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Women in God's House
Kimberly Everson
Women in God's house become a beachhead for Satan's army by not fulfilling our role. Well, I hope that got your attention. I don't want you to think this is just another fluffy article about the roles of women, because that's not what I intend it to be. So now that I have your attention, let's examine my opening statement.
For clarity, we need to first define the terms God's house, beachhead, and our (women's) role. In writing to Timothy, Paul referred to God's household as the church (1 Timothy 3:15). Sometimes we refer to our family as our house or household. As a member of God's family, we're in God's house (2 Corinthians 6:18). This is not a physical house or building, but rather it is the church, in a spiritual sense. So, God's house is the church.
A beachhead is a military term meaning a weakness or entry point for the enemy army. In battle, it's the area used by the invading army to reach land and infiltrate the adversary's home base. We recognize Satan and his army as our adversary (I Peter 5:8), and enemy of the church. However, do we recognize this strategy used by him to infiltrate and weaken the church? Satan looks for an entry point, a weak area, a beachhead to start his invasion.
Women's role is that of submission. This was directed by God to the very first human family.
Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee (Genesis 3:16 KJV).
Notice other scriptures that speak to this role of submission:
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing (Eph. 5:22-24 KJV).
That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed (Titus 2:4-5 KJV) .
Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: Even as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement (1 Peter 3:1-2, 5-6 KJV).
So then, what makes women a beachhead in God's house? We become a beachhead when we fail to fulfill our role, when we aren't satisfied in our role, and when we go beyond our role.
When a woman fails to be in submission to her husband, she is disobedient to God and has failed to follow His design for the home. Anytime a design or pattern is not followed, the likelihood is very great that the finished product will not be produced as expected. In this situation, families do not grow and become the strong, supportive, active families that God expects in His church. The woman's disobedience in failing to fulfill her role of submission leads to weak families. Weak families make a weak church - a beachhead for Satan and his army.
When a woman feels her role of submission means she is inferior to her husband she is not satisfied in her role. She may feel she can lead singing just as good as a man, or can teach Bible class, direct the family and be head of the house and perhaps she can! We need to remember that our role of submission was not assigned because we are inferior, but rather because it is God's design and order. If inferiority were the reason, then all mankind is inferior because scriptures teach that everyone is to be submissive to someone (i.e. children to parents Ephesians 6:1; citizens to government Romans 13:1; Christians to Elders Hebrews 13:17), and ultimately everyone to God James 4:7.
Women that aren't satisfied in this role of submission become a beachhead for Satan when they become factious members. A factious member is one that stirs up division (Titus 3:9-11) When a woman is not satisfied in her role she often seeks out others who share her frustrations and dissatisfaction. A small group is soon formed, and others are drawn in. The group then plots strategy in order to push their views and attack the church. The health of the church is weakened, and Satan's army has an egress.
Finally, women that are not submissive act outside of their role and prevent men from fulfilling their role. Man was given the role as head of the woman, and this is not a role he can delegate. Even if man fails to fulfill his role, we cannot step-up and take the lead. Part of Eve's sin was that she stepped outside her role and took the lead (1 Timothy 2:14), and in doing so she was deceived by Satan. Women that are domineering, aggressive and over-bearing may find themselves fulfilling a role that God designed for man. In doing so, she is preventing man from growing and fulfilling his God-given role and she is acting outside of God's design. When we fail to follow God's design for the church a weak, unstable church is produced. Satan and his army are afforded an easy egress.
Women in God's House serve many needs. We're Bible Class teachers, pantry organizers and fellowship meal planners. Sometimes we're the towel washers after baptisms, the initiator of cards to the sick, the encourager of new mothers, the support for new Christians, etc. We're also car pool drivers, grocery shoppers, laundry ladies, house cleaners, etc. We're called wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Let us not be called a beachhead!
Kimberly Everson
ISBS Student Writer
Martinsburg, WV

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