Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Elisabeth Elliot On Submission :

 "Supreme authority in both Church and home has been divinely vested in the male as 
the representative of Christ, who is the Head of the Church. It is in willing and glad 
submission rather than grudging capitulation that the woman in the Church (whether 
married or single) and the wife in the home find their fulfillment" ("Why I Oppose the 
Ordination of Women," Christianity Today 880 [1975]:14).

And ...

"The modern cult of personality makes submission a degrading thing. We are told we

cannot be `whole persons' if we submit. Obedience is thought of as restrictive and 
therefore bad. ` Freedom' is defined as the absence of restraint, quite the opposite from 
the scriptural principle embodied in Jesus' words, `If you continue in my words, then are 
ye my disciples, and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.' Freedom 
in God's view always lies on the far side of discipline, which means obedience.... To 
attempt to apply democratic ideals to the kingdom of God, which is clearly hierarchical,
can result only in a loss of power and ultimately in destruction. Christ Himself, the 
Servant and Son, accepted limitation and restriction. He subjected Himself. He learned 
obedience" (ibid., p.13).

~Elisabeth Elliot, wife of Jim Elliot- Missionary and Martyr.

1 comment:

Helen said...

I can think of nothing more beautiful, liberating and freedom enabling than submitting to a GODLY man, who lives and loves his wife according to Ephesians 5.... Unfortunately, not all women are so blessed...

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