Wives Should Obey Their Husbands
ChristiaNet.com, a large Christian portal with eight million monthly page loads, recently asked, "Must a wife always obey her Christian husband?" President of ChristiaNet, Bill Cooper, stated, "The Bible commands a husband to love his wife as Christ loved the Church and the wife is to obey her husband."
Out of 4,600 Christians surveyed, 46% believed that a wife should always obey her Christian husband. Reasons cited were because, "The Bible said so." Many pollers cited 1 Peter 3:1 which states, "Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives." Others stated that a wife should obey because God has commanded it as in Ephesians 5:22-24, "Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord, For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body, Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing." The remaining survey takers in this category felt the fact that, "The husband is the head of the household" was reason enough.
A close forty-five percent disagreed with the statement and did not feel that a wife should "always obey her husband." Statements like, "A marriage is a partnership, both are equal and everything should be discussed" and "First, the wife must obey God" were made. Many in this category were afraid the husband would ask his wife to sin in some way, "What if he tells her to do something wrong?"
Only nine percent of those who took the survey were unsure about whether or not a wife should always obey her Christian husband. "Only if he really is a Christian and acting in accordance with God's word," was one pollers response. Another stated, "It depends on what the husband is asking his wife to do." Most however, said that the decision to obey or not would be up to the wife and that, "Each situation and circumstance would be different."
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