Genesis 3: 3, Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
1 Timothy 2: 14, And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
Many even in Christian communities no long see God’s Word as inerrant, infallible, or sufficient. This is the consequence of not basing our beliefs on God’s Holy Word but on culture and emotions. No longer discerning, many in the church accept almost any teaching that comes along as long as it is from a purported “Christian” teacher.
The kind of teaching I’m speaking of is especially dangerous when women are the focus of it. Scripture warns of weak women who are easily misled. We ought to take this warning seriously.
2 Timothy 3: 1-7, But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, slanderers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to a form of godliness although they have denied its power; avoid such people as these. 6 For among them are those who slip into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
The number of Christian women who flock to teachers like the late Rachel Held Evans, Aimee Byrd, Beth Moore, Sarah Young, Jen Wilkins, Rachel Hollis, and many others saddens and worries me. The teachings of these women are far more based on culture than God’s Word and much of what is taught is heretical. Teachers of women supposedly in the Reformed camp, such as Byrd and Jen Wilkins, easily get a pass from women who haven’t studied enough to be wisely discern truth from error, who are young in the faith, those who might have an unsound background (I was once one of these), and who have no one who cares enough about their souls to lead them. While each of us have a responsibility to study to show ourselves approved, those who ought to watch over our souls, from parents, to pastors, and husbands, also have a responsibility for the dearth of sound teaching in many women’s lives. There’s plenty of sound godly men and a wealth of older resources, as well as a few sound women, that God’s women ought to be being pointed to.
The church needs men who take God’s command to be the leaders of their home seriously and who are willing to take a hard look at the teachers their wives and daughters are reading and listening to. Failure to protect the spiritual health of their family will surely be judged.
1 John 4:1, Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
Older women are called to be reverent, sound in our behavior, and teach that which is good. Only when we are holy and know and live to honor our Lord can we be worthy teachers of our younger sisters. This ought to be the goal for every woman who is mature in the Lord. Just as with men who fail to lead their families wisely, older women who fail to take seriously the command to teach that which is good to their younger sisters and their daughters will also be held accountable by our Lord.
Titus 2: 3-5, 3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, 4 so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.
Sisters, there are so many who are deceived. Let us be examples of godliness to our sisters and to those outside of Christ. May our lives speak volumes of the beauty of our Lord.
Soli Deo Gloria!