Saturday, 25 July 2009

The Role of Christian Women

Many former WCG men and women who have been influenced by the ideas of Simone de Beauvior and her followers, now reject the teachings of the bible on the status and role of Christian women. With the transformation of WCG to GCI, Joe junior has allowed the development of what is called, "Women Ministries." And many of the COGs, that had their roots in WCG, have adopted a liberal view toward the role of women in their respective churches.

However, the teaching of the bible on the role of women is very clear and emphatic thus: "I would have you know that, the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God"(1 Cor.11:3). This structure was established by God, and not Herbert W. Armstrong, as many seemed to believe.

Now Paul's inspired instruction to the church on the role women is, "Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also says the law"(1 Cor.14:34). And in his letter to Timothy, he writes: "Let the women learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor usurp authority over the man, but be in silence."

Yet, in spite of these inspired instructions, GCI now allow women to song lead, give opening and closing prayers, sermonettes and even write teaching articles for its flagship publication. The other COGs may not have gone that far, but some are definitely disobeying and rejecting the clear teachings of the bible, in order to placate rebellious women who have been influenced by the ideas of Simone de Beauvior and her followers. Of course, for centuries in Baptist and Pentecostal churches, women have been preaching, testifying and falling to the floor claiming to be speaking in tongues.

Well, a salutary reminder to the women who think they are behaving like the "five wise virgins," but are actually behaving like the "foolish," might be, "remember Lot's wife."