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Word-ly Women

Word-ly Women

“Thou shalt not judge!”

“The God of the Old Testament is an angry God, and Jesus is a God of love.”

“If you say homosexuality is a sin, but wear mixed fibers, you are a hypocrite.”

In a culture, that clearly hates God, they sure do have a lot to say about His Word. I’ll be honest, it is uncomfortable to me, how recently that I learned it was biblical to judge righteously. “Don’t judge, lest ye be judged,” is shouted and demanded by Christians and pagans alike. (Just a side note, God will judge you and if you are not covered by Christ, this should terrify you.) Verse after verse is taken out of context while blaspheming the Holy God. Twisting scripture can almost assuredly be associated with wicked intent. This is why it is important to know His Truth and to be able to discern. Discernment is having the ability to judge well and yes it is allowed. There is only one way to accomplish this, and that is reading your Bible. This is how God speaks to us. There is no new revelation to be given. All that is to be known of Him on earth are within the pages from Genesis to Revelation.

The Bible, for women, is not limited to Titus 2, 1Peter 3, Ephesians 5, and Proverbs 31. All of God’s word is profitable for instruction (2 Timothy 3:16). This means that the entire Bible renews your mind and transforms you into more of a biblical woman, wife, and mother.  Study the Bible on your own, with your husband and with your fellow sisters. Pursue truth. Know Christ more. When issues of ethics arise, you will need scripture to help you remain sober-minded and uphold the truth. In times of great suffering, because unfortunately, they do come, your faith will have been strengthened through His Word, and it will be easier to hold to the truths of God’s character. When it is time to give an account of your faith and hope in Christ, sharing the gospel and refuting lies, is done with much more ease. Do not allow yourself and more importantly, God, to be insulted by false doctrine, shallow fluff and empty idol worship. If we are to reform, what are we to re-form back to, if we are not aware of what God has to say?

The realm of Christianity is filled with teachers, speakers, pastors,  sheep, wolves, and false prophets. You name it and I am certain they have a page on Facebook and a Twitter handle. Everything is instantly available, why not the Church? Friends sharing quotes and memes, so deep and meaningful, without context, without the whole truth, in hopes that we are inspired for the day. This is dangerous. Why? A large percentage of the female “teachers” out there are compromised. They deliver up large portions of fluff sandwiches, with zero truth and a whole lot of worldly wisdom… Oh, and now we are down here at the bottom of the quote, and she mentioned the goodness of God. This hyper-focus of the loving, good Jesus, that makes days brighter, helps women create a Jesus in their own image. Actually, the goodness of God does not mean He is a nice guy, constantly in pursuit wonderful, peaceful things happening to you. The fact that God is good, is simultaneously acknowledging his love and righteousness and that he is just, and will righteously judge. This is one of those truths, that if you are not saved by grace, should horrify you to your core. This is a characteristic of God that I just took at face value and did not until recently understand. I cannot imagine, I am alone. There is this prevailing perception that Jesus is a good luck charm that we carry with us, and helps us conquer our days. These women are enabling the desire of self-worship, and I cannot help but believe that they are profiteering off of this false ideology.

I’ll be honest, female teachers of all kinds make me uncomfortable. Women’s ministries that isolate, make me uncomfortable. It is hard for me to not believe that this is feminism, adorned with purpose, deceiving sisters. See, I do not need a book with a beautiful cover, written by a woman to teach me the things of God. Ultimately, we have our Bibles. Fortunately, we are also blessed with sermons and books from throughout the Church’s history, written by many faithful men, to help us learn theology and sound doctrine. Women in the evangelical world, are rising up and certainly gaining more recognition. Is this an answer to something? Perhaps it would be easy to believe that the church culture is being reformed more in favor of God’s design, and women in the church are no longer being oppressed. That patriarchy gets us every time. In this third wave of feminism, stands the church, holding conferences for women and their self-importance, thrusting themselves on stage, in a pulpit, speaking with authority about God’s Word, with men attending. Scripture is butchered and women are deceived–and at what price? Women can do it too. (I recognize, that I am very conservative in this area and you can consider this my disclaimer. However, be discerning and read a book by Charles H. Spurgeon.)

Within the last year, I have had several hard conversations about what biblical femininity is. How women fit into the church and ultimately God’s design for us. Feminism is in the church. It does not simply parade around as women who are pastors or stake claim as leader of the home. It’s those thoughts that suggest that the marriage covenant was simply created for procreation. That the idea of gender roles is subjective to families and next thing you know, this logic leads to the justification of same-sex marriage. It comes in the form of bitter women, stating that men are also called to be busy in their home. This is heartbreaking. The verses that call women to serve other women by teaching them to be women are profitable. God created us to be wives and mothers. This is good. Older women should teach the younger women to run organized homes, serve their husbands and love their children. So, if you attend that church, that every women’s meeting dwells on these things, then Praise God! This is indeed biblical. Pay attention in Sunday School, in Sunday worship, study deep theological truths at home, and listen to women who want to teach you how to be a good woman.  You are not so self-important that you cannot learn how to do laundry better, after all, it does glorify God.

Our pursuit of all things should be Christ. There is not room for compromise because when we compromise, we are making room for ourselves. It is not possible to know God more if we do not study the Bible. It will be more difficult to discern against attacks on Christ’s Bride, without knowledge of His Word and standard. Reforming the culture of women in the church is impossible if we are unaware of what God has to say to women.

May we be diligent in our study and make much of Christ.

Katelyn Caswell

Katelyn Caswell

Redeemed. Reformed. Married to my high school sweetheart. Mother of three sweet and spirited daughters.
Katelyn Caswell

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http://reformlikeawoman.com

Redeemed. Reformed. Married to my high school sweetheart. Mother of three sweet and spirited daughters.

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