Feministic Compromises

Feministic Compromises

Feministic Compromises

Richard Hollerman

Most of us are aware that during the past 100 to 200 years, women have departed from their God-given role as keepers of the home and nurturers of their children, as well as moral proponents in society, and have pursued a course that makes them wish to compete with men in all spheres. Those of our readers who honor God’s Word know that this has placed the “fairer sex” from the realm of God’s will into one that is humanistic, egalitarian and feministic.

While godly men and women admire and support women in their pursuit of God’s good plan and purposes, they abhor the way women have placed themselves at cross purposes with the ways of God—as revealed in His inspired Word. Women who promote this worldly, humanistic, feministic agenda are not just violating God’s revealed will, but they are contradicting God’s good design for them. Nothing good and lasting can come from such this sort of attitude of rebellion.

But some may reply, “Isn’t the woman equal to the man?” Of course, she is equal to the man—in the way that God has determined. With the emphasis on “equality” in America and many (but not all) other nations of the world, we may not easily see that equality can be a good thing and it can be a bad thing. It can please God and it can anger God.

For instance, Paul says that “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). This verse, often quoted by feminists (whether men or women) is true. In God’s sight, there is “neither male nor female.” But do we look at the context of this important passage? Paul goes on to say in the following verse: “And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise” (v. 29). Thus, we can see that:

  • Both men and women equally “belong to Christ” if they are Christians.
  • Both men and women equally are Abraham’s descendants.
  • Both men and women equally are “heirs according to promise.”

Further, both men and women equally have “clothed” themselves “with Christ” (v. 27). Do you see anything that would suggest that both men and women share the same roles in life? Does the man and woman have the same position in the home, in society, in the body of Christ? Such a verse is missing.

God has given to both men and women different roles and positions in life, whether in the body of Christ, in the home, or in society. For instance, only men may become “overseers” or shepherds in the body of Christ (1 Timothy 3:1-2; Titus 1:5-6). Only men may become “servants” (deacons) in the body of the Lord (1 Timothy 3:12). Only men (the Greek specifies “males”) may lead in public prayers (1 Timothy 2:8). These instructions and many others like them are literally hated by the “liberated” feminists of our day.

Just today, I picked up a copy of Time magazine and was greeted by this theme on the front cover, “The Avengers: First They Marched. Now they’re Running.” (Time, January 29, 2018). Some 45 pictures of women are found on the cover of this leading American magazine. Is it really God’s will that they run for political office—or do other things that commonly have been found in society? The article inside, by Charlotte Alter, declares, “Now there are more women running for office than ever before.” Is this something that could have happened during the time of George Washington in the eighteenth century? Would it have happened during the presidency of Abraham Lincoln in the nineteenth century? Would it have happened when Theodore Roosevelt was President? But apart from societal practice, what about God and His Word?

Could a woman take such a position when she is to be submissive to the man (see 1 Corinthians 11:3 and 1 Timothy 2:11-12). We know that women in general will object to such a statement, but what about women who seek to be holy and devoted to God? Many (or most) women will consider such a statement to be chauvinistic, but we assert that the statement reveals the will of God, our Creator and Maker.

Of the 45 women pictured on Time’s cover, 44 are smiling (we don’t know what happened to the lone unsmiling women!). They seem like pleasant and winsome women. But are they godly, submissive, womanly ladies? Are they truly happy and fulfilled? That is the question. That is the question that we must ask and surely God will one day ask on the Day of Judgment when we all stand before God our Judge (2 Corinthians 5:10). Remember, every woman who reads these words will also be there!

How do you respond to this situation—and how do you respond to the feministic emphasis that is found in education, in entertainment, in politics, in sports, and in every other endeavor? Women in America, in Europe, in many other places must give an answer. Will you reply as God would want—or as the radical feminists insist?

 

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