The great Apostle Paul had very little tolerance for foolishness in regards to spiritual business. He especially disdained foolish women with their nonstop yammering about things of which they were ignorant.
So often, Paul is portrayed as a misogynistic woman-hater because of his strong words toward some women. Note that I said “SOME” women. In my humble opinion, Paul was right on target in shutting them up.
I am much like Paul – only in the aspect that I don’t have much tolerance for foolishness in regards to spiritual matters. As a extreme left-brain dominant individual, I sometimes compare myself to the Jack Webb character in old Dragnet television series whose tagline was “Just the facts, ma’am.” You youngsters have no idea who I’m talking about but you folks who are in my age group understand the no-nonsense comparison. While I may not be very artistic or musically gifted, I can perform complex math problems which, at my age, impresses no one.
Paul was not a misogynist and the sixteenth chapter of Romans proves it as he heaps praise and encouragement upon a whole list of women who he considers his co-workers, his equals in the work for the Lord. These women were serious about the Lord’s business and, just as Paul, laser-focused on building the kingdom of Jesus Christ.
And then there were the Corinthian women… Yes, THOSE women. The women Paul told to SHUT UP! (1 Corinthians 14:34-35). For more details on my thoughts about Corinthian women you can read a post I wrote a while back entitled “Shut Up and Sit Down”
Let’s get real here, ladies. You and I both know that Paul was right on the money. The Church is full of Corinthian women. Those foolish, gossipy, back-biting women who love to engage in mindless chatter and worthless endeavors. And I love mindless chatter and small talk over a hot cup of coffee as well as the next one, but not when it comes to salvation and the Lord’s work.
What prompted my thoughts along this line was the advertisement for the new movie, “Fifty Shades Darker” which is the sequel to “Fifty Shades of Gray” that sent swarms of women flocking to movie theatres and bookstores. I was absolutely appalled at the number of women who post scriptures right and left on Facebook and Twitter, who identify themselves as Christian and who were giggling like schoolgirls as they spent their hard earned dollars on such an abomination. I especially noticed a group of women who attended a local church planning their trip to the theatre and asking if anyone wanted to join them.
Corinthian women. Smut movies on Saturday night and teaching Bible study on Sunday morning.
Oh, I can hear the demons of gossip and hate stirring up behind my back as I’m writing this because some of you reading are actually planning to go see “Fifty Shades Darker.” I can hear the words and name calling now, just as I heard them before. “Legalist,” “judgmental,” “fanatic.”
My good friend, Nancy (who is definitely NOT a Corinthian woman) pointed out to me that that sexual immorality was the only sin that God instructed us to flee from. Do you understand that? God told us to RUN from sexual sin. 1 Corinthians 6:18
We will all be judged on the choices we make. God has called me to be a watchman and to share His words, the words of encouragement and grace and the warning of the consequences of sin and the judgment to come. On that great day of judgment, so many Christians will be shocked to find that the one trip they made down the church aisle when they were twelve or the fact that they warmed a church pew for over twenty-five years did not secure their ticket to heaven.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!” Matthew 7:21-23
Sexual immorality will keep you out of heaven. Now, before you start the name calling, remember that I’m all about facts. These are not my words, but are from God’s Word, the Sword of the Spirit.
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind. Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners shall inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
So, as you make your plans for your weekend entertainment, choose wisely, my friends.
May God bless and keep you and if I don’t meet you again here, I hope to meet you over there!