Since the women's liberation movement, efforts are being made
to place women in places of authority over men. Such is spilling
over into religious bodies; many are appointing women preachers
and other officers in [denominational] churches.
It is not surprising, since the denominational world does not
respect the authority of the Bible (or they would not exist in
the first place). Regrettably, some of our more liberal-minded
brethren are advocating the same things.
Limitations God Placed on Women
The Holy Spirit gave instructions about the relationship between
men and women:
8. I desire therefore that the men pray in every place, lifting
up holy hands, without wrath and disputing.
9. In like manner, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel,
with shamefastness and sobriety; not with braided hair, and gold
or pearls or costly raiment;
10. but (which becometh women professing godliness) through good
11. Let a woman learn in quietness with all subjection.
12. But I permit not a woman to teach, nor to have dominion over
a man, but to be in quietness.
13. For Adam was first formed, then Eve;
14. and Adam was not beguiled, but the woman being beguiled hath
fallen into transgression:
15. but she shall be saved through her childbearing, if they continue
in 0th and love and sanctification with sobriety ( (1 Tim. 2:815).
Observe, (1) men take the lead in prayer, (2) women are instructed
about how to dress, (3) women are to learn in silence, with all
subjection, (4) women are not to teach nor usurp authority over
men, but to be in silence, (5) reasons given in Verses 1415.
In First Corinthians 14:2335, when the "whole church
be come together," instructions are given concerning women.
Let your women keep silent in the churches: for it is not permitted
unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience,
as also saith the law ... for it a is a shame for women to speak
in the church.
Subordination Not a Reflection
For a woman to be in subjection to men in the church is not a
reflection upon their ability or intelligence. It is simply the
way God arranged things, and we are not at liberty to alter God's
Word (Deut. 4:2; 5:32; 12:32; Gal. 3:15; 2 John 911).
1 Corinthians 11:3 says: "I would have you to 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."
Since Christ had no resentment at being subordinate to the Father,
women should not feel offended at being in subjection to the men
in the church.
Observe the Altitude of Christ.
Romans 15:3 says, "Christ pleased not himself." In John
4:34 Christ said: "My meat is to do the will of him that
sent me." John 5:30 says Christ could do nothing of himself,
"Because I seek not to do mine own will, but the will of
the Father which hath sent me." John 8:2829 has Jesus
saying that he can do nothing of himself, but what God had taught
him, and "I do always those things that please him".
Therefore, since Christ is subject to God the Father with no resentment,
and man is subject to Christ, woman should respect without resentment
the scripture that places her in subjection to man.
Remember man has a head also, and that is Jesus Christ who is
above all. Man is not degraded because he is subject to Christ,
and the woman is not inferior because God placed her in subjection
Some have argued that if the apostle Paul had lived today he would
have taught differently. However, Paul did not speak of himself,
but the Holy Spirit spoke through him (1 Cor. 2:913; 14:37),
and these words of God given by the Holy Spirit are for all time,