Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says. And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church. Or did the word of God come originally from you? Or was it you only that it reached? If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord. (I Corinthians 14:34-37)
“Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence.” (I Timothy 2:11, 12)
This one may be a tough pill to swallow, especially in the feministic society we now live in, but I have a few thoughts as to why these verses were inspired by the Holy Spirit.
1.) Adam wasn’t deceived, Eve was.
“And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.” (I Timothy 2:14)
We women are not only physically the weaker of the two genders, but I believe our hearts are more vulnerable. I think this because we are naturally more emotional than men, and our emotions often influence our words and decisions, whereas men tend to detach their emotions from their choices so their thoughts are clearer. Emotions often fog our judgement, hence, Eve being deceived.
Even as Christian women we tend to speak from emotion, or just for the sake of speaking since we like talking, and thus, our words aren’t always Spirit-led. So as a safety precaution to all the hearers, God thought it best to have women be quiet in public church gatherings. Notice, there are no exclusions of women praying or worshipping. I think this command of silence is for when a teaching is in progress.
2.) Men have the role of leading, women have the role of supporting.
“And the Lord God said, “ It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” (Genesis 2:18)
There’s this curse placed upon us women, and we see it manifested in its ugliest form by feminists. This is the curse:
“Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.” (Genesis 3:16)
Men will rule over us, period. This causes serious strife between the unsaved woman and men. She is disrespectful, disobedient, wants to do everything the man can do and more. She wants to be independent of men who seem to have the upper-hand, and she will fight until she feels she has finally subdued what is now her male opponent, rather than her male counterpart. Not to say that the unsaved man is faultless, because many times the non-Christian man does abuse his rule and aids in stirring up this battle of the sexes, and thus our current society. But in Christ, this curse is not a curse. It is a beautiful picture of His relationship with us, the church.
In Christ this is the way the husband is called to lead, and the holy, pure picture marriage is to represent:
“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. (Ephesians 5:22-33)
Even saved women must have their minds renewed from all the feminist conditioning our culture has been propagating for centuries. It’s a war of the mind. We need to ask God to break down the strongholds that we might submit to and support our husbands with all respect, as we are commanded by God to do.
Our culture says compete with men, God says help your husband.
Our culture says beat men, God says submit to your husband.
Our culture says speak out and against men, God says respect men.
Our culture says, “wives, get career and provide for your family,” God says the husband is the provider.
Our culture says, “women, kill your children, and divorce your husbands,” God says, “Love your husbands and your children.”
Who will you listen to? Who will you obey?
I choose to obey Christ. I can testify to how beautiful and enjoyable marriage becomes when you submit to God’s way of doing it and reject the destructive ways of the world.
Feminists think they’re fighting for freedom, but really they are enslaved to their own selfishness. But whom Christ has set free, is free indeed.