That they may teach the young women to be ... keepers at home, ... that the word of God be not blasphemed.
Tit 2:4-5

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Why is this Important?

The number one reason this is important is because God says it's important.  Look at the end of Titus 2:5.  According to the scriptures there is one over riding reason why women should be keepers at home.  It is so that "the word of God be not blasphemed." 

There are two ways the word of God may be blasphemed.  When a Christian woman works outside the home the word of God may be blasphemed by unbelievers who see that she is not in her proper place.  They use her actions as an excuse for their own disobedience.  We all know the person who thinks they are a good person because they are not as bad as some one else.  This kind of person becomes hardened in their sin of unbelief because they can point to the woman who is in disobedience to the word of God and declare themselves comparatively righteous, thus they blaspheme the word of God by not submitting to it and believing it.

The second way the word of God is blasphemed is by the woman herself (husbands who are complicit in this are equally guilty).  When one refuses to obey God's clearly defined role for them in society, that is, when the Bible unequivocally tells us how to behave and we deny it, disregard it and violate it we blaspheme the  word of God.  To blaspheme means to speak against.  If someone approaches you and says doesn't the Bible say you need to be a keeper at home and you say that doesn't apply to me, you have spoken against God's word and by definition you have blasphemed it.  If if you say, without being asked, I think its fine for a woman to work outside the home, you have spoken against the scriptures and according to God's word you have blasphemed it.

I don't think any sincere Christian wants to be guilty of blaspheming the word of God.  But when Christian women enter the work force they, and the men who approve it, are guilty of blaspheming the word of God.

Christianity has reached this point because we have become intoxicated with the philosophy of the world rather than the word of God.  No teaching from the Bible, no passage and no person in the scriptures ever set forth the idea that women should work outside the home.  The belief that it is scriptural for women to work outside the home is entirely modern.  This modern philosophy is best described by the Apostle John who said,

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 1Jo 2:15-16

The plunge women have taken into the work force is brought on by our love of the world because of the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.  It is our modern love affair with acquiring wealth, making money and gaining material possessions which has driven this.

Elder James Taylor

 
 

10/1/2006

 

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