:20 ) which is the Submissive role. Deborah shared God’s Truth in Judgment under His Authority but never in the place of Worship, instead the Israelites came to her.
Why do we as Woman need Men, just to help make babies, to do the heavy work around the house and to provide for our needs and wants No! they give us the Stability we need too, Physically, Emotionally, Mentally and they Lead and Support us Spiritually, we become one flesh, yes they are our Authority under God and they will be accountable for this, both God given roles are very important, neither is Superior or Inferior they are just different.
Ephesians 5:22-25 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church and he is the Saviour of the body. Therefore as the Church is subject unto Christ so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands Love your wives even as Christ also Loved the Church and gave Himself for it.
Ephesians 5:28-30 So ought men to Love their wives as their own bodies. He that Loveth his wife Loveth himself. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so Love his wife even as himself and the wife see that she reverence her husband. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the Church. For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones.
Today the Roles are becoming confused, some Men are rejecting their Leadership Role and Responsibilities or they are male Chauvinists treating woman as their chattels without respect and some Woman are seeking to be in Authority over Men but ultimately this will lead to weakened Relationships and wrong roles models for Children and in the Church deception in Teaching and lack of stability in the Body.
Please do not misunderstand, God is not saying as Woman we are not needed in the Church, we are very much so but Men not Women are to be in Loving and Sacrificial Leadership both in the in Marriage and in the Church and as Woman we are to be in willing but not forced submission and our needs are to be considered first, Physically and Spiritually but Men are responsible for making the final decision in all matters of importance in regard to the welfare of those involved both in the Church and in Marriage and we as Woman are to respect them and submit to their Leadership.
Does this mean we are less than a Man to be seen and not heard and what we share is of no real value so Men never need to seek or respect a Woman’s advice, No! a wise man will but not when we are in disobedience and contradicting God’s guidelines which was why Adam was punished. Eve was deceived and disobeyed God but Adam chose to listen to Eve and knowingly disobeyed Him even though he knew it was wrong. (Genesis 3:17)
Some claim that the Apostle Junias was a Woman but the early Greek confirms that this Apostle was a Man not a Woman as we see clearly in the rest of the verse in Romans 16:7 and in the early Greek but it has been changed in error in later Translations to the Woman’s name Junia.
But what is a important confirmation is that for a Woman to be appointed as an Apostle it would mean she would have to Preach and be in Authority over Men and this is in contradiction to God’s guidelines concerning Men and Woman’s roles both in the Church and in Marriage.
1 Timothy 2:11-14 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to Teach nor to usurp Authority over the man but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed then Eve and Adam was not deceived but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
1 Peter 3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life that your prayers be not hindered.
Both Men and Woman are to sit at the feet of Jesus to learn in agreement, we are all His Disciples (see below ) He is our only Teacher (Matthew23:8-10) and either may be chosen and anointed to Teach God’s Truth within their roles, having asked for and received His wisdom and empowering and if so what is shared will be confirmed in Scripture or/ and Creation, if not we reject it.
Matthew 12 47-50 Then one said unto Him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But He answered and said unto him that told Him, Who is my Mother? and who are my Brethren? And He stretched forth His hand toward His Disciples, and said, Behold my Mother and my Brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in Heaven, the same is my Brother and Sister and Mother.
As Woman we are the same Spiritually as Men, there is no difference in Christ Jesus, we are all One Spiritually with Him even though our Roles are different to Mens. We can share God’s Truth as confirmed in Scripture with both Men and Woman, Pray and Worship together and correct error as He leads us to do so under His Authority and with His empowering through The Holy Spirit.
Galatians 3:28-29 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither Male nor Female for ye are all one in Christ Jesus, and if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the Promise.
1 Corinthians 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is One Spirit.(KJV)
Woman can be in Authority over other Woman and Children of all ages but we are not to Teach in Authority by being Ordained as a Preacher or be in any positions where we are in Authority over Men in The Church, this is not part of our God given Role.
I have encountered strong opposition against God’s Roles for both Men and Woman and I realize some Woman will feel God’s guidelines are unfair but it is for our Protection because as Eve was deceived so can we be when in disobedience and it is disobedience for woman to be in Authority over Men both in the Church and in Marriage.
One Ordained Woman Preacher told me to forget the Scriptures and explain why God would not want her to be a Preacher (2Timothy 3:1-17) the word “Speak” in the Greek means Preach or Teach and to do so in Church means we are in Authority over Men, as we can see below this Woman Preacher was rejecting God’s guidelines in Scripture for her own fleshy agenda.
1Corinthians 14:33 -38 For God is not the Author of confusion, but of Peace as in all Churches of the Saints. 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. And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home for it is a shame for women to Speak in the Church. What came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? If any Man think himself to be a Prophet, or Spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the Commandments of the Lord. But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.
A good tool to use is E – Sword (see below) it is based on the oldest Translation of the Scriptures in use today so has less of man’s Translation errors which God will also show us. It confirms that the word Speak also referred to Preach but of course so does other Scripture. Does it also mean we cannot sing, share, Pray in Church, No we are part of the Body of Christ and are free to join together with Men in Worship and Prayer, we are One in Christ Jesus but we are not to Teach or Preach in Authority over Men, the woman who did this in the Scriptures above were told they were to ask their husbands at home for God’s guidelines, which are for the Body of Christ’s Protection.
Some have claimed that these guidelines were only written for the early Church but as we can see confirmed above they are for all God’s Churches and those in Authority who reject them are ignorant, which means they are in the flesh and not walking in The Spirit. This is True too for all those who are contentious, meaning they argue about their own fleshy understanding and reject God’s Truth as confirmed in Scripture and if this is True of those in Authority over us in the Church, we walk away if they reject correction because God cannot Bless a Church or Person when they are in disobedience but when God’s Work is done in His way it never lacks His supply.
Woman are Precious to God, we never need to doubt this Truth, He grieves to see us being abused and will deliver us, Men who do this to Woman are walking in their Carnal flesh not The Spirit, God does not condone Male Chauvinism or forced woman segregation (Romans 8 K.J.V )
Woman who have Blogs and Websites like those who Author Books, are free to share God’s Truth as lead by The Holy Spirit and confirmed in Scripture because Men who read their Books or visit and follow them on Blogs are not under their Authority and they do not Preach or Teach them in Authority.
When Woman Bloggers visit a Man’s Christian Blog the Men are also under God’s Authority and are to share His Truth not what they or others think is right without Scriptural confirmation as some Preachers do both Men and Woman.
When we are in Christ Jesus it means we are set free to be all we were meant to be and I have found with many Woman Bloggers, great Love and Joy in being called by Jesus’ Name, yes as with faithful obedient Men, He is our Spiritual Husband and we are Proud that He is, we are part of His Body The Church and He Loves and Cherishes us, we obey Him willingly and do not reject His words for what we or others may think is better or want to do when it is in disobedience to God’s Truth as confirmed in Scripture.
If we have been disobedient we repent and turn from evil and choose to do good by the empowering of The Holy Spirit, we do have freedom over the Slavery of Sin.
God bless you all in our Unity as valued Men and Woman of God – Anne.