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A Special Word to the Women


In I Corinthians 11:10, Paul states that a wife should be subject to (literally, come under the protection of) her own husband, and “for this cause ought the woman to have power on her head, because of the angels.”  The Phillips translation: “she ought to bear on her head an outward sign of man’s authority for all the angels to see.”  Revised Standard: “…a woman ought to have a veil on her head…”  New English Bible “…it is a woman’s duty to have a sign of authority on her head…”  Today’s English: “…a woman should have a covering over her head to show that she is under her husband’s authority…”  Amplified: “…she should be subject to his (her husband’s) authority, and should have a covering on her head as a token, a symbol of her submission to authority, because of the angels.”

Since the angels of God are ministering spirits to the believers, they are evidently not in view in this passage.  They protect and help the saints of God.  The angels referred to have to be the fallen ones (demons) who are ever seeking an opportunity to do harm to human beings.  Because, like Eve, women are particularly susceptible to deception in the spiritual realm, God has, in love, made a provision of protection for them in this vulnerable area.  Those who take advantage of it are sheltered and blessed; those who arrogantly demand their “rights” and equality with men, lay themselves open to many hurtful and harmful delusions and even destruction.

The protection God has ordained is through the shield of a male authority over the woman.  In the case of an unmarried girl this is through her father.  A married  woman has her husband as a cover.  In the case of a woman or girl who does not fit into these categories, the pastor, elders and men of the local church can serve as a spiritual cover and protection for the woman.

This cover is effective only if it represents a heart attitude of submission and obedience coupled with the meek and quiet spirit which God finds so highly desirable in a woman (I Peter 3:1-6).  No amount of head covering on the outside can replace the inner attitudes it is to represent in token.  This explains I Timothy 2:12-14 which forbids women to teach or have authority over men, and to keep silent.  Sadly, many of the cults have originated in the manipulations of a sincere but deceived and misguided woman.

Women operating under scriptural authority and cover can be a tremendous blessing in teaching other women and children and can pray and prophesy in teaching other women and children, and can pray and prophesy in public (Joel 2:28,29; I Corinthians 11:5).  However, they are specifically excluded from leadership in the home and church where God has ordained that men lead and bear the load and responsibility.  Because of this, and because she can never be the husband of one wife, nor “rule his own house well,” she is automatically excluded from preaching or pastoring.  When operating under bible guidelines, a  woman can contribute much but it is not hers to lead nor assume the authority which god has reserved for men.

To say women are not fitted by God for leadership is not to say they are inferior.  A dump truck and a pick up truck are not the same.  But to say that because the pick up would break down under the loads for which a dump truck is designed is not to say the smaller vehicle is inferior.  It is designed and built for a different purpose.  In like manner,  women break down under loads designed for men to carry.  It is always wise to follow the manufacture’s recommendations.

The following is an excerpt from “God’s Plan for Leadership, Booklet #14″ by Pastor Win Worley. Copyright © 1983 by Win Worley, Revised © 1993. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including storage and retrieval system, without securing permission in writing from the publisher, WRW Publications, PO Box 852626, Mesquite, TX 75185.

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