Ephesians 5:22-24 "Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing."
Have you ever thought about this? A church cannot be built with all men and it can't be built with all women. it takes families to build a church.
There are proper roles in the home. In (vs. 22) "Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord" we see the role of the wife. The wife is to submit to her husband. Webster's Dictionary defines submit as "to yield oneself to the authority or will of another." God also specifies to us that wives are to submit to their "own" husbands. We are not to submit to ourselves or to other men but to our own husband. And it's to be til death do we part.
God put a head over us wives as well. This is the man's role in the home. (vs. 23) "For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body." (Genesis 3:16) "...and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee." The pastor doesn't rule over the wife...the husband does. Pastors should never encourage a couple to divorce. In cases of abuse there is nothing wrong with separation but never divorce. The pastor should do all he can to try to help a couple in trouble in their marriage.
The question of our day in the home is the question of authority. We have women who are allowed (or due to sorry husbands who just won't) to be in authority in the home. We have women as business owners of major corporations. We have women running for president and other offices they have no business being involved in. This type of thing gives a woman a sense of independence and a lack of seeing a need to submit or depend on her husband. Because of this many homes are out of order in the roles that each one is in.
So we see how that God's order for the home is that the husband is to be the head of the home (or supposed to be) and the wife is to submit to the husband. Tomorrow's message that you'll see my notes from will deal with the children and their role in the home.
These are my notes taken from a message preached by Bro. Marion Atkinson at Faith Baptist Camp on August 9, 2007.