By the word ‘they’ I am referring to Rachel held Evans, Sarah Bessey, The people at the Junia project and other supposedly Christian feminists or their supporters who regularly single out specific biblical women to support their ‘gender equality’ cause. If you ever look at their list you will see the regular appearance of Mary, Priscilla, Ruth, Esther and others who are used as role models to ’empower’ Christian women. But always lacking from that list are those women who play a very minor role in biblical history yet demonstrate biblical qualities like those mentioned in Prov. 31, Eph. 5, 1 Timothy and so on.
11 As she was going to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a piece of bread in your hand.” 12 But she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I have no [e]bread, only a handful of flour in the [f]bowl and a little oil in the jar; and behold, I am gathering [g]a few sticks that I may go in and prepare for me and my son, that we may eat it and die.” 13 Then Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go, do as you have said, but make me a little bread cake from [h]it first and bring it out to me, and afterward you may make one for yourself and for your son. 14 For thus says the Lord God of Israel, ‘The [i]bowl of flour shall not be exhausted, nor shall the jar of oil [j]be empty, until the day that the Lord sends rain on the face of the earth.’” 15 So she went and did according to the word of Elijah, and she and he and her household ate for many days.
Notice she was submissive, willing, honest and did not challenge Elijah but as verse 15 states, she obeyed his instructions. We do not know much about her except for that one chapter. but for some reason she found favor in the eyes of God.
We do not know if she bathed on the roof top to entice David or not. The encounter may have been accidental or purposeful, the Bible does not let us see into her mind. Yet she participated in one of the better known sinful acts of adultery in biblical history. In spite of her participation in this sin, she was humble and submissive to her husband as you see by her quoted actions above. She did not force her views or thoughts upon David but approached him as she should have, then reminded David of his promise. She then let David do his investigation and humbly waited for a reply. Then when she got it she was grateful
28 Then King David said, “Call Bathsheba to me.” And she came into the king’s presence and stood before the king. 29 The king vowed and said, “As the Lord lives, who has redeemed my life from all distress, 30 surely as I vowed to you by the Lord the God of Israel, saying, ‘Your son Solomon shall be king after me, and he shall sit on my throne in my place’; I will indeed do so this day.” 31 Then Bathsheba bowed with her face to the ground, and prostrated herself [m]before the king and said, “May my lord King David live forever.”
#3. Samson’s Mother— https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Judges+13&version=NASB
2 There was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren and had borne no children. 3 Then the angel of the Lord appeared to the woman and said to her, “Behold now, you are barren and have borne no children, but you shall conceive and give birth to a son.
We do not even know her name but what we do know is that she was a faithful and submissive housewife who found favor with God.
These are but three of the women who played small roles in biblical history, yet none of them championed ‘gender equality’ rights. None of them tried to be an ‘equal partner’ in the home, demand joint leadership, or sought to change the temple practices. What they all have in common, including the ones I do not highlight here, is that they served God and their husbands according to biblical teaching, humbly, submissively, and in obedience to God’s word. They did not raise objections to the translations of God’s word or the lack of use of certain terms which ‘imprisoned them’ in the home but made themselves obedient because that was what they were to do.
Not one of them, that we know of, wrote long manuscripts objecting to Mosaic teachings about women, Not one left letters complaining that they were mere property because they were mentioned in one of the commandments that also listed property with the word wives. In fact, not one NT woman whom those modern Christian feminists list as their role models, did that either.
We have no writings from Ruth, Mary, Priscilla or even other disciples claiming that Paul’s teaching were in error or that the new church should allow women to have equal leadership in the church. Not one woman complained that they were considered second class, inferior, or even belittled by the lack of leadership positions. The modern Christian feminist has no ancient work supporting their arguments about women in the church. Nothing at all. Their own examples followed biblical teaching, even Paul’s without whining or complaint.
There are also no verifiable extant documents written by Mary M. about her and other women’s role in the church nor states that they were leaders of men, unsilent, and part of the decision-making process. If anyone notices, any mention of church councils only listed men as the decision makers and not women. Neither did they complain about Paul’s lack of using a singular term and sought to over turn his teaching. We have no historical record documenting any woman’s movement in the 1st century church or fighting against what the apostles wrote in the Bible.
This lack of textual and ancient support tells us that the modern Christian feminist movement and their drive for ‘gender equality’ is not of God nor meant for his church. If we need to go one step further, Jesus did not provide one instruction for this ‘gender equality’ ideology nor did he provide any permission for it either. Surely the inspired biblical writers would have been led by the HS to include that thinking if God approved of it and wanted women to be co-leaders in the home and the church.
No such instruction reached the pages of the Bible, no manuscript discovered throughout history contain such instruction nor contradicts our modern translations thus we know Paul was right when he used his words about women and the church, women and the home.
It is sad to see so many people rebel like little children against God and his instructions simply because they cannot agree with him or are influenced by secular culture. The feelings I get from those who participate in the modern feminist movement is that they are not being honest in their arguments supporting their ideology nor are they being honest with themselves.
As we can see, they omit those women whose biblical example undermines their objective. They do not like to point to those women who do not act like they want them to act but act according to God’s word in humble obedience. They point to women who seem to be prominent in the church yet ignore that those women did not advocate for change in the temple nor the church. They ignore the fact that those women acted according to biblical teaching and not secular culture.
All supposed promotion for biblical women to be leaders in the church has been read into their lives by those of the modern feminist movement. Not one biblical scripture has these women disobeying one biblical teaching. They are not depicted contradicting one biblical teaching either or demanding that they become leaders in the church.
The distortion of their lives comes from selfish desires of those who do not want to obey God humbly or submissively. It is sad to see this take place because what it does is show the world that supposed followers of God do not follow their God’s instructions. Their work ruins and undermines the work of the church, telling the unchurched that God’s word, his instructions do not matter and that fallible humans get to dictate what God has said to his people.
The true Christian church needs to shut down these people and not allow them to influence their ministries, their congregations or impact on the community. You will notice that Jesus did not alter his ways because secular culture demanded something different or that the corrupted temple leaders wanted something different. Jesus presented his teachings and let people make their choices, aided by the good works he did in their midst.
We follow God not those who cannot submit themselves to God’s teaching and who spend their days looking for alternatives to his instructions.