3 Reasons Why Strong Women Are Vital to the Church Read

Strong Women

There are three main reasons why strong women, as seen in the Bible, are essential to the Church, a Moody Bible Institute professor says.

In a recent post for DesiringGod.org, Paul Maxwell, who serves as a philosophy professor at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, seeks to dispel the misconception by some that women are meant to be “delicate and quiet.”

While it can be easy for Christians to “diagnose” the reason someone may be single, we are doing ourselves a disservice by categorizing women as needing to be quiet or weak, as “Strong women are as vital as strong men to God’s purpose in the church,” the professor and blogger writes.

According to Maxwell, there are three main reasons why strong women are vital to the Church: they expose evil men, rebuke good men, and raise believing men.

For the first reason, Maxwell points to the story of Jael from the book of Judges, who “drove a peg” into Sisera, an enemy of God’s people.

“Thank God Jael wasn’t meek and submissive and respectful toward this friend of her wayward husband. She wasn’t one to be trampled on. Strong women reject the requests of evil men,” Maxwell writes.

Maxwell then describes the Bible’s Abigail as a strong woman who has the ability to rebuke good men. In 1 Samuel, Abigail tells David what he needs to hear, and the two eventually marry.

Abigail made David a stronger, more godly person, and in that way all strong women have the ability to lead their partner closer to God.

Lastly, Maxwell details the important role the mother plays in raising children of God.

Although ideally a mother and a father would work together to raise faithful children, sometimes the mother needs to take the reigns and instill a sense of faith in her offspring.

“[…] in an age when fathers often fail to bestow the gift of faith to their children, the future often hangs on the strength of women to do that gospel work,” Maxwell writes.

The professor concludes his message by referencing 2 Corinthians 11:7, which describes a woman as the “glory of man.”

“[…] men have two choices: to find female strength captivatingly attractive, or to be insecure and intimidated. Real men love strong women, because God’s glory is beautiful,” the professor concludes.



5 thoughts on “3 Reasons Why Strong Women Are Vital to the Church Read

  1. Strong women doesn’t mean MEAN, ANGRY, & BITTER. Many women are confusing “strong” with hate & anger especially the MILLIONS of femi-nazi’s in America, and the modern church.


    • You are correct strong women doesn’t mean MEAN, ANGRY, & BITTER

      Proverbs 31:10-31New King James Version (NKJV)

      The Virtuous Wife
      10 Who[a] can find a virtuous[b] wife?
      For her worth is far above rubies.
      11 The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
      So he will have no lack of gain.
      12 She does him good and not evil
      All the days of her life.
      13 She seeks wool and flax,
      And willingly works with her hands.
      14 She is like the merchant ships,
      She brings her food from afar.
      15 She also rises while it is yet night,
      And provides food for her household,
      And a portion for her maidservants.
      16 She considers a field and buys it;
      From her profits she plants a vineyard.
      17 She girds herself with strength,
      And strengthens her arms.
      18 She perceives that her merchandise is good,
      And her lamp does not go out by night.
      19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
      And her hand holds the spindle.
      20 She extends her hand to the poor,
      Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
      21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
      For all her household is clothed with scarlet.
      22 She makes tapestry for herself;
      Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
      23 Her husband is known in the gates,
      When he sits among the elders of the land.
      24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
      And supplies sashes for the merchants.
      25 Strength and honor are her clothing;
      She shall rejoice in time to come.
      26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
      And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
      27 She watches over the ways of her household,
      And does not eat the bread of idleness.
      28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
      Her husband also, and he praises her:
      29 “Many daughters have done well,
      But you excel them all.”
      30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
      But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
      31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
      And let her own works praise her in the gates.

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  2. The modern American church doesn’t want to offend the feminists that give to the offering plate today, so often give feminist hatred that exists in America today a free pass. Yes, God wants both men and women to “be strong” Not prideful, angry, bitter, hateful, and resentful.


  3. Modern feminism is nothing more than “rebellion” against men, against motherhood (abortion) against anything feminine, loving, or kind actually nature, and against God. The modern American church doesn’t have the courage to say so.


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