Gender Equality-Addressing Feminism Within The Church and Home.

In light of the my last writing, Understanding Your Marital Role, I feel a need to speak to two issues that often seem to get confused. Feminists within the church attempt to blur these two issues by taking scripture out of context. Effectively twisting the intended meaning of the scripture. Specifically the issues of salvation and authority as they relate to each gender.

In conversations with feminist advocates, I find that I must first unraveling their braided entanglement of misused scripture in order to get to the truth. They seem to ignore the 20/20 rule when it comes to scripture interpretation. In order to find the proper interpretation of scripture it is vital to keep every scripture in context. To find context read 20 verses before and 20 after.

The question to be considered is "Are men and women equal in the eyes of God?" The short answer is yes and no.

When discussing Gender equality within the church and home we must make two important distinctions. Gender equality as it relates to salvation and gender equality as it relates to authority. I do not see God making distinctions between men and woman in matters of salvation. However, in matters of authority, God gave Adam more authority by placing him as the head over Eve. This authority was in place before the fall and had nothing to do with sin but everything to do with God's will.

One of the arguments that feminists often make, is that, originally God intended both the genders to rule over creation equally. In one conversation, 1 Corinthians 11: 11 -12 and Genesis 1:26-27 was used to show that women and men were originally equal in authority.

1 Corinthians 11: 11 -12 Nevertheless, neither is man independent of woman, nor woman independent of man, in the Lord. For as woman came from man, even so man also comes through woman; but all things are from God.

Genesis 1:26-27 “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man [Humanity, male and female] in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

To find context, we must consider the whole story.

Indeed, both had and have authority over creation, however, Eves Authority was established through Adam's. Eve had authority because Adam had Authority. Adam only had authority because God gave it to him. Authority flows down hill through a chain of Command. Lets not overlook the fact that God called Eve, Adam's Helper.

Gen 2:18 Then the LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is like him."

The word helper shows that she is an aid for Adam. It expresses and implies Adams Authority over Eve. Adam was the Foreman and Eve was his assistant.

Further Eve was taken out of man, not Adam from Eve

Gen 2:21-23 So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to come over the man, and he slept. God took one of his ribs and closed the flesh at that place. Then the LORD God made the rib He had taken from the man into a woman and brought her to the man. And the man said: "This one, at last, is bone of my bone, and flesh of my flesh; this one will be called woman, for she was taken from man."

Notice that the account records that 1. God brought Eve to Adam and 2. Adam named her. These actions established Adam's Authority over Eve.

Now with this in mind lets take a look at 1st Corinthians 11:11-12 in context

1 Cor 11:7-12 A man, in fact, should not cover his head, because he is God's image and glory, but woman is man's glory. For man did not come from woman, but woman came from man; and man was not created for woman, but woman for man. This is why a woman should have [a symbol of] authority on her head: because of the angels. However, in the Lord, woman is not independent of man, and man is not independent of woman. For just as woman came from man, so man comes through woman, and all things come from God.

I believe this passage confirms man's headship. But as a warning, to men not to think more of themselves then they aught. It makes the point that nether the male or the female are islands unto themselves that they depend on and need each other. The one does not exist with out the other. and most importantly, neither has authority aside from God. Pointing out that both are under His authority.

Feminists often quote Galatians 3:28. It is offered as proof that women and men are equal in Authority. It is one of the justifications feminists use to justify women who hold the office of Pastor. However, this verse, in context, is speaking to salvation, It has nothing to do with authority.

Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Lets look at this verse in context:

Galatians 3:22-29 But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

In the old testament, God distinguished between the Jews and the rest of the people of the earth. They were His chosen people. When Christ came, He redeemed all mankind, not just the Jewish people. Galatians 3:28 is speaking to our adoption. Pointing out that in and through Christ we are all God's people. Making no distinctions between Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female

When it comes to Salvation, indeed there is neither male or female. we are one in the same.

Another argument I often hear is that the headship of men was the result of the fall. Feminists suggest that Christ has renewed all things back to their original order. As scriptural proof for this position they couple Genesis 1:26-27 (which I have already addressed) and Colossians 3:5-11.

Colossians 3:5-11 Therefore, put to death whatever in you is worldly: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, God's wrath comes on the disobedient, and you once walked in these things when you were living in them. But now you must also put away all the following: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and filthy language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his practices and have put on the new man, who is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of his Creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all.

Renewal is a matter of salvation. It has nothing to do with Authority. Through Christ we have indeed overcome the curse of death. Again, the headship of man was established before the fall. The chain of command will not change.

Even so, I do not see that salvation over turns the curse this side of heaven. If this were true then the saved Man would no longer have to work by the sweat of his brow nor would the saved Woman continue to have pain in childbirth. The renewal is indeed about overcoming sin but this takes place as we draw closer to God. Renewal is a restored relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

At all times and in everything I do, I must choose to submit my will to God. This was true before I was saved and equally true after I was saved. In like manner, the wife must choose to submit to her husband throughout her life.

It is important for me to make an exception here. There is obviously a difference between husbands and God. God is always just and will never ask you to do something against His Word. Ladies, when or if, your husband ask you to do something that is contrary to God's Word. That is, if he asks you to sin, you are obligated to make an appeal and ultimately you are duty bound to refuse his command. We all must obey God rather than man.

The curse declares to women that her desire will be for her husband and he will rule over her. The term "her desire will be for her husband" is speaking to her desire for his authority. This happens today in the saved woman's life just as it does in the unsaved. The difference being, the saved woman submits to her husband as she would to God. Or in other words, for God's sake.

Let me be clear, I am not saying that men are better then woman or that God loves men more. I am saying God is sovereign. For reasons that seemed good to him, he established the headship of the husband. Because of human nature, had the opposite been true, Men would be pining for equality just as the feminist have.

In closing; if we wish to properly understand God's kingdom and authority, when dealing with genders. We must distinguish between salvation and Authority. I believe that in matters of salvation, God does not discriminate between the genders. However, in matters of Authority, I maintain my conviction that He makes every distinction. Both in the home and in the church.

Your brother in Christ

ABR

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CarrieG 6 years ago from Nevada

Aaron, lets talk about Godly authority and what it looks like. Jesus is our example as in all things. He was given authority over all of heaven and earth and what did he model for us? Submission, humility, meekness, servant hood, selflessness, and care so deep that he put the best interest of those he had authority over above his own so much that he gave himself even unto death for them and their well being. This places authority well into the realm of responsibility as opposed to privilege as most men see it. We must be honest and take note of the abuse and utter failure of man in and out of the church to handle their authority properly. While much of the feminist ideology maybe extreme we certainly don’t want the male perspective to swing to far to the other side of the pendulum. I’m just sayin :0)


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Abrushing1968 6 years ago from USA- Florida Author

Well said CarrieG


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HOOWANTSTONO 6 years ago

Effeminate nature is mentioned in the KJV

1Cr 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

This world is passing away all the time the "Gay Scene" will also pass away and die, it did before, and its going to do it again. Being effeminate is a choice as is all addictions.

Peace


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

You it up very well wen you said, "However, in matters of authority, God gave Adam more authority and placed him as the head over Eve. This authority was in place before the fall and had nothing to do with sin but everything to do with God's will." Thanks for sharing.


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Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon

Well said! It's so good to meet a fellow believer who takes the Word of God seriously in matters of daily life! Your words reminded me of something I heard last night. My family and I were watching a video of R. J. Rushdoony speaking on the seventh commandment. He said that there was a study done that affirmed God's roles for men and women. Men were shown to be more gifted (in general) in the areas of abstract thought and dominion oriented tasks. In every other area (practical applications, compassion, intuition, etc...) women proved to be more gifted in general. His point was that God built these talents into men and women, and it's so obvious that they worked best together when complementing each other through God-given roles.

Thanks, brother, for this excellent exposition of Scripture!


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Abrushing1968 6 years ago from USA- Florida Author

Thanks Jane

You are making an important point. When we look at both the Christian husband and the Christian wife we see a broader more complete picture of God's Character.

Thanks for the encouraging words and for stopping by and reading my stuff. I am honored when ever someone takes the time.

Thank you

ABR


solaGod 5 years ago

The creation accounts of Genesis in no way supports or demonstrates that Adam had authority over Eve. Such things are traditional belief and not scriptural fact. It's nowhere to be found in the creation accounts. It is religious belief without basis in the original scripture.

The same creation account used in I Corinthians 11 is there for us to examine. If it's there, any of us should be able to go to that passage and point out the verses that bear to that point. I guarantee that if you try it you will find that you can't either.

Blasphemy is ascribing attributes and glory to another that only belongs to God. I Cor 11:7 is just that! The scriptures state plainly that man AND woman were created in God's image. Woman was NOT created in man's image. God created her in his image too.

Since Eve was created in God's image she too is God's glory. Ascribing her as man's glory is most vainglorious of men and insulting to God. Woman reflects that glory of God NOT the glory of man. Man had NOTHING to do with woman's creation and so deserves no glory for it.

Any rational, God-loving, God-fearing Christian ought to know better than to assign glory that belongs only to God to any mortal. Shame on us for stooping to such atrocity!

Christians would do well to go back to the creation account in Genesis to verify anything related to the creation order. If teachings by Paul or anyone don't square with what scripture actually teaches, they should be dismissed as heresy.

Woman is NOT man's glory. She shares equally in the glory of God as man since both were created in the image of God and given the right to rule the earth, contrary to what Paul said.

Who do you believe Paul or Scripture?


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Abrushing1968 5 years ago from USA- Florida Author

Solagod:

Thank you for stopping by. I can understand and appreciate your point. Indeed Both men and women were made in God's image Both reflect his Glory.

I believe all the books of the Holy Bible from Gen to Rev are Holy scripture. Paul's words are just as inspired as are Moses's. Therefore I believe both equally. Even so, in this hub I established man's authority over women aside from 1st Corinthians 11. I handled both verses separately. I am sad that we disagree, but I believe I am interpreting these two verses correctly. Each passage can stand on its own. However, clearly 1st Cor 11 is building off of Genesis 1-2.

It is vital that you understand that in 1 Cor 11 Paul was specifically discussing authority, a chain of command. Humanity as a whole when submitted to God reflects God's Glory. With the exception of the wonders of the human body, Man only reflects God's glory when he is submitted to Him.

When you view a man who is submitted to God and honors him willingly through obedience, his loving devotion and submission brings Glory to God and honors him. Through that man we see the reflection of God's love and his sovereign place over the universe. I believe God's glory, even above his unlimited power, is his love for us his creation and his sovereign authority over the universe.

I am amazed by the fact that he allows us to serve him willingly with out force. That he respects us enough to allow us to choose. This too shows us the glory of his loving nature. Part of God's Glory is the sovereignty of His free will. When a man willingly surrenders his free will back to God he is acknowledging God's Glory. His Authority, his sovereignty over mankind. In the same way, when you see a woman lovingly submitted to her husband. It brings the husband glory. which in turn Brings God glory. This is what Paul is speaking to in 1 Cor 11:7-12.

1 Cor 11:7-12 A man, in fact, should not cover his head, because he is God's image and glory, but woman is man's glory. For man did not come from woman, but woman came from man; and man was not created for woman, but woman for man. This is why a woman should have [a symbol of] authority on her head: because of the angels. However, in the Lord, woman is not independent of man, and man is not independent of woman. For just as woman came from man, so man comes through woman, and all things come from God.

Men for God and Women for Men... When you look at a Christian Family that is following this formula you see a visible tangible picture of God's Kingdom. He did this so that physical Humanity would have a way to relate to a Spiritual God. So that we would have a tangle physical example on Earth of His heavenly kingdom. Just as a Husband desires His wife to accept and acknowledge his headship in the home. So too does God desire for humanity to accept and acknowledge his Headship over their lives. Just as a man is honored and glorified by his wife's obedience, So to is God Honored and glorified.

I hope this has helped clarify my position. However, I suspect that you will remain unconvinced. If so, I understand.

I find it interesting that you accept Gen as scripture but reject 1st Cor. I wonder why one is acceptable but not the other. Please consider this quote from Augustine

“If you believe what you like in the gospel, and reject what you don't like, it’s not the gospel you believe, but yourself."

Hmm? He was speaking specifically about the Gospels Matthew Mark Luke and John. but the statement can be applied to the Bible as a whole. I wonder dear friend are you your own god Solagod? Do you see yourself as sovereign over God's Word? Are you picking and choosing what parts you will believe. God is sovereign even over your understanding. It is our job to conform our understanding to His. Not make his understanding conform to ours.

Go in peace Solagod My you discover God's sovereignty and surrender to it through Jesus Christ my Lord. May God bless you


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Virginia Lea 2 years ago from Ltitle Rock, Arkansas

I love this! I just made a Hub about this very same topic!

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