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Man, the Male Leadership Role as Directed by God - Part 23
We begin with the last thoughts of our last entry...
The two words in this verse of greatest importance to our study are “must” which is an imperative and “husband” which is only defined as “male.” A right thinking person could never define “husband” as a woman. Nor could a libertine ever properly redefine the two. Therefore, the “mankind” of verse one is not genderless. It means a man, a male.
Of course, this does beg the question, “What about female missionaries?”
We see no problem in this area as long as the missionary is working with the unsaved in general. And there seems to be no scripture preventing female missionaries from presenting their mission to a “church,” when assembled for that purpose or as an update presentation during a regular service.
But we do not have license to give women permission to teach independently and as the head of an assembly that has saved men. Directly put, this would be as the head of a church or as a “teacher” in a church sponsored, regularly scheduled meeting such as “Sunday School.”
“Well what about the churches in Africa and such?” It begs the questions “Are they churches?” and “Are we splitting hairs?” The answers are “No” and “No.”
Nor is it proper for a man to decide he will support a woman teacher because “she is well studied,” or “has been doing it a long time,” or because it is the “right” thing to do. To this last, it is “not the right thing to do.” Again, God does not need and did not ask for our opinion on how things should work. He has told us how He wants it done and, on several occasions, reminded us why, Genesis 3:16.
And this is a good place to once again remind ourselves that God has put a strong taboo on changing His words and/or their meaning: Deuteronomy 4:2; Proverb 30:5-6; Malachi 3:6; Revelation 22:18.
Among the other warnings listed through the Bible, we have Deuteronomy 12:28-32 which simply states we are not to look to the world for our direction, but look to the Lord. Is the church, today, governed by the directives of God or the wants of the “community?”
We do not make a habit of studying certain books of the Old Testament, such as Leviticus, as they are repetitions and seemingly unloving. Many folks find very little there for us today. The New Testament if “filled with love” and we get stuck in that “rut.” The Old Testament is our “schoolmaster,” Galatians 3:24, it is a history of man’s rebellion and God’s love.
Man continues to sin and God continues to cleanse and save. But this last is not because man does “the right thing,” it’s because Jesus Christ did it all. Man only needs to believe. And that belief begins with believing in the Word of God as God presented it, not as man would have it, Proverb 14:12. Love is not the way of salvation, it is a result of salvation.
So what is the work of the woman in the church? Is there any? Yes, she is to teach!
Titus 2:1-5; (1) But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: (2) That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. (3) The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; (4) That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, (5) To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
This is not just a directive to the older women to teach the younger how to make cookies and change diapers. It is an exhortation, a placement of developed skills, which include Bible study and teaching the Bible. It would be impossible for one to teach “sound doctrine” without a knowledge of the Bible. And it would be impossible for the next generation to receive or pass on the teaching if someone had not taught them.
Consider, who has the greater responsibility, the preacher who is trying to convince a group of unbelievers to accept Jesus Christ, or the homemaker that teaches children, and then younger women, the Word of God? Proverb 31:10-31.
Consider, who normally has the first and greatest part in teaching young men, men that go on to be teachers in the church, bishops, preachers, pastors? 2 Timothy 1:5.
Consider, if the women did their job accordingly, who would the preacher have in the audience in need of salvation?
This humanist, feminist movement of today steals the glory and attributes of women. The woman and mother is the foundation of the family. Good or bad, she sets the tenor. Women are God’s gift to man. They are the mainstay of propriety. How demeaning that this group of malcontents, men and women both, have disgraced the role of the woman with their words.
More in this area next time....