Wives – Keepers at Home or Blaspheming God’s Word

Now you can get jumping up and down mad about the title or you can read God’s Word for yourself. But no matter what be sure to read Why Do We Focus on the Exceptions? if you are busy making excuses for why your situation is different. But also notice that nothing says a woman cannot make money from her home, just that she should be working at home. Her focus should be glorifying the Lord through her home.

Titus 2:3-5
3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good,
4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children,
5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled
. ESV

Women often get caught up with the words “working at home” and “submissive” but we breeze right over the phrase “that the word of God may not be reviled.

Let’s see what that means.

Titus 2:5 “… that the word of God be not blasphemed.” KJV

Titus 2:5 “…so that no one will malign the word of God.” NIV

Titus 2:5 “… that the word of God may not be exposed to reproach (blasphemed or discredited).” AMP

Guess what the actual Greek word is?

‎blasphemeo

Not too hard for even a novice to figure out what that means, is it?

How do we blaspheme God’s Word?

2 Peter 2:2 And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. ESV

Several times in the Bible the word “blasphemo” has also been translated as “speak evil of”.

Titus 3:1-2
1 Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work,
2 to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.
ESV

When we ignore God’s Word we are speaking evil of it by not taking it seriously. We also cause others to speak evil of God’s Word because they see us as hypocrites. Christians tell unbelievers they should obey God but yet we don’t do the same, we pick and choose what we want to obey.

A similar verse to Titus 2:5 is 1 Timothy 5:14 So I would have younger widows marry, bear children, manage their households, and give the adversary no occasion for slander. ESV

Notice both verses (Titus 2:5; 1 Timothy 5:14) include caring for children and working at home as the prerequisite to women not blaspheming or slandering God’s Word.

You think that it just might be important ?



For further study read:

Women Against Public Blasphemy from The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womenhood

Jennie Chancey Responds to Titus 2 Cynics



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2 thoughts on “Wives – Keepers at Home or Blaspheming God’s Word

  1. This is one that I really struggle with. I agree wholeheartedly with this article, but my problem is that my husband has mandated that I work outside the home (I can’t make as much at home). because he wants my income. I do understand from 1 Peter 3 that a wife must obey her husband, even if he is not walking in obedience to Christ, but I can’t be an effective mother and homemaker when I’m away from home all day.
    Please don’t tell me to have a talk with my husband, as we’ve already had many shouting matches over this topic and he becomes even more adamant.
    How does a woman walk this thin line between obeying her husband on one hand and obeying God on the other?

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    Berean Wife Reply:

    Anonymous,

    While the verses in Titus 2:3-5 and 1 Timothy 5:14 both say “working at home” and “manage their households” in order to not revile God’s Word or cause slander, it does not give an exact method for fulfilling this responsibility. Obviously you feel that it means you should be at home working and not holding down an outside job. Yet your husband doesn’t agree.

    So is your husband a believer? If so then you can appeal to him that as a Christian you shoulldn’t be placed in a position to go against God’s Word and your convictions. Based on the following verses:

    Romans 14:5 One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.

    Romans 14:23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.

    Reading the whole of Romans 14 will help understand the context better.

    If your husband is not a believer or else just chooses to be disobedient to God’s Word by causing you to go against your convictions and your understanding of God’s Word then you can only make the best of a bad situation. Never should a wife be obedient to her husband against direct commands of God. Thus a husband that wants his wife to kill should be disobeyed without a doubt. But since the instruction in God’s Word does not say ‘A wife may never hold a job outside the home’, you will have to seek to fulfill God’s instructions of managing your home as best you can while still being submissive.

    You still have the most powerful appeal available “prayer to the Lord”. Devote much time in prayer to the Lord for wisdom for yourself and for a change of heart and wisdom for your husband. The Lord can work in mysterious ways.

    You can also work hard to show how being at home is actually more productive, money saving and actually better for your husband than your salary. There are many studies that show a mom at home actually saves more money than the income that most women earn. By the time you add in meals out, childcare, taxes, increased tax rate for the family, clothing, gas, and everything else tangible, there is very little real income. Then you can add back in the money savings from home cooked meals, cooking from scratch, less out-sourced work, healthier children, and one of the greatest advantages a more peaceful home.

    Look at this website for an example:

    Second Income?

    It will be a starting point for seeing how much a second income really adds.

    Then you can take what time you do have at home to show how much money you can save by having more time at home.

    Most the most important is to pray for wisdom from the Lord.

    Berean Wife

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