We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Women, Don’t Marry If You Can’t Submit

No woman, whatever her gifts, has a right even to contemplate marrying a given individual unless she is prepared to submit [to her husband as to the Lord].  It is a voluntary submission, it is the way in which Christ submitted and subordinated Himself.  She is to behave in the same way, and unless she is prepared to do so, unless she is convinced that she can submit herself to this man, she should not marry him.  If she enters into marriage with any other idea, it is against the will of God, and she is committing sin.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Life in the Spirit in Marriage, Home & Work: An Exposition of Ephesians 5:18-6:9, pg. 110


Anonymous said...

Likewise, a man is not to marry a woman unless he is prepared for self-sacrificial love, for life. The heavier responsibility is on the husband, to love, to lead, and not to lord it over or be a despot in the home. If he marries for any other reason, he is against the will of God, and is in sin.


Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Oh, I agree 100%. But in the passage being addressed, he's only speaking to the woman. He gets the man later.

I may be wrong, but I think it is much more difficult in today's culture for a woman to even consider submitting to her husband. That goes entirely against everything culture teaches. Yet here he says it doesn't matter what the culture says.