More and more people are discovering my book The King’s Woman through word of mouth. I have hardly advertised it and yet it is wonderful to here positive and encouraging responses from readers. Below is an excerpt from this book and if you want to read more you can place your order at simsonmedia.com
Enjoy reading this snippet from Chapter 21.
“If Jesus is the King, why do we need leaders?
The Kingdom of God provides ample space for women to be freed from sin and become and be all that God wants them to be. In the Kingdom, even stones could cry out if humans remained silent. How much more does God desire for his precious daughters to rise up, fly, speak, minister, prophesy, plant churches, drive out demons and do all he commanded them to do. The Kingdom of God is not an order-free zone, an anarchy like Israel in the days of Judges, without any human king, while stubbornly rejecting God as their King. In the Kingdom of God, God rules. It is the domain of his uncontested rule. And one of these rules in the Kingdom is, “Wives, submit to your husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything” (Eph 5:22-24). The act of submission of a wife to her husband is very crucial to the Church, since a submitted wife is the only model that God has on earth to demonstrate on a personal level how the ekklesia, on a more corporate level, submits to Christ. Satan, who rebelled against God, is still out there attacking all wives that lend him their ears. He contaminates them with his demonic cry for equality. His biggest lie is, “You are as much the head as your husband. You don’t need to submit; you rule, you lead, you govern, you guide and you control. Don’t submit, and please do not model submission!” He knows that this would put the entire religious church at the risk of waking up to the truth and order of God and slipping out of his fingers! Remember, women are his direct threat and enemy. Satan doesn’t want her to align to the order of God. If she does, his rule will come to an abrupt end.
Jesus submitted to God before he even became a human being. This kind of submission required absolute obedience and total sacrifice. “Your Kingdom come (not mine), your will (mot mine) be done on earth as in heaven” (Mt 6:10), he prayed. What blueprint of submission do we need to copy here on earth from heaven if not his submission of absolute obedience and total sacrifice? If Jesus is the King and rules over all of us, why bother about who leads whom? He will create just the exact place and space for all of us, men and women alike, to function properly under his headship. The whole concept of leadership, with which the religious church is so obsessed, is only created because Christ is effectively de-throned as King and therefore not the undisputed leader of his ekklesia. The New Testament does not even provide us with the concept of human leaders, male or female, in the ekklesia, or worse, with a pyramidal hierarchy of “leadership levels.” The Greek word hegemon used in Heb 13:7,17,24 and often translated “leader” is far better translated “the one who stands up first”, similar to presbyter (which means elder) or episkopos (which means bishop), and not “leader”, which suggest a hierarchy: those that are led are under the directives of the ones leading them. The term hegemon even appears in Lk 22:26 in the meaning of servant. If Jesus is not our leader, his leadership, of course, is desperately missed. This vacuum has been taken over by human leaders, who now endlessly discuss if men should lead women, if women should lead men and who should ordain whom. In the absence of Jesus and his Kingship, religious people of all times look up to something else to lead them all, their founder, their superstructure, their denomination, their leadership group, and discuss with enormous effort how such a self-imposed superstructure should look like.
In the Kingdom, such disputes are futile, because the case is settled. If Jesus Christ is our King, then all of his people are his subjects and do as they are told; end of discussion. Submission is our natural human response to his Kingship. If we do not understand this, we have not understood the Kingdom at all. And that means we cannot be hidden in his Kingdom, whether we are men or women. This is probably the biggest reason why so many self-declared leaders and preachers feel they have to parade their status and promote themselves and push their ministry with everything they have got. Nothing is more alien to the Kingdom than such a behavior.
If we accept through our submission and practical obedience the fact that Jesus is our King and therefore our hiding place, all our desire to prove ourselves, to show the world what we’ve got, all that flexing of our spiritual muscles, all that selling and marketing of ourselves, implodes and becomes futile. Because there is so much a better way – the Kingdom way.”