April 8, 2010

The Biblical Role of Women In The Home and In The Church

Posted in Christianity at 10:48 pm by Lisa Ritchey

Why did God create woman?  Because He knew that man would never stop and ask for directions!  That is a joke: it is true, but still a joke. 

Mary Husky gave me a book  for High School graduation.  It was a copy of Apples of Gold.  It contained various bits of wisdom and poems.  One of them will stick with me forever.  It goes something like this:

I was not made from your feet to be trampled by you; I was not made from your head to rule over you; I was made from your side to walk with you, to help and support you; near your heart to be loved by you; from under your arm to be protected by you.

That is not exactly it, but you get the gist.  This is talking about women.  And it is true.  Are men and women equal?  Absolutely not!  Man will always be the final authority in the home.  The man is the head of the home.  Woman is always to be under a man’s authority.  He (a man) is her spiritual covering. 

“1Cor 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
1Cor 11:4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.
1Cor 11:5 But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.
1Cor 11:6 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.
1Cor 11:7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.
1Cor 11:8 For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man.
1Cor 11:9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.
1Cor 11:10 For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.
1Cor 11:11 Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.
1Cor 11:12 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.
1Cor 11:13 Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?” KJV via e-sword.com

This covering is actually her spiritual covering. If she has never been married, it is her father or nearest authoritative male relative. If she is married, it is her husband. If she is widowed, it is her brother-in -law or father again. A woman is to always, always, always be under a man’s authority.  Don’t ever let anyone tell you that it is alright for a woman to head a ministry.  Not according to what we just read!  That would mean that she is the authority.  That would put her in the wrong.

If you sign up for a Women’s Conference, make sure you find out who the spiritual authority is going to be.  If it is a woman, run away as fast as you can and know that it is not in accordance with God’s chain of authority.  Anywhere Joyce Meyer goes, her husband is sitting on the front row.  She preaches, but Dave is the authority.  Marilyn Hickey has a man in authority in all of her meetings.  I know of many women that do not.  I will not listen to them.  They are not lining up with the Word. 

As for women preaching, yes, it is perfectly Scriptural, but that will be another article.  Women should be free to be used of the Holy Spirit as He pleases; they just have to make sure that they do it according to Scriptures.

 Lest anyone think that this is being written by some male-chauvinist-bigot, I am a woman.  I flow in the Gifts of the Spirit.  I have spoken locally and internationally, but always under a man’s authority.  Am I a feminist? Only as far as equal pay for the same job is concerned.  Should a woman get a job just because she is a woman?  Absolutely not!  But I digress.  This is not a feminist issue, but rather a very spiritual one. 

There really is peace and joy in true, Biblical submission.  And Jesus is waiting for us to walk in it.  That is the bride that He is coming for.

©Copyright 2010 Lisa Ritchey and Bare Bones Gospel


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