My final quotation from the New Testament in this article is from Ephesians 5: 23-24. Let us capture it here: “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.” (Ephesians 5: 23-24, KJV).
Again, these verses are so clear in the manner they stand that they do not need any explanation. These verses uphold the leadership status of the man, over the woman forever, in much the same way that Christ is the head over the church. And this is God’s eternal plan for man to accept and live by.
It is now time for us to go back to the Book of Genesis, as earlier-on promised, to look at some events that occurred there, the effects of which, are still taking a punitive toll on mankind today. It is important we know of these occurrences in Genesis, avoidable errors as they were, which men committed as a result of their women leading (misleading) them. It is important we know of these events, if by any way they are able to aid us, to re-focus our lives on the God-ordained role of man over the woman, in spiritual matters.
The first of these is that of Adam being led (or misled) by Eve into eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden, after the serpent had succeeded in beguiling her to eat it. The consequence of this weakness of Adam, in being led by Eve, is the cause of all the woes of mankind which have plagued him since The Fall in the Garden.
Sin and its horrible and deadly consequences would never have come into man’s life, if Adam had not slipped from his position as leader of the woman to become her servant. Many millennia after this slip of Adam from headship to servitude, mankind is plagued by disease, misery, poverty and suffering, as a result.
Even after the intervention of God, in Jesus Christ’s sacrifice, aimed at dealing with the sin problem and the suffering it brought to mankind, many people who are ignorant of the blessings of being in Christ, are still plagued with the consequences of that error by Adam, in exchanging his leadership role for the woman’s God-ordained submission to him.
Did you know that the perennial turmoil between Arabs and Israelis in the Middle East has its roots in Genesis? This unending conflict between Israel and Palestinian-Arabs is due to the error of Abraham, in taking instructions from his wife, Sarah.
You see, while Abraham awaited the fulfillment of the promise of God to have a male-child, Sarah, in impatience, was scheming something else. When she could no longer wait, she led Abraham to sleep with her maid, Hagar the Egyptian. Hagar got pregnant by Abraham, because he, like Adam, yielded to obey the wife.
The anger, jealousy, bitterness and hatred, between Sarah and her maid Hagar, even before the latter brought forth Ishmael, led God to pronounce judgment in the matter. God declared that Ishmael was going to be a great and populous nation of wealthy people. But that same wealthy nation would live in hostility with all his brothers (Genesis 16: 10-12, KJV).
Do you see the wealth of the Arab world? And do you see the hostility of two sons of one man (Abraham), Ishmael and Isaac, living in conflict with one another for centuries? And all this, has come about because one man chose to obey his woman, instead of leading her to obey him.
God is always happy with any of His children who correct themselves when the reality of their errors hit them. Coming to mind readily are the incidents between Judah and Tarmar (Genesis 38: 1-30); David and Urriah’s wife (Second Kings 11: 2 – 12: 25); and Peter and his denial of his Master on the night of the Lord’s arrest (Luke 22: 54-62). The repentance of Judah, David and Peter from their errors in these incidents, are worthy of emulation.
Even before these great men of God could ever come to sin and repent of their short-comings, Abraham had long ago repented of his slip to obey his wife. When later-on after his slip he heard clearly, the voice of God to offer his son Isaac to Him, he did not confer with Sarah on the issue, for obvious reasons. He, at the time had become wiser, having learnt his lesson over the Hagar pregnancy, well.
I am sure Sarah would have kicked against Abraham’s plan to obey God in the sacrificing of Isaac. Sarah would have prevailed upon Abraham to re-consider whether he truly and clearly heard God speak to him to sacrifice Isaac, their only son and one of promise.
Your guess of what commotion would have come to the home of Abraham is as good as mine, if he went conferring with his wife on the issue. Thank God the world was saved from another disaster, in men giving their leadership positions to their wives or women-folk, in this instance.
My dear reader, I do sincerely hope you are one of many who know that Jesus Christ will soon re-visit our planet. Because the return of Jesus is imminent, many are running helter-skelter in search of a safe place to be. Of course, though many do not know it, the safest place to be is inside of Jesus’ own Body – the Church.
I am not talking about how to run into some masonry building of Victorian Age architecture, which many people take to be the church. I am talking about how one is able to be part of Jesus’ Body: becoming bone of his bones, flesh of his flesh (Ephesians 5: 30, KJV); a branch in him, the True Vine (John 15: 5, KJV); and how to wear him like a cassock or space-suit (Galatians 3: 27, KJV).
I am talking about how to enter into Jesus’ Body or get to be attached to him in the manner of John 3: 3-5, Acts 2: 38-39, Romans 6: 3-6, First Peter 3: 20-21, First John 5: 11-13, etc.
Sadly, many people do not know how to gain this great blessing of being attached to or entry into the body, soul, and spirit of Jesus Christ. I like to advice you how you could gain this unique blessing.
Look for any grouping of people which calls itself –church: which do not have women in leadership positions. The genuine Body of Christ, which is the church, does not have any women-leaders.
If you get to know of any group of believers, who do not have women as its leaders, next check on its doctrine, for the born again experience. The genuine members which constitute the Lord’s church are those who express faith in Matthew 28: 18-20; Mark 16: 15-16; Luke 24: 46-48; John 3: 3, 5; Acts 2: 38-39; Romans 6: 3-6; Galatians 3: 27; First Peter 3: 20-21; etc. for their entry into God’s salvation. Get united to that body and you will be safe in Christ.
Do not join any group that believes in the praying of a so-called “Sinners’ Prayer” or “Prayer for Salvation” as their way to enter Christ’s Body. No prayer can ever make anybody become born again and attach him to the True Vine as a branch.
Never join yourself to any grouping of people calling itself church, where there is a woman as pastor; a so-called deaconess; a prophetess in today’s context of being a revealer of secrets; a female language translator to a man-preacher; etc. That grouping is not the church or Body of the Lord Jesus Christ.
No matter how solid or rocky a woman leader of such a group might look, her congregation is not a part of the Body of Christ. Come out of it and move-on in your search for the safe ground which is in Christ only. And do please be very serious in this.
I like to conclude this article by leading readers to three verses of scripture: one in the Book of Jeremiah, and the others in the Book of Isaiah. All these scriptures are clear in meaning as they stand and will by all means support the main thrust of my article.
“I have not sent these prophets, yet they run; I have not spoken to them yet they prophesied.” – says God the Almighty in Jeremiah 23: 21, KJV. Surely, women who persist in playing lead-roles in the church of Jesus Christ are seen in this light by God, and it will not be long when all men begin to see such women in this same light.
“As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.” – says the Lord God Almighty in Isaiah 3: 12, KJV. I hope this verse is easily understood by all women who love to be given lead-roles in the church of Jesus Christ. The obvious fact of this verse is that, when women lead in spiritual issues, people err and their clear paths become obliterated. Only God can help mankind in this.
Finally, in the Book of Isaiah, chapter four, verse one, this is what we read from the King James Version of the Bible. “And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, we shall eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, take away our reproach.” (Isaiah 4: 1, KJV).
Well, I do not know whether this prophecy is yet to be fulfilled or it has come to pass. How I wish that it had already been fulfilled, to spare the women of my generation an impending calamity, confusion and shame.
If this prophecy is yet to be fulfilled someday, then that day will be one in which all of women’s campaigns for man-woman equality, would seem foolish, under the microscope of the Almighty God –God who rules in the affairs of men.
The writer is a Bible-expositor and author of the book: “BEWARE OF THIS FALSE DOCTRINE of reciting the Sinners’ Prayer for salvation”. His email address is: email@example.com.