- The Washington Times - Monday, May 10, 2004

The following are excerpts of a sermon given yesterday by the Rev. Earl W. Moore Jr. at the First Assembly of God Church in Silver Spring:

The most precious possessions we have are not things that can be bought or traded. Rather, they are those parts of life that are beyond price. I am sure the writer of Proverbs had something like this in mind when he wrote these words in Proverbs 31: “Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is worth more than precious rubies. Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. Her children will rise up and call her blessed.”

It is the biblical position that a wife is dependent upon her husband.

Genesis 3:16 sets the pattern for us: “Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”

It is imperative that the wife feels the security, the warmth and the acceptance of her husband’s affection as her leader.

I don’t care what books you have read, what articles you have read, what lectures you have listened to. This is God’s word.

Titus 2:5: “They are to be discreet, chaste keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”

And to the husbands, the apostle Paul said in Ephesians 5:25-33 “Husbands, love your wives even as Christ also loved the church and gave himself for it. … So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. … For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother and shall be joined unto his wife and they two shall be one flesh. … Nevertheless, let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.” …

And marriage is not a duality. It is a trinity. It is a man and a woman and God. Give your life to Christ. Receive him today.

The problem with two people in marriage is often a power struggle. She feels dominated by her husband; the man feels henpecked. But there is a common ground on which to meet.

Finally, a word about equality. It is a terrible burden for women to carry, and we are hearing a lot about equality. I’ll tell you that equality is not the question.

Women are neither inferior to men nor superior to men. They are simply a different creation.

Another pulse beats in their veins, another way of feeling, another thinking. God did not make women like men. Women are wonderfully good at being women, superior if you please at being feminine but poor in assuming man’s role.

That is important. God made my wife different than me. Thank God for that.

Ladies, ask yourself today: What did God create me for? What are the special gifts that are in my being? What is my role? The one thing God said in the beginning was, it is not good that man should be alone. And needing someone like himself to have fellowship with, God did not make another man. He made a woman. And he called her Eve, and she was special, from the hand of God. And when Adam saw her, he said she is bone of my bone, and flesh of my flesh. That is your role before God.

If you want my opinion, you do not look good in men’s clothing. Be what God needs you to be — a helpmeet, an inspiration to the world of God’s special creation.

You have a different pulse than man. You have a different thought life than men, a different heartbeat than man. You are very special, right out from the heartbeat of God. That is what he made you for. Take advantage of it.

When Esther went into her husband, Ahasuerus the king, she used her womanhood to save her people. She put the finest dress on, she fixed her hair as beautifully as it could be, she put on her perfume. …

Ladies, that is what you have been wanting. So do it God’s way — be a woman and win your man’s heart. Don’t try to rule him, win him, and our families will be strong, our homes will be havens of beauty and our children will rise up and call you blessed.

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