God´s Position on Gender Equality Part1


 One of the world’s greatest civil rights disparities is in the realm of discrimination against women (Stephens 2010). The religious politics of gender worldwide has become one of the most important issues facing global humanity and it is likely to remain an issue of increasing relevance for the foreseeable future (Juschka 2001). From antiquity, the church has used tradition and inadequate hermeneutical approaches to place girls and women to subservient positions. It is time fresh and systematic biblical interpretations are sought to provide sound biblical analysis on the subject of gender equality. In this piece of writing, equality between men and women are discussed from the point of view of the Bible.

The Position of the Woman Before the Fall

It is read from the Bible that both man and woman were created in the image of God. This is evidenced in the scripture below;

“And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the heavens, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over all the creepers creeping on the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Gen 1:26-27).

It is implied from the above that before God created man, he had in mind both male and female. Because he said, “and let them”, which cannot refer to one man. He created man first, but both man and woman were to exercise authority over the rest of God´s creation. This means that the woman was to help the man to do so as recorded below;

“And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him” (Gen 2:18). “Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created” (Gen 5:2).

It is clearly understood that the word “Adam” in its original sense, referred to both sexes. Both man and woman were blessed of God and given the shared responsibility to be fruitful and multiply as they take dominion over creation.

The Origin of Gender Inequality in the Bible

Subordination of woman began after the fall of man. This is evidently stated as thus; “unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee” (Genesis 3:16 KJV)

According to the above scripture, the phrases “and thy desire shall be to thy husband” and “he shall rule over thee” suggest that before the fall, the man and the woman were equal and were dependent upon each other in decision makings and for mutual support. The means that the original idea of God creating both man and woman was for them to mutually support or rely on each other. It was sin that demoted the woman from the position of equality with the man to subordination. Gender inequality and subordination of women have continued throughout scriptures and ages till the present times. The next edition of our newsletter would discuss the Old Testament scriptures and gender equality


It is seen that the issue of gender inequality is not God´s original plan. It came about as a result of the fall of man. Women, like men, also have much to contribute to the work of the Ministry and the development of our world. We must live with each other with mutual respect and care for one another irrespective of our gender.


Lord God, we come to you with the attitude of humility. Grant us the right attitude to live in harmony as men, and women as we cherish and embrace both our uniqueness and similarities as your children. May we see each other as reflecting your essence, in Jesus’ name. Amen and Amen!


 Juschka, M. Darlene 2001. Feminism and the Study of Religion: A Reader. New York, Continuum.

 Stephens, Dean 2010. UN Report Documents the State of International Gender Equality. Accessed 29.01.2013 http://blogcritics.org/politics/article/un-report-documents-the-state-of/#ixzz1cRSutnhm.

Where art Thou? Part 3


The final part of our subject “where art thou?” is presented in this week´s edition of our Newsletter. In the previous two editions, sinner´s or backslider’s need to come out of their hideouts and seek forgiveness from the merciful God was detailed. This present one discusses being in a specific place that God wants believers to stay so as to be able to receive His blessings. God is Omniscient. He knows everything including our whereabouts (Psa 139), but He expects us to situate ourselves at where He tells us to be, in order to receive His promised blessings.

Where Art Thou?

As previously explained, “where” seeks to find answers about places. God would like to know if you are still in a place He wants you to be. Are you still in the family of Christ Jesus or out of it? Are you in business or out of the way of duty?.Adam and his wife had abandoned their call to duty and were hiding behind trees because of fear. Could God find you actively in business in places He expects you to be? Have you abandoned your family and left them in despair? Have you shirked your responsibility as a member of a society? Have you removed yourself from a place of safety into a place of obscurity? One needs to assess where s/he is, in the light of these questions, to determine his/her current position in Christ Jesus.

Where to Receive God´s Blessings

There are some deeds that displace believers from where they could receive the blessings of God. There are also some places God would not like believers to dwell. Some of such places or deeds include standing in the ways of sinners and sitting on the seat of the scornful (Psa 1:1-6). God says that His presence is at places where He records His name and that those places are where He blesses His people (Ex 20:24). Christians should not expect to receive God´s blessings when they dwell in accursed places. The most common places God blesses people are in the congregation of believers (Ex 40:30-35, 2Ch 5:1-14). The congregation of God´s people does not necessarily refer to physical temples because God is not confined in buildings. This is asserted by Holy Scriptures as recorded below:

“But Solomon built him an house. Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me?
saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest? Hath not my hand made all these things?” (Acts 7:47-50)

God has met many individuals in the temples, but His presence is wherever people are gathered in His name (Matt 18:20). In our relationship with God, He tells of specific places where He chooses
to meet with us. God tells Moses to meet with Him at a designated place in the book of Exodus. It is read that the Lord God informed Moses about where to stand so that as His glory passes by, He
would push him (Moses) into a cliff and cover him with His hand so that he doesn´t see His back (Ex 33:21-23).

In another instance, Elijah was told to go and stand upon a mountain before the Lord. When he obeyed the Lord´s orders and did as commanded, the Lord revealed Himself unto him in a
mysterious way (1Kgs 19:11-13).

Secret Place of the most High God

“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the almighty” (Psa 91:1KJV). The secret place is that location where the presence of God abides. As have been detailed above, the Lord mostly meets the church in temples or where they congregate, but when it comes to individual believers, the situation may be different. Believers need to be sensitive to the promptings of the Spirit of God to ascertain where His presence dwells.

People ought to discern the fellowship or church where they desire to worship. The place to sow seed offerings and many others such as the countries and cities to live in must be carefully discerned. If you need to run for cover, run into His presence and receive protection. Joseph and Mary were warned by God to take baby Jesus to Egypt and hide him there (Mat 2:13). God knows the best place to shield or protect His people.


Believers must always desire to be found within the reach of God so that His manifold blessings could be imparted unto us. The Omniscient and the Omnipresent God is ready to bless us but we
must locate ourselves in the places directed by Him.

Prayer: May the Lord always draw us closer into His presence, and may He always be our guide to direct us to the appropriate place to dwell. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen!