Satan Preys on the Vulnerability of Women

Satan Preys on the Vulnerability of Women

A woman wrote me this letter recently and I thought many of you would enjoy reading it. I do love receiving letters from wise women who read my blog because they give a different perspective.

Interesting circumstance yesterday morning in doing some on-line research for my husband, I came across a blog posting on “Why Your Pastor Should Say ‘No More to Beth Moore.” With hundreds of comments listed, I began reading. Whew! Took a while. As I read, I realized anew why God has NOT “ordained” women to teach the scriptures; they are EASILY deceived, persuaded, with the emotions playing a huge part in the processing! The last post, posted just this week, (by a man! ha) pretty much sums up all the previous ones, the major
portion being written by women:

“After reading through a majority of these comments, I am convinced that this sums up the entire state of American Christianity in 2017. I can’t believe how many people want to twist and spin Scripture around to make it say what they want it to say. One person even went as far to say something along the lines of  ‘Don’t allow the Bible to tell you how to reach people!’ which I am not even sure how someone could physically type those words.

I mean I totally understand someone who claims to be an unbeliever having a problem with what the Bible says, but I just can’t wrap my head around someone who claims to be a follower of Christ yet completely ignores what scripture clearly states. I can’t explain how many times I’ve had a discussion with someone and they have replied ‘God would never say that’ when I have directly quoted Scripture to them.

Josh, thank you for this article. I appreciate anyone who firmly stands on the truth of Scripture and wants to honor Him above any man or woman, especially when it comes to calling out a popular false teacher. May God bless you and continue to give you strength as you further His kingdom through this ministry.”

After reading that article/comments, I sat back, tried to get my mind back in focus, and thought, “Oh, I haven’t yet read Lori’s blog for today.” So imagine my utmost surprise when I read the title “Why Don’t Women’s Bible Studies Teach Submission.” And then I checked out Timothy Hammon’s article. I believe the Lord allowed the timing of my reading to, once again, show that HIS word is true….always. We just need to obey. Nothing MORE, nothing LESS! It’s really pretty simple (but very difficult to put in practice?). I guess that’s why, as human beings/sinners, we think there is always something “more” we should be “doing.” In the end, we really don’t believe God, or His word, is sufficient/enough.

My husband and I were discussing this “women’s” issue once again. Interesting, isn’t it, that Satan went first to Eve, who, at this point, was still sinless/perfect. According to what the scripture says, Adam may have been right there beside her. Why didn’t Satan go to Adam? Did Satan sense vulnerability in Eve’s God-created “emotional” make-up?…..as well as in Adam’s “ego?”

You know, “Women’s Bible studies” (as known today) haven’t always been. I remember when they came into vogue (late 70’s/80’s) in the local church, especially the larger churches (having been a part of one of those larger “bible” churches during that time. I remember well the discussions for/against).

Growing up in a Bible-expositing church in the 60’s/early 70’s, wives/women generally practiced/modeled the truths of Titus 2. (Of course, there were/are always exceptions. As I was thinking through this, interestingly, I realized that almost all of my high school friends’/200 classmates’ moms, most probably unsaved, did also….very few exceptions!!) Anyway, the women felt no need for “extra” bible studies.; too “busy” at home putting Titus 2 into practice? …. taking care of my husband, children, home? I do remember a Ladies Missionary group, that met once a month to help missionaries in a practical way (or even church people, elderly/neighbors/community) i.e. making blankets, preparing some foods, cleaning homes, etc. etc. During the summers, I’d get to
accompany my mother and help also.

So, what happened? While studying women’s issues over some years, it became clear to me, that, when (Christian?) women in the church began listening to, and being educated by, the world’s philosophy (college/women’s lib/etc.), forsaking (deciding for and by themselves) submission to their husbands, not bearing children (or just “a few”), putting the ones they
did have in day-care, leaving their home for the work-place, becoming “equal” with their husbands in providing, “status,” etc….. that they then, sub-consciously(?) began feeling a void, lack of inner satisfaction/fulfillment, possibly even some sort of guilt and began searching for something that might fill the void. And, not being challenged/encouraged/reprimanded(?) by the church pastor/leaders to get back to doing what the scriptures teach, the “emptiness” was rationalized away by….oh!…doing a “spiritual” thing…..“let’s get together/socialize/talk, encourage each other (in our ‘woes), but we’ll justify it by doing something ‘spiritual’…by studying the BIBLE!”

But would Titus 2, Ephesians 5, and Colossians 3 be the first passages to search out? Of course not! The “doctrinal/heavy” issues are of most importance to we “thinking/educated/knowledgeable/wise” women! And we don’t need a man to teach us either. We have the Holy Spirit! Sunday morning teaching is just not enough to “minister” to us (emotional, many-faceted) women. We are a “separate” class; a man can not know all that pertains to us! (facetious-ness off)

And Women’s Bible studies became a structured (“cemented!”) part of the church to “help” our women become “true” women of God. Hence, the question of your blog of  January 6! You see, however, Titus 2 et al. “CAN’T” be taught, because it was “discarded” in the first place to get where they are now! (Teachers in front of large audiences, conferences, in pulpits, “revered” as “women of the Word,” a.k.a. Beth Moore, etc.)

As my husband has often said just as Satan went to the woman in the garden (the “Achilles heel” of the marriage relationship?), so he has captivated emotional, un-discerning, un-submissive women today. And, in the process, God’s word is blasphemed. God is not seen as HOLY! It does bring tears to my eyes/heart.

I appreciated your response on the blog to Tami. VERY sad to say, but her thoughts speak pretty much for the majority of women in the Church today who would call themselves genuine believers! AND…on the blogs. (huge sigh, sometimes it IS despairing)

It’s become the biggest straw man; the most-used EXCUSE for casting blame/responsibility onto others. And for trying to establish/rationalize disobedience to the scriptures. The EXCEPTION has now become the rule. Unfortunately, church leaders have fallen for the exception, instead of standing firm on God’s word. Biblical standards and principles are not considered, and emotionalism has once more become the barometer of any counselling taking place. Would it not be an “insightful” conclusion that “Women’s Bible studies” play/have played a MAJOR part in this scenario? I am UTTERLY ASTOUNDED at times at the audacity, arrogance, and the down-right supreme selfishness of so-called Christian women these days.

I like very much the in-put of “Dave.” 🙂 If I didn’t know otherwise, I’d think it’d be my husband. ha (It’s not) What he shared today, though, my husband has been saying for years. What he says would not have raised an eye-brow 70/100 yrs ago. Hmmmm, so, what’s changed? God’s Word? I think it’d be to a Pastor’s advantage to remind his congregation every now and then, and do what they did in Nehemiah 8:9. He gathered ALL the people together and Ezra read, from the beginning, the book. And reminded the people of history from God’s hand. Would WE weep, when we’d hear the words of the “law” like they did?

 Thanks for being firm on God’s Word, Lori, and for being a blessing.

Love,
Anonymous

Then Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people were weeping when they heard the words of the law.
Nehemiah 8:9

12 thoughts on “Satan Preys on the Vulnerability of Women

  1. Wow! This woman sees this issue with crystal clarity. Serious wisdom displayed in her rational argument laid out above. So refreshing! Let those with an ear hear…..

    Excellent letter anonymous! Excellent post Lori!

  2. I agree with you ~ It is now so common for every church to have a Women’s Ministry, but is that necessary? Pastors & husbands are our teachers (of course the Holy Spirit). And you are right on target when you said, “But would Titus 2, Eph. 5, and Colossians 3 be the first passages to search out? Of course not!” Satan went to Eve first, and I am sure it was because women are so easily deceived. I know that of MYSELF! Thanks so much for getting this out in the open.

    1. Not one Bible study that I went to my entire adult life helped me to be the kind of wife that God has called me to become. Not one. Something is terribly wrong with this picture.

      1. So true, Lori. I have learned more about my role as a woman, wife, and mother from reading the bible and from Titus 2 women like you than from anything else. Wonderful, insightful letter from your guest. Thank you.

  3. Thanks so much for the insightful letter,of your guest. I for one haven’t went to a bible study where there was taught anything about being a Titus 2 women…I have found it by reading and praying to God right here at home. Some time ago I did try to attend a Beth Moore bible study and I went twice….I didn’t feel right in my spirit. Any how I love the word that you share here.

  4. How did women like Beth Moore get this power? They got it from 1st Church of the Marketing: the church selling its wares at the expense of souls, to make money off of you and gain power from you. Consider: “…false teachers among you, who … bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord [the Word] …And many shall follow their pernicious ways, by reason of whom the way of the truth [scripture] shall be spoken evil of …they make MERCHANDISE of you …their damnation slumbereth not” 2Pet2:1-3. The church has consciously been hiding the truth of God, the anger and damnation of God. Why? Read it: to merchandise church goers; to live off of them, and to send them carelessly to Hell. Strong words, but God’s words.

    The majority of the so-called church look right at scripture and effectively says “I see nothing.” They deny it. Get that? They deny the very being of Jesus, the living Word. ‘Who is denying Jesus?’ we must ask.

    The church as we have known it for 500 years is going away. It has grown into a merchandising business, and is largely a stench in the nostrils of God. It is no coincidence that 500 years ago this year the Protestant church began with Luther’s protest. But the full-time paid pastor and the building with a steeple is being phased out and the church is being returned to men, simple men, willing to lead their own house, reading scripture for themselves, to see what it REALLY says, then –as iron sharpening iron– with other men so they can REALLY lead their house. The REAL church will end as we have known it: Ez34:10 “Thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves anymore; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them.” ‘Trust me’ the leaders have said as they had us in padded church chairs with coffee and willingly accepting that we’re in with the ‘In Crowd.’ We were not expected to crave the revelation of God to our souls …logic which insists that if we have ‘found’ Him we need no more apply Him.

    This return to the leadership in the home is to prepare His people for the coming persecution. The pansies we have in the church today could not withstand a 3 pound Chihuahua attack. We are really in need of serious preparation to not deny Christ – HE AS THE WORD, for that day of confrontation is rapidly approaching [its happening to His people oversees] and we have to put on the whole armor of God. We have been stuck in 100 level classes for decades because it is easy to pass those tests. But God is saying there is a 600 level test coming: prepare! “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ [just hearers], let us go on unto perfection [be doers]…”; of love, that being obedience to Christ, the Word.

    Satan does not attack God directly. Satan only attacks God by attacking His authority, His word, and that only comes by using women to attack that authority vested in men. Adam was given the word from God not to eat of that tree. Eve disobeyed Adam before she effectively disobeyed God. She took Adam’s “As for ME and My house we will serve the Lord” and effectively said to Adam ‘I will not respect the authority of your house.’ Every attack on God has its origination in a woman rejecting scripture, pointed at men, that authority of which is vested in men.

    God’s kingdom is with men: men are ‘Israel, Jerusalem, Zion, the mountain, the land, the vineyard’; “The tabernacle of God is with men” Rev21:3. God is re-establishing His kingdom by re-establishing that authority to His word back with men, so their households are healed and then ‘returning the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to their fathers’ is released …the generational connection.
    Women are so, so powerful acting in God’s plan. Women are so, so destructive acting at odds to it. The line between the two, the divide, the razor edge is so microscopically thin, it only takes a molecule of pride to cross over. And, thankfully, only a molecule of surrender to cross back. I see integrity screaming to come out of men; even some slimy, pathetic men. They have been smothered and suppressed by women taking control for so long that God’s image in them is not very visible.

    Why all this consternation, Lord? “I brought it to pass”, He says, ….”that you may know I am the Lord your God.” He simply wants us to know Him. “My soul followeth hard after Thee: Thy right hand upholdeth me.” He upholds us AFTER we chase hard after Him. Is there a more satisfying place than to be in the right hand of our God? Accept that He has caused this and then chase hard after Him …and know Him and His healing!

    God is working in men and women, restoring to their rightful place. There is a long way to go, but I see evidence of it every day, and women here provide much of that proof.

    Yes, His law pierces to the inner being. Goosebumps here. Tears of Joy. No kidding.

    1. I went for one year when I had four young children and it was okay. There was nothing about godly womanhood. One woman preached the Word to a large group of woman which I am no longer a fan of since studying the Word about this issue.

  5. Newlywed 20something here.

    I go to a large (or should I say HUGE) church with a strong and flourishing women’s ministry rooted in the Word. There’s a whole women’s Bible study that focuses solely on Titus 2 as well as the the other passages such as the ones mentioned in this post (Ephesians 5 and Colossians 3). We also have a mentoring program for older or more experienced women to take a younger woman under their wing for 2-4 months to do in-depth Biblical studies. Almost like modeling a mother-daughter relationship.

    I just got finished being a under the wing of a sweet woman and not only has my anxiety/depression/ptsd gotten under control (Thank you GOD for that!), but she was so encouraging while I navigated the first few months of my marriage.

    I grew up in a very abusive home. I was raised in church, my dad was even an executive pastor, but behind closed doors the physical and emotional pain inflicted on me was traumatizing (I’m not talking about spankings and not getting participation trophies). My mother only watched when it would happen. Having another woman there to model what it’s like to be a God fearing wife and mother has been a blessing. Our whole study was on submission, child rearing, and learning how to follow God and not our emotions.

    I am grateful for the structure of my church and I thank God every day for bringing me out of such a dark time in my life.

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