There are many female Bible teachers and/or preachers these days and most of them do not teach biblical womanhood. I have a problem with this and I will try to clearly explain why. What are older women to be known for in the Bible? Teaching biblical doctrine to other women? Let’s see…concerning older widows, they should be known for these things: “Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints’ feet, if she have diligently followed every good work” (1 Timothy 5:10). There’s nothing in this verses about women teaching women the Bible. No, it’s all about women loving and serving others.
How about this verse about older women? “The aged women likewise that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things” (Titus 2:3). Then the next two verses go on to specify what “good things” the older women are to teach the young women but there’s nothing about teaching the Bible nor older women commanding the young women to teach the Bible.
In Ephesians 5:26, we are told that husbands are to wash their wives with the Word. In 1 Corinthians 14:34, 35, we are told that women are to be “silent in the churches” and “”not permitted unto them to speak” and “it’s a shame for women to speak in the church” and “if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home.” Right before these verses, Paul wrote this: “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” He is writing to “ALL churches of the saints” NOT just to this one church as many claim today.
If one of the reasons God gave women to not teach men nor be in authority over men (1 Timothy 2:12-14) was because Eve was deceived, why is it okay for women to teach other women the Bible other than what God specified in Titus 2:4, 5? It’s clear that God wants men teaching the majority of the Word. Jesus could have easily chosen at least one female disciple but He didn’t. All the books in the Bible were written by men, and elders (those who teach the Word in the churches and are the leaders) are to be men and “the husband of one wife.”
Are men not doing a good enough job teaching the Bible, women? Is this why so many women are flocking to learn the Bible from women and reading devotionals like Jesus Calling? Or is it because women have usurped men’s and husband’s role of teaching women the Bible? Sadly, most of these women Bible teachers and/or preachers are failing to teach what God commands they teach. (They sure wouldn’t be as popular if they were teaching wives to obey their husbands, be silent in the churches, and be keepers at home; that’s for sure!)
I can’t find one Bible verse in the entire Bible that commands that women teach the Bible to other women or even any examples of women in the Bible who were teaching other women the Bible. Can you? I firmly believe that women should be reading, studying, meditating upon, and memorizing scripture for themselves and teaching their children. This is biblical but I hold to the conviction that God ordained men to teach the bulk of the Word of God and older women to teach biblical womanhood. I can’t find anything that contradicts this in His Word.
A man made this comment on my Facebook page the other day: “Why aren’t they’re more women like you teaching Biblical Womanhood? Feminism has devastated marriages and families. And men, though we have our issues as well, get blamed for all of it.” Imagine if in every church, there were classes given by older women for younger women where young women could ask older women questions and older women would teach the younger ones about having a good marriage, what submission to a husband looks like, raising children, being keepers at home, homemaking skills, being quiet in the churches, modesty, learning to have meek and quiet spirits, etc. These older women would be available to these younger women on a continuing basis. Don’t you think the Church, families, and marriages would be SO much stronger, more salty, and a brighter light to an evil world if all of the women “Bible” teachers were teaching these things instead of what they’re teaching?
There are plenty of women teaching the Bible but few who are teaching biblical womanhood, and marriages, families, and children are suffering as a result. We have plenty of godly men preaching and teaching the Word of God. Now, if only more women began to teach women what God has commanded they teach.
The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 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.