We are living in a time when many women are not satisfied with their lot in life.
Many have found no real happiness in being ordinary mothers, wives, and housekeepers.
They want freedom, liberation and equality with men. Some have even united to form a vocal minority called the Women’s Liberation Movement. This group is also known as the New Feminists.
What is the woman’s role in life?
It would seem few modern women really, logically and scripturally know.
The Bible is an out-dated book for most people today; the average woman never reads it, for if she did, her God-given role in life would be known. Here lies the root of all the feminist woman’s problems – most women are ignorant of the teachings of the Word of God. Because of this, women today are complaining, grumbling, and upset over a situation they do not have any spiritual discernment about.
The Bible is clear: God made the first man “…of the dust of the ground” (Genesis 2:7), then later, “caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made He a woman, and brought her unto the man” (Genesis 2:21-22).
All of this occurred because the LORD had said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him” (Genesis 2:18).
Notice, God did not give Adam a woman to be boss over him!
Nor was the woman given to nag him or be a hindrance to him (which often is the sad situation today), but one given to Adam to “help” him.
Concerning the woman coming from Adam’s rib, Matthew Henry, made these comments:
“The woman was not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved.”
That says it all!
But look at many a modern woman: she has come a long way since Eden, for now modern women smoke cigarettes, paint up like Jezebel, and wear skin-tight clothing which causes men to lust.
The immodest way so many women dress today is unbelievable!
The Bible commands God-fearing women to “adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety” (1 Timothy 2:9), so there must be few Godfearing women left, judging from their appearances.
This is not just an ‘appearance’ judgment, but a ‘righteous’ one (John 7:24).
This sounds Pharisaical to some, but those who are really “holy women” (1 Peter 3:5), will bow to the authority of God’s Word, simply because they fear God and seek to please Him, not man.
If the Bible spells out that a woman should dress modestly, why do some preachers say it is unimportant?
(True, our interpretations of modesty vary, but conscience and the Bible, with the Holy Spirit’s guidance, will lead us aright in this matter).
If the Bible spells out that “the husband is the head of the wife” (Ephesians 5:23), why do some preachers say that women do not have to submit to their own husbands?
Paul compares Christ and the church with the relationship of husbands and wives, and plainly declares: “Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing” (Ephesians 5:24).
A rejection of this teaching has brought great disorder into the world, and reveals
that the Word of God has been cast aside for the whims and fancies of men and women.
The Old Testament describes a holy woman as one who works at home, provides for her family and their necessities, is kind, knows nothing of idleness, appreciates her husband, and above all, fears God. “Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her” (Prverbs 31:28). Indeed, such a woman needs praising.
The New Testament verifies that nothing has changed from the old dispensation regarding the woman’s role in the home and in marriage. Aged women in the early church were to teach younger women “to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the Word of God be not blasphemed” (Titus 2:4- 5).
This is straightforward language and must not be compromised for the sake of modern society, if we desire to live unto the Lord and please Him.
That is the whole question: who is it we are living for, ourselves or God?
Even churches encourage rebellion against the Word of God by allowing women leadership in the church, which the Bible forbids. The Bible forbids a woman to teach a man, she is not “to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence” (1 Timothy 2:12).
(That must be a very difficult verse for the women preachers and teachers of our day to proclaim; as a matter of fact, they evidently totally avoid the subject) The apostle says all of this is to be done “with all subjection” (1 Timothy 2:11), not in arguing, disagreement and selfcentredness.
By W.F. Bell