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Can Women Govern?

Can Women be: Preachers, Elders, Teachers, Governors, Magistrates, Generals, Presidents, King and other such like positions, high or low, ruling over mankind?

aymon de albatrus


7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, inasmuch as he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of the man. 8 For the man is not of the woman, but the woman of the man. 9 Neither was the man created for the woman, but the woman for the man. 10 For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head, because of the angels. 11 Nevertheless, neither is the man without the woman, nor the woman without the man, in the Lord. 12 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things are of God. (1 Corinthians 11:7-12)

Millions of pages have been written on this subject, and yet you will find that practically every tome will not give you a definite answer, at all. After randomly circumnavigating around the subject, and hundred of pages, they will leave you with a non descript, vague, non-conclusive diluted uncertain statement, if any.

Not so for this writer, the uncompromising clear Biblical answer is: NO.

You may now wish to leave.

Let us ask ourselves a pertinent and embarrassing question: To whom the Bible applies?

Surely to the believers:
He that has My commandments and keeps them, it is that one who loves Me; and the one that loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I shall love him and will reveal Myself to him. (John 14:21)

Surely to the unbelievers:
9 knowing this, that law is not laid down for a righteous one, but for lawless and undisciplined ones, for ungodly and sinful ones, for unholy and profane ones, for slayers of fathers and slayers of mothers, for murderers, 10 for fornicators, for homosexuals, for slave-traders, for liars, for perjurers, and if any other thing opposes sound doctrine, (1 Timothy 1:9-10)

For the Believers, the Law is written by God in their heart : 26 And I will also give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit within you. And I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give to you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you shall keep My judgments and do them. (Ezekiel 36:26-27) and the Believers will keep the Law out of love for Jesus, under Grace: Jesus answered and said to him, If anyone loves Me, he will keep My Word, and My Father shall love him. And We will come to him and will make a dwelling place with him. (John 14:23)

For the un-Believers the Law is applied externally to condemn them: 3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? 4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged. 5 But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man) 6 God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world? (Romans 3:3-6)

Why did I insist on that? Because the Law of God is over all men; in the Believers it is satisfied by the blood of Christ and in the un-Believers it is satisfied in their condemnation. This means, unquestionably, that the statutes of God are applicably to all. Thus the believer cannot say: "I am under Grace and I can do what I want", for if he says that the Law of Christ is not written on his heart and he is not a believer.  Nor the unbelievers can say: " I do not believe in God nor in the Bible, therefore the Law of God is not applicable to me." Well, unbelief does not make God disappear and since God gives life to all and keeps all alive (For in him we live, and move, and have our being) he has every right to do what he wants with His creation, whether the creature believes in Him or not: And all the inhabitants of the earth are counted as nothing. And He does according to His will among the army of Heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth. And no one is able to strike His hand or say to Him, What are You doing? (Daniel 4:35)

This is an important point, that is: God’s Law is applicable to All.

Now let us look at the reference verses: 8 For the man is not of the woman, but the woman of the man. 9 Neither was the man created for the woman, but the woman for the man. What does this means? Its Biblical meaning cannot be plainer. Incidentally these verses are hardly mentioned by today’s expositors.

It means that the woman was created FOR the man, (and not the other way around as we see implemented today) to be his helper as stated in Genesis: And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. (Genesis 2:18) The woman was meant to be the help meet for him, not his controller, nor his peer. A helper, by definition, cannot be superior to the one he helps, nor his equal. If the grammar is true, it is clear that the woman only exists in function of man, i.e. without the man there would have been NO reason for woman to exist. Can anything be plainer?

This set the tone for the relationship between man and women for the whole Bible. When examining this matter, everything has to be submitted to this principle as firstly and clearly established in Genesis. No amount of forcing or fabulous phantasmagoria can alter this fundamental affirmation, so clearly stated. Appeals to obscure Greek references do not change the concept either, for if it were so, then we have been using the wrong Bible for the last 2000 years (4500). Reference to the few women that had some sort of rulership, does not change the overall concept either, for God is Sovereign and He is free to act in His creation as He pleases without changing His decrees given to men, but men are in rebellion against Him.

Woman was made for the man as his helper, not his equal, nor his governor, indeed he is the controller and her head: 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. (1 Corinthians 11:3)

Having established that the precepts of God are equally applicable to Believers as to un-Believers and that the woman was made for man as his helper, how can we possibly establish women over men, both in the church and in the world? and still maintain the Precepts of God, Impossible.

This concept is also repeated in the New Testament by these famous verses (much distorted, if referred to at all, by modern expositors): 11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 12 But I do not allow a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived; but the woman, being deceived, was in the transgression. (1 Timothy 2:11-14)

We note:

  1. Woman has to learn in silence, this means she is to learn, which, by default, excludes her from teaching, and in quietness as pertaining to a person in subjection,

  2. not allow a woman to teach. This confirms the point above and below. The word "teach" (didasko) in the Greek means: 
    To teach
    Keep a discourse
    Instruct others
    Impart instructions (govern)
    Be teachers
    Instil doctrine in others
    Explain, expose theories, ideas,
    In this it is clearly deducible that to teach it is also to govern.

  3. nor to usurp authority over the man, This means that woman cannot have authority over man, in any circumstance, and if she does she usurp the God given role of headship given to man,

  4. but to be in silence, her submissive role reiterated,

  5. for Adam was first formed, then Eve, The first reason for the woman submission to the man is here stated by the creation order and the functional positions confirmed, going back to Genesis, as explained above, (Adam being first formed and the head)

  6. And Adam was not deceived; but the woman, being deceived, was in the transgression, The second reason (again referring to events in Genesis) as to why the woman is subjected to the man and the prohibition for woman to teach is because the advice she gave to Adam caused him to err and thus the whole human race was plunged into sin, that is another reason why woman cannot teach or rule.

Another passage hardly ever referred to is: For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, inasmuch as he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of the man (1 Corinthians 11:7)

What does this mean? Is there a difference?:

  1. he (the man) is the image and glory of God, by this it is clearly stated that in the man resides the likeness of God’s attributes (albeit in a smaller amount) and the beauty and splendour of God (again in a lesser quantity, of course), nonetheless it is gleaned from this that the man is the nearest thing resembling God on earth. (please do note that I did not say: "man is god" but that he is His Image and Glory.)

  2. but the woman is the glory of the man, because she was taken from man, the woman is a subset of man, being extract from him, although of the same essence. Thus woman is the beauty and splendour of man, and of God only on a secondary issue.

Notwithstanding this, she has equal access to salvation as stated: Likewise, husbands, dwelling together according to knowledge, as with a weaker vessel, the female, bestowing honour, as truly being co-heirs of the grace of life, not cutting off your prayers. (1 Peter 3:7) even though the woman is the weaker vessel.

The woman is of the same essence of man for she was "cloned/derived" from man, and God set up things in a way that even though woman is of man, man (and the woman) comes into this world through the woman: For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things are of God. (1 Corinthians 11:12)

God, the Sovereign creator, keeper and governor of all things in His wisdom has decreed a functional order whereby the man is the head of the woman and the woman is the helper of man, for all times, even though both have equal access to salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ. There cannot be Jew nor Greek, there is no slave nor freeman, there is no male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)

Even in these evil days, some godly men would feebly grant that man has authority over the woman, but, because of fear of the "Jewesses" and being indoctrinated by the world system, would limit this authority only to spiritual things. Perhaps they have not read this passage: But even as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives to their own husbands in everything. (Ephesians 5:24)

Does everything leave anything out? Methinks Not.

Such interpretation is so pathetic, but what says Scripture in the same verse: 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. (1 Corinthians 11:3)

Does the headship of God over Christ cover only the spiritual?

Does the headship of Christ over man cover only the spiritual?

Does the headship of man over woman cover only the spiritual?

Obviously Not.

The other hypocrisy is that that in not being able to remove verse 1Ti 2:12, the modernist churches (now most of them) admit reluctantly that woman cannot teach man, but she can teach women and children. What! Are they saying that woman cannot mislead men, but she can mislead women and children? Besides, does not this makes women and children of second class for women can teach women and children, but not men for they are of a different class?

But now, many modernist Churches have gone much past that and they ardently promote women to priesthood thus teaching and governing all; men, women and children, bypassing altogether God’s statutes.

In essence, any woman that occupies the position of Queen, Prime minister, President, Pastor, Teacher, Magistrate, General and any other that has authority over man is in open rebellion against God and in severe danger of His wrath and surely she is without Biblical support.

Another area hardly mentioned is the 10th Commandment:  You shall not covet your neighbour's house; you shall not covet your neighbour's wife, or his male slave, or his slave-girl, or his ox, or his ass, or anything which belongs to your neighbour. (Exodus 20:17In this we see the wife being listed with the belongings of the neighbour, a thing that will horrify both democracy and the feminists and very many weak men, and yet the concept of possession is clearly stated in the single sentence of the 10th Commandment. Is the 10th Commandment done away with the advent of democracy? Is God mocked? 

Whether in the Spiritual or in the Natural, the woman cannot be in charge of man or any one else, as God commands, for all things are of God and He is the Only One that decides how things shall be implemented and He has made woman the helper of man, nor his ruler or peer.

It is not a matter based on how good one is presumed to be, but it is established solely on what God says.

If anyone objects to the above, we can give only the answer of Paul: Yes, rather, O man, who are you answering against God? Shall the thing formed say to the One forming it, Why did You make me like this? Isa 29:16 (Romans 9:20)

In conclusion, can Women be: Preachers, Elders, Teachers, Governors, Magistrates, Generals, Presidents, King and such like positions, high or low, ruling and governing over mankind?   The answer is a clear:   NO!

Amen


APPENDIX: Biblical Précis:

01.

The man, Adam, was created first.

And Jehovah God formed the man out of dust from the ground,  (Genesis 2:7a)

02.

The man received the breath of life.

and blew into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Gen 2:7b)

03.

The woman was not created but extracted from Adam.

And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. (Genesis 2:22 AV)

04.

Nevertheless the woman is of the same essence of man for she was derived from the man, and it is for this reason that the man has the pre-eminence.

And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. (Genesis 2:23 AV)

05.

The original words say this:

for Man = ‘iysh
for Wo-man = ish-shash (from man)

06.

The woman was made specifically for the man, as his helper and for his needs.  Without the man there is no reason, for the woman, to be, obviously.  The man was not created for the woman.

And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. (Genesis 2:18 AV)

07.

The man Adam received his punishment as the federal head of the human species and for listening to his wife to participate in the transgression.

And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; (Genesis 3:17 AV)

08.

The woman Eve received her punishment for having disobeyed the order of the Lord, passed on to her by Adam, on her own independent rebellion.

Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. (Genesis 3:16 AV)

09.

The woman, for her sin, is condemned to a state of affliction and submission, a just punishment for that sin, in which she tried to gratify the desire of her eyes, of her flesh and of her ego.  Her sin was the catalyst that brought the world  into a valley of tears.

Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. (Genesis 3:16 AV)

10.

The original phrase "your desires" appears only two other times, besides here. The second time is referred to Cain signifying that sin has "his desires" to possess him.  Is this not what we see today's women doing, wanting to possess what God has given to man!

If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. (Genesis 4:7 AV)

11.

"and he shall rule over thee" is none other than God's command "wives be subjected to your husbands".  If the man had not sinned he would have governed with wisdom and love, if the woman had not sinned, she would have obeyed with humility and docility.

Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. (Genesis 3:16 AV)

12.

Adam gave to all animals their names, and thus he was in Eden quite a long time before the "cloning" of Eve.  The number of animals was enormous and it takes time to come up with new names, try it.  In all this time Adam was not seduced by the evil one.

And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. (Genesis 2:19 AV)

13.

Eve fell in transgression soon after her entry into the scene, for it was commanded them to procreate and she was not pregnant when they were expelled out of Even.

And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, ..... (Genesis 1:28 AV)

And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. (Gen 4:1 AV)

14.

The man Adam named the woman, just as he had done with the animals.

And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living. (Genesis 3:20 AV)

15.

The Kingdom of God is not democratic nor egalitarian, but theocratic and hierarchic and the head of the woman is the man.

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. (1 Corinthians 11:3 AV)

16.

The man is the image and the glory of God.

For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God……. (1 Corinthians 11:7a)

17.

Whilst the woman is the glory of man.

.... but the woman is the glory of the man. (1 Corinthians 11:7b AV)

18.

The order of creation.

For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. (1Co 11:8 AV)

19.

The woman's "raison d'être" (reason to be).

Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. (1 Corinthians 11:9 AV)

20.

The man and the woman are of the same essence and even though the woman comes from the man, man (and woman) is born by a woman and everything is of God.

Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord. For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God. (1 Corinthians 11:11-12 AV)

21.

The whole of the above is summarized thus:

For Adam was first formed, then Eve.

And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. (1 Timothy 2:13-14 AV)

22.

For these two reasons the woman is placed in submission to the man and she cannot teach nor have authority over the man but she be in silence.  To note that the comma after "teach" makes the verb general thus not only referring to the man but to all aspects of life.

But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. (1 Timothy 2:12 AV)

23.Some modernists could possibly even concede that the woman is subjected to the man only on spiritual things, but the word of God says: "in everything"Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. (Eph 5:24 AV)

24.

In silence and under obedience as also saith the law.  This is a reference to Gen 3:16 "and he shall rule over thee".   With this the Apostle evidences the reason as to why women must not speak in the church or preach or teach publicly or being involved with ministerial functions, or any other form of governing for these are acts of power and government and thus contrary to the submission God, in His Law, exacts of women towards men. 

Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. (1 Corinthians 14:34 AV)

25.

And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home.  The objection comes: "and if the husbands cannot teach?".  In this case, approved by their husbands, they can be taught by pastors, elders or other godly men, at their home.

And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church. (1 Corinthians 14:35 AV)

26.

Women can prophesy and pray what she receives from the Lord, if she wears long hair and having the sign of submission on her head.  The hair is ordinary covering whilst the veil (not a hat) is covering when praying or prophesying in meetings.  The woman cannot lead in prayers.

But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. (1 Corinthians 11:5 AV)

But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering. (1 Corinthians 11:15 AV)

27.

Whilst the man must not cover his head when praying and prophesying for he is the image and glory of God.  .

Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. (1 Corinthians 11:4 AV)

For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. (1 Corinthians 11:7 AV)

28.

The original Greek word that describes the relationship of the woman towards the man is "Phoebe" which means "fear".

…… the wife see that she reverence (phoebe) her husband. (Ephesians 5:33 AV)

……While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear (phobos). (1 Peter 3:2 AV)

29.

Or are you thinking that the Word of God came from you, and you alone?

What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? (1 Corinthians 14:36 AV)

30.

Or are we contentious?

But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God. (1 Corinthians 11:16 AV)

31.

Paul says that these are commandments of the Lord.

If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. (1 Corinthians 14:37 AV)

32.

To be remembered, always.

Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? (Romans 9:20 AV)

Why dost thou strive against Him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters. (Job 33:13 AV)