Women’s suffrage and the destruction of truth
It’s been a little over a hundred years since the 19th amendment was ratified. When women were given the right to vote, a full-fledged war against manhood, womanhood, marriage, and family was ushered in, leading to the destruction of our homes, churches, and society.
“So it is no small matter that we keep in our places … The suffrage question is, I believe, of far more importance than most people think. No doubt it will be a turning point in the history of our country. …”~ May Selley
Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. ~Deuteronomy 4: 2
Does women’s suffrage bring God honor or dishonor?
Women’s suffrage was ushered in on May 21, 1919 when the House of Representatives passed what would become the 19th amendment giving women the vote. Two weeks later, the Senate passed it. On August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify it and the 19th amendment was adopted.
Was women’s suffrage a good decision? Was it God-honoring? After much study, I’ve come to the conclusion that women’s suffrage wasn’t God-honoring and has ushered in much evil. We will look into this in greater detail below.
What does Scripture say about a woman’s role?
Titus 2: 3-5, Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.
The Lord has made it clear throughout Scripture that men and women are called to completely unique and separate purposes and duties. For most of Christian history, this was accepted and affirmed by the church. With the advent of feminism and women’s suffrage, both intricately tied together, this immediately started changing. Most people, even within the church, now grow up hearing that there’s little differences in the practical roles of men and women.
Women, once called to prepare from their youth to be wives, mothers, and homemakers, are now encouraged by their churches and their families to pursue whatever goals they desire (follow your heart) but rarely are they encouraged to prepare for fulfilling the duties of the wife and mother–the very purpose that the Lord Himself created her for. The advent of women’s suffrage, heralded in by feminism, is the reason.
Genesis 2: 18
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”
1 Timothy 2: 11-15
Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.
1 Peter 3: 1-6
Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, 2 when they see your respectful and pure conduct. 3 Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— 4 but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. 5 For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, 6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening.
1 Peter 3: 7
Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.
1 Corinthians 11: 3
But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.
1 Timothy 2:12
I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet.
Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.
Ephesians 5: 22-33
22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. 25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
Creation order corrupted
The above verses, while not directly addressing women’s suffrage, do address women’s roles and thus speak to whether women should vote. The 19th amendment effectively attacked men’s God-given roles while masquerading as offering something good to women. Just as Satan asked Eve, “Did God really say?” those pushing women’s suffrage asked the exact same question. Both times, it was God’s creation order under attack.
Before women’s suffrage, men served as the head of their household just as the Lord intended. He was the provider, defender, leader, guide, and head of his wife and children. When he voted, he did so not just for himself but as the representative of his family. Women’s suffrage changed this. No longer was the man the effective head of his household. He no longer represented his family with his vote; he only represented himself.
Men are no longer taught by men to be a man. The role of husband and father now means little more than being a co-wage earner. The call to be the head of the family, to be prepared to protect, defend, provide for, guide, and teach their family is one rarely given to men today.
The notion of men making decisions for their wives is foreign to most people today. Even in the church, feminism–a co-actor in the war on men and an integral part of the women’s suffrage movement–has lead to a lowering of men’s status in the family, church, and society. Women are co-equal. Attacks on marriage come from without the church (egalitarianism) and from within the church (complementarianism). It’s so commonplace that few men even notice that they’ve been disenfranchised. This feminized home, church, and society is all they’ve ever known and, thus to them, it’s normal.
No longer a biblical worldview
Before feminism and women’s suffrage gained footholds, a woman’s place was considered to be in her home. This teaching, founded in Scripture, held sway in the books that were written, sermons that were preached, and through the rules of fathers and husbands. The belief that a man ought to make decisions for their families per his God-given role, is something few today would uphold because they do not believe it is biblical.
Ask yourself, what is taught in your church? Are women encouraged to pursue their dreams, go to college, and prepare for a career or are they taught that their glorious God-given roles of marriage and motherhood are what their young years ought to be spent in preparation for? If yours is like most churches, women are encouraged to pursue their dreams regardless of what the Lord has said. Feminism has so infiltrated our understanding of everything that it, and not Scripture, is the basis for most of our beliefs. Even when we believe we have a biblical worldview, few of us actually do.
The death of femininity
Femininity died at the altar of feminism and women’s suffrage was behind much of it. By supporting the 19th amendment, women were opening the way for their own disenfranchisement and for the devaluing of both women and children. Because of feminism and thus the 19th amendment, women are now encouraged to stand on their own, protect and defend themselves, provide for themselves, fight for themselves, and even to fight for their country.
Women are encouraged to spend their early years having fun, sleeping around, going to college, joining the armed forces, and a myriad other ways that in no way mirror Scripture’s plain teaching concerning a woman’s function. Women marry later and later. Often children are either not wanted or the amount is limited. Many children die by their own mother’s direct command, each and every one a casualty of feminism. Once married, the wife’s role often blends with the husband’s until neither has any distinct functions. Women are expected to bring home the bacon and men are expected to be Mr. Mom. Men have been lowered in the eyes of women and are now the patsy, the wimp, the failure and the punch line of many a joke while women are exalted as she who can do no wrong.
A woman’s natural God-given desire
Women were created with the desire to be protected and provided for. God did this on purpose; He created women as the weaker vessel (1 Peter 3: 7). She was created to be watched over, guided, protected, and defended. A woman’s role is one of submission both in the church and in the home–and then, as a natural outcome of this and where complementarianism (a reduction of biblical patriarchy and as such, no longer fully biblical) compromised–in society.
This desire to be protected and provided for is why women tend to vote more liberal and are often in favor of socialism. When the natural leader appointed for her either isn’t there or fails, good old Uncle Sam is called on by women to step into the role. When a woman is encouraged to pursue her dreams, enjoy sex without marriage, have babies without limit by men who are no longer there, and she turns to the government as her provider, what need does she have for a man? The destruction of God’s creation order is then complete.
Make no mistake about it, feminists knew what they were doing when they pushed for women’s suffrage.
No practical purpose
Under feminism and thus women’s suffrage, for many marriage no longer serves a practical purpose. Fornication is rampant even among many so-called believers. Women sleep around, get pregnant, and if she doesn’t kill her children (or, sadly, even if she does), she often ends up having more children sometimes by multiple men. Men are often let off scot-free. Whereas in the past, if a man got a woman pregnant without being married to her he would do the honorable thing and marry her, this is no longer expected. Some may but many simply disappear. Because there are few consequences for sleeping around, many men do so without a thought as to the babies that might be created or destroyed. Baby-daddy has entered our vernacular and government has assumed the role of provider.
The long road to here
How did we get to this point? Through voting. Or, more correctly, through women voting. In order for us to get to this point, it was absolutely necessary for women’s suffrage to come about. The feminists knew this and their goal was the long game; they wanted, and they got, what was just over the next horizon, and the next several after that. Whether the average person understood this or not, many took up the cause. Many in the church warned of the dangers of the 19th amendment but, by and large, their cries went unheard. That so many, even in the church, took no heed to the dangers ahead speaks volumes of their lack of biblical knowledge and exegetical abilities.
When women started voting, very often their vote cancelled out their husband’s vote as women, overall, tended to vote more liberally and, overall, men tended to vote more conservatively. This trend remains true today. By canceling out their husband’s votes, the votes that ended up mattering were those of singles. Young folks are often uninformed folks and, just like women, tend to vote more liberally. This pattern of voting led us to the place we find ourselves today.
What can be done?
The only solution to the destruction we find ourselves living in is a return to biblical patriarchy. God’s ways are not only best, they are the only ways that do not lead to destruction. Our foundations have been destroyed. Biblical knowledge is at an all-time low, rare is the church that doesn’t bend to feminism, women rebel against their God-given design, few women desire to serve their husband’s and children (preferring instead to serve a boss so she can pursue her dream, stand on her own two feet, prove her worthiness, or some other such nonsense), and few men even seem to understand the importance of the role that the Lord has called them to.
We cannot compromise Scripture
First, I’d ask you to research this yourself. Your best resource is, as always, Scripture. Then delve into what the men whom the Lord has greatly used have had to say about men’s and women’s roles. Pray for understanding and ask for the Spirit to be your guide. It’s far easier to see this issue through what we’ve been taught, what our pastor says, or through the lens of cultural influence than it is draw attention to ourselves by being the only one who is standing for what God said. Yet this is exactly what we must do. God’s Word is eternal. Nothing else is.
We claim that we believe in Sola Scriptura but we live as if we don’t. The Lord makes it very clear that if we love Him, we will obey Him. This means no bending of His Word, no explaining it away, no adjusting it for the times, and no compromise because we don’t want to accept it as it is written. What God has said, He meant. His moral law is forever and doesn’t change. God Himself is immutable. He commands holiness. He designed the roles of men and women and His order is perfect. It is also in direct conflict with the order of this fallen world.
Consider what we’ve lost
Women ruling is a sign of God’s judgement. It says so right in Isaiah.
Isaiah 3: 12, My people—infants are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, your guides mislead you
and they have swallowed up the course of your paths.
Read that again.
Scripture makes it clear that when women are in a position of leadership, it is not a sign of God’s blessing, it is a sign of God’s judgment. This should terrify us as women now rule in most homes, many churches, much of society, and are endlessly pushing for more. And most men just role over, play dead, and capitulate. Too many men seem to live in perpetual fear of upsetting women and because of this, they have willingly given up their God-given roles. The Lord cannot be pleased with this.
With the advent of women’s suffrage, we lost a well-ordered society and opened the floodgates to the destruction of all we once held dear. To recap, women’s suffrage has opened the pathway to women leaving their homes, ignoring their God-given responsibility to husbands and children, pursuing equality in the world with men, men being disenfranchised in the home as well as in the church and society, it being harder for men to make a living for his family, 62 million babies murdered in the womb, the sexual revolution, the gay movement (property called legalizing sodomy), the trans-movement (properly called rebelling against reality), progressivism, and now socialism. Not convinced? Who pushed for the women’s rights movement? Pushed for abortion? Who are the most liberal people in the United States? Who casts the most votes for liberals? Overwhelmingly the answer is women. And all of these things listed above and more are the result of our rebellion against God’s Holy Word.
It’s too late in one sense alone: a biblical worldview
It’s too late to prevent women’s suffrage but it’s not too late to fight against it by standing for truth, righteousness, and holiness. When Christians reject liberalism in the home, church, and society, and once again stand firmly on God’s Holy Word, when we cry out in repentance for our sins and the sins of our churches and our nation, when we start teaching our sons and daughters the truth of God’s created order, no matter who stands against us and even if we stand alone, perhaps the Lord will be pleased to open many hearts and minds to His truth. Perhaps one day, our sons and daughters or their sons and daughters will live in a world where a biblical worldview is, once again, biblical
Below is a collection of links, articles, and quotes considering the question of women’s suffrage
Women’s Rights Women (Christian)
Letter to A Congressman on Women’s Suffrage. (Princeton University)
Why Women Do Not Wish the Suffrage (Secular)
What did John Adams have to say about women’s suffrage
John Adams to James Sullivan
on women, the poor, and voting rights
May 26, 1776
[Adams explains why women, children, and the poor are excluded from the vote. — TGW]
It is certain in theory, that the only moral foundation of government is the consent of the people. But to what an extent shall we carry this principle? Shall we say, that every individual of the community, old and young, male and female, as well as rich and poor, must consent, expressly, to every act of legislation? No, you will say. This is impossible. How then does the right arise in the majority to govern the minority, against their will? Whence arises the right of the men to govern women, without their consent? Whence the right of the old to bind the young, without theirs?
But let us first suppose, that the whole community of every age, rank, sex, and condition, has a right to vote. This community, is assembled—a motion is made and carried by a majority of one voice. The minority will not agree to this. Whence arises the right of the majority to govern, and the obligation of the minority to obey? from necessity, you will say, because there can be no other rule. But why exclude women? You will say, because their delicacy renders them unfit for practice and experience, in the great business of life, and the hardy enterprises of war, as well as the arduous cares of state. Besides, their attention is so much engaged with the necessary nurture of their children, that nature has made them fittest for domestic cares. And children have not judgment or will of their own. True. But will not these reasons apply to others? Is it not equally true, that men in general in every society, who are wholly destitute of property, are also too little acquainted with public affairs to form a right judgment, and too dependent upon other men to have a will of their own? If this is a fact, if you give to every man, who has no property, a vote, will you not make a fine encouraging provision for corruption by your fundamental law? Such is the frailty of the human heart, that very few men, who have no property, have any judgment of their own. They talk and vote as they are directed by some man of property, who has attached their minds to his interest…
I should think that wisdom and policy would dictate in these times, to be very cautious of making alterations. Our people have never been very rigid in scrutinizing into the qualifications of voters, and I presume they will not now begin to be so. But I would not advise them to make any alteration in the laws, at present, respecting the qualifications of voters.
Your idea, that those laws, which affect the lives and personal liberty of all, or which inflict corporal punishment, affect those, who are not qualified to vote, as well as those who are, is just. But, so they do women, as well as men, children as well as adults. What reason should there be, for excluding a man of twenty years, Eleven months and twenty-seven days old, from a vote when you admit one, who is twenty one? The reason is, you must fix upon some period in life, when the understanding and will of men in general is fit to be trusted by the public. Will not the same reason justify the state in fixing upon some certain quantity of property, as a qualification.
The same reasoning, which will induce you to admit all men, who have no property, to vote, with those who have, for those laws, which affect the person will prove that you ought to admit women and children: for generally speaking, women and children, have as good judgment, and as independent minds as those men who are wholly destitute of property: these last being to all intents and purposes as much dependent upon others, who will please to feed, clothe, and employ them, as women are upon their husbands, or children on their parents…
Society can be governed only by general rules. Government cannot accommodate itself to every particular case, as it happens, nor to the circumstances of particular persons. It must establish general, comprehensive regulations for cases and persons. The only question is, which general rule, will accommodate most cases and most persons.
Depend upon it, sir, it is dangerous to open so fruitful a source of controversy and altercation, as would be opened by attempting to alter the qualifications of voters. There will be no end of it. New claims will arise. Women will demand a vote. Lads from 12 to 21 will think their rights not enough attended to, and every man, who has not a farthing, will demand an equal voice with any other in all acts of state. It tends to confound and destroy all distinctions, and prostrate all ranks, to one common level.
[From Philip B. Kurland and Ralph Lerner, ed., The Founders’ Constitution (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987),.]
Jesse Lee Peterson, pastor
“I think that one of the greatest mistakes America made was to allow women the opportunity to vote. We should have never turned that over to women. There are more women out there voting than men now . . . and these women are voting in the wrong people. They are voting in people who are evil, who agree with them, who are going to take us down this pathway of destruction.”
Ann Coulter, author, columnist on women’s suffrage: “If we took away women’s right to vote, we’d never have to worry about another Democrat president. It’s kind of a pipe dream, it’s a personal fantasy of mine, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. And it is a good way of making the point that women are voting so stupidly, at least single women. It also makes the point, it is kind of embarrassing, the Democratic Party ought to be hanging its head in shame, that it has so much difficulty getting men to vote for it. I mean, you do see it’s the party of women and ‘We’ll pay for health care and tuition and day care—and here, what else can we give you, soccer moms?’
Janis Lane, Mississippi Tea Party leader
“I’m really going to set you back here. Probably the biggest turn we ever made was when the women got the right to vote. Our country might have been better off if it was still just men voting. There is nothing worse than a bunch of mean, hateful women. They are diabolical in how than can skewer a person. I do not see that in men. The whole time I worked, I’d much rather have a male boss than a female boss. Double-minded, you never can trust them.”
John Derbyshire, British-American conservative author and columnist for the National Review, in an interview on the case against female suffrage with radio show host Alan Colmes:
Derbyshire: “Ah . . . I’m not putting forward a political program here . . . But among the hopes that I do not realistically nurse is the hope that female suffrage will be repealed. But I’ll say this—if it were to be, I wouldn’t lose a minute’s sleep.”
Colmes: “We’d be a better country if women didn’t vote?”
Derbyshire: “Probably. Don’t you think so?”
Colmes: “No, I do not think so whatsoever.”
Derbyshire: “Come on Alan. Come clean here [laughing].”
Colmes: “We would be a better country? John Derbyshire making the statement, we would be a better country if women did not vote.”
Derbyshire: “Yeah, probably.”
Voices from the past on women’s right and women’s suffrage
The Gospel Advocate
“Put women “into the rugged field of politics, voting, office holding, with their … worldly excitement, and you at once start human society, morality, and even Christianity on a downward grade. ….”
“When women enter politics and hold office, they necessarily become no longer fit for wives and mothers. …”
“‘A woman who spends the whole day at a desk, in the law courts, or in a house of assembly … is no longer a woman, she cannot be a wife, she cannot be a mother.’”
“Should Christian women vote under any circumstances? … No.”
“[E]vil would result from the after effects of woman suffrage. It is … the law of God … that the influence of woman must be exercised through man, and when she takes the reins in her own hands it works evil ….”
James A. Allen
“[E]vil would result from the after effects of woman’s suffrage. It is the law of nature, and the law of God, that the influence of woman must be exercised through man, and when she takes the reins in her own hands it works evil to both man and woman by lifting her out of the sphere in which she was placed by the Creator. … God has not created her to take the lead or to occupy the platform in politics or religion.”
“If I didn’t believe the Bible, I might accept this big perplexing question … as only another opportunity for woman to prove that no obstacle can stop her ….”
“When God created the world, he made a law to run it by …. To transgress this law is to be punished. God would not be supreme if we were allowed to add to and take from his original plan. …”
“So it is no small matter that we keep in our places … The suffrage question is, I believe, of far more importance than most people think. No doubt it will be a turning point in the history of our country. …”
[Citing the Titantic men putting “women and children first,] “Since [men] have proved by being put to the test that they will even give their lives for us, don’t you think we could trust them to make laws for us?”
May Selley, “Is Equal Suffrage Worth the Fight? No! Thinks a Business Girl,” Mar. 20, 1913
Fannie S. Scobey
“[W]e have an infallible guide as to whether women shall vote or not vote; and that unerring guide is the Bible. … I am pleading earnestly for woman to build a happy home for her husband, children, and herself. And guided by that wonderful Book, … she will … have a glorious success.”
“… I call upon every man, woman, boy, and girl to contend earnestly for such a woman as the Bible describes; a woman content to labor in the sphere assigned her by divine wisdom. … [T]he great Father knew what he created every being … for; and where he wanted them to remain during their existence in this world.”
Fannie S. Scobey, “Shall Women Vote?,” March 27, 1913
“Faithful, godly women … are in a large measure the guardian angels for the wellbeing of the family and for the general good of human society. But take women in a measure out of that sphere and put them into the rugged field of politics, voting, office holding, with their trains of trouble and worldly excitement, and you at once start human society, morality, and even Christianity on a downward grade. ….”
“Let woman remain in the station in which the wisdom of God placed her. In that sphere she can be a wonderful blessing to the whole human race; out of it she may prove a great drawback.”
“None of God’s divine arrangements for the good of humanity can be changed without bringing evil instead of good to all connected with the change.”
E.G. Sewell, “Questions About Billy Sunday and Woman Suffrage,” April 15, 1915
“But, in the face of all these warnings and commands of our loving Heavenly Father, that same crafty serpent has stolen into our nearest approach to Eden, the home, and is destroying the sacredness of the hearthstone and rendering happy homes fewer and fewer by telling woman that she is persecuted and downtrodden because she is not permitted to have equal rights with man ….”
“[I]nstead of resisting the devil and forcing him to flee from her, she has stopped to listen to his arguments and is being deceived, and, just as she did on that unhappy day just prior to her expulsion from Eden, she is using her influence over man, and again he is blindly yielding, and has already made woman suffrage a law, even though it is directly opposed to God’s law.”
“Women dressing in a fashion to shock … and their seeking to enter into the slime and filth of politics constitutes, ‘to my mind, the greatest danger threatening American civilization. … If women could only appreciate the power with which God has invested them and use it as he has directed, they could lift this old sin-cursed world back to God. Let us pray for the dawning of the day when our women will in truth become queens, reigning over the circle in which God has placed them. … Sisters, let politics alone, and dress as becometh the daughters of the Lord, ….” ~ F.W. Smith
“Should Christian women vote under any circumstances? … No. Christian women have their greatest power and influence in the God-ordained sphere for Christian women; and this is not in politics.” – H. Leo Boles, Ph.D., then President of Lipscomb College Aug. 16, 1928
“It women could vote and go no further, there might not be so much objection to it. … But it is not simply the privilege of casting the vote that woman is seeking, but she is seeking equal political rights. … When women enter politics and hold office, they necessarily become no longer fit for wives and mothers. …”
“It is true that some women object to the teaching of the word of God and are ready to reject it because it does not conform to their ideas. They object to man’s dominion over woman, as recorded in 1 Tim. 2:11-16; but if husbands love their wives as Christ loved the church, which they are taught to do, there is no weight in this objection. … So long as women are kept in their proper sphere and so long as men do the work that God has ordained for them to do, we may expect the human race to grow purer and better and happier. How much better it is to follow the wisdom of God than to follow the wisdom of men!”
“‘A woman who spends the whole day at a desk, in the law courts, or in a house of assembly, may be a most honorable and most useful individual, but she is no longer a woman, she cannot be a wife, she cannot be a mother. In the conditions of our society the emancipation of women is in its very nature the negation of marriage.’ The experience of the human race has demonstrated the wisdom of God in ordaining that man should be the head of the woman, as Christ is the head of the church.”
“The Bible is very much in the way of woman-suffrage leaders. In order to nullify the following scriptures and other similar passages, they repudiate the Bible: “Unto the woman he said, … and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.” (Gen. 3:16.) “Let a woman learn in quietness with all subjection. But I permit not a woman to teach, nor to have dominion over a man, but to be in quietness. … (1 Tim. 2: 11-15.).” – J.C. McQuiddy