Note: Below is Mike Glenn’s email to which a person had objected. It’s included here today (was sent yesterday) for your own objective analysis.
Our text for the JG study today is 1Pet. 3:1-6. We are now living in a world where both in politics and in homes, women are claiming equal rights and equal position. The argument is made that women can do any job that men can. While our different physical make-up makes our abilities different, it would not matter if that were not the case. Remember that our slogan is, ‘if God says it…that settles it.’ God has said that wives are to be in subjection to their husbands (Eph. 5:22-24; 3:18). Moreover, He has said that women in general are to be subject to men for the following reasons: (1) The woman is the glory of the man (1 Cor. 11:7). (2) The man is not of the woman, but the woman of the man (1 Cor. 11:8). (2) The man is not for the woman, but the woman for the man (1 Cor. 11:9). (4) Adam was formed first, then Eve (1 Tim. 2:13) (5) Eve was deceived, not Adam (1 Tim. 2:14). God, of course, did not have to give us any reasons. His word alone would be sufficient for the faithful to follow. That is what it means to respect authority. Let’s briefly examine our text to see how diligently God expects this command to be followed.
- God presents a case where the one whom God says is the leader is not the man he should be – he is not a Christian. His outlook on life, death, money, recreation, relationships, sex, raising children, dress and a host of other things is different than that of the Christian wife and is obviously not what God wants it to be.
- This is a man who is not interested in studying the Bible, not interested in obeying God. God says that the wife’s subjection and faithfulness may be the avenue through which the husband is converted.
- God also makes it clear that the wife is to conduct herself as a Christian in this relationship. She is not to give up her faithful conduct (vs. 2-4). She is under the authority of God first. God says that women who trusted in Him have always so conducted themselves (v. 5).
- Sarah, Abraham’s wife, is set forth as an example of such subjection. You will remember that her subjection was such that she acquiesced in Abraham’s request to lie about being his wife. That is going beyond God’s will, but does show Sarah’s complete respect for Abraham’s authority.
- While it is true that men are to treat their wives as they would treat themselves, their failure to do so does not change God’s requirement of the wives subjection. By the same token, in all matters of authority, the ungodly or hypocritical conduct of the man does not change the authority of his office so long as he is in it.
I pray we are seeing the importance of this matter of respect for and submission to authority.