In Revelation 22:18,19, we are given a stern warning about adding or taking anything away from Scripture. Therefore, I try very hard not to do either of these things. I want to teach exactly what God commands that I teach and the way that He commands it. Let’s take the command for women to be “keepers at home” so they don’t blaspheme the word of God in Titus 2:5. Many women want to add onto this command. I don’t and won’t.
Many will use the Proverbs 31 woman to support women in the workforce. The Proverbs 31 woman was NOT a career woman. Everything she did was in or around her home and for her family. There were no career women in the Bible. There were no women who left their homes all day long, their children in the care of others, and worked for a boss. Besides, I don’t look for examples in God’s Word that negate clear commands to us as many these days do.
God wants women to be keepers at home. Godly women should do all they can to obey this command. Divorce has skyrocketed since women left their homes. We can see destruction all around us as women have disobeyed God on this command. Babies and toddlers are being raised in day cares. Children are being raised in a godless school system. Children are more depressed and suicidal than ever before. God’s will for children is for them to have loving mothers and fathers where the fathers work hard to provide and the mothers are home full time caring for their own children.
If you look at all of the commentaries of old, not one supports women leaving their homes for careers, their children in the care of others, and working for a boss. Once a woman is married, she is to submit to her husband’s authority only. Yes, if he asks her to be in the workforce, then he will be accountable for this. Sometimes the woman is responsible for having to work in the workforce, because she accrued a ton of debt from college or credit cards before marriage. Maybe she wants a whole lot more than her husband can afford. It’s always sin that causes us to disobey God’s clear commands to us.
Here’s what a few commentaries of oldwrote about women being keepers at home:
“Home duties, cares, pleasures, sacrifices of self—these God-appointed duties ought to fill the mind and the heart of the young wife.”
“As ‘guardians of the house,’ as the Greek expresses. The oldest manuscripts read, ‘Workers at home’: active in household duties (Proverbs 7:11; 1 Timothy 5:13).”
“House-wives, not spending their time in gadding abroad, but in looking to the affairs of their own families.”
“Keepers at home: minding their own family affairs, not gadding abroad; and inspecting into, and busying themselves about other people’s matters.”
Undoubtedly, women will ask me about single women. The command to single women is to be holy in both body and spirit (1 Corinthians 7:34). Therefore, whatever she does, she must obey this command. She shouldn’t do anything that will harm her possible future marriage and ability to have children and be home full time with them. This includes debt which often hinders young women to have children and be home with them. This is why I don’t believe college is a good idea for women. Plus, they teach everything against biblical womanhood.
What about making money from home? There’s no prohibition against this. The Proverbs 31 woman made money from home. She is still under the authority of her husband. It’s fine as long as it doesn’t take away from her main ministries of being a help meet to her husband, a mother to her children, and a homemaker. It should only be done if money is truly needed. Many women live simply and frugally within their husbands’ income, so they can be home full time and give all of their time, energy, and attention to their home and family.
Women, your worth does NOT come from a career and paycheck. This is a lie that feminism has perpetuated upon women. Your worth comes from Christ alone. He wants your ministry to be to your family. I will not add to God’s command that women be keepers at home, because I know His will is perfect and this is the best place for women to be.
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.