““Should a wife obey her husband? Be in subjection to him? Should she submit to him
as if he were God? Should a husband have authority over his wife as a master does
over a servant? Should women even reverence their husbands, obeying them, and
calling them Lord? The Bible does command a woman to do all of this, as we will show
from many scriptures! But the modern woman says, “NO!” The feminist movement has
insisted on woman’s equality with man in every respect. Women have invaded fields of
endeavor once given over entirely to men. Women, aided by preachers and reformers,
sought and secured the right to vote and hold office. Many religious denominations
have women preachers. Church work from singing in the choir to financing the church
and doing the Bible teaching is done principally by women. Men sit passively in an
occasional service, help pay the bills, and are politely indifferent as to whether the world
goes to hell or not!”
-Dr. John R. Rice, Rebellious Wives and Slacker Husbands
I grew up in Baptist Churches hearing preaching exactly like that of Dr. John R. Rice.
Dr. John R. Rice(1895 – 1980)
He saw the softening of gender roles and he called it out for what is it – sin, pure and simple.
He published a book in 1971, called “Rebellious Wives and Slacker Husbands” and its words could not be more needed today. I don’t agree with everything he taught as I am sure some people agree with some things I teach and disagree with other things I teach. I would not even necessarily agree with everything he wrote in this book. But where he is preaching God’s Word, clear an plain – I say AMEN.
These are some other notable statements Dr. Rice made in this book:
“If women knew and cared about what God expects their attitude to be toward their
husbands they would be much more careful in accepting him, and marriage would last
longer and be happier. God’s word uses stronger language than any man would dare
use of his own choice on the same subject. In fact, God’s language is so strong that
most preachers, in their cowardly submission to modern tendencies, ignore it or explain
it away as fit only for other times or only under ideal circumstances. We preachers must
answer to God for the way we preach his word, so I give you what he says about a
wife’s duty toward her husband.
1. Wives, Submit ‘As Unto the Lord’
Study and scriptures given carefully and remember that the words are God’s words, not
mine, nor any man’s. Ephesians 5:22-25,28, 33 is one of the clearest passages on the
duty of a wife:
‘22. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23. 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. 24. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives
be to their own husbands in everything. 25. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ
also loved the church, and gave himself for it;…..28. So ought men to love their wives
as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself……33. Nevertheless let
every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she
reverence her husband.’
Wives should submit themselves to their own husbands ‘as unto the Lord’ (vs. 22). A
woman should obey her husband as if it were the Lord she were obeying, for in truth it
is. That means a cheerful obedience which comes from a loving and an obedient heart.
To obey her husband should be a part of a Christian wife’s religion. She submits to him
‘as unto the Lord.’
2. Wives to ‘Be Subject…in Everything’
Verse 24 quoted above says that ‘as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives
be to their own husbands IN EVERYTHING.’ It is true that every man, woman and
child, every servant and citizen are to put God first and obey him first. But here the
scripture seems to take for granted that there will never be a case where God will call
upon a wife to disobey her husband. Women are to be subject to their husbands just as
the church is subject to Christ even in everything! A woman is to be subject to her husband even in church and in religious knowledge, as we learn in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35.
Wives sometimes think they please God by spending time in routine church work
when their husbands want them to attend to duties at home. I have known numerous
cases where wives sought to give money to the Lord’s cause without the husband’s
consent, sometimes stealing the money from his clothes to tithe. This was wrong
according to Numbers 30:13-15.
If the husband forbids it, he is responsible, not she.
Wives are to be subject to their own husbands in everything, says the word of God. In
her body the wife is to be subject to her husband, even as she is to have the freedom of
his body (1 Cor 7:35).
A wife is to be subject to her husband in the way she directs the
house, spends the money committed to her, controls the children, the way she dresses,
the company she keeps in everything.”
This message needs to be read by every Preacher and Priest in this country and our churches need to once again start preaching the Word of God in regarding one his most important teaches, the doctrines of Biblical manhood and Biblical womanhood.
Every husband and wife need to read God’s Word, and accept it and live by it. Only by following God’s design for men and women can we truly find peace.
A larger excerpt of his book can be found at this here
6 thoughts on “Rebellious Wives and Slacker Husbands”
I love Dr. Rice. I have his book on ‘ Prayer: Asking & Receiving’ that I’ve read through several times and every time it’s been a tremendous blessing. Lord only knows how many lives have been touched by his writings. Just wish I could have heard him preach.
Yes he was a great man. He and I would not agree in all areas, but in a great many areas, especially fundamental truths of the faith(like doctrines of Salvation, the inerrancy of the Scriptures, creationism and especially gender roles.
John R Rice was a member of the KKK. Not only was he a racist, he was a bigot and had many warped views. I know that you said you don’t agree with all of his teachings, but the fact that you would even mention him as a respectable pastor sickens me.
You are wrong about John R Rice, yes there were things I disagreed with him on, but he was not part of the KKK – his father was. He preached against Christians being members of any secret organizations including the Masons and the KKK.
In reply to Rarereality,
I find it funny that you set about attacking this preachers character while forgetting all the time that he read word for word from the King James Bible.
Who cares if Dr Rice was in the KKK or not, does it nullify WHAT GOD SAID in Ephesians 5:22-25,28, 33
And that’s the problem with a lot of people they attack the messenger and forget that God’s word has Authority all by itself.
AMEN! What I would give to find a church wherein I could hear this in a sermon!