Are women inferior to men?

Some teach that according to the Bible, women are inferior to men.  The Word of God does say, “Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives.”  (I Peter 3:1)

The first word in that verse is, “Likewise.”  Like what?  It is referring to the previous chapter.  I Peter 2 teaches submission to laws and rulers (vs. 13-14); servants to masters (vs. 18); Christians to Christ (vs.25).

The word translated “submission” is a military term that means “to place under rank.”  God has a place for everything; He has ordained various levels of authority.  He has ordained that the husband be the head of the home. (Eph. 5:21), and that, as he submits to Christ, his wife should submit to him.  Headship is not dictatorship, but the loving exercise of divine authority under the lordship of Jesus Christ.

Does this mean that the wife is inferior to her husband?  Absolutely not!  A private in the army may be superior to the Captain, but he still must salute and be in submission to him.  When a police officer stands in the street and holds up his hand for you to stop your car, you should submit to him.  This does not mean that he is superior to you.

Jesus was not inferior to God, but He submitted Himself to the Father.  He prayed before His crucifixion, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me:  nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.”  (Matthew 26:39)

When a women is referred to as “the weaker vessel” (I Peter 3:7), this does not mean she is less valuable, but, physically weaker than her husband.  Which is stronger, blue-denim or silk?  Which is more valuable?

I think women are superior to men in many areas…I know they are at being a women!

About Dr. Mike Harmon

Dr. Harmon began preaching at the age of 15 while living in southern California. He has conducted over 600 revivals and evangelistic campaigns nationwide, and has served as Senior Pastor at seven churches. Dr. Harmon has degrees from Central Baptist College, the University of Central Arkansas, and a Ph.D. From the Christian Bible College and Seminary. He has served as trustee for Southeastern Baptist College and Chairman of the trustees for the BMA Theological Seminary. He also served as Chaplain for the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the Arkansas State Police and the Arkansas State Senate. His many sermons and articles on Christian Apologetics are widely published. He is married to one wife of 43 years; has two sons, and seven grandchildren. He considers the simple pleasures of cooking, dining with family and friends, and liesurely rides on his Harley through the Texas Hill Country to be some of the most enjoyable blessings from the Lord.
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