Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Problem with Female Bible Teachers

There are many female Bible teachers today. Many women go to a Bible study each week to learn the Word. I sure have most of my life. The problem with most of them is they are teaching the Word boldly and clearly, yet they aren't teaching women to love and obey their husbands, be chaste and discreet, nor to be keepers at home. Therefore, there are many biblically strong women who are unsubmissive and disrespectful to their husbands and work full-time, which God calls blaspheming the Word of God.

Why do so few female Bible teachers fail to teach a woman's role today? What can be so hard about doing this? This is one thing that God clearly specifies in His Word that He wants older women teaching younger women. He doesn't command them to teach women anything else, specifically, but He is very specific what they should be teaching younger women.

Elisabeth Elliott taught this clearly and so does Nancy Campbell. This is why these women are my favorite Bible teachers to listen to. They teach the hard things to women; things most women today don't want to hear. Yet, think how differently the Church would look like if Titus 2:3-5 were being taught by all female Bible teachers. Not just a quick mention, but consistently taught. 

Marriages would be strong and lasting. Most of them would undoubtedly be very happy. More believing wives would be working on winning their unbelieving husbands by their subjection to them and their godly behavior. More women would love their husbands and do what they could to please them and make their lives better. 

The majority of Christian women would be home taking care of their husbands, children, and homes. They would have time to fix nourishing food for their families, keep their homes clean and tidy, bond with their children, and be available more often for their husbands in the evening. 

Christian women wouldn't be wearing bikinis and immodest clothing since they would hear that they are to be discreet and chaste, so they would adorn the Gospel. They would act and dress like women of the Most High God. It wouldn't matter to them if they fit into society or not. Pleasing the Lord in everything would be their concern.

Another problem with many of the famous female Bible teachers is that their teachings aren't geared to just women, so men come to their conferences as well. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man {1 Timothy 2:12}. There were no female Bible teachers in the Bible, no female authors of the Bible, none of Jesus' disciples were women, no female Kings, no female leaders in the churches, etc. since the women were doing what the Lord commanded women to do.

Any man who comes to my blog knows full well that it is geared to women since I mostly write to encourage women in their roles. I do teach the Bible also since I am called to teach women to be "good" in Titus 2:4, 5 and the only way to be good, obedient to their husband, a lover of their husband and children, and to be chaste is by learning who they are in Christ. They are powerless to do any of this without Him. It is most important that women know that they need to repent of their sin, believe in Jesus, and learn all about this Jesus whom they serve {Let the women learn...1 Timothy 2:11}, but then they also need to know their God-ordained role in life. When searching for good female Bible teachers, make sure they aren't leaving out what God has commanded them to teach and that they are in submission to their husband and he is over their ministry.

"Today we have women in the Christian world who write books, edit women's magazines, travel on speaking tours, have radio or television shows, lead seminars, etc. If the teaching itself is biblical and Christ-centered, is it automatically to be assumed that the ministry is biblical and Christ-centered? The first question to ask and answer is, "Who is this woman's husband?" Next we must ask many subsidiary questions. Is she fulfilling her ministry to him? Is he her priority? Is she helping him? Is her house in order? Is he leading her in this ministry? Is her identity as a Christian woman centered, under Christ, around her relationship to her husband {if she is married}?...When a woman in ministry becomes successful independent of her husband, many temptations will accompany such success...Women have often been vulnerable to deception, and frequently they are self-deceived...The church today needs godly teaching for young women. It must come from godly older women. But godly older women need to be submissive to Scripture and submissive to their husbands first." {Nancy Wilson}

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.
Titus 2:3-5

*I asked the chat room for the names of godly women teachers and these are some of the names they gave me: Nancy Wolgemuth, Elizabeth George, Jennifer Ross, Martha Peace, Mary Pride, Edith Schaeffer, Cynthia Heald, Susan Hunt, Teri Maxwell, Ann Ortlund, Jennie Chancey, Stacey MacDonald, Erin Harrison, Courtney Joseph, April Cassidy, Jani Ortlund, Jane Fuentes, Marci Ferrell, and Marilyn Boyer. If you know of any others, please list them in the comments section! Thank you.

**I have started an Instagram account for my blog so I can encourage women with pictures of quotes from books that inspire me, time in His Word, etc. if anyone is interested!