Why were there no female priests in Israel and no female Apostles? Why were there no female queens appointed by God to rule over Israel? Was it just cultural sexism or was the lack of women ruling over men based on the what these people understood and accepted about God’s design of gender roles?
Moving forward to our modern culture, does the Bible allow for a woman to President of the United States?
A brief history of Women seeking America’s highest office
Contrary to popular belief, Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton are not the first women in American history to seek America’s highest office. In 1884, Belva Lockwood, an activist for voting rights for women and for African Americans campaigned for president.
In 1872 and 1892, Victoria Woodhull ran for President of the United States the first time from the Equal Rights Party, and the second time from the Humanitarian Party.
Many other women since then have either run for President from very small parties, or have sought the nominations of the Republican or Democratic parties.
What does the Bible say about a woman being President?
Obviously there was no such thing as a President in Biblical times, so the Bible would not specifically mention it. But the Bible does teach Patriarchy (male leadership over women).
The Bible tells us Man is to lead Woman in the Home:
“For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.”
The Bible tells us Man is to lead Woman in the Church:
“This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;”
I Timothy 3:1-4(KJV)
The Bible tells us Man is to lead Woman in Society:
“But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.”
I Corinthians 11:3(KJV)
Other Biblical facts that go against women in leadership positions over men
Christian Feminists have spent the last century attempting to explain away the clear teachings of God’s Word that I have mentioned above. In addition there are many more facts they cannot overcome.
Never in Israel’s history was there ever a female high priest, or female priest period.
Never in Israel’s history did God appoint a female Queen to rule over Israel.
None of the Apostles were women (you would think if God believed in gender equality, he could have carved out at least one slot out of 12 right?)
There is not one recorded instance of a female Pastor in the New Testament.
While I would agree with my feminist Christian friends that the absence of something does not necessarily forbid that thing, it certainly makes for a stronger case when we have verses that clearly say that man is the head of woman, the husband is the head of the wife, and in the church a Bishop is “a man” who is “the husband of one wife” and one that “ruleth well his own house”.
But what about women leaders in the Bible?
This is the primary weapon that Christian feminists have used to assault the patriarchal system that is clearly taught from Old Testament and into the New Testament. Below I will mention each one of these women who are raised as an objection to the Bible’s teaching on Patriarchy in society, the church and the home. Then I will mention a brief note on each explaining her role.
Miriam – prophet. – It never specifically says she exercised authority over men.
Deborah – prophet; judge; led the army of Israel into battle with Barak, their commander. She was a spiritual and moral leader. She did not seek to lead with Barak, he begged her to. She shamed him by telling him God would hand their enemies into the hands of a “woman”. It is interesting the Bible says she sat under a tree, and not at the city Gates as leaders typically did.
Hulda – prophet during the reign of Josiah. She served at a time when Israel had forsaken God, one of their darkest hours. Josiah sought to restore worship and the Word of God and sent messengers to her to seek the will of God.
Anna – a widow who became a prophet and pronounced Jesus to be the redeemer of Israel
Lydia – business woman in the Philippian Church, but the Bible never refers to her as a leader or a Pastor.
Priscilla – helped Paul while he was establishing churches at Corinth and Ephesus; with her husband Aquila, corrected Apollo’s preaching and helped him to learn of the new way in Christ.
Junias – contrary to feminist teachings, she was not an Apostle, but she was honored by the Apostles for her work in the Lord.
Phoebe – a servant in the Church at Cenchrea, She was not a deacon as feminists assert.
Let’s address the Deborah and the Hulda in the room
Only two of the 8 women mentioned often by Christian feminists truly exercised spiritual leadership over men.
The time periods when Deborah and Hulda were prophets were times of great moral and spiritual decay for Israel. Men were no longer exercising moral or spiritual leadership as we can see in Barak’s refusal to go to war without Deborah by his side.
Let me be blunt – God called women into spiritual leadership roles, as an exception to his design, in order to shame the men into bringing the nation back to God, and into exercising their God given responsibility to lead in the church, the home and in the nation.
In no way does the Bible EVER paint women in leadership roles as a positive thing, but it is something God uses to shame the men into action.
“As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.”
God is allowed to make exceptions to his own rules
God made these exceptions to his own design at limited and specific times:
- God allowed a donkey to speak to a Balaam in Numbers chapter 22.
- God tells the prophet Isaiah to go and prophesy naked for 3 years in Isaiah chapter 20.
- God tells the prophet Hosea to go marry a prostitute (something clearly forbidden for priests) in Hosea chapter 1.
- God took Enoch (in Genesis 5) and Elijah (2 Kings 2) directly to heaven without them first experiencing physical death.
My point is – God can and does make exceptions to his design at various times. But unless God actually directly commands an exception to his design, as in the case with Deborah and Hulda, we have no right to deviate from his design of patriarchy in the home, the church or society at large.
What God says women are to do
Christian feminists spend so much time looking for exceptions to God’s design that they stumble and fall over God’s clear direction to women, as to the normal way a Christian woman should live her life.
God says his normal design is for women is to be helpmeets to men and this is how women are commanded to live:
“I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.”
I Timothy 5:14(KJV)
“The aged women… That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”
The Bible is crystal clear here in regards to God’s design for women. Young women are to marry, have children and manage their homes for their husbands. They are to be obedient to their husbands, to love their husbands and children and to be discreet. When women are older they are then to teach the younger women how to be good Christian wives and mothers.
The Bible does not forbid women from spiritually leading other women, as long as that leadership does not contradict with a churches authority, or a husband’s or father’s authority.
This would allow for Christian women’s conferences, for Christian women to teach ladies Sunday school classes, and for women to write books or blogs as long they are not exercising spiritual or physical authority over men.
I have given all this Biblical evidence, and answered the false arguments of Christian feminists to say this – a Christian woman has no business running for or assuming the office of President of the United States. In fact a Christian woman has no business being in a leadership position over men, whether it is in the home, the church or society at large. God says “the head of the woman is the man” we would do well to follow his design.
But do we need to submit to female leaders in Government as Christians?
“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”
God tells us that rulers, good or bad, are allowed to come to power by his will. We are commanded to pay taxes and be subject to our rulers. That includes if they are women. If a woman run’s for President, that is something between her husband and her, and between God and her. We can and should teach God’s design, but at the end of the day, we each have a personal responsibility before God.
Would I vote for a female President?
Depending on the situation, yes. The reason is if the female candidate comes closer to Christian positions than the male candidate, I must support the lesser of the two evils. For instance if the female candidate is pro-life and the male candidate is pro-choice, I will most likely vote for the female candidate unless she is way off in some other way.
The 2016 Election and the choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump
I originally wrote this article back in 2014 long before Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton became the candidates representing our two major political parties here in the United States.
As I write this update to this article today our nation is faced with a huge choice coming in less than a month. This article has spiked on google as Christians search out the truth of how they should vote.
Is the fact that Hillary Clinton is a woman the only reason I as a Christian man am not voting for Hillary Clinton? No.
But in the world of politics we often have to choose the lesser of the two evils.
The prophet Daniel served under Kings that lead sinful and immoral lives and as long as they did not ask him to sin against his God he served them faithfully. The point is sometimes we don’t get a simple choice between a godly person and an ungodly person in politics. Sometimes the choice is between two ungodly and sinful people and I believe that is the choice we are being presented with in this 2016 Presidential election.
I would have considered voting for Hillary, despite her being a woman which is a violation of God’s design if she did not have these things on her record:
- She is a proponent of abortion and especially the heinous partial birth abortion.
- She is for forcing Christian businesses and other faith based organizations to violate their religious beliefs by making them provide contraceptives through their insurance.
- She is for forcing Christian businesses and other faith based organizations to violate their religious beliefs by making them accept and participate in gay marriage(bakers, photographers, wedding planners, county clerks and judges).
- She is for going after churches that endorse conservative Christian candidates and who call out liberal candidates as unchristian.
- She believes in legalized theft of private property through the government seizing the private property of some(money) and simply redistributing it to others. It is one thing to take taxes to pay for basic government services – that is a Biblical concept. It is another when you take what one man has rightfully earned and simply give it to another man who has done nothing to earn it.
- She does not believe that a nation has the right to defend its borders, language, culture and economy. One of the first duties of government is to defend it’s nation from all outside threats whether they be military(including terrorists), cultural or economic threats.
Hillary Clinton has many other flaws including being a liar and a corrupt politician. Is Donald Trump a liar too? Yes he has been caught in many lies. So perhaps on this issue of lying they may be equally flawed.
Donald Trump despite his flaws(and they are many) is a candidate whose positions on the issues of our time comes far closer to a Biblical perspective than does Hillary Clinton’s.
These are the reasons I will be voting for Donald Trump in the next month:
- He proposes that we strike the IRS provision put in by Lyndon Johnson in 1954(Section 501(c)(3)) that punishes Church leaders for making political endorsements or criticizing political candidates by removing their status as non-profit organizations. This was a major violation of the first amendment right to free speech as well as freedom of religion and it must be struck down.
- While he has been careful on the issue of gay rights and gay marriage in his statements, if he appoints any of the judges on his list of judges these judges will bring a screeching halt to the gay rights movement assault on religious liberty.
- Speaking of judges – these same judges that Donald Trump has pledged to appoint to our various levels of Federal courts will uphold private property rights(another Biblical concept) as well.
- He has taken a pro-life position and is against partial birth abortions.
- He believes one of the most important duties of government is to protect the nation from outside harm whether it be cultural, economic or military threats including terrorism.
I am glad that God has allowed us in this election cycle to be able to vote for a man in keeping with his design that men should rule over women. I am glad that the male candidate is closer to the Bible in his positions than the woman so we will not have to go against God’s design in voting for a female president.
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