God created everything to have order. Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning…He also designed a covering; a covering for marriage and a covering for the church. What’s even more amazing, He designed authority for man.
This order and authority got switched around in the Garden of Eden when Satan tempted Eve. God had spoken to Adam, not Eve, not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil or you shall surely die (Genesis 2:17).
Adam disobeyed, his (help mate) wife, listened to Satan and Adam’s world became cursed.
Satan is not only the father of lies, he also likes confusion and getting things out of God’s divine order. He will do this in a marriage; in the home; on the job; in a church service; and in relationships. His goal is to cause division. He knows whatever he can divide, he can control and then destroy it. When Satan brings deception and confusion into a situation, he can create disorder which brings lawlessness and a loss of blessings and loss of spiritual authority.
The Apostle Paul wrote about this in 1 Corinthians 11:16 – But if anyone seems to be contentious, we have no such custom, nor do the churches of God.
The key to understanding this is found in 1 Corinthians 11, starting at verse 3: But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.
Paul is speaking to the Christians at Corinth about ordinances. These following verse are about our spiritual covering and authority.
Every Christian man is under the headship of Christ. When Christ walked on this earth as a man, He was under the authority of God. He said several times, “Not my will be done, but Thine will be done.” Under the headship of God, He provided, protected, and guided.
Christian men are to be the headship of the household, meaning, they are to follow under the authority of Christ.
When husbands complain that their wives aren’t submitting, they need to look at their actions; are they submitting to Christ, because if they are, they will treat their wives according to how Christ treats the church!
There is to be no unisex. Nowhere in the Bible do the husband and wife switch roles. A woman is under their husband’s covering for provision, protection, and guidance. That is God’s divine order.
In the Garden, Satan went straight to Eve and Eve listened to him, and then she went to Adam and told him to “eat” (Genesis 3:6)! When divine headship was broken, authority was lost, for a while.
God’s divine order does not change with time or culture. We don’t dismiss the parts of God’s Word that we don’t like.
This next section is concerning the church and why things have to be aligned in order to receive the blessing and favor of God. I realize some will not like this but these next scriptures have nothing to do with the time of history we live in or our culture.
1 Timothy 2:11-14 – Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. (Verse 12) And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be silent. Why? Because of verses 13 and 14. (Verse 13) For Adam was formed first, then Eve. (Verse 14) And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.
Now, before you start arguing in your mind with scripture, let me explain. You have to understand what covering and divine order is.
A woman cannot be the final authority in the church so she cannot be a pastor over men. Can she teach? Yes, because she is either under her husband whom is under Christ, or if she is single, she is under the covering of her pastor. The pastor gives the permission for her to teach with his covering.
The gifts of the Spirit are not gender based though. Women were used throughout the Bible, so if a woman has the gift of prophecy, that includes teaching. If a woman speaks in tongues in a service, she is under the covering of the pastor. That means she has protection and permission.
Now, let me cover another small area concerning the church.
Paul wrote to the church at Corinth because the women had taken their speaking out loud, to the level of disrupting the teaching. Not only can women disrupt if they don’t know about divine order or covering, but this can happen with men also.
Christ is the head of the church, then comes the pastor. He is the one that has the final authority of which direction the service will go. God will speak through that pastor because He has anointed him to preach the gospel. We as Christians look to our pastors for guidance from the Lord.
However, when someone voices their opinion in the midst of a service and says I believe the Lord wants us to so and so, that is clearly out of divine order. Since God has put that pastor in as the final authority, don’t you think God would tell the Head Pastor what direction to take instead of someone sitting in the congregation?
When things stay in alignment, you will see miracles, blessings and favor. This divine order is to be in every aspect of our lives. God doesn’t bless confusion and He’s not the author of it.