Originally published in the weekly bulletin at the church of Christ at Elkins on 10/12/2014
Women serving in important positions in industry and government have given rise to questions regarding their role in the work of the church. Why would anyone object to women being in a leadership role in the Lord's church? Our culture certainly would not!
There is a driving force behind today's radical feminist movement to eradicate male spiritual leadership in the home and church! The radical feminist activists see the gender-based role distinctions in the Bible (Eph. 5:22-29, Col. 3:18-19, I Peter 3:1-7, I Cor. 11, 14; I Tim. 2,3; Titus 1) as being oppressive and unfair to women! Their pursuit for equality has evolved into a pursuit for sameness in the church and has actually resulted in "man-hating"! Radical feminist activism has the goal to redefine the structure of the home and family and the institution of marriage to include same-sex!
What does the Bible have to say on this subject? God's wisdom is far above the wisdom of radical feminism seeking to expunge every trace of man's leadership role in our society! God has made the rules, and it is His rule that we must abide by (Isa.55:8-9). We have just completed studying Genesis 3 on Wednesday evening, and after the disobedience of Adam and Eve in eating the forbidden fruit, God cursed both man and woman! "Unto the woman He said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and they conception: in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband,and he shall rule over thee" (Gen. 3:16). In consequence of Eve's sin, there would be hardship in bearing children and her husband would rule over her in the home and church.
The radical feminist spew hate with passages in the New Testament which teach the wife's submission to her husband (Eph. 5:22) limits a woman's role as a leader in the church (I Tim. 2:11-12) and gives her a distinct role as mother (Titus 2:4-5). She is a weaker vessel (I Peter 3:7). She is to keep silence in the church (I Cor. 14:34).
God has made the leadership of the church and leaders in worship to be male which includes elders, deacons, and preachers! Why? This was God's punishment to Eve, because she seized the leadership role to be first in disobeying God and then tempting Adam to sin! (I Tim. 2:13) God's sentence upon Eve doesn't imply lesser worth, intelligence or ability! The fact that woman is not authorized to preach or teach publicly does not suggest inferiority or a second-class status, but it is simply God's plan. Men and women are equal, but are not the same, and the fact that God has created us this way and has given us different roles in the home and church does not diminish either's worth or value.
Radical feminists who call men "animals" need to remember that God's ways are always right and the feminists activists wrong! (Psalm 18:30) This misguided group needs to clearly understand that God has made the rules of priority in the home and in the church. How surprised at the judgment this hate group (Heb. 9:27) will be to have to bow down before Jesus (male) and swallow their militant opposition to male leadership! (Phil. 2:10-11) The woman's role in the church assembly is teach other women and children in Bible classes, but women are forbidden to be dominate over men (I Cor. 11:5) in the home and church because of Eve's transgression in the Garden of Eden.
---- Earl Sutton