God saved this former feminist. God can save feminists, even if they are going to church and not really Christian. God saves those who hate Him all the time. He loves to redeem sinners for His own glory.
We surely have a kind and gracious God, don’t we? And when He saves us, and He gives us new minds. He renews our minds, opens our eyes to see, opens our ears to hear, and our hearts to understand. He allows us to understand His ways, His Word, and Glory in Him through it all. My heart is blessed and humbled to think again about how I was looked upon by my Lord who is rich in Mercy, and how He redeemed this wretched sinner. This feminist. I possessed a heart very much contrary to God’s.
;Before redemption, I hated those things God loved and loved those things He hated. To think of my rebellion against God’s order, I cringe with shame. I looked upon God’s people as self- righteous and archaic group that didn’t want to understand that women were just like men, that women could do anything that men could do, that women actually were superior to men. Even in the midst of all that disorder God reordered my mind, my heart, and my soul. Praise be to God. He saved me anyway.
After my redemption God put my mind more and more into alignment with His Word; the more and more my sin was shown to me, I repented of it. This was not an overnight phenomenon but it was a beautiful transformation of darkness to light. My mind and heart were being fully entrenched in Scripture. The more I saturated myself in the Word, all the more my heart rejected the lies I once believed to be true. My worldview was being shattered. I was being broken, beautifully broken. The Master Potter, loving His broken vessel, and filling it, with restoration, by His hand.
As He does to this very day, God is still growing me in His wisdom and grace. I have not obtained perfection. Far from it. But I have been humbled before this new Master, a kind and loving Master who broke the shackles of sin and gave me true freedom in Himself.
I am but a vessel, imperfections and all, that desires now to serve God. I desire to fully serve God: His way; His commands; His rules; His way, not my way. Do, I accomplish this always? No, I am redeemed but yet I am growing: Growing in holiness by the power of God.
Yet, in my falling short, I know Who has accomplished all and in Whom my hope is. Christ has done what I cannot do. He lived a perfect life, was crucified by sinful men, has picked up the Cross, carried it to Calvary, bore the full amount of pain under the Holy Wrath of the Father, was buried and rose again, And is now sitting at the Right Hand of the Father, Redeeming all those who believe in Him and repent (turn away from) their sin. In this, Christ gives us new hearts and minds, renewed to live a life in service to Him.
Part of my service to Him, my Master and King, is to teach women to love their husbands, children, and be keepers of the home. Even after God saved this feminist, I was troubled from what I was seeing and hearing in the Church. I would read Scripture and I did not see a people reflecting God’s design of the family or promoting it in any way.
God helped me to focus more and more on His order for marriage, church, and society. I asked myself questions like, “Why are women working out of the home, throwing their children to daycare?” “Why are women in the church speaking like my former unredeemed self?” and “Why is the Pastor accomodating the women in the church and constantly scolding the men?”
I honestly was so troubled by it all. My unbelieving self, the ‘victim of all men” self, was being rehearsed by women in the church. They complained about their husbands, they talked behind their backs, they undermined their husbands, all the while thinking it was funny. It was funny to many of the women, but it was not funny to me at all. It wasn’t because I was a prude; I like humor, but humor that undermines Scripture and God’s order, I do not find funny. I find it reprehensible.
In large part I believe so many in the church do not even realize how much compromise has crept into the church that is contrary to God’s order. But for expediency and not wanting to “ruffle feathers” it was ignored. The “feathers” that I saw men in the church did not want to “ruffle” more and more were of the women in the church. It was pitiful.
That the more and more I listened to the women in the church—and the men for that matter—I grieved at what I was hearing and seeing in the church. The more I witnessed, the more I grieved and the more I hated feminism because I knew from where this was coming. I came from there and never wanted to look back, but entered a ‘sanitized’ version of the poison that is feminism. And I hated it even more.
What disturbed me then and what still disturbs me is that most churches, or those churches proclaiming to be “Scripture-centered churches,” celebrate Martin Luther and the Reformation. They strive hard for correct doctrine. Will spend much effort and ink to fight against and reform with urgency that which threatens Christ’s church. But in all my years of seeing this deep dive of feminism into the church, I have never seen a pastor announce that they are purging the vestiges of feminism from the church, to go back and take the old paths, to affirm what God has said and reject what the world has declared. I have never seen that.
Instead, I saw the church not be in an offensive posture as to fight against this most evil attack, which is feminism. Rather, I see the church in fear and trembling of a perverted culture that accuses the Church of ‘enabling abuse’ by teaching God’s true design. If you want to wonder how God’s design was taught in stark contrast than how it is (largely) taught today we must go back. Go back to that time when men of God did not fear men or women, but God. And to be honest, in the scheme of history that is not that long ago.
My fearful heart fretted terribly for many years at the prospect of the church becoming more and more female-oriented. We all know that male attendance at church is at a historic low. Why is this? Because church has become very feminine in its focus. Men do not feel comfortable in a female-oriented setting. Do you blame them? Men can read too. They know what God’s Word says; they know and see, or many of them do, what is happening to the church.
The attack was subtle for many, many years but sped up greatly after the sexual perversion revolution in the 1960s, otherwise known as the “sexual revolution.” This was the time when God’s order was scoffed at, demeaned, and mocked. So, what did the Church do?
Did the church stand up and proclaim what God has said about sexual immorality, fornication, and women’s roles? No. It conceded.
Women’s roles would be revised and accommodated for what women in the church wanted: jobs, freedom, and equality. Men would concede. As not to “ruffle any feathers” or appease the “volcano.”
That is how Proverbs 31 and Titus 2 went through such a transformation to accommodate the feminism in the church.
Much the way birth control was accommodated after Margaret Sanger introduced it, first to the liberal fringe “churches” but it filtered into the “conservative churches” in about forty years, and “poof”: Scriptural teaching changed to accommodate feminism.
When we do these atrocious acts of twisting Scripture, I don’t care how many pastors, teachers, etc. go along with it. It is sin.
God does not change. God does not apologize for who He is. But is it fine when His people apologize for Him? Absolutely not! God will not be mocked.
When we as Christians deem God’s Word not sufficient for all of life, we are telling the world that we do not believe it at all. The world understands and sees the downgrade; they understand their power and pull in the church. They see they are gaining ground with a worldly church.
It is time we acknowledge our waywardness and repent. Repent in humility; His ways are higher than our ways. Scripture does not evolve with culture: Christ command all men everywhere (every culture) to repent.
We are not to desire to be more like culture; as believers, our desire should be first and foremost to be more like our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is the Lord who said “If you love me, you will keep my commandments”(John 14:15).
We are to serve Him and obey His commandments. When we cater to a lost and dying world, we are not serving Christ. We are serving the World.
The Master we worship is the one our life displays in our service.
Who do you serve?
or all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as beingheirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.
1 Peter 3:7
But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.
1 Corinthians 11:3
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands, 6as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror.
1 Peter 3:5-5
For man is not from woman, but woman from man.
1 Corinthians 11:18
So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he madeh into a woman and brought her to the man. 23Then the man said,
“This at last is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
because she was taken out of Man.”i
1Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.
He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘Youa shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise,b she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.
Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
16To the woman he said,
“I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing;
in pain you shall bring forth children.
Your desire shall be contrary tof your husband,
but he shall rule over you.”
17And to Adam he said,
“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife
and have eaten of the tree
of which I commanded you,
‘You shall not eat of it,’
cursed is the ground because of you;
in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
18thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
and you shall eat the plants of the field.
19By the sweat of your face
you shall eat bread,
till you return to the ground,
for out of it you were taken;
for you are dust,
and to dust you shall return.”
14The Lord God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this,
cursed are you above all livestock
and above all beasts of the field;
on your belly you shall go,
and dust you shall eat
all the days of your life.
15I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspringe and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.”