And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him. And he reared up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria.And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him. ( I Kings 16: 31-33)
It is unfortunately not that uncommon these days to hear Christian preachers, often decrying very real evils such as feminism, and the distortion of the male/female roles occurring in the church. But too often they respond to it by calling out Christian women whom they disagree with as being a “Jezebel”.
Of course there really was a person called Jezebel, and there truly are reasons why the name ‘Jezebel’ is a pretty accurate archetypal description of some women. Jesus himself refereed to a woman as “Jezebel” in one of his letters to the churches, in the book of Revelation;
Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.( Revelation 2: 20)
Calling a woman a ‘Jezebel’ is a pretty serious accusation though.
Jesus called one woman in the church of Thyatira a Jezebel. This woman wasn’t merely guilty of being a feminist, or of wearing loud clothes or of having a mouth full of gossip.
She was literally a false prophet, employing the doctrine of Balaam, getting the church to destroy itself by “prophetically ” teaching license to fornicate and to commit idolatry.
It is a serious thing to call any woman a Jezebel. The real Jezebel was an idolator, a sworn enemy of the only true God. She was a murderer, who didn’t fear God, she persecuted and opposed the Prophet Elijah, and other prophets had to be hidden from her or she would have killed them. Literally killed them.
I admit that there is a lot of gender confusion, and confusion of roles even in the church, as a result of the plague of feminism, one of the most destructive heresies of our day, Feminism, saturates our culture and outside of the church, the culture is at the very point of complete gender inversion.
It is unfortunate that too few in the church have insisted on maintaining the teaching of the roles assigned to male and female by the Creator, and re-inforced by Jesus and the Apostles. This is all of a piece of the lager cultural decline we are experiencing and against which, the true church is the final witness.
I do not think it right or healthy that there are women ministries such as Beth Moore and Joyce Myers, to which Christian men line up to receive their spiritual guidance from. This is a tragedy and a shameful denial of the revelation of the Divine order of the sexes, in a time where the world needs that witness desperately. Leadership in the church is and should be male, but women are desperately needed to help in the work.
But it would be a stretch to call Joyce Myers, Beth Moore or Kay Arthur a ‘Jezebel’. Have any of them killed anyone? Have they promoted other ‘gods’ as Jezebel did? Have they persecuted and killed true ministers of the LORD?
Or to put it into a New Testament context of who Jezebel is… Do they induce the church to go ahead and commit fornication? Do they justify compromise with open idolatry? This is what the woman Jesus called ‘Jezebel’ did.
Jesus and the Apostles didn’t go around flinging the title ‘Jezebel’ on Christian women lightly. there really are people in our society who fit the archetype, as I believe that the patterns revealed in scripture are applicable for all time and all of humanity.
But just getting irritated at a Christian sister, whom you happen to have disagreements with, even if they seem to be somewhat serious disagreements, doesn’t merit flinging a serious accusation such as ‘Jezebel’. Remember that the WORD of GOD commands us .”Thou Shalt not bear false witness….” .
I have a couple of friends in Scotland, who are serious, witnessing, publishing and film making Christians, earnestly striving to serve the LORD, who came under attack by a very popular preacher, Jacob Prasch who publicly rails at them as being “Ahab and Jezebel”.
I cringe every time I hear this, because this man seems to have no idea what a serious thing it is to call someone that. He is guilty of a serious sin every time he does so.
This couple are nothing like Jezebel and Ahab, they have given their lives to serve Jesus Christ, they produce gospel films at their own expense, to my knowledge they have never hurt anyone in or outside of the church, and they would vigorously resist the idea that a Christian can fornicate, or commit idolatry.
Simply because of a disagreement, They are called Jezebel and Ahab. In effect, they are maligned as murderers and idolaters, although they are worshipers of Jesus Christ. They are not perfect….but they are not Jezebel and Ahab either.
In the church, have seen a virtual mythology develop over the concept of calling people Jezebel and Ahab. It is a “christianized ” mythology, involving elaborate teachings about ‘the Jezebel spirit’ and ‘the Ahab spirit’ and ‘the spirit of Elijah’, and the constant ‘warfare’ among them. This has become an accepted aspect of the false spiritual warfare I once wrote about in my book, “Making War On The Saints”.
Many times I have observed that the men who fling such terms around have abysmal marriages, they lord it over their own wives, (I actually heard one preacher say to his wife in front of others, “SHUSH!!!YOU DONT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT WOMAN!) He was a big proponent of the “Jezebel/Ahab” myth, obviously.
Of course, those who deal this way, fancy themselves to be like…. (you guessed it)… Elijah.
The truth is, Jesus elevates women and the gospel has elevated them wherever it has gone. I do not believe in feminism, it is a cancer, killing every society that embraces it. But I do believe that Women are to be respected, treasured and honored by all who love our Lord Jesus. Remember, we were warned at the beginning, that God would put enmity between the Serpent and the Woman. Satan has a particularly vicious hatred for women.