What God says for women May 1, 2015 11:23:25 GMT -5
Post by Cindy on May 1, 2015 11:23:25 GMT -5
God has quite a lot to say to women today, but much of what He says to us is ignored because we don't like it. You can find women that are great in apologetics and defend our faith against many false teachings, and yet they run away from what God says to women because they don't want to hear about it. They don't want to face it. The world has taught them from infancy it's ways and they like the worlds ways. They don't want to do what God says because the world has taught them through woman's lib, atheists, etc that God's ways demean women and make us less then what we are. That is just so far from the truth it's ridiculous. That is yet another of Satan's lies that he uses to destroy families and destroy women's relationships with Him as well as with their husbands and children. But most of us are afraid to really open our hearts and see what the Lord has to say to us about it.
The problem talking about woman's lib is that it has been so well ingrained into our society that many of us, if not most of us don't even realize which beliefs and attitudes we have are affected by this lie from Satan. Being human and subject to our sin nature though, we're very quick to defend any belief we hold even if we are told it goes against scripture. Suddenly God becomes "wrong" and "old fashioned" or somehow the person talking about scripture must be understanding it wrong because we don't want to give up our sinful beliefs.
For example here's a verse women hate and say it's misunderstood:
Deuteronomy 22:5 (NKJV) — “A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman’s garment, for all who do so are an abomination to the Lord your God.
There are so many false beliefs about this scripture and others with it that it's amazing! Some church's say that it means that women can't wear pants, but back when this was written, the men wore skirts or robes so it can't mean that. And no, it doesn't mean that women can't wear skirts either lol. If you study the entire subject of womanhood and manhood you'll find that God made us in His image and he detests anything that perverts that image. That's why homosexuality is an abomination to Him, as is rape, incest, prostitution, transvestites etc. What this verse is saying is very simple: a man should dress and act like a man and a woman should dress and act like a woman. Neither should try to look or act like the opposite sex. Now let me show you something very interesting about the meaning of the word "anything" (or in some translations it's "pertains to") in that verse in the original language: The word means anything pertaining to the opposite sex, and the lexicon says such as clothes, implements, tools, weapons, utensils, ornaments, or jewelry, etc.
So you can see that the verse I quoted is talking about more then just clothes, it's talking about someone who dresses as or tries to act like a person of the opposite sex. That's what is an abomination to the Lord just as much as homosexuality is, and in fact this is linked with homosexuality!
Satan has been trying to corrupt what God made since the very beginning. God made man and woman and ordained marriage so that they could create children who are holy to Him. Satan has been attacking the very roots of this since the beginning, by perverting sex and sexuality any way he could such as through rape, prostitution and incest, as well as through cross dressing, transvestites, transsexuals, and homosexuality. Through these things Satan has also obviously attacked the institution of marriage and the family.
Let me quote what MacArthur says about this:
God wants to keep a very visible, obvious distinction; because He knows that Satan will try to undo that distinction, because it's a part of abominating God. You see, when God made humanity, He made male and female. He created them and said, "They two are to become one flesh." And Satan will forever try to rub out the uniqueness of man and woman in the blending of paganism; It fostered softness and effeminacy in the man and impudence and boldness in the woman to have that which appertained to a man... Now, that has some ramifications not only in the way women dress, but in the jobs women do. ...So transvestism is an abomination to God. That's just another way for Satan to try to obliterate the distinction, try to make less of womanhood and less of manhood and blend it all into nothingness; and we see that even in the women's lib movement where everybody wants to be the same; but God never designed it that way.
Now, lest you think that is just John MacArthur's radical viewpoint, let me quote some commentaries here;
Deuteronomy 22:5 has caused divisions and confusion among sincere Christian brethren. Some have used this verse to maintain that women should not wear slacks. The word pertaineth unto (Heb keli) in the original language is used elsewhere not only of clothes, but also of decorations or utensils used by the opposite sex. The intent of this law was to maintain the distinction between the sexes. Today, it would apply to any unisex clothing that would cloud the distinction between men and women. The New Testament recognizes such a distinction (I Cor 11:3) and maintains that long hair on women was a sign of that distinction (I Cor 11:6–14). During the days of Moses, garments (Heb simlah) worn by men and women were very similar (robes), so this command was designed to keep a woman from appearing as a man for purposes of licentiousness (to deceive the man). The major difference between male and female robes was their decoration or ornamentation, and not their cut. The principle taught by this passage is that the proper distinction between men and women in all cultures should be maintained. The passage does not teach against slacks per se (or hats, shoes, gloves, etc.—all worn by both sexes), but against men or women wearing any item specifically ornamented for the opposite sex (e.g., a man wearing female slacks, lipstick, etc.). The wearing of slacks by ladies today is not an attempt to deceive men, although some may be immodest and improper in certain situations. The final criteria are that women look like females, that they are modest (I Tim 2:9–10), and that their outward appearance reflects their inner character (I Pet 3:3). KJV Bible commentary
Deuteronomy 22:5 The adoption of clothing of the opposite sex was forbidden because it obscured the distinction of the sexes and thus violated an essential part of the created order of life (Gen. 1:27). It was also perhaps associated with or promoted homosexuality. The same Hebrew word translated detests (tô‘ēḇâh, lit., “a detestable thing“; KJV, “an abomination“) is used to describe God’s view of homosexuality (Lev. 18:22; 20:13). Also some evidence exists that transvestism may have been connected with the worship of pagan deities. Since this law was related to the divine order of Creation and since God detests anyone who does this, believers today also ought to heed this command. The Bible knowledge commentary : An exposition of the scriptures (Dt 22:5).
I was thinking yesterday about why I quote commentaries and other good scriptural teachers and had to admit that I do this because I assume that people aren't going to believe me, so I figure maybe they'll believe me if I show others are saying the same thing. I'm not sure if that's good or bad yet, but will talk to the Lord about it. In the mean time though I'll continue to post what others say as well.
When I say "scriptural teachers" I mean people who teach what the Bible says and not what they think the Bible should say. They let the Bible interpret itself and don't try to find their own beliefs in the Bible. That's not easy, but that's how it should be done. Lest anyone think that I talk about this subject because I hate women's lib and always have, please think again. I was raised to think women's lib was God's gift to the world and the best thing that ever happened to us. I was raised to think that I should have a career and everything else they preach and I believed it all.
My beliefs didn't change until after I was saved and began to study God's Word. I did not like what I learned about women at first, and everything I've ever heard a woman say when I talk about this, I too said to the Lord when He was teaching me. It felt almost like God was betraying me when I first started to study this. But I continued on, because it was in God's Word and obviously important to Him. (In fact I learned later that it wasn't just "important" to Him but was foundational!) At first I didn't get very far in my studies and realized it was because of my attitude, so I had to ask the Lord to forgive me for my attitude and to create a right spirit within me so that I could be open and receptive to what He wanted to teach me. I think the Lord loves it when we like that for He always answers immediately whenever I do that. He immediately changed my heart and I began to learn. I discovered that instead of betraying or putting women in some secondary lesser role, God loves women and has given us some of the biggest responsibilities of all. He didn't make us less then men, but equal to men; not less, just different. What would be the point of Him making two sexes exactly alike??? No, instead He made men and women to compliment each other and work together. Neither is greater or better then the other and both truly need each other.
I'd really like to talk about this but because I know what a hold women's lib has on people today, I would appreciate it if you would first ask the Lord as I did to create a right spirit within you so that you too can be set free from the world's teachings and learn what God has to say to us and the wonderful freedom it brings.
I'm not going to get into all the false teachings that women's lib has brought to us but if you want to learn about some of the evil's they've brought to society and how they really got started etc. I've posted some about that on this thread: Women's Liberation or Bondage?
All that being said, I'll get back to the original subject of this post in my next one lol