Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Submission over and against Obedience?

Stormie Omartian has written a small piece encouraging men to be kind to their wives so that they will be able to submit more easily. Fair enough. However, in the midst of the article she makes the following statement:

Too often people confuse “submit” with “obey.” But they are not the same thing. The Bible gives commands about obeying other people only in regard to children and slaves, and in the context of the local church. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right” (Ephesians 6:1). "Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh” (Ephesians 6:5). “Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account” (Hebrews 13:17). Since a wife is neither her husband’s child nor his servant, and the local church isn’t part of a marriage, the word “obey” has no application to the relationship between a husband and a wife.

Are submission and obedience really all that different, and does the word obey have any application to the relationship between a husband and his wife?

Certainly the following passage should at least cause Stormie to slow down and reevaluate her premise:

ESV 1 Peter 3:6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening.

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