They are Marching Against God

They are Marching Against God

Today, many women will be marching for their “rights” all over the country and their rights have absolutely nothing to do with godliness or God’s will for them. They want nothing to do with God’s ordained authority structure. They want their way and little do they know that they are participating in the destruction of our culture as they listen to their father, the Devil, who is the father of lies. 

Here are portions of a great sermon by Alistair Begg. He preached about the perfect roles that God has designed for men and women .

God has given the man the place and role of leadership. He has done this from the beginning. Read what Paul has to say in 1 Timothy 2 and 1 Corinthians 11…What Paul is arguing is from the doctrine of creation…What he makes clear is that God made Eve from Adam. He made Eve after Adam. He made Eve for Adam…He made them equal but He didn’t make them identical. You may have noticed that!…

He made them to go together. He made them to fit together anatomically. Things fit – you will notice one day if you haven’t noticed. And not only physically but psychologically. Their parts, Adam and Eve’s, man and woman’s parts and their roles, are not interchangeable according to the Bible. You may think you’re Mr. Mom but you’re not.

According to God, He has made you wonderfully, different, and purposefully so equal under creation, equal as the heirs of the grace of God, and He has done it this way for the good of humanity because He knows best. He’s the Creator…Marriage is not a human invention. Marriage is God’s plan and pattern for all of time. People know this!

What God has established from creation no culture has been able to destroy. I guarantee no culture has ever destroyed it; no culture will destroy it. The culture will destroy itself before it destroys God’s design. Hence the fall of Rome. Hence the fall of Greece. Hence the fall of so many of these empires because they said they will have no God to rule over us. We will do it our way…

A destroyed culture will eventually have to stand and acknowledge God is God because from the very beginning what is declared is not culturally contained or limited. It is timeless and it is universal…That’s why the challenges of our day are not about superficial things. They’re not about people’s preferences. They’re about the very central issues of the Godness of God and the humanity of humanity.

So the question is then inevitable. Someone will say in the course of conversation, “How did things get so upside down?”…How will you answer without your Bible? Because in terms of man and woman and in terms of human sexuality all of these elements have been badly soured by man’s rebellion and disobedience to God…Serpent comes and deceives Eve and she listens to the serpent rather than to Adam. Adam listens to Eve instead of fulfilling his responsibility to lead Even and neither of them listen to God and the result is disastrous.

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
John 8:44

Mothers are Happier as Homemakers. Surprise!

Mothers are Happier as Homemakers. Surprise!

There was a time when the prophet Elijah was grief-stricken and thought he was the only one who worshiped the one true God. “Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life” (Romans 11:3). How did God respond to him? “I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal” (Romans 11:4). There will ALWAYS be a remnant, women. “Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace” (Romans 11:5) and it’s always a time of rejoicing when we remind ourselves of this fact!

There was an article written on the Daily Wire that asked, “Are Mothers Happier Being Homemakers or Working Full Time?” which stated, “Despite the onslaught of propaganda telling young girls otherwise, a recent research paper distilling data from over 30 European countries concluded that mothers find homemaking preferable to working full-time.”

Many women feel very alone in being full-time homemakers and mothers. They don’t have many, if any, friends. The homes in their neighborhoods sit empty all day long while they alone are busy in their homes raising their children.

While reading the comments on Ben Shapiro’s Facebook page where he shared this article, you will definitely see a remnant who values the things that God values. Yes, I will share a few negative comments as well.

Here is the most popular comment with close to 3,000 likes written by Marsha: “I would have killed to have the traditional family. Father working. Mother at home raising the children and keeping the household intact. Clean house. Home-made meals. Children taken care of by a mother and not a babysitter. This is the way it was supposed to be before women’s liberation became popular and ruined everything.” (A hearty amen!)

 Dean: “The death of the nuclear family is a major reason why there is so much confusion and also crime. In my opinion, it is women who choose to be stay-at-home moms who have a very fulfilling life taking care of their family.” (I love to see men chip in with wisdom!)

Maria: “I have just come to a realization that I am fine concentrating 100% on my kids, my husband, and running my home as my ‘career’ at the moment. I tried it the other way and worked outside of the home but there was never any balance. Either the kids and the household lacks attention or it’s going to be your career or profession that you’re in. I have chosen my kids, husband, and our home full time. Now my situation could be different because I have five kids and maybe someone can do it if they have one maybe even two kids but I think that would be difficult enough and something’s always going to be lacking your full attention.”

Natalie: “Depends on how a woman defines happiness. If she’s materialistic and wants things, it’s a job. If it’s nurturing and watching your children grow and develop, it’s a homemaker. It’s really dependent upon the woman’s values.” (Of course, she got nailed by the feminists who read her comment who value their own happiness over what is best for their children.)

Abigail: “Loved staying home and raising our babies. We went without a lot. I invented refrigerator soup. That’s when you take bits and pieces from the fridge and make soup. Once, we had one catfish fillet to feed all five of us. It made great soup! Happiest days of my life: raising three kids on no money, but loads of love! The kids are gone, but the love remains…” (Her family was blessed!)

Monica: “I have done both, and can say with great conviction that I was happier staying home with my kids. I hate working outside the home. I stayed at home when my older two were younger, but had to work when my youngest was younger. I feel like I’ve missed out on so much of her life. It makes me sad….” (I missed out on the first two years of my oldest daughter’s life and will always regret this.)

Lisa: “I would be happier (and am) working full time. I was not meant to be a mom even though I am. I need the break from my kid. But I would like it if one parent could stay home. I think a lot of problems in the world are caused by both parents working.” (Yes, Lisa, you are the one that God has called to be home full time and you were created to be a mom since you have children.)

Mona: “I loved being a wife, mother, caregiver, seamstress, lover, nurse, teacher and cook. I think my children benefited from me always being there for them. They have grown into parents themselves and make sacrifices for their children as I did.” (They absolutely benefited!)

Linda: “I always wanted to be a stay at home mother and wife. But feminism has forced women into the workplace (financially), and shamed them if they did decide to stay at home. Pretty sad that the ‘be who you want to be’ feminists don’t really mean what they say. You fit in their ‘box’ or you’re unacceptable. That and women are also forced by men that decided it was easier on them if the women worked. Just saying….” (She nailed it with this one, sadly.)

Stephen: “It’s not that they are happier being stay-at-home moms, working full-time, or doing a combination of both lifestyles. It’s a cultural war that has made it not honorable for women to want to stay home and raise children. Maybe I’m an on old fashioned misogynist but I can’t think of anything more honorable than a mother being a mother raising strong well-adjusted children.” (No, Stephen, you are not an “old fashioned misogynist.” You are a wise man who wrote truth.)

Melissa: “Bull – Every woman is different. Some enjoy being stay at home mothers – finding fulfillment that way. However, I know that I was not happy staying home full time- was bored out of my mind and felt like I was cut off from the rest of the world. I also had problems with not having my ‘own’ money. Money I didn’t have to feel guilty about spending. Guess I’m too independent.” (This is why God has commanded that older women teach the young women to love their children and be keepers at home since He knows that many will rebel against this and live their lives selfishly for themselves instead of what is best for their families.)

Lizzie: “I tried being a SAHM and hated every minute of it. I’m a better mom, wife, and all around person when I work! So to the the people who say “I’ve never met a mom who didn’t enjoy being a homemaker overall…’ maybe you should get out more.” (This is a make believe world she is living in if she thinks that she’s a better wife and mother by being away from her home and children all day long.  God is the one who created her to be a keeper at home regardless of what she wants.)

Tara: “Everything isn’t always about being happy in life and that’s why so many people are depressed. They’re fed this lie that every woman is supposed to have white teeth, no grey hair, be perfectly toned and have amazing clothes. That’s not what life is all about. This is an illusion the media has fed us over and over again. Life is a struggle with some happiness thrown in. It’s about what’s right and raising your own children and doing your own housework instead of letting someone else do it for you and is the most important job for a woman IMO. Yes it might not be rainbows and unicorns most of the time but it’s the way it’s supposed to be for you & your children.” (Amen, but happiness is a choice and as believers in Jesus Christ, we should choose to be happy; for happy is that people, whose God is the LORD! – Psalm 144:15)

He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.
Psalm 113:9

Housework is Good For You!

Housework is Good For You!

Yes, housework is good for us. It’s what God created for us to do! Everything God created is for our good. It doesn’t mean it will be easy or won’t involve suffering but it’s good.

“It’s probably not the most popular piece of health advice ever dished out – but researchers say that doing the housework can add years to your life.

They found that women who clean, hoover and do the laundry are likely to live almost three years longer.

But men can breathe a sigh of relief – housework appears to have little effect on them. They are better off in the garden, according to research by Dutch academics.”

Exercise and moving is what we were created to do. There are many warnings in the Bible against being idle. The place that God created women to work hard is in their homes. There is no excuse for any of us to have filthy, cluttered homes. As your children age, you must teach them to work hard picking up after themselves and helping with housework.

Scientific studies are now proving that the lack of exercise and being a couch potato is bad for us! “A recent study published in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that men who reported spending two or more hours per day sitting in front of a television had twice the risk of having a heart attack or cardiac ‘event’ than the men who reported watching less television. And men who said they spent four or more hours being sedentary had a 50% higher chance of dying from any cause. Exercise did not negate the risks associated with the hours of television watching. There are multiple other studies that found similar results.”

When you think about how hard the homemakers of old had to work in their homes, it puts us to shame! They didn’t have the luxuries, conveniences, and time wasters (TV, iPhones, and computers) like we have and many would starve if they didn’t work hard.

My neighbor is a fantastic housekeeper. Ken went over to help her and her husband move some boxes and she said to Ken, “I love cleaning my home because I know I’m working my muscles and getting exercise!” If we work hard in our home, we don’t need to go to the gym to get exercise. We get it right in our homes!

Lately, I’ve been working hard decluttering my home. I’ve decluttered and organized my pantry, kitchen cupboards, garage, bathroom cupboards, and closets. I’ve been taking things to the local Goodwill to give away and throwing other things away. I love a clean, organized, and decluttered home. Yes, it takes work but as I am doing it, I remind myself how good this is for me and the results are beautiful!

Clean your home heartily, as unto the Lord, as if Christ was a frequent visitor because He is, you know; for when you are cleaning your home and working hard in it, you are serving the Lord!

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
Colossians 3:23

“Obey Your Husband” Isn’t Biblical?

“Obey Your Husband” Isn’t Biblical?

Many Jezebels found my post The Jezebels Among Us and naturally despised it. I received many hateful and twisted comments on my Facebook page. I chose one to show you the lies they perpetuate upon “Christian” women today. In this first part, this woman quotes me first, then proceeds to explain how wrong I am.

“‘You won’t hear them teaching about submitting to and obeying their husbands or being keepers at home.’ Well yeah, because to preach THAT that would be Jezebellic, as in, rebellion towards God, distorting and polluting the Word of God to uphold a perverse, carnal, ungodly culture. They wouldn’t preach distortions like ‘obey your husband’ because that is not Biblical, it’s a cultural warping of God’s holy Word. But what you *would* hear ‘them’ preaching is what the Bible actually says: to be filled with the Spirit, to submit to one another out of reverence to Christ, and therefore, to love and respect one another. And who exactly do they teach that you should obey? They teach what the Bible says: to obey the commandments of Jesus because we love him and are not only his servants but his friends, to love one another because we are his disciples.”

I hope you are all easily able to tell the lies in her statement. The first part is clearly lies and has no basis for biblical truth. The second part is truth and comes from the Word of God. This is what false teachers do. They take a little bit of truth and mix it up with lies and come out with deceptions.

She believes that submitting to and obeying our husbands and being keepers at home is upholding a “perverse, carnal, and ungodly culture.” She, along with many others like her, carefully pick and choose what they want to obey. God clearly states that women are to obey their husbands in His Word. Titus 2:5 tells us that younger women are to be “obedient to their husbands.” Yes, most versions use the word “submit” but if you go to 1 Peter 3:6 all versions say, “Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.” Yes, we are Sara’s daughters, if we love the Lord, and obey our husband, as Sara did, without being afraid because we trust in the Almighty God and His ways.

This woman is correct that we are to be filled with the Spirit and submit to one another but then she fails to explain who submits to who. Right after we are told to submit to one another (Ephesians 5:21), wives are commanded to submit to their husband (Ephesians 5:22). Husbands are told to submit to Christ by laying their lives down for their wives (Ephesians 5:25).  Children are to submit to parents (Ephesians 6:1) and servants obey their masters (Ephesians 6:5) yet she conveniently left out all of these verses. These are the “commandments of Jesus.”

Many today only teach the easy verses and fail to teach the harder and unpopular ones. They are teachers who will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (2 Timothy 4:3, 4). Their made-up god is all about love but never about justice or giving the hard truths.

As women, we need to be especially careful about deception. If perfect Eve could be deceived, so can we. We must hide God’s Word in our heart “that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive” (Ephesians 4:14). What this woman wrote sounds relatively good but it’s not. It’s part truth with a lot of deception. This is so common today that we must daily put on the full armor of God, including the “sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17).

What she is teaching is perverse, carnal, and ungodly because she picks and chooses what she wants to believe instead of believing all of God’s Word and trusting that His ways are perfect for her. Yes, it takes a strong woman of God to live in submission and obedience to her husband. It also takes a woman who lays aside her “dreams and goals” to willingly and cheerfully stay home and raise the children that the Lord has blessed her with. These are what pleases the Lord and what He asks us to do despite what the Jezebels of our day teach and believe.

“I Wish I Were a Man”

“I Wish I Were a Man”

We watched “Queen Victoria” last night and soon after she found out she was pregnant with her second child, just months after giving birth to her first child, she said, “There are times that I wish I were a man.” There’s another woman in the show who is a brilliant mathematician who has three children and said the same exact thing to Queen Victoria a short time later.

Both of these women wished they were men because they didn’t like the inconvenience of having children. The children got in the way of what they wanted to do. Queen Victoria was much more interested in running her country and the mathematician was much more interested in inventing things than having children but back in those days there was no birth control so women could not prevent having children.

This show is based on a true story and from history we know that Queen Victoria had nine children. From the show, at least, she’s certainly not excited about having children. She spends little time with them because running the country is so much more important even though she’s married to a very capable man. This situation makes it tough, too, because she knows she’s supposed to submit to her husband but she’s queen. Oh, the pain of being a woman!

One can easily see how feminism took off so rapidly. I am sure these two women weren’t alone in feeling that they wish they were men. So once birth control came on the scene, women were no longer burdened with having children. They could prevent having babies but if by chance they got pregnant, they could have them murdered in their womb. Now, they could go out into the world and pursue their own goals and dreams

I have never wanted to be a man in my entire life! I love being a woman. I loved the fact that I could have children, that they “interfered” with my life, and I was able to stay home full time and be the one to raise them. There’s nothing else I would rather do. I have no interest in running a country, inventing anything, or being at a job in submission to a boss for eight hours a day. I love being home!

A woman being in leadership positions, as the Queen was, made for a lot of contention in her marriage. Since she knew she was supposed to submit to her husband, she had no idea how she was supposed to be Queen over him and it caused a lot of strife in their marriage.

All throughout the Bible, God had men in leadership positions. It’s impossible for a Queen to run a country and live in submission to her husband at the same time, especially when her husband has some different ideas on how to run the country. A woman is just as capable as a man to run a country, yet God knew that it’s best for men to be the ones in authority, especially since most women would be mothers IF it weren’t for birth control and the preventing of having children.

Enjoy being a woman, women. Count your children as a “sacrifice and a blessing” as one woman told Queen Victoria. God created us to have babies and be home with them. It’s His perfect will for us. He made men with their role and women with their role. Don’t rebel against it but be thankful because it is good.

But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.
Mark 10:6

Do Kids NEED a College Experience?

Do Kids NEED a College Experience?

Jana Duggar just turned 28 years old. There was a post on the Duggar Facebook page wishing her Happy Birthday. Of course, there were many critical comments directed towards the Duggars under this post. Here is one that stood out to me:

“I would really like to see at least one of the Duggar girls go out on their own, without needing a man. Go away to college, or university and experience life in the outside world! You don’t need to wait for a man!!! These girls rush into marriage, because they’ve been in the Duggar compound their whole lives, without experiencing the outside world, without the Duggar clan. Spread your wings and be an independent woman and find love the normal way.”

Our culture acts like going to college is a rite of passage for young adults and needing a man is deeply frowned upon as if its a bad thing. Do young adults need to go away to colleges or universities to “experience the outside world?” Is this an “experience” that we should all want for our children even if they don’t know what they want to do with their lives and our daughters only desire to be wives and mothers?

This is what Matt Walsh had to say about it:

“You can’t spend $70,000 for an experience!…What is the experience in most colleges these days? …Moral degradation, casual sex, STDs, and maybe some liver damage.” He mentioned the humanistic teaching that they will receive in most colleges, too. So is Jana missing out on life since she isn’t going to college but staying home with her family which is the way that its been for all women since time began up until a few generations ago?

There’s nothing biblical about young women going away to college. I am not calling it sin but the women learn nothing about godly womanhood unless they go to a strong Christian college, which there are very few. They will not learn how to have a strong marriage. They will not be taught how to raise children. They will not be taught to be modest, discreet, good, chaste, sober, or a keeper at home. They are taught the complete opposite!

They will be taught to be strong apart from the Lord and independent of Him and in no need of a man. In fact, they will be taught that there’s no differences between men and women and be encouraged to be a man and take on his role. They will be taught about birth control, overpopulation, and the inconvenience of  having children. They will be taught to pursue careers so they can make a name for themselves and have money of their own. They will be taught nothing about God’s ordained role for them but instead, spend a lot of money for their college education and gain a mountain of debt. In my day, college was affordable and not so humanistic but it is not this way anymore.

The Duggar young women want to be married and have children. This is all they want to do. It’s all I ever wanted to do. It’s a God-given desire and it is good. I don’t mind saying that I need a man. I need my husband. He gave me children and worked hard so I could stay home with them. He helped me raise them. I am protected by him. Our children have been our greatest blessing and they are gifts that keep on giving!

When women of the world are encouraging the Duggars to get out of the “Duggar compound” you can know that they don’t have the Lord’s interests in mind at all. No, they just have their selfish, culturally-correct ambitions in mind instead that can’t compare to God’s role for women. Yes, there are a few who are called to singleness but they are to use their singleness for the work of the Lord, not their selfish ambitions.

What can be more important than being a help meet to a godly man who provides for and protects his family and raise godly offspring for the next generation? Nothing and everything good and I, for one, am thankful for the Duggar women wanting to marry, bear, and raise godly offspring just as the Apostle Paul instructed women to do in 1 Timothy 5:14. This is what our culture needs more than career women. The Duggars have been a wonderful example to many.

I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.
1 Timothy 5:14

O Death, Where is Thy Sting?

O Death, Where is Thy Sting?

My mom is very sick. She mostly lays in bed all day long and wants to go to heaven. She has lived a good and long life for 87 years. She’s been an amazing mother to me and we’ve been close for all of our lives. It’s hard for me to see her in the condition she is in. Death is a very hard thing to watch even if it’s an old person.

At the beginning of last September, I met a young and beautiful woman. She seemed healthy and and is a mother to six children; the youngest being only four years old. A month later, she was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer. Today as I am writing this post, she is fighting for every breath she takes as her husband lovingly sits by her side doing anything he can to help her be comfortable including rubbing her back and feet, reading the Word to her, and praying over her. Death is a very hard thing to watch no matter what the age. It will take a miracle of God for her to survive which many are praying will happen. (Sadly, Tesha passed away on Thursday.)

I have been reading through 1 Corinthians and I read this verse yesterday morning as I was grieving over my mom and this young mother. “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death” (1 Corinthians 15:26). Yes, death is an enemy. It wasn’t supposed to happen but because of sin, it did. But then later in the chapter, it reads, “So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Christ conquered sin and death for us and gave us victory over death. We will rise again. My mom and Tesha will spend eternity with Jesus and with all of their loved ones who love Jesus. Knowing this makes it easier for us but death will always be a very hard thing. We mourn with those who mourn and yes, there will be a lot of mourning when these two women pass on to eternal life, but there will be great rejoicing, too, since we know where they will be and we will one day meet them again. Christ indeed conquered the grave.

Several women in the chat room have lost their children and we all grieved for them. We can’t imagine the pain they are going through but they have stood strong in the Lord. There is no hope without Him. Because of Him, they know that they will one day be reunited with their precious children.

Death is something we will all go through unless Christ comes to take us home. I love what Michael Pearl taught about this time on earth. It’s like Grand Central Station and we’re all buying a ticket to heaven or to hell. This life is a blip on the scene of eternity so make sure you choose the train that goes to eternal life.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Revelation 21:4

A True and Noble Wife

A True and Noble Wife

Written By J. R. Miller

The wife who would always hold in her husband’s heart the place she held on her wedding day will never cease striving to be lovely. She will be as careful of her words and acts and her whole bearing toward him as she was before marriage. She will cultivate in her own life whatever is beautiful, whatever is winning, whatever is graceful.

She will scrupulously avoid whatever is offensive or unwomanly. She will look well to her personal appearance; no woman can be careless in her dress, slatternly, and untidy, and long keep her place on the throne of her husband’s life. She will look well to her inner life. She must have mental attractiveness. She will seek to be clothed in spiritual beauty. He husband must see in her ever-new loveliness as the years move on. As the charms of physical beauty may fade in the toils and vicissitudes of life, there must be more and more beauty of soul to shine out to replace the attractions that are lost.

She should always care more to please him than any other person in the world. She should prize more highly a compliment from his lips than from any other humans lips. Therefore she should reserve for him the sweetest charms; she should seek to bring ever to him some new surprise of loveliness; she should plan pleasures and delights for him.

Instead of not caring how she looks or whether she is agreeable or not when no one but her husband is present, she should always be at her best for him. Instead of being bright and lovely when there is company, then relapsing into languor and silence when the company is gone, she should seek always to be brightest and loveliest when only he and she sit together in the quiet of the home.

Again let me say that no wife can overestimate the influence she wields over he husband, or the measure in which his character, his career and his very destiny are laid in her hands for shaping. The sway which she holds over him is the sway of love, but it is mighty and resistless. If she retains her power, if she holds her place as queen of his life, she can do with him as she will.

If she has in her soul noble womanly qualities, if she has true thought of life, if she has purpose, strength of character and fidelity to principle, she will be to him an unfailing inspiration toward all that is noble, manly and Christlike. The high conceptions of life in her mind will elevate his conceptions. Her firm, strong purpose will put vigor and determination into every resolves and act of his.

Her purity of soul will cleanse and refine his spirit. Her warm interest in all his affairs and her wise counsel at every point will make him strong for every duty and valiant in every struggle. Her careful domestic management will become an important element of success in his business life.

Her bright, orderly, happy homemaking will be a perpetual source of joy and peace, and an incentive to nobler living. Her unwavering fidelity, her tender afffectionateness, her womanly sympathy, her beauty of soul, will make her to him God’s angel indeed, sheltering, guarding, keeping, guiding and blessing him. Just in the measure in which she realizes this lofty ideal of wifehood will she fulfill her mission and reap the rich harvest of her hopes.

Such is the “woman’s lot” that falls on every wife. It is solemn enough to make her very thoughtful and very earnest. How can she make sure that her influence over her husband will be for good, that he will be a better man, more successful in his career and more happy, because she is his wife? Not by any mere moral posturing so as to seem to have lofty purpose and wise thoughts of life, not by any weak resolving to help him and be an uplifting inspiration to him; not by perpetual preaching and lecturing on a husband’s duties and on manly character; she can do it only by being in the very depth of her soul, in every thought and impulse of her heart and in every fibre of her nature, a true and noble woman. She will make him not like what she tells him he ought to be, but like what she herself is.

So it all comes back to a question of character. She can be a good wife only by being a good woman and she can be a good woman in the true sense only by being a Christian woman. Nowhere save in Christ can she find the wisdom and strength she needs to meet the solemn responsibilities of wifehood. Only in Christ can she find that rich beauty of soul, that gemming and empearling of character, which shall make her lovely in her husband’s sight when the bloom of youth is gone, when the brilliance has faded out of her eyes and the roses have fled from her cheeks. Only Christ can teach her how to live so as to be blessed and a blessing to her married life.

Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.
Proverbs 14:1

Childlike Faith to Trust God in EVERYTHING

Childlike Faith to Trust God in EVERYTHING

Do you have a childlike faith in God? Do you obey Him regardless of the cost because you trust that what He commands He will provide? Do you trust that His ways are best even if you don’t like them nor understand them? Do you trust Him enough to be a keeper at home even though it seems impossible? Do you have the faith to submit yourself to your husband’s leadership in everything even though he may make bad decisions? Do you trust that His ways are perfect thus you have no problems keeping quiet in the church service and men being the leaders in the church?

I listened to a video yesterday called Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up? It’s a great video about the early Christians and how they lived their lives in comparison to how we live ours. One part stood out to be so strongly that I typed it up for you.

“The early church had childlike trust in God even if it meant suffering. God was trustworthy to bring a person through it. ‘A person who does not do what God has commanded shows he really does not believe God’ (Clement of Alexandria). To the early Christians to claim to trust God while refusing to obey Him was a contradiction (He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. – 1 John 2:4).

“Their Christianity was more than verbal. As one early Christian expressed, ‘We don’t speak things – we live them!’ One early mark of the early Christian was their literal childlike obedience to the teachings of Jesus and the apostles. They didn’t feel they needed to understand the reasons in a commandment before they would obey it. They just trusted that God’s way is always the best way.

“‘Who then is so irreverent as to disbelieve God, and to demand explanations from God as from men?’ (Clement of Alexandria) They trusted God because they lived in awe of his majesty and wisdom. ‘God is greater than all our perceptions – He is infinite, immense. Only He truly understands His true greatness, our hearts are too limited to really understand Him. We are making a worthy estimation of Him when we say that His is beyond estimation..Anyone who thinks he knows the magnitude of God diminishes His greatness'” (Mark Felix)

Can you say you live your life like the early Christians? God commands that we dwell on the lovely and the good. Does this command influence what you watch on TV, the computer, and at the movie theater? He warned us that bad company corrupts good morals. Are you careful with the friends and the people your children hang out with? He instructed parents to raise their children in the nurture and the admonition of Him. Are you the ones raising your children or have you handed that job off to someone else?

All of our lives and everything we do should be measured by the Word of God; for it is our instruction book. Nothing should frighten us or cause us to disobey out of fear. Whenever we are acting out of fear or faithlessness, we are not trusting God. He has reassured us by telling us that His commands are not burdensome so we should be quick and willing to obey all of what He has asked of us. Are you?

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:58

Women Praying and Prophesying in the Church

Women Praying and Prophesying in the Church

Many people today believe that women can pray and prophesy in the churches. Does the Bible actually say that women can do this? Let’s look at 1 Corinthians 11 which teaches about headcoverings. We are told that the head of the woman is the man and that “every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head.” Is this referring to a woman’s activity in a church service? Does this mean that women can pray and prophesy in the church?

I can’t see anything in this chapter that states that this can happen during a church service. The entire book of 1 Corinthians is written to a very messed up church but the Apostle Paul isn’t giving instructions throughout the entire letter about how the church service should run. No, he is given instructions mostly on how those who call themselves believers in Jesus Christ ought to behave themselves.

At the end of Chapter 9, he’s encouraging believers to be temperate in all things and discipline their bodies. In chapter 10, he warns them against idolatry, fornication, lusting after evil things, murmuring, and that whatever they do, they do all for the glory of God. Then he goes onto chapter 11 about headcoverings, women being the glory of man, and long hair being their covering. In the verse I mentioned earlier about the woman praying or prophesying, it makes no mention of this happening in a church gathering.

In chapter 12, we are taught about spiritual gifts and in chapter 13, we are taught about charity which is godly love for others. In chapter 14, we are taught about prophesying and how it is used to “speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.” Here Paul is clearly speaking about being in a church service and how much more edifying prophesying is than speaking in tongues. “Let all things be done unto edifying…For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.”

Right before this verse he wrote, “For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.” So yes, in this chapter he is specifically speaking about the church service and prophesying. What is the very next verse after the one about God not being the author of confusion and this one about all being able to prophesy one by one?

“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 any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.” God is very clear here that women are not to pray or prophesy in the churches. Paul would not have written in one chapter that women can pray and prophesy in a church service and then a few chapters later clearly instruct women to keep silent in the churches and that it is a shame for women to speak in the church. Men are called to pray and prophesy in the churches since they are the God-ordained leaders as the “husbands of one wife.”

All women who are speaking, teaching, prophesying, and praying in the churches are in rebellion to God’s clearly stated role for them. And in case women and the leaders of the churches didn’t quite understand what Paul was writing, he wrote it again just to make sure everyone understood.

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.
1 Timothy 2:12, 13

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