Titus 2: 2-5, “The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 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.”
Proverbs 31: 20, She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
Mothers, are you training your daughters to love their future homes? Are you teaching your sons to value a woman who will? Or are you, like most of us, preparing your daughters to go out and lead? To compete in the world of business? To fit in in the way that society and most Christians tell us is only right?
I get that it’s hard to be the one laughed at for valuing what are considered old-fashioned ideals. When we prepare our daughters to be keepers at home, we’re preparing them for ridicule. The world no longer values women at home. It doesn’t value women or even men at all; the world values self-promotion because the world is run by Satan and Satan is and always has been a self-promoter. And self-promotion goes against everything that the Lord tells us to seek.
We lost a lot when women flocked to the work place. I’m in my early 50’s and I can remember the days when the church ladies handled just about everything that needed to be handled in the local church. Now, I’m not talking about preaching or leading but serving. When a need arose, those ladies were there. If a baby was born, someone was sick, someone died, a family had a calamity, those ladies got busy and set up a schedule for cooking, for cleaning, and for anything else that was needed. And the food they took was real food, most of it grown in their own gardens, and certainly cooked in their own kitchens. The service they rendered was exceedingly valuable but few of us would see it that way these days. In most of our eyes, we’re putting women down to suggest they go cook or clean for someone else–or even for their own family. Really, that is beyond sad.
Titus 2: 5 states that older women are to teach the younger 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.” Are these things valued in our modern times? No, usually not even among Christians. Do we understand or even care that the Word of God is being blasphemed? Most of us don’t seem to.
Dr. John MacArthur addresses this in a sermon entitled God’s Plan for Younger Women, Part 2: “And all of that so that the Word of God may not be dishonored. It isn’t so much for you, it’s for God’s Word so that it will not be blasphemeo, blasphemed. The honor of Scripture is at stake. And as I said at the beginning, an unbeliever can read this text and know whether we’re obeying it. I mean, what do you think the unbeliever thinks of current Christianity if he knows anything about the Bible? He’d have to say, “Well, Christians certainly aren’t serious about the Bible.” It’s really amazing.” http://www.gty.org/resources/Sermons/56-15
Feminism is our new gospel, a false gospel, but it’s one that strident, loud, and determined to continue to make its mark. It’s been around in some form since the mid-1800’s. It’s changed colors, styles, and focus, a number of times. Along the way, proponents of it have learned how to promote it so as to make it as appealing as possible. And the world, and the church, bought the lie.
Feminist Vivian Gornick, had this to say about being a homemaker: “Being a housewife is an illegitimate profession… The choice to serve and be protected and plan towards being a family-maker is a choice that shouldn’t be. The heart of radical feminism is to change that.”
Feminist Robin Morgan, author of Sisterhood Is Powerful: “I do not think I need to stress this point any further. Modern radical feminists do not care about women’s choices. They have an agenda and it is to force women into a mold of their liking and destroy any sort of family unit. Feminists: this is what is actually behind the feminist movement.“
This is the voice of what we’ve believed. And we’ve helped them. We’ve raised our daughters to support their cause. The church has engaged the enemy rather than fighting him. We, as God’s people, have failed. And we must repent. I was raised believing some of the lies but God’s Word challenged and answered every single one of them. It will always do that because it, and it alone, is truth and will stand forever.
We can fight the lies but only with the Truth–God’s Word. If we’d only read it, not through our cultural lens, not in order to bend it to feminism’s agenda, just for understanding, and in order to learn and obey, we’d see the truth and the lies of feminism could, and would, be defeated.
Either we’re for God or against Him. It’s time for soul-searching and repentance. If we’re buying the lies of feminism, and know we’re buying the lies of feminism, and continue buying them anyway, we’re against Him.We must love God more than we love the lies we’ve long believed, and we must be willing to take a stand for truth. As for me, I stand for God and I’m ready for battle. Are you?