We Do Not Want Our Women to Sin
There is a renewed call
To have women be allowed to ascend to the pulpit and be preachers. It seems that there is a growing number of men and women who think that the preacher’s slot needs to be opened up to women.
This rise in support for this way of thinking is done in spite of what the Bible teaches and the examples it records. For the church this is a growing concern because it is leading men and women to sin and that is not the Christian way.
They only look at one type of example
When these pro-women groups voice their support for women preachers, they only look at two examples to support their agenda. First, they look at the secular world and think that movement is best for the church.
Second, they only look at a small group of women who have played some positive role in the church, without preaching or violating God’s rules, and use those examples to make their case.
Sadly, these groups do not look at the negative examples which would temper their work trying to change the church to make it more like the secular world. Jezebel is one prime example of what happens when women sin or lead their men to sin against God. Her demise was not pretty nor was it honorable.
Then Saphira in the book of Acts is a good example of what happens when women sin. Her spirit was required of her at that moment. Micah, Saul’s daughter married to David, was punished for her sin as well.
Of course, all the women in the pre-flood world alive at the time of the flood did not get a reprieve for their sinful acts or thoughts.
It is certainly not honorable of men to ignore these examples and let women defy God and his instructions
Why do men oppose women preachers
Some people would argue that it is because of the patriarchal society we live in that is responsible for this opposition. They claim that men do not want to give up their leadership roles or their power.
Others say that men just want to oppress women and keep them second class citizens and so on. While some of these elements may influence some men’s decisions, they usually do not play a major role in the opposition to women preachers. Those reasons are assumed and usually made up for convenience sake.
The major reason men oppose women preachers is that the men in the church do not want to see their women sin and disobey God. While God has a ministry for women, that ministry does not include violating his instructions and appointing them to be preachers or leaders of the church.
As you can see, disobeying God comes with a hefty price tag and penalty.
Men do not want to violate the rules
Another reason for men’s opposition to women preachers is that they do not want to sin either. Men also have many biblical examples of what happens when ancient men did not follow God’s instructions.
Adam was thrown out of the Garden of Eden, Moses was not allowed to enter the promised land. David lost a child and on the examples go. Letting women sin and disobey God means that certain men also sin and disobey God at the same time.
That is not the Christian way and shows no love for God or his rules by either gender.
Men have a command to follow
Ephesians 5:25 has Paul passing on Christ’s command to men on how they are to treat their wives. They are to love their wives as Christ loved the church. In a look at how Christ loved the church we see many examples that men are to follow.
Men are to teach their wives the truth; teach them to obey God; teach them to know right from wrong and also to rebuke their wives when the err. Men are not commanded by either God or Jesus to let their wives and female family members to sin.
While women have the same gift of free choice as men, the woman’s choice to sin cannot be supported by their husbands. Love doe snot support sin.
What Jesus said
In the Gospel of Luke, chapter 6 verse 26 we read the following words:
Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say
The key point to this verse is that Jesus did not limit his words to men only. He is including females as well. This is a common element you will find throughout the Bible. The commands of God and Jesus never leave anyone out. There are no escape clauses for women.
God expects all women to follow and obey his words just like he expects the men to do. God may understand that men and women are weak and that they make decisions that favor their desires over his, he still expects them to sacrifice that desire in order to obey his instructions.
Obedience to his word is very important to God. That obedience includes women sacrificing their desire to be preachers in today’s world. God said through Paul that women are not to have authority over a man, which solidifies God’s instruction that women do not fill the preacher’s spot.
Some final words
A good husband will not stand by and let his wife sin. A good father will not turn a blind eye out of ‘love’ when his daughter wants to disobey God. Both types of men will do everything they can to ensure that their loved ones do not sin.
They would not want their wives and daughters suffer the fate of those biblical people who set the example of what happens when women disobey God. Real love keeps women from sinning.
© 2019 David Thiessen