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Isaiah 55:8-9

Isaiah 55:8-9

Monday, March 2, 2015

IN THE GARDEN: SHE SHALL BE CALLED WOMAN, PART TWO

"Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings... Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them."  
Genesis 3:7-21

THE ORIGIN OF SHAME AND EXCUSES



Feminism is a false doctrine that has crept into the hearts and lives of nearly everyone of us over the past 2 or 3 generations. Please, consider with me some of the basic Bible teachings concerning the God-given role of women.


I.    The Origin of Shame:
  • Adam and Eve's Eyes Were Open:  
They have now acquired the knowledge of good and evil.
"Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.  They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, 'Where are you?'  He said, 'I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.'"  Genesis 3:7-10
Now both Adam and Eve know, but wish they had never known.  As we mature and our conscience develops and as we come to the age of understanding right and wrong through the discernment of God's Word, our eyes become open to sin.  Today we call this the 'age of accountability’ or the age of understanding.  Notice what Nehemiah says:

"Then Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly of men, women and all who could listen with understanding, on the first day of the seventh month. He read from it before the square which was in front of the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of men and women, those who could understand; and all the people were attentive to the book of the law."  Nehemiah 8:2-3

This can only come with growth and discernment.
    • For Adam and Eve Knowledge Came Immediately:
This knowledge came fully grown at once just as they were created fully grown in an instant.  Take note that they were the first ones to experience Satan's lies and their dreadful consequences.
  • Both Adam and Eve Found Themselves Ashamed Before God and Man:
"They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.  Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?”  He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.”  Genesis 3:8-10  
    •  Nakedness Must Be Covered: 
What is the first thing that Adam and Eve realized when God called them?  That they were naked.  Their conscience was telling them they were wrong to be going around like that, naked. In other words, their conscience was accusing them.   In Romans 2:15 we read,  "in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them."

Only those who have the knowledge of good and evil and whose conscience has not been entirely seared have a sense of shame.  Likewise, they also recognize that they must cover up.
    • They Covered Their Loins:
Both Adam and Eve were aware of those parts of their body that needed to be covered.  When they realized they had to be covered, they made some coverings out of what was already available in the garden, mainly the leaves of fruit trees.  Can you see the effect of sin?  Notice that Adam was to dress and keep the garden and now he found himself tearing at the trees to find something to cover himself with.  They covered their loins with leaves.  Adam and Eve knew something was wrong and that they had to do something.  They really did not know how to fix their problem.  They tried to do the best they could think of at that moment.  They, in fact, thought they had done enough.  But until God called them, they did not realize, that they had not really done enough.
    • Their Loins Were Covered Inadequately Before God:
Adam and Eve thought they had covered themselves enough.  Therefore, they stopped adding more coverings to their nakedness.  But when they heard God was approaching them in the garden, they hid.  This leads me to the next questions:  If Adam and Eve had covered their loins enough, why did they hide when God called them?  What did Adam say in answer to God?  "Because I was naked, I hid."  Adam's knowledge of good and evil was enough.  This is what we ALL should do today.  If you are naked, do not exhibit yourself in public!  It is evident that both Adam and Eve knew they were not presentable.  Moreover, they knew that what they were wearing (covered with) was in no way appropriate and acceptable to be in the presence of God.  They were still naked.  So why is it that many think nothing at all of presenting themselves before God and man in the worst fashions of undress or even in unblushing nudity today?  The knowledge of the evil of public nakedness has been lost in these people.
    • They Tried to Hide From God:
Have you noticed that the guilty always want to flee?  Even when no one is pursuing them.  In Proverbs 28:1 we read, "The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, But the righteous are Bold as a lion."

Although they tried to escape from God seeing and knowing their nakedness, God knew.
"How long is the land to mourn and the vegetation of the countryside to wither?  For the wickedness of those who dwell in it, animals and birds have been snatched away, because men have said, 'He will not see our latter ending."'  Jeremiah 12:4
"Am I a God who is near,' declares the Lord, 'And not a God far off?  'Can a man hide himself in hiding places so I do not see him?' declares the Lord.  'Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?' declares the Lord.  'I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy falsely in My name, saying, ‘'I had a dream, I had a dream!'"  Jeremiah 23:23-25
Today many behave in the same way as Adam or even worse and don't have any reservations about their nakedness.  They make no efforts to hide it.  They pretend that God can not see and does not know about their sins.
    • God Later Provided Them With Adequate and Lasting Cover:
"The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them."  Genesis 3:21
Although they knew that they had to wear something else that was more appropriate, they did not come up with the right answer.  So God gave them proper clothes.  God made them durable clothes to wear that were also modest.  It covered them properly.  And though they had covered their “loins,”  God made them garments called “tunics” or coats.  This was new to them.  It was proper clothing in both material and amount of body covering.  People in some parts of the world still wear this kind of robe as their typical clothing.
    • They Tried To Hide Their Sinful State:
Their nakedness was only part of what they were trying to hide.  They knew they were naked because they had disobeyed God.
"Have I covered my transgressions like Adam, By hiding my iniquity in my bosom."  Job 31:33
And although Adam tried to attribute his hiding to modesty, that was not all there was to it.  His biggest problem was guilt because he had sinned.  God knew they had sinned, yet they hid themselves, hoping He would not find out or notice them.  The truth of the matter is that God always knows.  He always has and always will.
"He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion."  Proverbs 28:13
Adam tried to blame his sin on someone else like so many after him have done when they get caught.


II.    The Origin of Excuses:

Although man is often caught in sin, he seldom wants to admit to it.  He makes up all kinds of sorry excuses like Adam did.

"And He said, 'Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?'  The man said, 'The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.'  Then the Lord God said to the woman, 'What is this you have done?'  And the woman said, 'The serpent deceived me, and I ate."'  Genesis 3:11-13
  • God Knew They Had Sinned:
God always does, and there is no way man can escape from Him.  Not only does God know that we have all sinned, but He has directly told us so, making us aware.
"as it is written, 'There is none righteous, not even one."'  Romans 3:10
"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."  Romans 3:23
Yet, so many deny it.
"If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us."  I John 1:8-10
"My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous."  I John 2:1
Like Adam, many today avoid the real question of why they sinned.  Man always evades serious problems by focusing on less serious problems.  Isn't it true?  What man does not realize is that this is a carnal and evasive tactic and it will definitely not work with God.  In Adam's case, God confronted Adam with his sin.  God cannot be fooled or be distracted.  Let us take heed!
"Then He said to me, 'The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is very, very great, and the land is filled with blood and the city is full of perversion; for they say, 'The Lord has forsaken the land, and the Lord does not see!'  But as for Me, My eye will have no pity nor will I spare, but I will bring their conduct upon their heads.'"  Ezekiel 9:9-10
  • Man Tried to Blame Woman:
"The man said, 'The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.'"  Genesis 3:12
Even though Adam had received Eve, his wife, as a great gift from God, he after a short time, accused Eve, this gift of God.  What Adam did not realize was that he was accusing God himself for the wrong that he had done.  This is amazing!
"Then the Lord God said, 'It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.”  Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name.  The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him.  So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place.  The Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man.  The man said, 'This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.'  For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.'"  Genesis 2:18-24
Take note that when he accused Eve, Adam does not speak of her, as his "beloved wife," but instead he says "the woman."  It is amazing to me how sin affects our relationships, even the dearest ones, by turning our heart cold.  This reminds me of those that because of their cold-heartedness denied our Lord Jesus even when He had been so gracious to them. 

Adam ungraciously admitted to his sin, not from conscience but only because he was caught.  Does this sound familiar?
  • Woman Blamed, After a Fashion, God Also:
"Then the Lord God said to the woman, 'What is this you have done?' And the woman said, 'The serpent deceived me, and I ate.'"  Genesis 3:13
When God dealt with Eve, she also immediately blamed someone else.  She said it was the serpent's fault.  Notice that Eve did not mention tempting Adam and getting him to also eat.  She also went ahead and said, "Yeah, but it is not all my fault."  Isn't it something that man loves to blame others rather than himself?  Today, many hide from their guilt by saying that their parents were bad and they had a difficult childhood.  They find excuses for the sinful behavior instead of repenting.  This perverse impulse is nothing new:
"Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 'What do you mean by using this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, ‘The fathers eat the sour grapes, But the children’s teeth are set on edge’?  As I live,' declares the Lord God, 'you are surely not going to use this proverb in Israel anymore.  Behold, all souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine. The soul who sins will die."'  Ezekiel 18:1-4
God had told them to stop sinning.  He is telling us the same thing today.  As sorry as Adam and Eve's excuses were and how sorry they seemed to God, my excuses and your excuses for sinning are just as sorry.  Take heed!  And even worse still, all of our excuses are old and worn out.  They don't even have the novelty of being original as theirs were.
  • Excuses Don't Excuse:
In spite of all of Adam and Eve's excuses to justify sin, they lost Eden, the garden.  Consider the following:
"Then Saul said to Samuel, 'I did obey the voice of the Lord, and went on the mission on which the Lord sent me, and have brought back Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.  But the people took some of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the choicest of the things devoted to destruction, to sacrifice to the Lord your God at Gilgal.'"  I Samuel 15:20-21
In the New Testament, the lawyer who questioned Jesus tried to justify himself.  What he did not know was that he was still guilty:
"And a lawyer stood up and put Him to the test, saying, 'Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?'  And He said to him, 'What is written in the Law? How does it read to you?'  And he answered, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.'  And He said to him, 'You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.'  But wishing to justify himself, he said to Jesus, 'And who is my neighbor?'"  Luke 10:25-29
What did the lawyer say to justify himself to Jesus?  He said, "And who is my neighbor?"

So often, much confessing seems to be more an account or announcement of sin rather than genuine repentance.  We must confess and forsake our transgressions to find mercy from God.  Remember God searches, sees and knows the heart of man and cannot be fooled.
"He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion."  Proverbs 28:13

GOD'S ROLE FOR WOMEN:  CHARACTERISTICS WE SEE IN WOMEN OF THE BIBLE

The following is a list of negative characteristics or qualities we see in women in the Bible, according to Nave's Topical Bible:

1.  Women are more easily deceived, I Timothy 2:14
2.  Timid, Isaiah 19:16; Jeremiah 50:37
3.  Self-indulgent, Isaiah 32:9-11
4.  Subtle and deceitful, Proverbs 6:24-29, 32-35;7:6-27; Ecclesiastes 7:26
5.  Silly, easily led into error, 2 Timothy 3:6
6.  Loud and wayward, Proverbs 7:11
7.  Contentious, Proverbs 21:9; 21:19; 25:24; 27:15-17
8.  Prone to gossips and be busybodies, I Timothy 5:6

Here are the positive characteristics or qualities also found in women in the Bible:

1.    Affectionate, 2 Samuel 1:27
2.    Tender to our offspring, Isaiah 49:15; Lamentations 4:10
3.    Virtuous, Ruth 3:11; Proverbs 31:10-31

And of course Proverbs 31 tells us that women can be:

4.    Industrious
5.   Savvy in business
6.   Wise and well-spoken
7.   Trustworthy
8.   Influential
9.   Skillful and productive
10. Kind and compassionate
11. Strong and courageous.

Although a woman was the first to sin, we find in Scriptures many women who were with Jesus, being the last to leave the cross in which our Lord and Savior was crucified, Matt. 27:55-56; Mark 15:40The first to arrive at the sepulcher, Mark 15:46, 16:1; Luke 23:27And the first one to whom the risen Lord and Savior appeared, Mark 16:9; John 20:14.  Let us not forget the women of the early church who helped Paul and the apostles with their good works such as Dorcas, Acts 9:36-42; Lydia, Acts 16:14-15, 40; Phoebe, Romans 16:1-2; Priscilla, Romans 16:6; Lois and Eunice, 2 Timothy 1:5; 2 Timothy 3:15; Euodia and Syntyche, Paul's fellow laborers, Philippians 4:2-3.  And many more.

The list teaches us a lot about ourselves as women.  And although we can be easily deceived and prone to sin, especially when we want to be independent of God, we can be of great and valuable use in the Lord's work.  Of course, we must first obey the Gospel to become women of faith and devotion to our Lord.  We should find a lot of hope in this.  I will leave you with these questions:  As a Christian woman, where do your characteristics and qualities lie?  In what areas do you need to grow to be faithful to the Lord?


THE INFLUENCE OF WOMEN

Today many feminists protest that the Bible is all about men and that women are viewed as inferior, second class citizens.  The fact is that throughout the Bible, we see women in a variety of roles, equal in value to men.  We see them as equally essential to revealing the story of God's grace upon mankind.  It is true that the created order does place women as lower in rank to men, but this does not necessarily imply that she is in any way less important or influential.  In fact, we see the influence of women on history all through the Bible.  Consider the following:

  1. Eve's influence:  As a result of it, sin entered the world, Genesis 3
  2. Sarah's influence:  Upon Sarah's urging, Abraham had a son, Ishmael, with her slave Hagar.  By the way, Ishmael's descendants are the Arabs, who today are still at war with the Jews, the descendants of Isaac, Abraham's son with Sarah, Genesis 16.
  3. Rebekah's influence:  She induced her son Jacob into deceiving his father Isaac regarding the blessing, Genesis 27.
  4. Rahab's influence:  She is the one who received and helped the Israelite spies, casting her lot with the people of the Lord.  Her faith saved her family from destruction as well as the spies' lives.  She also became one of the ancestors of Christ, Joshua 2; Matthew 1:5; Hebrews 11:31.
  5. Delilah's influence:  She enticed Samson into his downfall, Judges 16.
  6. Abigail's influence:  She kept David from destroying and killing Nabal and all his household.  I Samuel 25.
  7. Solomon's wives' influence:  They turned Solomon, the wisest and richest man in the world away from the Lord.  Because of all his pagan wives, he worshiped false gods, with tragic and permanent consequences, I Kings 11.
  8. Jezebel's influence:  She incited Ahab to defy God's law with bold and shameless conduct, bringing increased judgment on Israel, I Kings 16-21.
  9. Esther's influence:  She interceded on behalf of her people, saving them from destruction.  
  10. Herodia's influence:  It cost John the Baptist his head, Mark 6.

It is undeniable that women influence their men, whether it is for good or for evil.  This is why Israel was forbidden over and over by God to marry strange women.  God knew well that they were going to turn their husbands' hearts away from the true God to worship other false gods.  I Kings 11; Deuteronomy 7:3

We, as women, have significant influence on our husbands, our children, our churches and our communities.  We have the power to build up our homes with our hands or tear them down with the same hands.  Let us take heed and use our influence for the good of others, especially our homes.


FEMINISM AND SATAN'S LIES

When I was a little girl, I had the blessing of a mother who stayed home with her children, which was common for mothers to do in that time and place.  Most mothers wore aprons like my mother.  They prepared three meals a day.  They cleaned the house and taught their children how to do such chores from an early age.  In a few words, they were good managers of their homes.  They were housewives in word and in deed.  Today, most prefer to call them "homemakers" or "stay-at-home moms."  Unfortunately, these things are changing for the worse.

Although I am going to be more focused on the effect of feminism on the last hundred years of American History, I would like to start with a few observations taken from written history:

3,000 BC - The Sumerians (Mesopotamia) kept all women excluded from politics.  These women practiced several roles outside the home and received some protection in owning property.
3,0000 BC - The Minoan people of Crete gave women equal political authority with men.
1,500BC -  The Hebrew Law placed women under the protection of men making provisions for the widow and the unmarried.
800's BC - Classical myths concerning the origin of man placed the female figure as a disruptive force or as a virgin.
500-300 BC - The Classical Greeks did not allow women to participate in politics.  Women were placed in the home with dignity and respect as managers of their homes.
600's AD - The Germanic tribes viewed women as property to be exchanged by men.
800's AD -  Women could inherit property.  Marriage was still lasting, protecting women.
1000's AD - The Catholic church and various monarchies limited women to the home where love was idealized.
During the Renaissance, women were to be kept in the home.  They were protected.  Any other roles outside the home were viewed as disruptive and dangerous.
The Reformation period underlined a woman's participation in her own salvation and marriage was glorified.
During the late 1600's, the Puritans in England promoted the idea that a woman's place and life should be centered in the home.
In the early history of our country, the American colonies were primarily governed by Biblical principles.  The women enjoyed a level of freedom and protection not known in any other place in the world.

Unfortunately, as believers became more liberal and democratic throughout the Western world, the typical model of womanhood began to change.  Then came the industrial revolution. The wage-labor force began to grow in which women became the major working part, receiving lower wages than men.  In the 1800's women cried out for social reform and improvement of their own state.  As birthrates and infant mortality declined, it left more and more women with fewer years of childbearing.  This produced more possible doors for self-expression, leaving women to pursue a variety of roles and more opportunities.

It is an undeniable fact that women have struggled throughout history to not feel inferior to men.  In recent history, women have tried to improve their rights as women; seeking solutions in a diversity of ways.

During World War I, the American nation frantically requested the women to leave their homes and go to work in the vacated factories.  After the war was over and the soldiers began to return, the nation encouraged the women to go home and give their jobs back to their husbands, most women decided to remain in the workforce.  Their participation in the labor force rose from 15% to 73%.

The women's liberation movement that many think of as originating in the 60's and 70's goes back much further.  But the movement became fully established in America right about the 60s and 70s, and it created a revolution in our country.  Everything from the workforce to the families was revolutionized.  Today the relationships between men, women, and children are all different than they were more than 50 years ago.  Whether we like it or not, we have somehow been brainwashed and have compromised with feminism without even realizing it.  We have all grown up with this whitewashed feminism.  Even those of us who call ourselves followers of Christ and try hard to resist it.  We all know as Christians that God created order for both men and women along with gender distinctions and roles.

The so-called "antiwar movement" of the 60's fed a new feminism by making most women more sensitive to injustice everywhere.  Women began protesting using small support groups to promote their liberalismTheir primary target was male supremacy as the root of all women's problems.  The tried an evil tactic to end traditional "masculine" and "feminine" stereotypes.  For these women having babies was the biggest problem.  They fiercely wanted their personal freedom and control over their own bodies.  This was supported by easier methods of controlling conception, such as the birth-control pill.  This has freed numerous women to choose not to be mothers while rejecting celibacy.  Then in short order, the courts legalized abortion, giving women a whole new set of choices.  

Today feminists claim that the Bible is a sexist book which gives us no rights and makes us inferior.  The truth is that the Bible is filled with guidelines and rules that actually protect and guard the rights of women.  Both in the Old and New Testaments, women did have rights and actually did better than other women under other religious systems.

I would like to examine four of the most popular and absurd claims the feminists make regarding what feminism has done for women.  Consider these claims:
  • Claim 1:  "Before feminism, women were not as valued and did not have as many rights."
Let us make clear that before feminism, the Bible declared men and women equal in standing and value before God.  In fact, this is taught more consistently in the Bible than in any other religious or secular system.  In the Bible, both men and women's work were equally well founded.  As we read, we find out that wifehood, motherhood, homemaking and femininity are not depreciated.  We also notice that women are not manipulated by shaming and guilt into living and acting like men.  Quite the contrary, a woman's distinction from man is often praised and honored.  Her unique role is held vital.  In the Bible, we also see that women were protected and cherished, "A gracious woman attains honor, and ruthless men attain riches."  Proverbs 11:16"Give her the product of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates."  Proverbs 31:31

Notice that it was not until the so-called "women's liberation" that women were told, "your value as a woman is enough."  Likewise, it was not until feminism that our nation began to raise up a generation of thugs, foolish, childish and irresponsible men.  Such men, young and old, began to treat women as objects to be used and discarded.  Women were "devalued" in their eyes.

As for their so-called "new rights," where did these rights come from?  Let us not forget that all rights must be granted and honored by some Higher Source, which is God and not Susan Brownell Anthony, an American social reformer and feminist who played a pivotal role in the women's suffrage movement.   Lest we forget, God is the Author of our rights and not "feminism."  It was He who gave women all rights, such as:  property rights, marital rights, and divorce rights.  Let us never forget that the Bible was first (before the “Feminist Movement”) giving man strict laws that protected women from abuse, rape, incest, abandonment, injustice and much more.  Moreover, it also gave women something unique that our legal system cannot:  a whole system of provisions for women who wound up in hard circumstances. 

Christianity is the only social, spiritual and political force that gives women true value and rights.  In fact, it is the anti-Christian religions such as Marxism, Islam, and yes feminism that demean, undervalue and exploit women.  Throughout history, we see that it was the Christian societies that genuinely and truly valued women, protected women, and honored women.  Why?  Because those societies were faithful to the Bible's actual teachings.
  • Claim 2:  "Women are better educated today, thanks to feminism."
I am not going to deny that women have more educational opportunities today as do men also.  But this does not necessarily imply that women are making better use of such opportunities than they ever did.  Feminism did not help “Al Gore invent the internet.” The fact is that there have always been smart and wise women in some societies, and some produced fewer than others.  Historically, the chief barrier to a woman and her education is her own apathy and mental laziness.

Take for example Hannah Moore who was regarded by Britain's intelligence as one of the most scholarly and well-educated women of her time (1745-1833).  Notice what she chided, "She who regrets being doomed to a state of dark and gloomy ignorance, by the injustice or tyranny of the men, complains of an evil which does not exist."

What they do not take into account is that the Bible offers abundant praise for women who are intelligent, wise, capable, prudent, gifted, well-spoken, prolific and diplomatic and so it does men also.  It also sends out an intimidating vision of all that godly womanhood requires.  One more time, the Bible was there long before feminism telling women not to be ignorant of the will of God, not to be foolish, not to be lazy, not to be nearsighted or easily led:  Proverbs 9:13; Proverbs 31:27; Lamentations 1:9; 2 Timothy 3:6.

History is filled with many examples of Christian men who knew they needed to educate their daughters completely.  For example, there is a panoply of educated women such as Anne Bradstreet, Lady Jane Grays, Mercy Otis Warrens, Abigail Adams and others who were but did not come out of a vacuum.  These women were the products of Christian families that understood the importance of educated women to a Christian society.

In 1688, Francois Fenelon wrote an entire book to reject those who exclaimed, "why make them learned?  Curiosity renders them vain and conceited:  it is sufficient if they be one day able to govern their families and implicitly obey their husbands!"'  This was an excuse he attributed mainly to "maternal caprice."  His main theory was that high supply of intellect can and must be cultivated in daughters.  This will sustain them and equip them for the challenges of productive womanhood.  Those who complain about the depreciation of female intellect should consider that feminism's sons are barely known for valuing women's brains over their bodies.

Feminism has failed to correct the evil of obnoxious men and foolish women.  Likewise, it has failed to motivate many women to educate themselves.  In fact, what feminism has done mainly is to change the goal of a woman's education; for which we will refuse to thank it.
  • Claim 3:  "Thanks to feminism, women can now work and earn money."
Ever since feminism began creeping into the way of thinking of Americans, woman's work began also moving into a different field, but so has industry in general.  In some part, the reason why women are confused about their relation to work today is that economy, industry, and work have been redefined during the industrial revolution.  Sadly, the product of this industrial revolution moved Biblical domestic economy into workstations and factories.  And those women who were housewives or homemakers taking care of their children, family endeavors, and household chores were removed from the sphere of the home.  This was due to ample opportunities for gainful employment.  One of the chief goals of the women's movement was to help bury the family economy by equating "real" work with jobs outside the home.  This industrial sphere changed the family into a collection of individuals in potential and often real competition with each other.

What these feminists don't realize when they make their absurd claims is that prior their so-called social movements, women worked.  Their work was conducted mainly in the household workplace which included working the fields, vineyards, family storefronts or offices, workshops, etc.  This did not limit managing their homes.

Women were indeed productive members of society, producing goods of substantial value, bringing in money, and expanding the family holdings.  Just look at the excellent wife of  Proverbs 31 and in Christian societies in history where women's work included business transactions, production of goods, making investments, developing skills in a variety of fields, and earning money from their home.  One good example was Eliza Lucas Pinckney who not only accepted the work of maintaining her family's three plantations in her father's absence but used the fields to experiment with crops to strengthen the fledgling nation's economy.  Eliza focused on home and family.  She had a desire to stay in her "proper province," submitted to her father and husband.  It would take a feminist to contradict her actions.  It would also take a feminist to think that Eliza and her contemporaries needed liberation.
  • Claim 4:   "Feminism gives us power"
A woman's power is natural or instinctive (inborn).  We, women, are extremely influential and unfortunately have been for better or for worse.  It is indeed an actual fact that we have always had the ability or capacity to build up or to destroy.  Notice what Proverbs 14:1 has to say about this:  "The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish tears it down with her own hands."  In today's culture, most of the power that we see women exercising today in their homes is to tear it down with their own hands.  This is sad because it deceives them into thinking this makes them much stronger when in fact they are abusing that power to destroy their homes.  Think of how much women have really influenced every society or culture.  When one looks at cultures which have marginalized women, we notice that women played a major part in that.  Don't get me wrong here!   I don't want to deny that there is plenty and real oppression and exploitation in this world and that there are many actual victims, but women often are the ones who support, honor and defend their own exploitation and oppression.  It takes two to tango!  It takes both to perpetuate pornography, immodesty, a sexually exploitive culture and a number of endless harms to women.  When male and female inter-connect and inter-depend on each other, this makes it possible for men to get away to a great extent even when women would not allow it. 

Feminism is a cunning movement.  It is dangerous and enticing.  Today, this movement pretends to be soft, enticing many Christians.  It is infiltrating in our churches.  They call it Christian feminism.  The absurd part of this is that I don't think it is possible for feminism to be labeled Christian.  It is whitewashed feminism and nothing else.  Why is it enticing?  Because it feeds on a woman's desire to be in control and gives her power.  It is cunning because it claims to be solely based on Christianity and in fact, it is not.  I am sorry to say, but many Christians hate patriarchy and patricentricity Why?  Because this means "father-rule." 

Up From Liberation

The good news in all this is that we have God-given strength through His Word that we may use it to rebuild and restore what feminism has taken away from us.  These feminists have suppressed and covered up the Truth from us.  It has cut us off from our heritage of strong and intelligent womanhood by defrauding even those of us who reject and want no part in this whitewashed feminism.  Somehow we all have been affected by this monster called feminism.  It is in our churches, our homes, our government and our school, everywhere.  I am sorry to say but we have been severely indoctrinated by an evil worldview that it is at war with our Creator, God.  The roles of men and women have been turned upside down as well as inside out.  The homosexual community threatens to do even more damage, cultivating and nurturing all sorts of perversion and misery.  And just like its predecessor, feminism is seeking to destroy us, especially the Biblical family.  Feminism is completely opposed to the Bible.  A whitewashed feminism is fighting against women by confusing and burdening Christian women to reject their role as wives and mothers.  This monster called feminism has infiltrated even the church and has given them license to sin against God.  They sin when they rebel against all male authority and independent power.  They sin when they pursue what God has not authorized them to do.  Feminism has not helped at all!  As a matter of fact, it has become a stumbling block for Christian women to repent and be restored back to God and His authority.  Feminism is one of Satan's big weapons to destroy the home.  He deceives women into thinking that they have been treated unfairly and that they deserve more and better.  2 Peter 2:18.  We must as women keep in mind that our true freedom comes from the freedom of sin.  What that means is that we must repent and not be servants of sin.  2 Peter 2:19-21.  We cannot allow ourselves to be deceived by smooth speech or sugar coated words.  Let us dig in Scripture and be like the Bereans in order that we may do His will and be saved. We have to attack feminism with the Word of God!

All that feminism has given us is trouble and misery.  In exchange, it has given us the so-called "women's studies," which is nothing more a study on discontent.  Why?  Because it divorces women from their context, trying to study "women" as an individual entity.  As if women can only be understood apart from "human" and be extracted from her environment.  This is absurd!  These feminists want to deceive other women by focusing more on victims overcoming victimhood.  These so-called "women studies" consists mostly of building imaginary glass ceilings and planting territorial flags on discoveries that feminism never made.  They love to recruit spokeswomen from among their antithesis.  One good example is Nancy Pelosi.  A woman they called the "most powerful woman in American history."  And who has sparked national discussions on both the history of women in America and the nature of woman's power.  But behind all her power there is the presupposition:  "women find their power in holding the positions of men.  The traditional women's role has no power.  The power traditional women exercised in the past does not count."  Sadly, Americans are eager and ready to believe this lie because they have adopted and accepted a feminist worldview.

Thanks be to God, that the Bible is the ONLY source of true vision and inspiration.  The Bible, the inspired Word of God, is always there giving us good examples from ancient generations of godly women and men who did God's will even in dark times such as ours.  Yes, we must go back to the Bible in order to rebuild a culture of Biblical femininity from scratch.  And let us not restrict ourselves from copying the past.  A Biblical culture of femininity must be rebuilt on the right foundations.  Not on secular and worldly views, fantasy lore, not on feminist lies and of course not on  women such as Nancy Pelosi and others like her.  And let us not follow any of Satan's lies through feminism, in destroying our homes with our own hands.  Let us humble ourselves before God, turning away from sin, that He may honor us and not the world.  Let this be our hope.  Let us repent and be transformed no matter what challenges or obstacles we grew up with, whatever mistakes we have made, whatever our past track record, whatever wrong patterns of thinking or communicating we have acquired or developed.  Let us allow the Word of God to change us from glory to glory in order that we may save our own families, the church and our community and not have to be put to shame by Him.  His Word, His grace and strength are sufficient for solving all of life's problems, deceptions that affect our marriages, our families and our churches.

So my question to you is this:  Where are you in our society?  Are you allowing other carnal worldviews such as feminism to control your heart and mind?  Which teachings are you allowing to enter your heart, feminism or Biblical Truth?  Are the feminists deceiving and brainwashing you as a woman?  Do you find that our Bible claims are valid?  As Christian and godly women as well as godly men, are we fighting them with all of our breath?  I hope you choose to say yes.  Finally, what is your standard of measure?  God and His rule or all the lies of Satan concerning feminism?

Let us be women who can plant and build up and let us from all of our heart go to the ONLY source of Absolute Truth.  And let us not be proud but rather humble allowing the great Master to refine, mold and shape our hearts.  Let us replace those hearts of stubbornness and rebellion with hearts of obedience to our Master, sowing those seeds of Truth that will bear good fruit in our lives.

In my next study, I will be discussing "Submission."


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