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Marriage and Submission

Posted by Matt Postiff August 2, 2011 on Matt Postiff's Blog under Bible Texts 

I had a conversation with some church members on the subject of marriage counseling and how submission fits into the picture. One of the gentlemen said that in some marriage counseling, there is no mention of the idea of submission. Not surprising, I thought, given the lack of popularity of the concept these days.

Later it struck me: how in the world could someone avoid talking about submission in marriage? The Bible is full of texts that talk about it. Then, I realized this amazing fact: every major Bible passage on marriage talks about submission, particularly regarding the wife. Maybe I've missed some passages, but there seems to be a pattern here.

Consider: Ephesians 5:18-33, Colossians 3:18-19, Titus 2:4-5, and 1 Peter 3:1-7. Add to those 1 Corinthians 7, which is next door to 1 Corinthians 11:3.

In each passage, either the verb for submit (hupotasso) or the word for headship is present.

Note: this post is one-sided because it is dealing with a one-sided error.

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