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Wifely 'submission': Part of trust in God


Date published: 2/24/2014

I would like to clarify the misunderstandings that Jerre Hale had in his Jan. 24 letter ["'Submission'? Please, think again"].

The interpretation of Genesis 1:27 is incorrect. Moses wrote that passage as a conclusion, not a beginning. What God was saying to us was, "I made man and woman," and read Genesis 2 to see how I did it. Genesis 2 explains man was made first, and from man's rib, woman was made second.

The interpretation of Romans 16 is also incorrect. Every woman mentioned was a servant and helper to be noted and respected as such. There was no mention of a woman as a leader.

Jesus sent out the apostles (men) to do his preaching and spreading of the gospel. They, through the Holy Spirit, indoctrinated other "men" to preach and spread the Gospel--never a woman (1 Timothy 2:12-13).

God made man to be the leader first in his family and then in his community (Ephesians 5:23). A man is head of his household as Jesus is the head of the church (Ephesians 5:24). This does not mean that marriage is a master-slave relationship. But man does make the final decisions for the family; he is held accountable to God for them. Nowhere does it say that a woman cannot have input or give advice. My wife has given me some of the best advice.

Men are to love their wives as Jesus loves his bride, the church. The Bible tells how a man is to love his wife and how valuable she is to him (Proverbs 18:22, Proverbs 31:10-31). If a man truly loves his wife, he will make decisions that will benefit the household.

The Bible does tell a wife to submit to her husband. Submission is not a woman giving up her power or dignity. Submitting is putting her trust in her husband as he puts his trust in God. God is the one to whom we should all submit. If we do not submit to God, then we are submitting to the devil.

I would welcome Jerre to join me at Calvary Baptist Church in Spotsylvania to truly learn the word of God.

Harry T. Reynolds

Spotsylvania