Closing thoughts on feminism

Posted: March 20, 2014 in christian living, ecclesia, Jesus

Do not go beyond the guidelines that God gives specifically for sisters in the home and assembly.

Do not try to ignore them or explain them away either.

Do not be like the professing believer who recently rebuked a sister for having a blog.

Do not be like the loud mouth feminist on sermon index either.

Instead of spending time playing the extremes, brothers should seek the Lord to learn to love their wives as he loves the church.  Sisters should seek to learn in what ways the Lord would have them practically apply the instructions to them.  All should be done  carefully, humbly, and lovingly as we seek to fulfill our duty to Jesus in the home, in the assembly, and in the world.  There is a crucifying of the flesh involved for all though.

Anytime you read an erroneous teaching on either side of this issue such as “sisters can’t share the Gospel with men” or “there is no headship in the home since there is no male or female in Christ” look to the word of God and you will find the truth.  God’s word shows that sisters openly share the Gospel with all (John 4:39-42) and also that there is a headship order in the home among believers (Ephesians 5:22-24).

Humbly searching the word will make it easy to avoid extremes and grow in grace in these areas.

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Comments
  1. Good word Jim, yours as well as the others. I only want to add this:

    When either an individual brother or sister refuses to align themselves with the truth of the scriptures, we all lose- the body of Christ loses.

    The truth has a benefit for all, and anyone desiring to be right more than desiring to live right aids in destroying that mutual benefit.

    God never instructed you or I to discover the extent of our freedom in Christ and pursue that as far as we can, no- but rather, to be willing to forego those freedoms for the sake of those we know to be our brothers and sisters in the faith. It is he or she that excels in this that is to be commended, for that is the proof of one’s humility, the true example of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  2. “But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence,” (1 Timothy 2:12).

    Regarding “silence”: the same word elsewhere [1 Timothy 2:2] is translated as ‘peaceable,’ implying that women may speak as long as they show a right regard for God’s ordained order [male elders] and do not become contentious with elders, attempting to throw off the principle of headship; and this truth is seen in the wearing of head coverings, which is a natural expression of the inward humility of the heart evident in spiritually mature women whom the Holy Spirit has led into an understanding of the practice.

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