Is it a sin for wives to work?

2 Thessalonians 3:10 – For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.

From the very beginning, from Creation, in Genesis 1:28, God told Adam to subdue the earth and have dominion over it. That’s work. Dominion is the area of authority and responsibility God gave you and subdue means you’re going to be working hard and sweating. God made man to work.

Here’s a punch in the mouth verse. 1 Timothy 5:8 says, “If anyone does not provide for his relatives, especially members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” This is saying that a Christian man who doesn’t work is worse than a non-Christian.

If you are a man, you need to go to work. The Bible makes this very clear. 

However, this is not to say that it’s a sin for a woman to work. I’m not saying it’s a sin for women to generate revenue. The legendary Proverbs 31 woman has a world class business mind and turns a nice profit on real estate, for example. But it is a sin if she’s generating revenue because she has a lazy husband who is making her do both the job of mother and father because he’s a loser. If he’s not willing to work and they have this role reversal where she treats him like one of the kids while she goes out to work to take care of the family and leaves him home with a chore chart, that man is in sin. A good husband helps provide for the babies and doesn’t act like a baby. When you are a child, someone provides for everything for you. When you become a man, you provide for yourself. When you become a husband and father, you should provide for your wife and kid(s) as well. 

There are a lot of guys, especially young guys, trying to find a girl with a good job and low discernment. For a lot of single guys, that’s your end zone. You think “She’s got a good job and low discernment. I could move into her place and eat her food.” No! Get a job! I’ll tell you what women find really sexy. Not your abs, not your subs, it’s a guy with a job and a Bible. 

So, here’s what 1 Timothy 5:8 is saying. If you don’t take care of your family, you have denied the Christian faith. You have denied it. Because God made you to work to bless women and children starting with your house.

For more on biblical manhood and fatherhood, check out the sermon “More Fathers, Less Government”:

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