|What About Women? - Destiner Press Topics|
"And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over
a man, but to be in silence." (1 Timothy 2:12)
"Let women keep silent in the assemblies,
for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also
says." (1 Corinthians 14:34)
"Let women keep silent in the assemblies, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says." (1 Corinthians 14:34)What About Women?
I have been asked repeatedly to deal with this subject, specifically by ladies who feel crushed, offended or disheartened by such Scriptures as those quoted above. I will cover the core issue as concisely as possible but it will be necessary to illustrate a broad picture in order to put this matter in perspective. To begin then, and straight to the point, let us be clear that this topic is about women in the elect, not women in the church. If you are not yet clear that these two entities are not the same thing then you will need to read The Truth Which Sets Free and, when it becomes available, The Dark Powers That Bind.
The elect must be careful to avoid being overly distracted by the pointless controversies that occupy the goats of the church. Churchmen may ordain women priests or chaplains, excommunicate each other from their denominations and "isms", marry homosexuals, unionize their "clergy" to prevent abuse by the "laity" and whatever other antics in which they continually immerse themselves. That is for the orcs of another realm mired in bickering, the neo-pagans arguing amongst each other, the blind wrestling the blind into the pit. Theirs is not a valid debate for the elect. Theirs is a kingdom of this world that has no intention of submitting to the Word of God. The kingdom of the elect is not of this world and must inherently and willingly bow to the Word of God.
It is a favorite ploy of goats to attempt to evade the Word in this particular subject by saying it is just a cultural item and no longer applies. With this same pretext they can (and do) excuse themselves from countless truths which they do not like simply by labeling them as belonging to an age that has passed and no longer valid. For instance, one variation on this specific theme is that the apostle Paul supposedly referred to an organizational problem: namely that women sat separately at the periphery in "early churches" (following previous Jewish traditions in synagogue arrangements) and had to shout out to their husbands for the meaning of a doctrinal interpretation, resulting in such disorder that they were instructed to keep silent, a situation that no longer applies today.
The fact is that the elect met in all kinds of venues, especially houses, some with standing room only so that one might even fall out a window. There was no such separation of men from women, nor was there any building of churches. It was the early Christians who strove to re-create the house made with hands. That is what remains, for instance, in the ruins of ancient Corinth. I have examined that "church" structure and nothing about it persuades me it was an elect venture or undertaking but merely another example of early copy-cats blending the Word with pagan traditions and temple devotion that Christ had rendered obsolete. Paul in particular was a stickler in avoiding the Jewish customs which his Master had swept away, even facing off with the apostle Peter when he erred in this area, declaring that to build again what was rightfully destroyed was outright sin. (Galatians 2:11-18) Paul did not write to a church, ever, for we now know that this is an unscriptural term except to describe the pagan temple, and should be struck from every occurrence in erroneous Bible translations where it has been inserted to refer to God's chosen.
The apostle's teaching regarding women is not some temporary ethnic or cultural doctrine, like the various health-related rules where God forbade the eating of certain animals and then later permitted it. There is no later change of instruction with regards to the role or position of women in Scripture; nor can there be. The answer to the question is really very simple. But, before I state the obvious and evident conclusion, I invite you to examine many facets of this particular gem, the same truth viewed from many angles, because it is a precious stone if seen in its correct context. This rock hard yet luminous diamond helps separate the wheat from the tares, especially in today's environment where the children of disobedience are scrambling over each other to deny and distort the truth.
Having said all that I now look at this matter from another viewpoint. But before I do that let me caution you in considering an often misquoted Scripture: that in Christ there is "neither Jew nor Greek, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female" because all the elect are "one in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:28) This is quite true in the light of salvation, and that is clearly the context in this verse in Galatians, the equality of saved souls. We could rightly add, "neither black nor white, neither king nor subject, neither psychiatrist nor mental patient, neither adult nor child." That does not give them all the same status in other contexts, especially in the area of authority. This is the same apostle Paul, here writing to the Galatians, who also wrote that a woman was not permitted to teach or have authority over a man, or to speak in the elect assembly. So then, how can this be? To understand we must also look at the rest of the Biblical picture, where we are faced with these hard and fast facts.
This could be pursued in further detail but there is by far sufficient here to show that this principle is not simply an Old Testament or New Testament principle (again, man-made terms) but one truth, and the Bible is one book for those who are one in the Lord, his elect. Yes we have an Esther and a Ruth and a Mary and so many others who played such vital roles in times and tasks where a million men went unnamed in Scripture. But women have never been in authority in the way that men were so placed by God, and they can never assume this particular headship to substitute for men. Women may do this in the church but in terms of the kingdom of God they cannot succeed, no matter how extreme their effort, not even if they do it by dressing like a man or physically trying to "change" their gender, because they are already in the wrong body altogether.
So now I will state it categorically. When the Word says that women should "be silent" or "not speak" it means that they cannot presume to act as the principal authority, speaker, teacher or leader in one of the elect assemblies, the kind of gathering to whom the apostle Paul expressly addressed his letters. It may be helpful here to compare the subordinate position of a woman in the family (dealt with in detail in Ephesians 5:22-33, except that the word church should be replaced in every instance with a correct term; see Chapter 4, Right Word, Right Place, The Truth Which Sets Free) with the secondary position of a woman in an elect assembly. There is an obvious parallel truth. In both situations a woman may talk or sing or pray but in neither situation, physical family group or spiritual family gathering, may she be head, or speak as if she was in the position of head. It is a delicate balancing act. If a woman is confined to silence inappropriately the circumstances descend into the repression of Islam and other cults that Satan has concocted to replace the Truth and the Life. But if she speaks as head, taking that place of a man, then that too is a substitution for the Way, and substitution is the name of the game in Satan's grand plan.
This is not license for chauvinism on the part of men nor an invitation for willfulness on the part of their female helpmates. Men did not make themselves in headship, and many would rather not have this authority or responsibility. But they did not make the world, and neither did women. The creatures shall answer to the Creator, and woe to those who would claim to rewrite His statutes and ordinances. And this they do, having no fear of God, no beginning of wisdom whatsoever. If the goats would redefine "marriage" as the union of two men or two women (who is head in such sodomite relationships? and what is coming next as a family? three women? two men and a dog?) then they will certainly try to put forward women priests and pastors. But again, that is for the church, not for the children of God, not for the Lord's chosen.
This is hardly a big exclusion, that women may not be head or speak as such. It is no different from the Lord saying, "you may eat the fruit of all the trees in the garden except for this one." The Word does not exclude elect women speaking in a host of other contexts, but it does prevent them in this one area, and herein lies the temptation. Indeed, the goats of both genders so covet and strive to create such futile positions in their house made with hands that they will call each other "father" and "mother" and even "mother-superior" or "reverend" in direct contradiction of Scripture because they so love to disobey. It is precisely what they are told not to do that they crave all the more, and why they will fall and perish, as they are destined to do. Leave them where they belong, in church. It is bad enough that men take up positions as hireling shepherds, let alone women. Let churchmen and churchwomen do whatever they will as they stumble without fear toward the wide gate, and let the elect walk in the narrow and straight Way set out for them in the Word.
"Let this mind be in you," writes the apostle Paul, "which was also in Christ Jesus." What mind? The mind that does not demand the higher position but rather accepts one's appointed life of service, with humility and obedience, even to the death if necessary. (Philippians 2:5-8) If Christ himself so complied to his Father's will so too should the children of God strive to obey (which the Goats do not) with fear and trembling (which the goats lack) in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation (which the goats are) by holding to the word (which the goats twist) otherwise the race is in vain (which it is, for the goats). (Philippians 2:12-15) Jesus demonstrated precisely this mind of compliance to his disciples, and taught them to pray: "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 5:10)
God's will concerning women is clear and simple enough. Simple, that is, in statement, not necessarily in understanding or reception. The most studied churchman or "theologian" will remain blind and obstinate while the uneducated fisherman, given ears to hear, can both see and submit. If you find it difficult to accept then consider the supreme example of Christ who most certainly did consent to his Father's will in every aspect, no matter how hard the plan or the way. "Nevertheless, not my will, but Yours be done." (Luke 22:42) Many times the Lamb of God repeated this truth, that he came not to do his own will but that of his Father. (John 4:34, 5:30, 6:38) Goats do not have this objective in mind, nor is it written in their hearts. They seek to do their own will and say it is God's way. They live, and die, in a substitute.
If you have not yet done so then this may be the right time to read some critical Scriptures and consider the difference between the nature of true shepherd/priests and those of the church. (See: Chapter 8, Early Christian Councils, The Truth Which Sets Free.)
And what about the other trees, that is, positions of leadership elsewhere? No one can deny that in the world women have made great leading lights, from scientific researchers and doctors to judges and prime ministers. Elect women are not barred from such positions. But I do make this cautionary comment. I completely agree with the few writers of the past who have firmly held that no elect person (of either gender) should run for political office because of the inherent duplicity and spirit of compromise required. We may get our hands outwardly muddy in helping a grimy world but not engage in "professions" that by their very nature call for double-mindedness or soil the mind and spirit. Do not be conformed to the world or stained by it. (Romans 12:2, James 1:27) The same might be said of most (not all) of the legal profession, much of which is even dirtier than it was when Jesus berated the lawyers of his day. Do not waste your life in any pursuit or career that falls into this category. That is not the work or calling Jesus has for his laborers. There is a much more worthy fight at hand for a kingdom and reward that does not fade or perish. And in this kingdom the elect are not to copy the world, because it is not of the world.
There is so much for the true laborers to do, and, as in the time of Christ, there are so few of them, both men and women. How sparsely this remnant is scattered in the world! Pray for more laborers of both genders, and look on the bright side. Small is beautiful. Jesus walked with a dozen, not 144 or 1000. The most he ever sent out on a mission was 70, and those in pairs for a temporary assignment. His regular fellowship was just twelve men and a few special women, with only one bad apple (as ordained) in the barrel. When the crowds followed him there were many rotten apples: those who tagged along for the prospect of a free loaf of bread or the attraction of miracles, or who simply went with the herd, like churchmen in a dreamy stupor, or those who tagged along seeking to trip him in his words. From such followers the Lord often withdrew, or caused them to withdraw instead, with words too hot for them to handle.
When things get big it automatically brings organizational problems that can distract from the core matter at hand, and this can be very detrimental. There is no pride or gain in numbers; that is a church delusion. Better to separate into more personal and effective groups than to become unwieldy, and far better to divide than be divisive. Not that there is anything wrong with large fellowships. Who knows? There may yet again be an outpouring of the Spirit as in times past when so many sheep will gather that the question of who speaks and who listens will become a major problem. But don't hold your breath. And in the meantime pay no great attention to the goats except to learn what not to do. Their house is as organized as a church cemetery, and just as full. As though the Body of Christ was anything like their religious establishments! Let the weeds multiply in their own yard. They go the way of the world, as churchdom has always done. The elect must not.
May God shine his face upon you and give you wisdom and power, every one of you, man and woman, to be laborers in the true calling and speak for Him in the right place and at the right time.