Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Women Preachers

We have all heard, seen, or heard of women preachers. In our day they are every where, women leaving their roles as teachers of good things to the younger women and loving and training their children, to preach the Gospel ( or their gospel) while denying the inerrant Word of God as a rule for all parts of life, including the roles of men and women. But I am not here to rant about unbiblical female preachers in the evangelical movement, but rather that all women are preachers and we are to teach a very important lesson to the Church and the world.

Our lives are our pulpit, our submission the message. God has given us a mandate to be a sign and symbol of what the Church is to Christ. We can either preach that the Church is independant of Christ by being unsubmissive, or we can teach the beauty of the Gospel by humble submitting to our head who is a picture of Christ. From the beginning God set up an order to teach His plan for salvation, and he gave the man the headship and authority and the woman the place of helpmeet. He didn’t do this because one was better than the other, but because He created them in that order and for that purpose. How sad it is when women, in the name of the Gospel, throw off God’s order and according to His Word, are guilty of blasphemy. That is exactly what we do when we are not obedient to our authorities. Paul taught that very clearly in Titus 2:5, that to be disobedient to their own husbands was to blaspheme the Word of God. How serious that is! Yet how glorious the way of God is, that we could teach so important a truth simple by living in submission to our heads and ultimately to God’s Word.

I have heard women before question why their husbands couldn’t leave their work and be helpers to their wives. Have you ever thought about what kind of message that sends when we consider that marriage is a picture of Christ and the Church? Christ is simply the helper of the Church in all of her plans and work is what I read in it. It is opposite of what the scripture teaches; yet don’t many churches act like that? That they can do their way of spreading the gospel no matter how opposing it is to the Word of God and still expect Christ to be their helper in it. The Word of God cannot conform to our lives, but rather our lives to the Word of God. That is the picture we are suppose to represent in marriage; the Bride leaves her ways, her dreams and passions, and is joined unto Christ to be His helper in His Kingdom.

As wives, and even daughters, we have a very important message to preach, but we can only preach it by the means God has given us leaning on His grace. Not by usurping the headship of our authorities and taking to the pulpit, but by simply living in accordance with God’s written commands. May God bless you with His grace through His Son in your high calling.

Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: for we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband. (Emphasis added)
Ephesians 5:21-33


Under Southern Skies said...

Oh, tha tis such a beautiful bouquet in that picture! I didn't read all of your post quite yet, it looks pretty interesting though.

Bethanie said...

good post!