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Snatching Ambiguity From Clarity

Snatching Ambiguity From Clarity

During the Judge Kavanaugh’s hearings, the Judge gave an interesting phrase “snatching ambiguity from clarity” as he discussed textualism, the theory that the interpretation of the law is based primarily on the ordinary meaning of the text when it was written. He was referencing those who want to find every reason why what the law actually says is not what it actually means.

Unfortunately, it seems that we have the same issue in the Church today where too many people want to take what is so clearly stated in the Word and twist and turn, reach and hypothesize, all to conclude that they know the mind of God on matters clearly written in God’s Word and they have discovered that God’s mind is the opposite of what is clearly stated.

This is especially true concerning modern biblical womanhood where, of course, modern Western thinking is said to have nothing to do with their conclusions as they stretch for ambiguity to try and upend God’s intent with the plain meaning and make it say the opposite of what God clearly says. In other words, the are “snatching ambiguity from clarity.”

Amiguity means “doubtfulness of uncertainty of significance; double meaning.” Some women love to make other women doubt God’s clear commands and cause them to be uncertain and question if they are true and relevant for today. Clarity means “clearness” which God’s word is to us; most often clear as can be!

I teach women to be submissive to their husbands as it is clearly taught in the text of the word of God but it amazes me how many now love to make it ambiguous. They love to cast doubt on what God has clearly commanded by giving all of the ifs, buts, and exceptions.

“God wouldn’t command women to be submissive because it can lead to abuse!” Is your husband abusing you? If so, quickly seek help. A wife’s loving and willful submission does not include subjecting herself or her children to abuse. But if your husband is not abusing you, stop using this excuse to wipe out the clear teaching of God’s word.

“What if a husband asks a wife to sin?” Is your husband asking you to sin for him or with him? If so, just say no. Submission does not mean we go against God’s clear word and sin.

“That was written only to one church, not to the whole church of God!” No, it was written to all churches. Six epistles clearly state that a wife is to be submissive to her husband’s leadership. Four were to specific churches who were told to pass them around to other churches, and two were to two of the apostles who were Paul’s main proteges, Timothy and Titus, and both were responsible to lead multiple churches.

Perhaps nothing creates more ambiguity with the text than the cry for “mutual submission.” God says one time, “submitting yourselves one to another.” “See! We don’t really have to be submissive to our husbands at all!” They have snatched ambiguity to overturn the clear meaning of seven verses on a wife’s submission by appealing to one verse that also tells her to be submissive! That’s right, “submitting yourselves one to another.” How can such a clear verse now come to mean: “I do not have to submit at all”? These women have in their minds created doubtfulness, uncertainty of significance or a double meaning, and ambiguity; all in an effort to excuse why they refuse to accept the clarity of the text.

The worst case of creating ambiguity with the clear teaching of the word is the massive attempt to justify women holding places of church authority and teaching men in the church even when the plain text says, “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 Timothy 2:11-14).

“Women were the first to preach to the disciples about Jesus rising from the dead!” How much more ambiguity can you find than a simple message of the resurrection turned into a speaking engagement? Actually, wasn’t it an angel who preached to the women and told them to go tell (not preach) to the disciples that Christ had risen?

“What about Deborah, Junia, and Priscilla!?” All great women used by God but we have not one instance of any woman preaching in the churches or a scrap of any message they gave. Did you miss the part where all the priests of the Old Covenant and all of the apostles were men?

“Junia. She’s an apostle!” Or maybe she was “of note among the apostles”(Romans 16:7)? Or maybe she wasn’t a she at all but Junias, a man? But for those looking to snatch ambiguity from clarity of God’s Word on these matters, they have found enough. They have muddied the waters just enough to create a whole theology for women preachers/teachers and leaders in the churches all out of an ambiguous text.

“Those commands were cultural and only for that church.” Yes, it is the only possible ambiguity that is not dishonest, but it also is not part of the the actual text. There is no place in scripture that God tells us that one day women would lead the church and do it better than godly men can do it. An appeal to the texts being cultural and no longer applicable to our day presumes that Western culture is superior to all other cultures and that God in all His ambiguity could not have clearly given us instructions for marriage and the Church that could endure throughout the church age. No, what was good for almost 2,000 years is no longer good for today as feminism has freed the church from its yoke of biblical culture.

But here’s the “cultural” catch. The apostle Paul’s justification for why a woman was not to exercise authority over a man or teach him predates culture. Paul takes us back to a time before culture began and only Adam and Eve were in the garden. Did Paul lie to us? Or was God giving us His will and His way in a clear manner explaining why He wants male leadership in Christian homes and churches? And if you say Paul lied or was mistaken in his words, you have just opened the slippery slide that will take you away from all of the churches’ teachings leaving you with nothing more than the red letters of Jesus. All these years the Bible could not be trusted by the Church, and you just discovered that for us by all your ambiguities? I do not think so, and we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16) who founded His church upon His apostles as stated in His word.

We live in a culture where everyone has an excuse and a justification for why they will not do the right things in life. Divorce is rampant. Children are left in daycare are all day. Debt is skyrocketing. The unborn are being killed for getting in the way, and every form of sexual sin is being thrust upon us by a pleasure-seeking society where everyone is doing what is right in their own eyes. But some of you want us to believe that this culture is so much better than the culture that Peter and Paul preached to and admonished. That we have progressed to an evolutionary point in the church where we can adapt the Church to this sinful culture and make it better. This world needs Jesus and God’s instructions to us more than ever. Don’t throw out God’s clear admonitions but embrace them as a people called to be separate and holy, set aside for God. His ways are always best.

God is clear what he wants for the role of women in the churches and it is for our good. The clarity of the plain speaking word of God is far more valid than any ambiguity can challenge. Take God at His word, dear women. The New Covenant teachings begin in Acts when the Church was established by the apostles. Everything we need for life and godliness is found in God’s word, not in wishful thinking and a stretch for ambiguity. The New Covenant and the New Testament are our guide giving us all we need for life and godliness. Let us not allow culture to dictate what God’s word says, but rather let us allow God’s word to influence us to stand firm against modern culture by studying it and obeying God!

The Devil’s E.R.A. (Eve Rules Adam)

The Devil’s E.R.A. (Eve Rules Adam)

Written By The Bible Watchman

“Not withstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. And I gave her space to repent of her fornication: and she repented not. Behold I will cast her into a bed and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. And I will kill her children with death: and all the churches shall know that I am He which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.”
(Rev. 2:20-23)

Jesus preached to the church in Revelation on the doctrine of Jezebel and I am doing the same. This false doctrine is prevalent in society and in the church today just before the Great Tribulation. Now the complaint of the Lord toward the church of Thyatira–she is called Jezebel after the wickedest woman in the Bible. For a woman to be called a Jezebel is every bit as bad as for a man to be called Ahab (wimp).

She was probably a very attractive woman (seduction is always done best by a beautiful woman). No doubt she possessed a charming personality, a most persuasive tongue, forceful ideas, and great leadership qualities. She was, it would seem, a woman who put most men to shame.

She arrives on the scene just before the Great Tribulation and it certainly speaks of the church today, as we are living in the time just prior to the Great Tribulation. The spirit of Jezebel pervades society and the church today and few men have the guts to stand against it. It’s an evil spirit straight from Satan to destroy our family, our nation, and our church.

Her husband and the men of the church were in obedience to her. They ate out of her hand like Ahab did to Jezebel. ‘That woman Jezebel’- It may not have been her real name, but it fit her like a glove. Jezebel was a domineering, forceful, strong willed and self-willed woman. A masculine spirit in a woman. And Jezebels always marry hen-pecked wimpy men like Ahab.

The Jezebel Spirit is that wicked Satanic spirit that makes a woman rule over a man (I will not obey him). It’s call the Feminist Movement today, but at the beginning of this century, they were called suffragettes. It’s the spirit in women today that says, “I will not have a man rule over me – not in my home, not in the church, not on the job, and not in government.”

In the U.S.A., it started four generations ago and now has produced its deadly fruit in society. A total breakdown of the family and women ruling in most homes and churches. It has been passed down from mother to daughter to granddaughter. It’s a wicked, deadly anti-Christ spirit.

Jezebel’s daughter, Athaliah, was more wicked than Jezebel. Athaliah (2 Kings 11) was a replica of her mother, but worse. In idolatry and murder, she bore the hideous likeness of her mother. Like mother, like daughter, and mother teaching daughters to not submit to men. Athaliah is referred to as, “that wicked woman” (2 Chronicles 24:7).

Athaliah kills her grandsons (seed royal) and then ‘usurps’ the throne herself and rules over Judah for six years. Not just the power behind the throne like her mother Jezebel, but the power herself. Like in England, the Queen rules, not the King (and the Royal Family is being destroyed). Athaliah was the only woman who reigned in either of the two kingdoms and we see this same Jezebel spirit in the U.S. as we hear talk of a woman president.

She “usurped the throne” and the Bible says a woman shall not usurp the authority of a man. If she rules the home then she will also rule the church and the nation. It starts in the home. Each man is to be king of his own castle and his wife is not to usurp his throne, “But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence” (2 Timothy 2:12). Any wife who will not submit to her husband’s authority is creating a situation for Satan to destroy the family. If she is in authority, then she’s usurping it; she’s seizing the power and authority wrongfully. It’s against God’s Word. The devil is working mightily in this area worldwide to destroy the family as this spirit of anti-Christ prepares the world for the Anti-Christ. The Jezebel Spirit – beware of it!

Jezebel named her daughter Athaliah, which is a man’s name in the bible. First, she usurped a man’s name, and many women are usurping men’s first names today and refusing to take their husband’s last name in marriage. She says, “No man will name me,” or she gets a hyphenated name.

The Jezebel spirit is one of the main reasons for the high divorce rate and mothers not wanting their children. The Jezebel spirit wants you out of the home. Christian wives are to be “keepers at home” (Titus 2:5) and not bring their children to day care moms to raise. The Jezebel Spirit makes effeminate and homosexual sons and masculine daughters, teaching them to wear the pants in the home (Mother rules – Matriarch rules).

Like Israel of old, our leaders are causing us to err. “As for my people, children are their oppressors and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err and to destroy the way of thy paths.” (Isaiah 3:12) Like Jesus said, “They be blind leaders of the blind, and if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall in the ditch.” (Matt. 15:14)

First, the false doctrine of Jezebel is that she was allowed to teach in the church. “Thou sufferest that woman Jezebel to teach.” And the Bible says, “suffer not a woman to teach.” The church had then and most certainly has now, a malignant heresy, yet they indulgently tolerated it in their midst. They allowed this woman to assume leadership in the church and now just prior to the Great Tribulation, women are Sunday School teachers like Jezebel. And preachers and pastors and bishops as well. How can a woman who is silent in the church possibly be a teacher? She is not to teach but to learn in silence. “Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection” (1 Timothy 2:11).

The church of Thyatira exposed themselves to threefold error. First, they were wrong in principle. God’s Word declares that she is not to rule over the man. This has its roots in creation. (Adam first – then Eve) “Thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee” (Genesis 3:16).

Second, the church was wrong in precept. She led the people astray. The thought is that of deception. It is interesting to observe how many false cults have been founded by women and promoted by women. Seventh Day Adventists – Spiritism – Christian Science – Theosophy – New Agers – Four Square Gospel – all have been steered into error by women. Many Pentecostals and Charismatics have women teachers and pastors and most mainline denominations have women in leadership positions as well. The Charismatics would fall tomorrow if the woman obeyed the Word of God. It’s ruled by women. They ought to read the ‘Tongues’ chapter in the Bible (I Corinthians 14:34), “Let your women keep silence in the churches.”

The scriptures teach that a woman is much more susceptible to error in spiritual things than a man. She is more easily deceived for this reason she cannot teach in church or hold leadership positions. The devil deceived Eve, “and Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression” (II Timothy 2:14).

Third, the church was wrong in practice. They committed fornication. They let her have authority and she led them astray with false doctrine and they sinned by following her teaching. And men flock to churches today to sit under a woman pastor. They have despised their birthright and God-given authority to rule. They are raised by mothers who rule the home and they see nothing wrong with women ruling in the church. They have the Ahab spirit of a wimp.

She taught fornication (both physical and spiritual fornication) – both idolatry and adultery. Many Jezebels are teaching by their example of dressing like a whore with immodest apparel today. Jezebel was a whore. She taught it and she looked like it. Fornication is also taught in churches today- under the deceptive idea of sex education. Showing these ungodly movies and literature in the church.

Women who are living in sin, shacking up, are allowed to become members of the churches today and even teach Sunday School. Now even lesbians are in our churches teaching that form of ungodly fornication. Church leaders are marching on the streets with the Sodomites to our great shame. Beware of the Jezebel Spirit.

Jezebel – woe betide her weakling husband, Ahab, or anyone else who stood in her way. The daughter of a pagan king, she imposed upon Israel the worst type of heathenism. The worship of the true God was swept aside and idolatry put in its place. She tried to kill all the prophets of God. (God give us more Elijahs to stand against the Jezebel spirit.)

Jezebel’s spiritual heir and successor was in the church of Thyatira and has blossomed into full bloom with the church today.

The devil is the Great Deceiver and it makes it easier for him to deceive when women are in authority. The devil’s E.R.A. (Eve Rules Adam). Weakling, wimpish men are refusing to rule today and they allow women to rule in the church and teach Sunday School. Pastors’ wives are receiving the Jezebel spirit today and usurping their husbands’ authority and ruling the church. They are doing more and more speaking in the church and teaching the women in the church the same Jezebel spirit. Instead of being a good example of an obedient wife who is silent in the church, they follow the Jezebels of the world and teach the other women in the church to do the same. They never teach about being daughters of Sarah (I Peter 3) and obeying their husbands and being Godly wives and mothers (Titus 2:4). In effect, the pastor’s wife becomes co-pastor.

Christian ladies – don’t follow the worldly Jezebel spirit; follow the Bible and be a daughter of Sarah. A good obedient wife is one of God’s best gifts, but a disobedient wife is the worst thing he can have. Jezebel can destroy her husband’s ministry, if he’s a preacher.

I’ve seen whole churches ruled by this Jezebel spirit and it is destroying our churches. Women teachers, deaconesses, pastors, bishops, rebelling totally against God’s Word. The daughters of Jezebel rule the churches and the few daughters of Sarah are ridiculed and even forced to leave the church. God help us.

And most preachers keep silent and never preach this truth. They are afraid of the Jezebels in the church. (I know that fear.) They play up to these wicked, bossy women and tickle their ears and even commit fornication with them. They ask these women what they want the church to do. These cowardly pastors love to preach on Elijah, but they would never let Elijah preach in their pulpits.

Jezebels use terms like male chauvinist. She probably wears short hair and dresses, either very sexy or very masculine. She likes to work outside the home and especially be the boss. She doesn’t like her kitchen or taking care of her children. She’s a career woman. She’s the boss in the home and the speaker of the house. She talks and he’s silent and she always gets the last word.

This spirit operates through women who desire to control or dominate men. This spirit is behind the woman who will publicly humiliate her husband with her tongue in order to have the control over him. (A daughter of Sarah has a meek and quiet spirit.) And she will use sex to control him also. If women don’t war against this spirit today, they will be used for destruction by Satan.

We live in a society where there is hatred for male authority. The Jezebel spirit is anti-father and anti-God the Father also. They are changing the Bible to mother god and goddess worship. Jezebel says, “I must control – I will be the boss.” Her heart submits to no man. I will have no man rule over me. I will support myself.

The spirit of Jezebel is controlling most churches today. When the men want to take control, there is a resisting, there is rebellion, and there is out and out refusal to submit by these Jezebels. Or there is manipulation that goes on in order to gain control. Like tears (her favorite way to get her way) or getting depressed. She will even refuse to go to church with her husband or she’s always sick or even will threaten to take the children and leave him. She must control at all costs.

The news media is pushing the Jezebel spirit today. Our public schools are pushing it. The air waves, the prince of power of the air (Satan) and radio and T.V. are pushing it. The Jezebel spirit flows unhindered throughout the entertainment world. It’s the spirit of the world. Beware ladies – “Love not the world, neither the things that are the world” (I John 2:15).

As a preacher, I never knew that I was fighting against the Jezebel spirit until finally God gave me this truth. I’d say “Button that top button”, “Get a longer dress”, “Take those pants off”, “Don’t cut your hair like a man”, “Be in submission to your husband.” Now I know the truth – there is a Jezebel spirit that exists today that says, “Nobody tells me how to dress.” Well, that’s what the fashion world does. Somebody is telling you how to dress.

The Jezebel spirit is the motivator behind abortion. “I want my independence. I don’t want to be tied down to motherhood. I’ll take the pill and if I get pregnant, I’ll kill the baby.” Hear God’s Word – “I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully” (I Timothy 5:14).

It’s the spirit that generates dissatisfaction among wives. “I’m not happy at home” and you get another woman who has the Jezebel spirit, “I’m not happy and fulfilled at home either. Let’s get a job.” And it spreads like bad leaven through society.

Who does the Jezebel spirit hate the most? Her most feared enemy is the faithful preacher who’s not afraid to preach the truth. She hates this man of God, and so wars to stir up people in the church against him like Jezebel did to Elijah.

Elijah will come again soon before the second coming of Jesus and he will fight against this Jezebel spirit as he did in the day of old (see Malachi 4:5-6): “He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children” which will include putting down the Jezebel spirit that usurps father’s throne in the home.

“Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness who Jezebel his wife stirred up” (I Kings 21:25). He sold out and she kept stirring things up and never let things settle down. (She should stir up her supper.) If you’ll look at the women that keep stirring things up in church, you’ll find the Jezebel spirit. And they’re usually married to Ahabs or have no husbands at all to submit to. These Jezebels will do everything in their power to destroy the preacher. A true preacher brings the wicked spirit out in the open and you can see the hatred arise against him. Both the Ahabs and the Jezebels will despise the true preacher. The Ahabs, the hen-pecked husbands, hate the light also. “For the husband is the head of the wife” (Ephesians 5:23).

The Jezebel spirit is coming in stronger and stronger as more and more preachers refuse to preach the truth because they don’t want to incur the wrath of Jezebels in their church.

Beware of the Jezebel Spirit!

Are you saved? Are you a born again? Jesus said “Ye must be born again” (John 3). If you want to be saved and have eternal life, “Call upon the name of the Lord” (Jesus).

First – Repent of you sins – turn away from your wicked ways.

Second – Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ in your heart.

Third – Confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and give your testimony.

For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9

***Disclaimer: I do not agree with everything an author writes when I publish one of their posts on my blog. I do mostly agree with what I publish that they wrote, however. Like on this post, I don’t agree that women can’t wear pants but I may some day. I want to always be open to the Lord’s leading and being convicted and challenged by godly people’s convictions. When I publish a post I like, I don’t read everything the author has written, stands for, or believes. I am simply sharing a comment or post that they have written that I agree with.

Never Fear Teaching Biblical Womanhood

Never Fear Teaching Biblical Womanhood

We don’t need more female Bible teachers. Most of them teach men which is a clear violation of God’s Word. We do need more older women who are not afraid to teach biblical womanhood since this is what most younger women need. God commissioned men (elders) to “labor in the word and doctrine” (1 Timothy 5:17). He never commissioned women to do this but to “learn in silence with all subjection” (1 Timothy 2:11). I can understand why God never commissioned women; they are easily deceived and begin to teach things that aren’t biblical. In order to teach men, they have to twist scripture to say something that it does not.

Trey wrote a great comment on my post on grace and why I teach what I teach even in the midst of many cruel and evil comments that are thrown at me. I know what is at stake. I don’t like seeing such a lukewarm Church that doesn’t look or act much different than the world. I’m tired of hearing of yet another “Christian” couple divorcing usually due to the wife divorcing her husband. I’m saddened by all of the mothers who choose to work and leave their children in the care of others. It pains me to hear of more “Christian” children walking away from the faith because their parents didn’t heed the warnings in God’s Word to “avoid profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely” (1 Timothy 6:20) and sent them to be educated in a godless school system.

Yes, if you teach biblical womanhood to women today, you will get slandered and scorned but this is to be expected. There are many false believers among us who twist the Word of God for their own benefit. Never veer from the narrow path, women. It is good and it’s the only path that you want to walk on.

Here is Trey’s comment:

“One of the reasons that we have so much sin (suffering, pain and death) in the church and soooo many immature Christians who are more focused on grace (whining about being judged) than they are on holiness is that there is not enough teaching and admonishing of the Word among us. Our goal as Christians is to become more and more like Jesus Christ every day. That is the sanctification process!

“Paul tells us in Colossians 1:28 KJV that: ‘Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.’

“The NASB says: ‘We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.’

“The goal is to become perfect and complete in Christ! The only way we are going to become complete in Jesus Christ is to learn and follow His instructions for us and the Bible tells us that we need to help each other by pointing out the sins in each other’s lives and warning each other of the danger of sin (which results in suffering, pain and death) and encouraging each other to repent and live according to Gods Word.

“Matthew 18:15-17 NASB says: (the words of Jesus Himself) ‘If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. 16“But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that BY THE MOUTH OF TWO OR THREE WITNESSES EVERY FACT MAY BE CONFIRMED. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.’

“Jesus tells us here how important is it to NOT tolerate sin in the Church body and that if those who call themselves Christians refuse to repent when their sin is brought to their attention that they are to be put out of the church and not even associated with! SIN IS SERIOUS BUSINESS and must be dealt with within the body of Christ!

“Titus 2:3-5 specifically tells the older women not only that they need to be teaching the younger women, but also exactly WHAT they need to be teaching the younger women and that is exactly what Lori is doing!

“The ladies who complain about Lori are so deceived and blind in their PRIDE they don’t even know what is good for them when they see and hear it. They do not understand the DANGER they are in and how Lori is just calling out to them; trying to warn them of the pain, suffering, and death they are bringing upon themselves and their husbands and their children; not to mention the fact that by calling themselves Christians, yet continuing to live their lives in willful ignorance (of God’s Word) and sin, their lives do nothing but blaspheme (bring reproach upon) the Word of God.

“Most women do not see the damage they are doing until it’s too late and even when their house (family) has been completely torn down (by their own hands), some still do not see what they have done because they are so blinded by their own selfishness, pride, and sin.

“Lori, thank you for continuing to be faithful to God’s Word and I continue to thank God for you and your faithful service to Him.”

You’re welcome, Trey. I love teaching women biblical womanhood because the fruit is so beautiful. It’s only God’s Word and His ways that convict and change people’s lives. Yes, there is a ton of backlash but it’s so very worth it, women. Learn to fear God instead of the many women who despise the ways of the Lord. Women NEED to hear the beauty of God’s ways. His Word never comes back void.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 1:7

Women Being Quiet in the Churches was Cultural?

Women Being Quiet in the Churches was Cultural?

Women these days do not like to be told that they are to be quiet in the churches and not preach/teach men. God tells us that it’s shameful for women to speak in the churches and if they have a question, they need to ask their husbands at home. In fact, the late great preacher Charles Spurgeon wrote, “When women of piety mount the pulpit, they do so in direct defiance of the command of the Holy Spirit written by the pen of the Apostle Paul.”

In order to water-down these following verses, women will find many excuses to diminish what Paul is clearly teaching here:

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” (1 Corinthians 14:34, 35).

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” (2 Timothy 2:11, 12).

Amy wrote on my Facebook page, “So these verses are definitely in the Bible, BUT are being taken out of the context they were intended. At this time, the women were having a problem being unruly and causing problems so this is the instructions given to the church AT THIS TIME. It was for them only. Not intended for all time.”

My comment to her would be, “Oh, really? So women today have meek and quiet spirits and have no problems with being unruly and causing problems?”

Here are some more responses to Amy from women in the chat room:

Paige: I’ve heard this argument before. The problem is, if the things that Paul wrote were “only” for “those people,” why even bother reading his letters? Either the Bible is inerrant and unchanging, applying for all time, or it’s not. It cannot be both.

Meredith: Yes. My question to this woman would be, “Then why not apply that reasoning to every instruction given by Paul?” Or even beyond that, why not use that reasoning for any command in the Bible? Maybe God only commanded against idolatry, murder, and coveting for that specific time. You could use that argument to justify ignoring pretty much any passage of Scripture. It all goes back to Satan’s original temptation, “Did God really say…?”

Ronda: Exactly! I was thinking along these same lines yesterday, especially after Lori made a post that many try to change the meaning of verses that pertain to women but not verses that deal with men. They are constantly digging into the “original” Greek words in the verses they do not like to find something to change the meaning to suit what they and our current culture want to hear. If we cannot trust that the translators wrote what they knew God was saying about women, how can we trust that any of the Bible was translated correctly?

Lydia: What these women don’t understand is that being able to be in church learning quietly (like the men were doing themselves at the time) was a huge thing. Up to that point, women did not learn in the temple at all; the men did! It’s not a bad thing at all but a blessing and when we see how quickly women turn contentious over little things, being quiet is also a wise thing sometimes.

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12

Christo-Feminism Expanding in the Church

Christo-Feminism Expanding in the Church

This post was written By Anthony Wade

One of the more recent topics that is getting huge amounts of coverage is the move to expand Christo-feminism in the body of Christ. It seems at every turn someone else is writing a new book or slew of articles decrying the male-centered order that God establishes clearly in His Word as being somehow oppressive to women. Using any means to discredit God, these proponents will throw as much spaghetti against the wall as possible in the hopes that something sticks. One of the usual tactics is to mix apples and oranges. Consider this opening paragraph from the article from Dr. Eddie Hyatt:

“In honor of March being Women’s History Month, I am sharing a life-altering experience I had in 1991. This experience opened my eyes in a new way as to how God wants to use women in these last days when He is pouring out His Spirit on all flesh (Acts 2:17).”

This is what is known as a strawman argument. No one is saying that God does not, has not, or will not use women mightily. The verses Eddie highlights, however, have context he omitted. It says your daughters and female servants will prophesy. That’s it. It does not say that your women shall lead your men, teach your men, or have authority over your men and that beloved is what we are talking about.

Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. — 1 Timothy 2: 11-14 (ESV)

For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints, the women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church. — 1 Corinthians 14: 33-34 (ESV)

Beloved, these are clear instructive texts. They contain no ambiguity. They serve as cross references for themselves. The usual defenses are destroyed by the straightforwardness of the texts. Some argue that this problem was some sort of cultural phenomena occurring only at Corinth. Besides the fact that this notion is simply not in the Scriptures God went out of His way to say that “as in all of the churches.”

He even gave us His reasoning, because Eve was deceived and became a transgressor. This destroys the Christo-feminist argument that Adam was somehow right next to her giving silent assent to eat of the forbidden fruit. Then there is the tired argument that this was somehow just the thinking of a women hating Paul. Putting aside the fact that this would mean God did not write the Bible through the individuals He chose, the continuing context clearly indicates this was not the case:

Or was it from you that the word of God came? Or are you the only ones it has reached? If anyone thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that the things I am writing to you are a command of the Lord. If anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized. So, my brothers, earnestly desire to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. But all things should be done decently and in order. — 1 Corinthians 14: 36-40 (ESV)

He should recognize the things I am writing you are a command of the Lord! Yet the forces of Christo-feminism march on with seemingly more and more ridiculous reasons why they think we can ignore God on a subject He has spoken so clearly about.

Empowering Women By Disobeying God’s Word?

Empowering Women By Disobeying God’s Word?

There is a new president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Sadly, he supports female preachers. “The reality is that complementarianism is in the process of being redefined. J.D. Greear teaches that women can preach even in the church. He will likely be elected the next President of the SBC and has already called for ‘a new era’ of complementarianism,” wrote Pastor Tom Buck. The thinking behind this is that women need to be “empowered.”

How is breaking God’s commands empowering women? Empower means “to give legal or moral power or authority to.” God doesn’t empower women to have authority over men or teach them so why should anyone who claims to be a believer in Jesus Christ? God is clear in His Word that women are to be silent in the churches, that it is a shame for them to speak in the churches, and they are not to have authority over men nor teach them.

“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” (1 Corinthians 14:34, 35). “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” (1 Timothy 2:11, 12).

All this empowering of women is doing is weakening the churches and causing them to become lukewarm. We can’t live in direct disobedience to the Lord and expect anything good to come out of it! I don’t understand how women who study the Word of God can think that their preaching to men is okay. I have heard the argument that if the male leadership of a church thinks it’s okay, then it’s okay. God is our final authority, not the leaders of the churches.

I have a great desire to obey the Word of God as closely as possible. I seek to be as pure and holy as I can and please the Lord in everything. I don’t want to do anything that is against the clear teachings of God or live a compromising Christian life. Yes, I fail at times, but my desire is to obey God in everything. I don’t need to be “empowered” by teaching in the churches. I only want to be empowered by His Holy Spirit for the ministry that He has clearly given to me, namely teaching younger women biblical womanhood. I will not learn from anyone who has no problems disobeying God by teaching men and watering down God’s Word to mean something that it does not. I prefer to learn the Bible from men since God ordained them to be the elders of the churches and teach the Word.

So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth.
Revelation 3:16

No Problem with Beth Moore Being the President of the SBC?

No Problem with Beth Moore Being the President of the SBC?

This is from this article from Christianity Today and Pastor Dwight McKissic sees zero problem with putting Beth Moore as president over the Southern Baptist Convention. “To elect Beth Moore  would do more to heal our Convention, seal women within our convention who have lost hope and right historic patterns of wrong toward women, without compromising qualifications, integrity, competency, or Scripture. The questions are, ‘Are we there yet?’ or do we have to wait 100 more years and experience more of God’s judgment?”

I guess he has never read this verse: “As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.” (Is. 3:12) How about this verse? “But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence” (1 Timothy 2:12)

Lindsay Harold had a great response to this article:

“Quite apart from her sex, she’s a terrible Bible teacher. You would think doctrinal soundness would be an important qualification for church leadership, even if you ignore the fact that she’s a woman. She’s a blatant false teacher who values emotion more than sound doctrine. She says virtually nothing of any substance. It’s all mindless emotional gibberish with her.

“Of course, she should have been disqualified without even consideration based on the fact that she’s a woman and the Bible is clear that church leadership are to be male (among other qualifications) and that women are not to hold spiritual authority over men.

“My family left the Nazarene church several years ago when they elected a woman to General Superintendent over the entire denomination (one of just five leaders for the denomination as a whole). They had allowed female ministers for awhile, but we always had a male pastor because my dad was the pastor. However, when they put a woman in charge such that every minister and layperson in the denomination was now under her leadership, we left. We could not go along with that or remain under the spiritual authority of a woman. This was no easy matter since my dad was a 3rd generation Nazarene and was ordained in that denomination.

“This same pattern is continuing all over the place, with churches and denomination outright ignoring the Biblical standards in favor of doing what seems right in their own eyes. Church after church falls to the tyranny of women and political correctness. And after throwing out the Biblical commands about church leadership, they almost inevitably accept homosexuality as well within a few years. Once you set man’s rules over God’s, it’s downhill from there. It’s a great falling away. The Bible warned us that the way that leads to life is narrow and few find it. Some think they can widen the path by doing away with God’s laws so they’re not so restrictive. This only creates a false path that leads many astray.”

I believe we are in these times of the great falling away. As culture progressively becomes darker, the Church follows right along. Let this not be said of any of us. Stay in the Word. Match everything you read and hear to God’s Word and obey it with His Spirit working mightily within you. We must not lose our salt, women. We only keep our salt by abiding in Jesus and doing as He tells us to do.

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.
2 Thessalonians 2:3

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Just Eve Was Deceived?

Just Eve Was Deceived?

There are two reasons given why women cannot teach nor be in authority over men in the churches. “But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence” (1 Timothy 2:12). The first reason is that Adam was created first. “For Adam was first formed, then Eve” (1 Timothy 2:13).

God created the men to be the ones in authority all throughout the Bible. The main prophets, the priests, the patriarchs, and the apostles were all men. When Israel wanted a leader, God gave them a king. “As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths” (Isaiah 3:12).

Yes, God used women in amazing ways all throughout the Bible, even having a female judge at one time. Queen Esther helped saved her people from death even though she wasn’t in a position of authority. I have known some amazing women in positions of authority such as school principals. But I do know their home lives and marriages suffered. We were never created to do it all as young women are told today.

God is very specific about men having authority in marriage and in the churches. There’s no guessing game to this. The husbands are head over their wives and the wives are to live in submission to their husbands and the elders and deacons (those in authority in the churches) are to be the “husband of one wife.”

The second reason given for women not teaching nor being in authority over men in the churches is that Eve was deceived. “And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression” (1 Timothy 2:14). I have just been reading a good book about how feminism has affected women and the author believes that this verse does not mean that all women are more easily deceived than men.

If this were the case, then why have this verse as the second reason that women are not to teach nor be in authority over men? Perfect, sinless Eve who walked in the Garden with God was deceived, therefore, women aren’t allowed to be in authority over men nor teach them BUT it doesn’t mean that all women are more easily deceived. This makes no sense! This verse wouldn’t be in here if women aren’t more easily deceived.

Women’s nature is more emotional and sensitive than men’s. God created us this way to be home and raise children. We are the softer sex. Men are typically more skeptical and questioning. I sure know this is the case between my husband and me. I am way more easily deceived than my husband. I believe this is a huge reason why God has men in authority positions instead of women and to not believe this makes the second reason for women not being in authority invalid.

This doesn’t make men better than women. There is no better than or worse than between males and females. God simply created us differently for different roles. The serpent knew that Eve was more easy to deceive than Adam and this is why he went to Eve. Knowing that we are more easily deceived should make us more reliant on our husband’s judgement, especially if we are married to a godly man.

The reason this author doesn’t believe that this verse means women are more easily deceived is because then it would mean women can’t teach children. No, this isn’t the case! Women sit under male teaching in the churches and learn from them. If they have a question, then they ask their husbands at home. They should also spend daily time in God’s Word growing in the wisdom and the knowledge of God. Then they will be fully prepared to teach their children all about the Lord at home but for them to be in authority positions over others and teaching the Bible hasn’t been given to them. It was given to men. The Bible is very clear about this. Older women have been given the ministry to younger women to teach them the ways of biblical womanhood as spelled out in Titus 2:4, 5.

That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
Titus 2:4, 5

But Women Don’t Want to Be Silent!

But Women Don’t Want to Be Silent!

One brave woman on Facebook is continually speaking truth on her newsfeed. One day she wrote:

WHO HAS A PROBLEM WITH THIS SCRIPTURE?

1 Corinthians 14:34-35 ~ 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. 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.

Of course, more than a few feminists had a big problem with these verses.

“A scripture taken out of context too often! It does NOT mean that women are not to preach, there are many WOMEN who HAVE been called to preach!!!!”

This women was then provided with multiple verses showing her error in thinking but finally she responded without using any Scripture in any of her arguments this way: “Hmmm, looks like you women on here are the ones who should remain silent!!!! Look who started this post in the first place! Maybe you should study where it says to not touch the anointed or since you love to take scripture out of context, throw the judging scripture at me while you’re at it! You started this to start a debate!” Whatever that means. If they can’t back up what they believe, they shoot the messenger, as I am well aware of, since it happens to me often.

Then a wise woman named Amanda wrote the following and nailed it:

Let’s look at the qualifications of a pastor (bishop) as laid out in 1 Timothy 3…

This is a true saying, If a MAN desire the office of a bishop, HE desireth a good work.

A bishop then must be blameless, the HUSBAND OF ONE WIFE, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;

One that ruleth well HIS own house, having HIS children in subjection with all gravity;

(For if a MAN know not how to RULE HIS OWN HOUSE, how shall HE take care of the church of God?)
Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride HE fall into the condemnation of the devil.
‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭3:1-6‬ (emphasis added).

Doesn’t seem a woman can fulfill all those requirements, can she?

Just because our lukewarm society has decided it’s okay to give women a “license” to preach (which, by the way, we don’t see in Scripture anyway), that doesn’t mean it’s okay by God’s standards.

Women saying they should be able to preach/lead over men reminds me of JEZEBEL, which calleth HERSELF a prophetess!

Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, **to teach** and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
‭‭Revelation‬ ‭2:20‬

Another Christian College Rejects Scripture for Feminism

Another Christian College Rejects Scripture for Feminism

My husband and I graduated from Westmont College in 1980. During our time as students, there were no female Bible professors. Robert Gundry was our Bible teacher at the time and was very well known. His position has just been filled by a woman named Sandra Richter. She wrote a post against what John Piper had to say concerning women professors at seminaries. Here is what she wrote. (Now, remember, she is going to be teaching the Bible at a Christian University.):

“I keep finding my name posted all over Facebook in response to John Piper’s latest presentation on why women are not allowed to pursue their gifting to teach and preach. I have a lot of respect for John Piper. He has accomplished some amazing things for the Kingdom. But his exegesis on this point has been shaped (and distorted) by his culture, not the cultures of the New or Old Testaments. Reality is, that the Holy Spirit is the head of the Church–not any organization designed by humanity. And according to 1 Corinthians 12 and Ephesians 4, it is the Lord Holy Spirit who gets to choose to gift whomever he pleases–Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female. I am grateful for the accountability that ordination boards keep in our systems. I am grateful for John Piper’s high view of Scripture. And I thank God that there is gate keeping going on as regards who moves into the role of shepherd.”

First of all, women not speaking in the church has nothing to do with cultures. It comes from the beginning of time since the reasons for these commands were that Adam was created first and the woman was deceived. The Bible is clear concerning who shall teach men and be in authority over them in 1 Corinthians 14:34, 35 and 1 Timothy 2:11-14. The Holy Spirit would never act contrary to the principles in God’s Word nor override them. When Paul wrote about Jew, Greek, slave, male, and female, he was referring to the fact that ALL who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ shall be saved.

“But Brother Piper, I’ll take you on any day on this topic. Deborah was not a mistake. Huldah was Prophet. Junia was not a man. Romans 16 is not an anomaly. Priscilla was a preacher. And the women prophesying in 1 Corinthians 11 were exercising the most treasured and authoritative gift of their known covenant. This all in a culture where dowries and bride prices were the norm, women were still required to cover their heads, children belonged to their fathers, and the legal and economic systems rarely recognized a woman’s right to any voice or influence. If she is called and gifted, Church, it is your job to recognize that gift, develop that gift, and deploy that gift. This isn’t your Kingdom, it is His.”

Now, I’ve not attended any theological seminaries nor do I have a doctorate like Richter does but her assessments are wrong. Deborah was not teaching men the Word of God in a church since the Church wasn’t established yet. She was a woman in the Old Testament during a time when Israel was rebellious to the ways of the Lord. She’s not a prescription for the women in the Church age. Deborah was a description of a judge thousands of years ago.

Huldah was a prophetess in the Old Testament. She didn’t teach doctrine to men nor was she in authority over them. She gave King Josiah a special word from the Lord. We are never told in the New Testament to try to become a Deborah nor a Huldah.

Junia was a man according to my Bible. “Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellow-prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me” (Romans 16:7). I believe the word “kinsmen” means that Junia was indeed a man. Even if he was a woman, as Richter claims, he was “of note among the apostles” NOT an apostle. God didn’t choose any female apostles.

The Bible does not say that Priscilla was a preacher. This is such an unbelievable stretch of the Word of God. There’s nowhere that she is recorded as preaching a sermon, teaching men (except one man that was mentioned when she was with her husband who most likely did the teaching), nor being in authority over men. She was married to Aquila and their names are often mentioned together. They helped the Apostle Paul in his ministry.

The women in 1 Corinthians 11 are not instructed to preach or teach men nor be in authority over them. They aren’t to prophesy in the church since this is forbidden and just a few chapters after this, Paul wrote: “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” (1 Corinthians 14:34, 35). He would not have contradicted himself in such a way as Richter claims.

My husband, Ken, responded personally to Richter this way: I wish you would take Piper on in an in-depth discussion of this topic instead of appealing to a weak string of examples of women in ministry to overturn the clear precepts against women teaching in the church, as is clearly given in Scriptures. “I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet” (1 Timothy 2:12); and that an elder is to be “the husband of one wife,” etc. The actual mandates are many, yet you want to destroy them with a few crumbs of examples?

Is it possible that God wants Christian women in teaching ministry in the church? If so, you will not find this from anything written in the Word, but to the contrary, it is found in a new feminist culture. It is not Piper whose interpretation is lost in culture, but you are.

You and others have proposed a dangerous hypothesis that goes contrary to all of Church teaching and history until now, and goes against what the Word actually says. You postulate that because God can do anything He chooses He will go against His own Word on the matter. That the apostles’ instructions to the church were only cultural; a relic of the early NT times that God somehow thought best to keep in place in His church until now.

And where is your basis for knowledge and truth? A simple presupposition, an argument from silence, with zero proof, which goes against what God’s Word actually says.

What a coincidence that it comes just as feminism takes its roots in our culture. Is the Church to influence culture or is culture to influence the Church? I believe that question was settled long ago by Jesus himself when He said, “If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:19). Hmm… given the accolades it seems the world is loving this now.

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and fromthe things which are written in this book.
Revelation 22:18, 19