Think you already know your stuff when it comes to submission? Take a look at some beliefs girls tend to have about the subject. Read the following phrases, and choose either “T” for biblically true or “F” for biblically false.
T/F: God commands all believers to submit, not just women.
T/F: True submission to authority means doing as you’re told, no matter what, no questions asked.
T/F: God needs us to submit to Him.
T/F: Submission is designed to oppress women because they are not equal to men.
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How do you think you did? Let’s take a look at these one at a time . . .
God commands all believers to submit, not just women.
TRUE. Did you know that the number one myth about submission is that it only applies to women? Not true! God calls all believers, both men and women, to submit (James 4:7).
True submission to authority means doing as you’re told, no matter what, no questions asked.
FALSE. Jesus shows us a great example of what submission looks like. He submitted fully, but made His opinions known in an appropriate way.
God needs us to submit to Him.
FALSE. God doesn’t ask us to submit because He needs us to. In fact, He can work His plan with or without us (Acts 17:24–25). Instead, His call to submit and trust that He knows what He is doing is for our benefit. He understands that we tend to make life so hard because of sin. If we follow Him, He can give us a life more incredible than anything we could ever ask or think (Eph. 3:20). God doesn’t just want us to follow a list of rules, He wants to give us an abundant life through following His plan.
Submission is designed to oppress women because they are not equal to men.
FALSE. Let me say that again . . . FALSE. The Bible is clear that both men and women are of equal importance and worth to God. Submission is designed for an incredible purpose where the genders work together, not fight for importance (See Gen. 1:27–28).