“Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully” (2 Corinthians 4:1,2). Many handle the word of God deceitfully.
I teach women to be modest as God commands. “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array” (1 Timothy 2:9). Right here, women, we are commanded to dress in modest apparel with shamefacedness, which means to dress in a way that doesn’t draw attention to oneself. Why does God command this specifically of women? He created men. He knows they are visual and attracted to the female body. We are to do nothing to cause our brothers to stumble.
Many will take this teaching and turn it into something evil. They will say I am promoting a “rape culture” even though I never said anything about rape. They blame men on lusting, and tell me it’s solely their fault if they lust after an immodest women. Women have no responsibility, they claim. THIS is handling the word of God deceitfully.
Here’s a good example of Kellie doing this. Me: “Women, dress modestly if you want men to see you as a woman rather than an object.” Kellie: “Why don’t we just raise men better to never see a woman as an object? Seems like y’all wanna make everything that’s sexual into the woman’s responsibility. Not cool.” James to Kellie: “Not fighting nature will give you more understanding and peace.”
I teach women to be obedient to their husbands (Titus 2:5) and submit to them, yes, in everything (Ephesians 5:22-24) as God commands. Many will say that this “submission doctrine” has led to the abuse of many women, therefore, it should not be taught. THIS is handling the word of God deceitfully. The teaching of submission does NOT cause the abuse of women. Cruel men will abuse their wives whether or not they are submissive. Godly women should not stop teaching submission because other women accuse them of spreading abuse.
I teach women to be “keepers at home” (Titus 2:5). Many will say this offends women in the workforce, therefore, I should not teach it. It “shames” working women, they tell me. THIS is handling the word of God deceitfully. Instead of women being shamed from hearing God’s Word, they should be convicted. They should know that being at home with their children is the best place for them to be, and do all they can to go home, NOT try to stop older women from teaching this.
I teach women to be “learn in silence with all subjection” (2 Timothy 2:11) in the churches. Many rebel against this and twist Scripture to their own destruction. Women being pastors and in leadership churches are common these days. It’s actually hard to find churches that have all male leadership. Women will find all these women in Scripture that were in leadership positions in the churches in order to negate this teaching. Guess what? There are none! No, not one. THIS is handling the word of God deceitfully.
They’ll say it was cultural. No, we’re given two reasons why women are not to teach men nor be in authority over them, and it goes back to Creation. First, Adam was created first. This is God’s authority structure. Second, Eve was deceived. Women are more easily deceived, as anyone with eyes can see. All of these *great* female Bible teachers/preachers eventually are teaching men and teaching things that aren’t biblical. God is very specific on what He wants women teaching other women, namely, biblical womanhood. That’s it! Learn God’s Word from the male elders in your churches, from your husband (Ephesians 5:26 and 1 Corinthians 14:35), and from your own study at home.
I teach women to not deprive their husbands sexually (1 Corinthians 7:5). Many want to find all of the exceptions and accuse me of promoting marital rape. THIS is handling the word of God deceitfully. Instead of encouraging women to seek to obey God’s Word in everything, they want to find all of the exceptions and slander me in order to negate God’s will for them.
Avoid the false teachers, women, and there are MANY! You must know God’s Word. Let it dwell deeply within you. Measure everything you learn by the Word of God. Almost every book in the New Testament warns of false teachers. This tells us there are many.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
2 Timothy 4:3,4