First of all, it is not easy. In fact it is by far the hardest and most complicated cause, purpose and calling that I have in my life. I have lost a church home, a pastor and friends. My children have lost a church home, a pastor and friends. The cost has equated to being more than I even calculated, or even could have calculated in the very earliest moments of this ministry’s birth. But it is here. And this word is in the bible. It is only difficult to recognize because the answers are really so very simple. It’s not complicated, the cause is, but the word itself is not.
Lodging accusation (Genesis 3:12) does not earn one any honor from God. Submitting to make confession (Genesis 3:13) before God unarguably however does. Adam lodged the accusation, Eve submitted to make confession. God had regard for the confession of Eve and He proves it in Genesis 3:14 by immediately pronouncing punishment of the serpent based solely upon the words of the female: “The serpent beguiled me and I did eat.”
Now, unless God is now to be made a fool, it is a confession which is to be honored among all men as well. Further, judge me as an Eve please, I dare not otherwise be an Adam content to hang on to and put my confidence in making an arrogant accusation before and against God instead. I don’t in fact know any Christian who would be comfortable taking a like position as Adam. Would you? Then why exalt him over and above a confessed, garden Eve? But this is the model of authority that we submit to in the church?
As for who was created in the image of God, both the male and female were created to be in the full image of God. However, although the male and the female were created to be in the image of God, as human beings, they could never be perfect. This is the absolute reason why confession of sin before God is such a critical matter. Only God is perfect. Eve manifested in the flesh as an eventually fallen but also confessed and therefore proven righteous being, Adam on the other hand required God to make him to be in his image. That is, Adam had no inner regard for the confession and tragically failed to favor the righteousness of God in his life. Hence, Adam lodged the accusation only. In fact, a rebellious, un-confessed Adam’s change did not come in the garden but is only evident during the time of Seth’s birth -- that is, even after the birth of two sons, the death of Able and the banishment of Cain.
Why did Adam manifest earlier than Eve in the garden? Because God is the supplier of all of our needs and an unrighteous Adam had a need for God to teach him what he was responsible for doing in the garden (a righteous Eve would have no such need). Adam was given an assignment (and not exclusive authority) to name in the garden. The naming of the animals for Adam was an exercise, it was merely a drill. The actual test for Adam would not be in naming the animals but in obediently naming a female who even he realized was the more righteous (and therefore also having more authority). This is why the female did not receive a name from a jealous Adam until after the fall and after receiving the punishment of God. Eve was a “life-giver”, that is the meaning of her name. The man Adam had a name which meant only humiliation, a person of low degree and one who is a hypocrite. This was hardly a complement ladies, but what was and is God trying to tell us? Is there something wrong with this man Adam? Is there more to be discerned?
God gave Adam three things to obediently do in the garden and Adam failed miserably in every area. Adam was given the privilege by God to name his daughter. But at the hands of Adam, the female purposed by God to be an “Eve” merely became known as “Woman” instead. Adam received instruction, which was to be delivered to the female as well, that the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil could not be eaten. By the time Eve tells the serpent what she believes to be true in Genesis 3:3 we realize that Adam lied. A proven righteous Eve believes the tree is not to be either touched or eaten. She believed what she was told by Adam. It becomes even more ridiculous for Adam when we also consider, that Adam was under commandment by God to “dress” and “keep” the garden (Genesis 2:15). Well, how do you keep ripe and then dead, falling, and rotting fruit in the garden, if you can not even touch the fruit, to in the very least, remove it? Could God be so misleading, even confusing? Or did Adam simply lie?
These are just a few of the issues ladies, Eve proves to be far more righteous and Adam proves to be far more darker than we knew. Get “The Real Skinny on Eve” as soon as it is made available. Far more important to just making you feel better as a sister and daughter in Christ, this is about the Character and Righteousness of our Heavenly Father first and foremost. Is God to be made into a liar, has he now become a respecter of persons? Would a holy God reward the evil accusation and lies of Adam and turn a blind eye to a righteously confessed garden Eve?
What are we really willing to say about our God? Why should we, as His children, allow ourselves to be held responsible for thinking so little of His Righteousness?
Don’t be afraid to make the change. Empower yourself and get the facts. It doesn’t make you a disobedient Christian to be rightly informed, it is how you handle the information that makes the difference. All you need to do is learn how to ask the right questions and thereby obediently (and even respectfully) challenge the hypocrisy of the pulpit. For what is God but his Truth? And what are we if we fail to courageously and even earnestly walk in His truth?
This is not about causing division, I love the Church, but church itself can ultimately only be as good as it is honest to the word of God. Only God is God, church itself is not our God. We are to worship in spirit and in truth and it is to Him alone, that we owe the greater sacrifice. Get “The Real Skinny on Eve” and then please consider joining me in making it.