Let's talk about some "dirty" words found in the Bible. Don't worry, these aren't the kind of words that would offend the pure in heart, in fact those who get offended are the offenders. Today, let's start with the word that makes many people's skin crawl; the word "submit". Webster defines the word as; "to give over or yield to the power or authority of another", or "to defer to another's judgment, opinion, decision, etc." The reason this word heads the list of "dirty" words is because people DO NOT LIKE TO YIELD POWER to another. People also adamantly oppose the very idea of "deferring" to another's opinion or decision. To "submit" implies weakness to people, and that is another "dirty" word for another day's discussion.
We live in an overly competitive age where everything is a competition to see who is bigger, better, faster, smarter, richer, wiser, etc. Competition is acceptable in athletics, games and warfare. It is not acceptable in salaries, cars, houses, clothing, body sculpture, and children's grades and so on and so forth. The "win at any cost" mentality makes it literally impossible to "submit" to anyone. Thus, for those who have made life one big contest; the dirtiest word in the dictionary has to be "submit".
In the New Testament, the English words "submit", "subject", "submission" and "subjection" all come from the Greek words hupotasso or hupotage. These words mean; to be obedient, made subject to, be in subjection or to submit self unto. The Bible is very clear and concise concerning who and what we are to allow ourselves to be subject to. But, the things mentioned are absolute and not to be debated.
The basis for understanding subjection comes from James 4:6,7. In all the following verses, I will be reading from the NASB version.
"But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, "God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble."
Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you."
First and foremost, we are to submit to God. Without being in subjection to God and His Word, there is no humility; and without humility, there is no grace by which to live for God. See, to be in subjection to someone or something implies the willingness to "give up authority and power". In other words, to willingly become a subject, which Webster defines as; "a person who owes allegiance to, or is under the domination of, a sovereign or state", is to become subservient (acting in a subordinate capacity) to another. Simply put; someone else is the boss instead of you.
To reach the point of saying to God; "I give up, you win", is to submit to Him. Do you see why this word would be a "dirty" word to those driven by the need to win? When a dog rolls over on his back and exposes his vulnerable "belly", it is his way of saying; "I am your subject, and you are the master". I have seen dominant "alpha" dogs lay on their backs with all four legs in the air expressing to their masters their willingness and joy to submit to them.
In Ephesians chapter 5, there is a record that many people would like to rip from the Bible. It says in Ephesians 5:21-24:
"Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
For, the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church; and he is the savior of the body.
Therefore, as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything."
Now we get to the really dirty part of this word "submit". These verses flow in direct opposition to our culture. Women have been liberated and the idea of them "submitting" to their husbands is not only "old fashioned", but to many it is wrong. The "Women's Liberation Movement" was NOT started by Christians. It was a devilish lie initiated by Satan himself to dissolve the family unit and disgrace the Word of God.
The ultimate objective of the "woman's lib" movement was to see what is quickly becoming "normal behavior" in our culture. It is now perfectly acceptable for two women to live together and adopt children together. These "same sex marriages" have absolutely no justification Biblically. The whole concept is 100% wrong IF THE BIBLE IS RIGHT. If the Bible is wrong, then everything we see happening in our culture is acceptable. Believe me, if the Bible is wrong, I am in a heap of trouble, for I have willingly staked my life on the accuracy and integrity of God's Word.
I would rather be scorned, ridiculed, hated and despised for telling the truth, than to be worshipped, adored and loved for promoting and justifying devilish lies from hell. I have been called names that should be reserved for hard core criminals due to my refusal to budge from the integrity of God's Word. I have received threats and have acquired many enemies because I refuse to allow the enemy to rip up and declare null and void the Word of God I love and am committed to.
I have watched friends, relatives and former associates "sell out" to the systemized error of this world. I have witnessed one former acquaintance after another compromise their beliefs to gain a competitive edge in the business arena. I have dissolved innumerable friendships and even partnerships because the other party was not willing to submit to God, Jesus Christ or the Word of God. I would rather stand alone in this fight than have an army that compromises the truth at every turn.
I am a "dog soldier" for my Lord and Master Jesus Christ. I am chained to Him as a doulos. My very life is staked to defend Him and His cause. I do not want fame, notoriety of fortune. I do not want to be listed in the "who's who" of successful and wealthy Americans. I want to be listed in the Book of Life and I want to spend eternity as close to my God as possible. People need to wake up and realize they cannot serve two masters. You cannot "sell out" to this world and expect to submit to God, Christ and each other.
In 1 Peter 3, there is another section of scripture that many people want to tear out of their Bibles. It says in 1 Peter 3:1,2:
"In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives,
As they observe your chaste and respectful behavior."
Again, these verses are not popular in our current culture. What is so wrong with women living "chaste and respectful" lifestyles? Why is it considered "unattractive and undesirable" for women to be pure, modest and simply wanting to please their husbands? Let me quote how the Amplified Bible handled verse 2. Remember that the Amplified Bible came about through the hard work of predominantly WOMEN who loved God and His Word with all their hearts.
"When they observe the pure and modest way in which you conduct yourselves, together with your reverence [for your husband; you are to feel for him all that reverence includes: to respect, defer to, revere him---to honor, esteem, appreciate, prize and in the human sense, to adore him, that is, to admire, praise, be devoted to, deeply love and enjoy your husband].
WOW, talk about "old fashioned" thinking. Women today are not about to think like what was just written. They want their "rights". They want their "freedom". They want to be treated as equals at the expense of everything else. 1 Peter goes on to say in verses 3 through8:
"Your adornment must not be merely external-braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses;
But let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.
For in this way in former times, the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands;
Just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear.
You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.
To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit."
According to our current culture, Peter has officially "crossed the line". How dare he call the woman "weaker". Supposedly that myth was debunked years ago. Also, who in their right mind in our day and time would call their husband, "lord"? No, most women today wouldn't be caught dead in a marriage relationship which demanded submission.
These are tough words and husbands need "equal time". For a wife to be willing to submit to her husband, the husband better be walking and talking the Word of God in his life. Sarah wouldn't have called Abraham "lord" if he had been out carousing in the local taverns every night, or subscribing to every filthy internet site on the web, or laying around the house refusing to go work, or screaming obscenities at and generally mistreating her. Abraham was the father of faith, and being such, he was worthy of Sarah's respect and submission.
People say we must change the Word of God to adjust to our present culture. I say, where in God's Word do you find justification for such foolishness? Are we all to become "Amish" and hide in our own culture so as to protect the right to live as the Word says to live? It might not be a bad idea. Of all the Christian groups I know of, the true Amish (not the ones who have sold out to greedy handlers) hold my deepest respect. Whether I agree with all their theology or not is not the issue; what I admire is their willingness to not compromise their belief structure just because "everyone else does it".
God bless you and for you women who want to find me and hang me, wait until you read about the husband's "dirty" words before you try and convict me of "hating" women. Far from that, I have infinitely more issues with men than I do with women.
Ah, the S-word! Guaranteed to create controversy. I do struggle with this when hubby and I disagree, but I have discovered that the prayerful woman will not use the principle of submission to avoid conflict or holding her husband accountable to God. One is not to submit to abuse, for example, nor to anything contrary to God's standards. If we are convinced our husband is not acting in accordance with God's purposes and character, then we do what is in our husband's best interests by refusing to go along. Extreme example would be if hubby decides we need money and wants to rob a bank. Clearly we are not to submit. Clearly we are to remind him that God will provide.
But I don't think you said that! I was just adding clarification.
And I mostly agree with everything you said, but also want to point out that women ARE equal to men in God's sight, albeit generally physically weaker.
And the other dirty word you use is "humility". We don't like to be humble either, do we?
THanks for the thought-provoking post!
I recall my history in Canada. It was the famous 5 headed by Nellie McClung who held a moch parliament to protest against the laws in Canada.
At the time women were not considered "persons" and as such they had no right to vote as only persons could vote.
Women in the west were the first to fight for womens rights as they pulled the plows in the fields alongside there husbands and nobody was going to tell them they were too feeble to vote.
When I read the bible I see a Jesus who enjoyed and respected the company of women. I also recall a history lesson about the Isrealites in Jesus day. The men were so proud they would pray and thank God they were not born a women.
The sufferage movement also fought to have alcolhol banned as men were taking there income and drinking it away while women were left with no milk for there children.
I wouldn't say the womens liberation movement was started by radicals but was brought about by women to answer a need of women of the day.
Hi sorry for so many comments... The womens movement in Canada is a passion of mine.
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I had hoped the "heart" of what was being stated would override longstanding battles waged on a subject which is extremely controversial. I am aware of the history of the women's rights movements and generally agree with all the wonderful things accomplished by them. I also understand fully that in the body of Christ there is neither male nor female... My problem comes when women become vicious and resort to un-Christ like methods to either prove a point or "stick it to men". The exact same thing has happened in the civil rights movement, a cause I am very passionate about. My spiritual anger is directed at a branch of "women's rights" that flows contrary to the Bible per what was mentioned in the post in regard to adoption.
Be patient with me. I promised more on this subject and I will deliver. One cannot open a can of worms such as this and not expect controversy. I will say that I am 100% in favor of all the rights gained by the Women's sufferage movement. I thank God for great women of God standing up to devilish men and demanding equal rights. Yes, men and women are equal and deserve equal treatment. Again, I go back to the context of my rampage. I draw my line in the sand when two men or two women want to be a couple and have equal rights to adoption as man and woman marriages.