Dr. Flavil Yeakley reports in his new book that some women have left the Lord’s church for what they call “oppressive male chauvinism” (Why They Left, p 181). They felt they should have been able to publicly preach and teach in church the same as men. The author, professor at Harding University, husband 57 years and a preacher, gives the Bible doctrine on this subject in one chapter of his book.
Men and women have had roles which complement each other that go back to the creation (Genesis 1:26-27). God first made man, then made a “helper fit for him,” made from his rib (Gen 2:18). They should walk through life together as equals with Adam protecting Eve while she functioned as a suitable helper for him. Eve was the first to sin, then Adam. A curse was placed on them. Part of Eve’s penalty was that her husband “shall rule over” her (v 16).
In the New Testament, instructions are given about woman’s role as being in submission (I Tim 2:13-14), and not teachers over men. Wives are to submit to their husbands “in everything” (Ephesians 5:24). Peter writes, “Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without talk by the behavior of their wives.” (I Pet 3:1-7).
Ask for: Roles of Women.