Women: “We Cannot be Silenced!”

 

Women: we cannot be silenced

Women: “We Cannot be Silenced!”

Richard Hollerman

We noticed the front page article that described the recent “Women’s March” in Fort Worth, Texas. The same sort of march was held in many other American cities this year.

It was significant that the “March” was held on Sunday morning. Obviously, most religious women would be in church at that time, thus we assume that most of those who “marched” publicly were non-church-going ones. In other words, they must have been secular and non-religious in nature.

This would have been in keeping with what has been true of the last several years—that the women who marched publicly were “liberated” ones, very much a part of the feminist movement and culture in the country. (And, of course, the same ideology is found around the world.)

The article’s title was significant: “’We cannot be silenced,’ say those at Women’s March 2019.” We say that this is significant since it is the very opposite to what God states in His inspired Word (the Bible). When a woman says that she and her women friends will not be “silenced,” those who know their Bibles know that God tells us something very different!

Notice this instruction:

. . . As in all the churches of the saints… The women are to keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak, but are to subject themselves, just as the Law also says. . . . It is improper for a woman to speak in church.” (1 Corinthians 14:33b-35).

If anyone would want to argue with what Paul the apostle writes, he says, “If anyone thinks he is a prophet or spiritual, let him recognize that the things which I write to you are the Lord’s commandment” (v. 37).

Notice exactly what is being said here. Women are to keep “silent” in the assemblies of Christians. But these feminists say that they “cannot be silenced”! Further, the inspired penman says that women “are not permitted to speak” whereas these feminists urge women to speak—the very opposite! Paul writes that it is “improper” for a woman to speak in the assembly, but the feminists call on women to violate this clear and plain command of God.  Further yet, Paul gives no way out of this command. He points out that he is writing the very “commandment” of the Lord (v. 37). Dare we violate what God, through Paul, has made so plain?

Notice another plain scripture. “A woman must quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness. But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet” (1 Timothy 2:11-12).

Again, the apostle says that a woman must “quietly receive instruction”—not loudly “give” instruction to others, especially men! He says further than a woman must have “entire submissiveness”! Does this sound like the feminists in the article, women who demand, require and insist on their own “rights” to speak and lead and be “equal” with men? The inspired record also says that a woman is forbidden to “exercise authority over a man” but to “remain quiet.” Surely the feminists violate this plainly and clearly!

Isn’t it also significant that many religionists (who should know better) also support and encourage the feminist rebellion in America and elsewhere! Thus we know that Methodists, Pentecostals, Charismatics, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Adventists, and others (like some Baptists) assume that it is good for their women to speak in public and even take leadership roles! How plain it is that they grossly violate God’s inspired Word in this stance!

We realize that some object to this restriction with the following reasoning: Paul only forbids women from speaking and leading in “church” (in the assembly, gathering, or community of saints) and in the home, and allows them to speak and lead in society in other venues. Doesn’t this sound hollow and unworkable? Can you imagine a woman as president or senator coming home and being submissive to her husband?

Regardless of how many women (and men) march in these demonstrations, let us determine to follow closely the clear Word of God. And let godly women who seek to be Scriptural and pleasing to God determine to not be swept away with the public demonstrations of rebellion that the feminist movement is fomenting. God is our Judge and He will one day judge these feminists who violate His plain commands.

 

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