Christian Citizenship Bible Study

By Angela Wittman

bible watercolor142pxMy people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. – Hosea 4:6

Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. (Acts 17:11, ESV)

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Understanding Biblical Doctrine, Lesson XVI, “Christian Citizenship”

Romans 13:1 “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”

I. The Biblical View of Government

A. Man’s need for civil government stems from the fact that God created him with the ability to live in an orderly society (Genesis 1:28 — And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth).

What authority is God conveying to Adam here?

B. All exisiting governments receive their right to rule from God (Rom. 13:1).

What government (power) did Paul live under?

How does he say it received its authority?

Could the government of Paul’s day be considered as a Chrisitian form of civil government?

C. Since the fall, government has become necessary to:

1. restrain evil. Rom. 13: 3a – “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power?”

What is the role of rulers toward those who do evil?

2. protect and reward the innocent. Rom. 13: 3b – “do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same”

What is the result of our doing good?

3. punish evil-doers.

Rom. 13:4 – “For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.”

What is the ruler as a “minister of God” to do to law-breakers?

D. The governments of men are under the sovereign control of God through Jesus Christ, the ruler and judge of Nations.

1. Dan. 4: 37 – “Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.”

What lesson does God teach proud Nebuchadnezzar?

2. Matthew 28:18 - “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.”

What is Jesus claiming here?

3. Ephesians 1:22 - “And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,”

a. What does Paul state about Jesus here?

b. Is this to be in the future only?

c. Does this include the governments of men?

d. Who are the beneficiaries of Christ’s kingly rule?

E. Men in government are responsible to God for the way they discharge their duties: the moral law of God should be the basis of civil law.

(II Chron. 19:6,7) And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment. Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.

1. For whom do rulers (judges) carry out their duty?

2. Does God have any part in legal decisions?

3. What characteristic is given as necessary for a good ruler?

4. What 3 reasons are given why God’s judgements (His Word) are to be the basis of civil law?

F. No particular form of government is set down exclusively by Scripture, but all civil authorities are summoned to recognize the authority of Christ as King.

1. Psalm 2:10-12 “Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.”

a. To whom are these verses directed?

b. What are they required to do?

c. What is the result of rejecting Christ’s rule?

2. Psalm 33:12 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.”

What is the key to blessing for a nation?

3. Psalm 132:12″If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore. ”

What is required of a ruler here?

G. A government cannot justly require of its citizens anything that is contrary to divine law or compromises the citizen’s prime loyalty to Christ.

1. Acts 4:13-20 “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, Saying, What shall we do to these men? for that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it. But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name. And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”

a. What had Peter and John been doing?

b. How did the Jewish government act?

c. How do Peter and John respond?

2. Acts 5: 17-29

“Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation, And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison. But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said, Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life. And when they heard that, they entered into the temple early in the morning, and taught. But the high priest came, and they that were with him, and called the council together, and all the senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought. But when the officers came, and found them not in the prison, they returned and told, Saying, The prison truly found we shut with all safety, and the keepers standing without before the doors: but when we had opened, we found no man within. Now when the high priest and the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these things, they doubted of them whereunto this would grow. Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people. Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned. And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them, Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us. Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.”

a. Why are the apostles imprisoned?

b. What does the angel of the Lord do for the apostles?

c. What does he tell the freed prisoners to do?

d. How does Peter defend himself before the council (Sanhedrin)?

3. Daniel 6:13 “Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day. “

a. What does Daniel refuse to do?

b. Why does he refuse to conform to this civil law?

c. Does he attempt actively to overthrow the government because of its sinful laws?

H. Even when a government is unwilling to recognize Christ and passes unjust laws, such a government is still under God and we must render submission to it in so long as we do not personally compromise our faith.

1. Matthew 22: 17-22 “Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s. When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.”

a. What is the context of what Jesus says here?

b. What does it mean to “render unto Caeser the things that are Caeser’s?”

2. I Peter 2:13,14 “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.”

a. What is required here?

b. What is the reason for this submission?

c. Are there any exceptions? ( Acts 5:29 – “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.”)

II. The Church and State Compared: TWO Spheres of Authority

CHURCH

Ordained by God for His glory.

Governed by Christ.

Subject to God’s law.

Elects its own leaders.

Deals with the spiritual welfare of all men under it’s rule.

Independent of State, but under Christ.

STATE

Ordained by God for His glory.

Governed by Christ.

Subject to God’s law.

Elects its own leaders.

Deals with the physical welfare of all men under its rule.

Independent of Church, but under Christ.

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Please note that this is a reblog of an earlier post at “For Christ’s Crown & Covenant” .

When receiving this lesson: I was part of a Bible study that had begun as a possible OPC church plant in my local community. When we found there was not enough local interest in the OPC, we continued the study under the leadership of Pastor Ray Morton of the Sparta (Illinois) Reformed Presbyterian Church (RPCNA). I do not know the author of the study, but I believe the principles presented are historically Christian and Biblically sound. If anyone has any additional information on this study or the author, please contact me. Thanks!

 

In Honor of Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation

By Angela Wittman

“Your Imperial Majesty and Your Lordships demand a simple answer. Here it is, plain and unvarnished. Unless I am convicted [convinced] of error by the testimony of Scripture or (since I put no trust in the unsupported authority of Pope or councils, since it is plain that they have often erred and often contradicted themselves) by manifest reasoning, I stand convicted [convinced] by the Scriptures to which I have appealed, and my conscience is taken captive by God’s word, I cannot and will not recant anything, for to act against our conscience is neither safe for us, nor open to us.

“On this I take my stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen.”
~ Martin Luther at the Diet of Worms, April 17, 1521.
(Source: Martin Luther: Excerpts from his account of the confrontation at the Diet of Worms)

Martin Luther’s nailing of the 95 Theses to the All Saints Church door at Wittenberg on October 31, 1517 has long been said to be the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.

In honor of the Reformation, I think it is imperative that we take some time to reflect upon and honor Martin Luther’s contribution to our Christian heritage.

Here is a brief biography and time line found at Protestant Reformation – Martin Luther facts:

Brief Biography

  • German Priest known as the Reformer
  • Biblical Scholar
  • Linguist
  • Son of a miner
  • Attended the University of Erfurt
  • Translated the Bible into the Vernacular German
  • Prolific writer
  • Works include commentaries, polemical and practical devotional works
  • Considered a heretic by the Catholic World

Life

  • born November 10, 1483 Eisleben Saxony
  • In 1506, Joined Monastic Order of St. Augustine
  • In 1507, ordained priest
  • From 1508-1546, taught at the University of Wittenberg
  • In 1512, received doctorate in Theology
  • 1511, began preaching sermons in monastery
  • 1514, became preacher of Parish church
  • 1515, became Vicar over 11 other houses
  • 1515-1516, personal discovery of the doctrine of justification by faith alone
  • October 31, 1517, Nailed the 95 theses to the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg
  • Died February 18, 1546

In the book A History of the Reformation in the 16th Century by Dr. C. Matthew McMahon we are told of the early years of Martin Luther as being rather harsh, but also as having parents who wanted their son educated and trained in godliness:

Martin Luther was born in 1483, the son of a poor woodcutter and miner. His parents (John and Margaret) named him Martin since he was born on November 10th, the eve of St. Martin’s Day. As soon as Martin was old enough, his parents desired to raise him up in the fear of the Lord and in the admonition of Christian virtue. This entailed beating him occasionally to the point of blood believing they were helping him, though later, we find this reflected in God as cruel and unloving to the cloister monk. His father had not been trained in school, and so desired this for his son, ultimately sending him off to become a lawyer.

At school Martin met with flogging as at home, but he also met with learning. He was taught the Catechism, the Creed, the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, hymns, and a Latin grammar. However, these did not help him to find the loving Christ, but seared the brand of a God of judgment upon his mind and heart. Since John Luther desired Martin to become a scholar, after his basic schooling he sent him to the Franciscan school at Magdeberg. He had to beg for his food, and sat timidly before his master-teachers each day for instruction. He was only fourteen years old.
(Source: History Of The Reformation Of The Sixteenth Century: Book 2, Chapter 1, Dr. C. Matthew McMahon)

While Martin Luther’s father wanted him to become a lawyer, Martin eventually left law school and entered the Augustinian Monastery in Erfurt to become a monk instead. One can certainly see the providential hand of God throughout this heroic man’s life.

Dr. McMahon goes on to write in chapter three:

As Luther entered the monastery there were adverse reactions from his friends and especially his father. His friends thought he was entering a “life” that was “partially dead” in its denial of so much, and that a genius such as Luther ought not to kill himself in this way so early on. His father was furious since he had spent so much hope on him having the schooling and making something of himself that he had not obtained in his own youth.

The monks received him with joy, but they put him to work in order to humble him. He was tried in many small things, and was cast under a sever apprenticeship of monkery. He would fast, beg for money and food with his order, read the Word for days on end, and began to learn the original languages while here. He continued to study Augustine, Biel and Peter d’Ailly. His food consisted mostly of herring and bread, and became one of the most dedicated and “pious monks” of Rome.

He was reminded by the monks to work righteously before God. But what righteous acts would his sinful heart offer up to God to be accepted? In response, he became dejected to the point that the other monks disliked his company. Luther’s “tender conscience” regarded the “slightest fault as a great sin.” The music of his friends sometimes pulled him slowly out of his depressed fits, but it was not enough to clear his conscience completely from the faults he saw looming over him and before the face of God.

We are told in chapter five that when Martin Luther was sent to the University of Wittenberg, “it ultimately was the breeding ground for the Reformation through Luther’s preaching, teaching and writing. And it eventually led to his nailing the Ninety-Five Theses to the church door and the subsequent confrontation with the Catholic Church over the sale of indulgences.
The story of Martin Luther’s conversion to Christ is fascinating and his boldness in confronting the error of his day can only be attributed to the Holy Spirit of God.
During this season of celebrating and remembering the Reformation, I pray you’ll be blessed by learning more about Martin Luther and the Mighty God he served.
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Originally published 10/30/2011

Words

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By Angela Wittman

Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. – Proverbs 16:24 (AKJV)

It appears the good Lord has been giving me some first hand experience with the power of Words, and it is a lesson I need to learn.

First of all, readers of my work need to know that I don’t use words thoughtlessly. I try to be succinct and effective with almost everything I write.  In fact, I tend to weigh my words so carefully that I will often lay my thoughts before the Lord and wait to write for weeks until I feel my emotions have been tempered and my perspective is more objectively in line with God’s Word.

However, my spoken words are often indiscriminate, ill-mannered, arrogant, hurtful, etc.; you name it – I’ve probably said it and for this I sincerely apologize.

Now having said this, let me please “speak” my mind on something many of us experience within the Church: judging others by one’s self. Since becoming a Christian 20 years ago, I’ve spent countless hours and tears before the good Lord with hurt feelings due to other believers misjudging my actions and spreading half-truths about my family, friends and me. When I served on our local government school board this was almost a daily occurrence; I spent hours on the telephone confiding to a dear, mature sister-in-Christ, whom the good Lord used to help disciple me. Here I was a new Christian taking a stand for Christ, chastity, and our Christian Heritage while many Christian leaders in the community just wanted me to stop drawing attention to what the government schools were teaching – Comprehensive Sex Ed., Outcomes Based Education, paganism, and a mad, unorganized mixture of phonics and whole language reading skills to primary students which left them in utter confusion each new school year. Looking back, I can count only a small number of faithful friends and hopefully, if you are reading this you know who you are and how much I love you to this day.

After my time spent on school board, which often felt like a prison sentence, in submission to my husband I chose not to run for another term. Some folks in the church felt I had let them down or lost courage; they didn’t and some still don’t understand that I was simply trusting the Lord by following His command to submit to my husband.  By the way, when I ran for the local county board, my husband thoroughly supported that and felt I would probably be more effective there than spinning my wheels on school board. However, losing an election in the Republican Primary, I then decided that I should focus more on campaigning for others than myself which eventually led me to join and help build the Constitution Party.

The endeavor to help build a state third party lasted about 3 years. Hence, once more I took a Biblical stand with others against prenatal child-killing and was misjudged by the Constitution Party leadership. Their spoken words were even nastier than the ones I received while on the local school board, as I and others were referred to as bigots and Nazis. So, yes, I was once more on my knees before the Lord in tears astonished at how hateful those who claim His Name could be.

Now, let’s fast forward a few years: I’m an active pro-life witness who takes time off from work to stand in front of local abortuaries. I expect the pro-aborts to slander and curse me, but lo and behold, who accuses me of being an adulteress? A local pro-life “celebrity.” Mind you, she did this by hanging out her head and shouting from a moving vehicle in front of the Hope Clinic in Granite City, Illinois. I was stunned. I hadn’t seen this woman in a couple of years. What on earth was her problem? Insanity or judging me by herself? I don’t know and probably never will. I remember calling a friend immediately afterward who was just as stunned and speechless as me. And, yes, I was hurt and sought comfort from the Lord and other pro-lifers who knew me well.

I’ve had more recent events of fellow believers misjudging me or saying hurtful words that simply aren’t true or don’t match up with my religious beliefs. So, while I won’t be specific in this blog post due to respect for others, I have laid it before the Lord and trust Him to do what is right. After all, has there ever been anyone more misjudged or slandered than our Lord?

In conclusion, I want to encourage those who read this to weigh their words carefully. Sometimes the truth hurts, but we need to deliver it in a way that does the least harm to our brethren. And while we might think we have an inside knowledge or intuition into another believer’s life, don’t misjudge that person by speaking ignorant words that pertain to your life experience. Instead pray for that person. If you are right in your judgment, the good Lord might reveal hard evidence to confirm your suspicion. Or He might reveal hard evidence that shows just how wrong is your opinion of that person.

May the good Lord gives us ears to hear and make us slow to speak. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.

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Revised 9.29.2014

A Birthday Tribute to Grandmother Lillian (Weaver) Somers

Reflecting on the heritage my grandmother Lillian left her descendants. I pray her memory is honored through sharing this bit of Somers family His-Story.

By Angela (Somers) Wittman

Lillian Mae Weaver Somers (20 yrs. old)

Lillian Mae Weaver Somers (20 yrs. old)

Tomorrow, September 24th, is my grandmother’s birthday. She was born in 1903 in Randolph County, Arkansas, to the lovely and spirited Maggie Lenoa and the athletic William Izear Weaver*. Lillian was their first child and I can only imagine how much this first fruit of her parents was loved and cherished by both.

Apparently Lillian inherited some of Maggie’s spiritedness and when she met my grandfather, William Henry Somers, a WWI Veteran who was quite handsome, dashing and approximately 10 years older than her, she fell head over heels in love and could not be dissuaded from marrying him.

The family story is that my grandparents requested permission from Maggie and William to be married. Their response was “Absolutely not!” Maggie and William probably thought this would end the couple’s relationship. But, instead of putting a damper on the young couple’s feelings, it appears they became stronger and the two hatched a plan to elope. Now mind you, grandmother was only 16 years of age and grandfather was probably 26 years old at the time of their elopement.

The story told by the family is that William Weaver was working on one of his roof’s (he was a farmer) with another family member and he happened to see two people running across a field. He made a remark to the effect that there were two fools running through the mud. Little did he know at the time that one of those “fools” was his beloved daughter and the other his future son-in-law.

After the elopement, the couple returned to the Weaver Farm in Arkansas to announce their marriage to Lillian’s parents. I suppose grandmother felt it would be better if she went in to speak to her parents first and grandfather anxiously waited outside in the wagon. Shortly after grandmother went in, my great-grandmother Maggie marched out to the wagon and said “Rascal! You might as well come on in.” Great-grandmother continued to call my grandfather “Rascal” as a family nickname until her death in 1957.

William Henry and Lillian Mae SomersLillian and Henry went on to have 12 children – two died in infancy, including their first child, a daughter named Cotna Lenoa. Growing up I remember hearing tales of Grandpa Somers running off the truancy officers and others he saw as a threat to his family’s best interests. He was quite the man who loved baseball and would often stop in the middle of a trip to watch a ballgame while his family patiently waited for the ending so they could resume their journey. He was a man who experienced much adversity in life and who I remember as having a sincere respect and love for his darling Lillian who was the descendant of a pioneer family.

JeffandAngie2008reducedLillian and William lived a full and long life together that truly inspires me as I reflect upon my marriage of 30+ years to a man whom I still find to be dashing and handsome.

Happy Birthday, dearest Grandma. You’ve truly passed on a legacy of courage, endurance and strength to your descendants.

Love, Angela

 

* Family story is William Izear Weaver was a very good baseball pitcher and was approached to play professional baseball, to which Maggie Lenoa replied “Unh uh!” At the time ball players weren’t as well compensated as today, and Maggie didn’t want her husband traveling so often and so far from home.

Are You A Fearless Believer?

By Angela Wittman

James RenwickJames Renwick – Martyred Covenanter

I can think of nothing more stirring than hearing accounts of those martyred for their faith. While there are those who scoff at the zeal of Christians willing to lay down their lives for Jesus Christ, history proves that those who have done so were full of the grace and joy of the Holy Spirit even until the very end.

These men and women who counted their lives not as dear as the Gospel impacted the world for Christ in a way that will never be forgotten.

J. C. McFeeters, author of “Sketches of the Covenanters” writes this about those who spill their blood for the Gospel of Jesus Christ:

“God has His own way of calling out His witnesses, and assigning service to them. The Church, as a whole, has invalidated and incapacitated herself for this responsibility, by weakness, declension, and compromise. God does not commit His testimony to the Church, while in such condition; nor to the faithful in the Church, whose voice and actions are weakened or neutralized by majorities. This important and hazardous task throughout the ages has not been committed to a Church, that is recreant at any point; nor to individuals, that are true at every point; but to a distinctive body of earnest, faithful, and fearless believers.”

As Christians we are to count the cost to follow Christ, and by the grace of God we will be willing to pay whatever it cost, including our lives. This willingness on our part is how the Gospel is spread, souls are saved, lives and cultures are changed and how we will find our truest worth as children of the Most High God.

My plea with Christians in America is to cast aside all restraint and be a bold witness for Jesus Christ. Use every opportunity given to tell others of the gift of eternal salvation found only in Christ Jesus. If you receive cursing for your blessing, rejoice that you are counted worthy to suffer for the name of Christ. If you receive persecution and suffering for your Christian witness, bless the LORD and remember these words written by the Apostle Peter found in Holy Scripture:

“Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.” (1 Peter 4:12-16 NKJV)

Amen.

(Originally published October, 2007 – Revised and updated September, 2014)

Reaping the Fruit of Feminism

Originally written and published April, 2005. In all truthfulness I can testify that my marriage is stronger and more fulfilling today in 2014 than it ever has been. May all glory go to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! – AW

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Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that he will also reap.

Gal. 6:7

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

Ephesians 5:22,23

Dear Friends,

This article is written mostly for my sisters in Christ who are struggling with the fruit of feminism. What is the fruit of feminism?

  • Discontentment
  • Broken marriages
  • Depression
  • The murder of preborn babies by abortion
  • Couples living together without marriage
  • Fornication and adultery
  • Homosexuality
  • Suicide
  • Neglected and abused children
  • Unemployment and loss of jobs for men

I firmly believe that we can trace these ills of society to feminism. Feminism is a radical transformation of our culture. Traditional families are to be destroyed, and as a result lives are lost through disease, suicide and abortion. Do you think I may be exaggerating a bit?

Here are some excerpts from the National Organization for Women:

“We are committed to a feminist ideology and reaffirm our historic commitment to gaining equality for women, assuring, safe, legal and accessible abortion and full reproductive freedom, combating racism, stopping violence against women, ending bigotry and discrimination based on sexual orientation and color, ethnicity, national origin, economic status, age, disability, size, childbearing capacity or choices, or parental or marital status.” (NOW 1998 Declaration of Sentiments)

“We are committed to seeing that full marriage and social equality are a reality for same-sex couples,” said NOW President Kim Gandy. “We are asking our allies not to cave to pressure created by the radical right. We will not compromise our values. We will not allow discrimination to be written into the Constitution.”(NOW Remains Dedicated to the Right to Marry for Same-Sex Couples)

In contrast, there is nothing more satisfying for a woman of God, than doing as He commands. Obedience to our husbands, while living moral lives brings peace and happiness to our homes. Obedience is not a “bad” word, nor is submission. When you obey the LORD and submit to His commands, you will find rest for your soul as you will reap a quiet heart. Part of obedience to the LORD is submission to the man God has placed in your life to lead you — your husband.

I recently came across an article written by R.C. Sproul, which beautifully expresses how we should look at submission to our husbands from a Biblical viewpoint:

“Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord (verse 22). This is a service and an act of worship that the woman gives to the Lord himself. It is the Lord’s will that the wife be submissive to her husband, and if she wants to honor Christ, then one of the concrete ways she does this is by being in submission to her husband. If a woman is contentious and refuses to follow the leadership of her husband, she is in rebellion, not simply against him, but also against Christ.

“Let me make a qualification here. Whenever we are called to obey anyone, be it a civil magistrate, a domestic leader or our church rulers, we are told in the whole context of Scripture that we must ultimately be submissive to God. So if there is ever a conflict between the law of God and the rule of a human being, not only may you disobey, you must disobey the human command.

“There is a teaching which has gone widely through evangelical Christianity which says that for a woman to be obedient to this passage, she must obey her husband no matter what he tells her to do. This is not true. For example, if her husband tells her to live a life of prostitution, she is to show her obedience to Christ by disobeying her husband’s wicked commands. That woman must disobey her husband, because her husband is commanding her to do something that God forbids. Similarly, if the husband forbids her to do something that God commands, she must disobey her husband. ” (Taken from Christian Submission Ephesians 5: 21 – 33, by R.C. Sproul, http://www.cbmw.org/resources/articles/christian_submission.php)

Please compare the above quoted wisdom from Dr. Sproul with a quote I found on the website Quotations About Feminism:

“The foolish and cruel notion that a wife is to obey her husband has sent more women to the grave than to the courts for a divorce.” ~Lemuel K. Washburn, Is The Bible Worth Reading And Other Essays, 1911

A rebellious attitude like that expressed above will only lead to rebellion, and the destruction of our society.

My prayer for Christian women is that they not fall for the propaganda coming out of the feminist movement. I remember as a young woman feeling awkward and intimidated, as I did not have any desire for a career. My heart’s desire was to be a wife and mother. I praise the LORD that I was able to stay home, raise my sons, bake cookies, help with their schoolwork and keep a clean house.

Last November, my husband brought to my attention that I had been slipping into a feminist state of mind. He reminded me of when I first became a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, I had tacked a note to our kitchen bulletin board which read:

Angie’s Priorities:

#1. God
#2. Husband
#3. Children
#4. Church
#5. Ministry

His complaint was that I had begun to place him at the bottom of the list, and he was right. My plea to Christian women is for you to keep your priorities in proper order; to love the LORD with all your hearts, respect your husbands, love your children and be content with what God has given you. Don’t buy into the lie of feminism, as our society is presently reaping it’s fruit. Submit yourselves to God’s clear teaching on your role as a Christian woman, and you will see righteousness taking root in your family which will then produce fruits of happiness and joy. Amen.

* 8.25.2014: Please note that the original links in this article written in 2005 are broken and will be updated when possible. Thank you, Angela

Just whose fault is it anyway?

By Angela Wittman

(Originally written in March of 2005 and still true today!)

…Nehemiah cared nothing for the applause of men and was totally unwilling to compromise the mission he had undertaken for God.
The paganism Nehemiah feared was not the paganism of the pagans; it was the paganism of his own people.
(Confronting Paganism, In the Presence of God by R.C. Sproul)

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Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.
Psalm 19:14

Dear Friends,

Nehemiah006Since becoming a Christian twelve years ago, I have been aware of a serious illness plaguing the Church. At first I did not know what to do about it or if I should even say anything, as I was such an ignorant new convert. Who was I to question the church leaders and/or their wives? You can imagine my feelings of intimidation, as they would recite Scripture from memory and sing hymns without even looking at their hymnals.

On the other hand, I could not recite the books of the Old or New Testament, much less entire passages of Scripture.

I remember thinking that there surely must be something wrong with me… Why could I not just settle down into a comfortable church pattern? Why wasn’t I satisfied with serving in the church nursery, the well-meaning women’s group or teaching other peoples children in Sunday school? Why was I concerned about the babies being murdered in their mother’s wombs instead? More importantly, why weren’t some of the other women concerned?

You can imagine my shock and dismay when I found out that some of the leading men and women at church were “pro-choice.” It never occurred to me as a new believer, that Christians could be anything other than pro-life.

What is this illness I perceive to be plaguing the church? Me-ology. We love our temporary comfort, reputations and lives more than we love Jesus Christ.

We have compromised the faith by our indifference to the clear commands of Scripture. We no longer seek to be obedient; we seek to be comfortable in the world.

Do we join the Psalmist in prayer for the meditation of our hearts to be acceptable in the Lord’s sight? Or do we spend our time thinking about the latest pleasure we can indulge in? Do we speak words that God finds acceptable or do we speak words the world finds acceptable?

We have left our First Love and as a consequence, we have compromised the Great Commission God has given to each of us:

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Matthew 28:19, 20 KJV)

180px-Amy_CarmichaelIn conclusion, let me leave you with these words Amy Carmichael, the faithful missionary to India wrote in regard to reaching the lost for Christ:

“How can the Heathen know that He is the Lord when God is not sanctified in these people called by His name? For sanctified they cannot be when the Word is held in such small account…”

May we, His Church, turn in true repentance to Him. Amen.