Women in Combat: Scripture’s View

What are some oft neglected parts of Scripture that pertain to women in combat? The mere fact that women are never put in combat should be all that’s needed. But today people wish to kick at the goads; typically a painful idea! Let’s see how God views women, perhaps our Creator might have something to say in Jeremiah 51:30:

The warriors of Babylon have ceased fighting; they remain in their strongholds; their strength has failed; they have become women; her dwellings are on fire; her bars are broken.

Also Nahum 3:13 Behold, your people are women in your midst! The gates of your land are opened wide to your enemies; Fire consumes your gate bars.

Jeremiah 50:37

A sword against her horses and against her chariots, and against all the foreign troops in her midst, that they may become women! A sword against all her treasures, that they may be plundered!

Either God is a male chauvinist for saying that women are weak, or perhaps we should stop thinking it is a good thing to put women in combat; try to make them ‘just as tough as men!’ We need to repent of this foolishness, and honor them for their beauty. God is doing that evil ‘stereotyping’ thing, categorizing them as scared and weak. Apparently God understands that men are typically strong and brave, especially when compared to women. But when men are compared to God…they are but weak, scared, little women.

God did not design women for this role, He did not intend for women to have that burden and responsibility. If our sovereign Creator would have wanted that, He would have made women the stronger sex, not the weaker. Hmmm…makes you wonder, who is wiser? God or man?

P.S. Combat roles include the Police Force, not just overseas….any armed capacity with lethal force as a possibility is unbecoming, not just the military.

If you would like to read more about women in combat please check out these books.

Deadly Consequences: How Cowards are Pushing Women in Combat

The Kinder, Gentler Military


About Daniel Mason

Daniel Mason is currently pursuing a Bachelors in Theology, and is founder and creator of Disciple's Perspective.

21 thoughts on “Women in Combat: Scripture’s View

    1. Have to agree that women do not belong “on the battlefield” any more than men belong giving birth to babies. We all want equality but to have equality without having any common sense, that just doesn’t make sense.

      Men don’t have periods; men don’t give birth. And they don’t experience half the things that women experience. And so, I believe they should be equal in having the ability and the right to serve our country, they should not be permitted to be up front on the battlefield in hand to hand combat.

      In other areas, as pilots, that’s different . In that case if a woman wanted to do that I can see her being able to do it. But there shouldn’t be a mandatory “draft” for women to go into battle.

      Just a little common sense here.

  1. Leaving aside the question of whether the situation in Babylon was intended as a general rule for all humanity in all ages, you might take a look at the changes in warfare in the past 2000+ years. There have been some:

    For one, hand-to-hand combat, in which an average man would defeat a average woman more than 80% of the time, is now a rarity. Death is dealt from long distance, through drones, shells, and bullets. There is no perceptible gender advantage in most modern warfare.

    On the other hand, every time a woman is killed in combat, that reduces her country’s potential population by 2 to 4 children, or more. Killing a man, not so much, especially if you consider (a) sperm banks, and (2) the biblical approval of polygamy.

    (That part about a man having to take on his brother’s widow as a wife is not qualified by an escape clause “…if he’s not otherwise married.” Solomon had, what, 600 wives?)

    Until about the 15th Century, Jewish men had the right to marry two women. That was part of the old law, not a jot or tittle of which was supposed to pass away, according to Jesus’s words.

    Okay, maybe we don’t need the extra population right now. But do I think women should join the Army? No, certainly not as combatants. Women’s brains are wired differently than men’s. Sure, someone may dredge up a study* allegedly showing they’re the same, but, fact is, women have a smaller cranial capacity than men and slower reflexes, on average.

    Women claim that a large part of that extra brain size in men is devoted to getting laid, and that may be true to a degree. But hunting behavior, whether of game or mates, is controlled by the same parts of the brain that handle primitive warfare tasks, so the extra capacity would, on average, tend to make men more dangerous, in addition to their larger body size. Evolution will guarantee it.

    The Biblical passages quoted are not accompanied by Commandments or Laws stating that women can’t be soldiers. They’re just based on the fact that (in those days), women were not the best soldiers, by observation, and that made a handy, if specious, put-down for their enemies, comparing them to women.

    There are many other behaviors and attitudes in the Bible that would be obviously foolish to emulate, but which are stated as Laws, e.g., the rules concerning owning slaves, etc., etc.

    * Studies have shown that, these days, the words, “studies have shown” are followed by falsehoods 85.22% of the time.

    1. Aaahh…and I am sure that you are aware also, that studies have shown that 94.37% of statistics are made up on the spot. Pretty nifty how that works huh?

      We must operate on the assumption that God is not arbitrary and does not change, not only is this a theological and philosophical necessity, but also is based on Scripture (Malachi 3:6). If God created men with a FAR greater capacity for war then women, we MUST conclude that this was not an accident. If you worship a God who accidentally does things, you might want to find a different one.

      With regards to laws and rules, you are correct that there is no explicit law or rule, but that does not negate the argument. I have said no such thing. What is being said, is that women in combat is foolish and unwise. Recall the great apostle Paul:
      β€œAll things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. β€œAll things are lawful,” but not all things build up. 1 Corinthians 10:23.

      It is not good or edifying for women to be in combat, it goes against an honest man’s morals that even wretched pagans can recognize. not to mention the cross dressing and neglecting of the home and children. When we look at the Scripture as a whole, it is virtually impossible for a woman to go into combat without sinning. More often then not, it is sin that has driven her there.

      The Biblical passages quoted are needed for so many people are just accepting women in combat, with out even looking at Scripture. The mere fact that so many churches uncritically accept this modern phenomenon is a grave concern about the state of our condition.

      Thank your for your input, I greatly appreciate it.

    1. My friend, thank you for taking the time to read and comment, I truly appreciate it. But I must ask,
      why do you assume that weak is a bad thing? Are you saying that women on a whole are just as strong as men? You are correct, women have a different job, did He in His wisdom not give gifts and abilities based on those different jobs?

      My friend, why do you say that God is not saying women are weak, for that is clearly the implication from the passages. It is not meant to be an insult to the women, but an insult to the men. It is shameful for a man to be like a woman, or a woman to be like a man.
      Peace and grace to you from our Lord

    2. Beverly made the comment that men and women have different jobs. I whole heartedly agree. We were made from man to be a help, not to take over. My job is to run the household; purchase land which means that I can handle the business end of things; raise the children and support my husband. Ecclesiastics explains daily life rather simply.
      I’ll have to look up a woman’s job and do a post on it.

  2. I completely agree. Regardless of whether we are weak or not, we were designed very purposefully to have roles in the world. Even aside from the Biblical elements, psychologically we are not as competent to take a life (look at the stats behind male and female serial killers for example). Plus, it is so sad that no one has considered the increased risk to these women. These countries do horrible things to their own wives!! Just imagine what they’ll do to “infidel” women

  3. I have fer some time been researching and putting a blog together tackling this very issue. I am with you both scripturally physically and mentally. And I say mentally because having a woman in combat affects the men in the unit. The man’s natural instinct is to protect the woman and in a combat mission that can negatively affect the mission. (I am a veteran so speak from experience not from a book) of all the women I’ve interviewed (including combat vets) I’d say 90 of them would agree with what you’ve written.

  4. First of all, thanks for the follow. This is an interesting subject for a blog. I like it. I don’t know what I feel about women in combat. You do remember Deborah from the Old Testament? However, I’ll have to go back and read whether she engaged in actual combat. May have been more of a strategist. Women certainly are not as PHYSICALLY strong as men and my gut instinct IS to agree with you. I will be checking back often.

    PS. I’m tending to agree with you about not posting as often and yet everything I read, no matter the source, says just the opposite. I’ve cut back as well. Not everything I think is post-worth. πŸ™‚

    God bless

    1. Thank you.

      And yes, I do recall Deborah. She was a prophetess, and she did not actually do anything like act as a strategist. She was a prophetess, and the only reason she went was because the guy was too much of a coward to go without her. And so because of it, he was punished with the shame of a woman killing the man for him, instead of him doing his job, the woman did it. No, Deborah went so that he would feel assured of victory. I am kinda tired so I hope my reply is making sense and not all redundant and dumb lol. Anyways my friend, thank you again for reading and commenting. It is indeed well worth checking out! There is so much confusion about it. Note even that she did not actually command the people, just gave instructions to, if I recall his name right, Barak. And even with all this, keep in mind that Deborah was a judgment on the men, for failing to be men! So this is never something that we should look at and say is good. It is always a shame to men for women to have to do their jobs for them. Problem is, we don’t really tend to see it that way anymore, because we think that men and women are interchangeable.
      Anyways, God bless!

  5. Thanks for following my blog. I like the theme of yours. I am the defender of a few women in my home. Their defense is a subject close to my heart. Keep it up.

  6. Well read the stories of Deborah and Jael. You are picking out scripture for your own gain and taking it the way you want. Deborah and Jael were just as strong as the men in the Bible and served the Lord. Women are just as strong as men. We all serve a purpose and I think women in combat are fine. I think it is sad that you all want to limit the abilities of women because of select scripture. God has a purpose for women in the military if He didn’t he wouldn’t have allowed it to pass. Remember He is all powerful and all mighty.

    1. Thank you Jessica, for standing up for the strength and CHOICE of women. I am truly astonished and dismayed by this use of scripture to put women “in their place”.

      1. If it is not God’s will for women to be in combat, who are you to say otherwise? Are you going to argue with God? Why do you hate women? Allowing women to ‘choose’ to cross dress is to despise womanhood. We do not get the ‘right’ to beat women up. Men do not have the ‘right’ to dress like women. We as Christians do not have a right to ‘choose’ to get drunk. This site is for Christians who desire to learn God’s will, found in His word. If you are not a Christian you do not have to submit, but your mere opinion means nothing here.

        With all respect,

      2. Is it important for a man to be, feel, and act like a man? Why is it then not important for a woman to be, feel, and act like a woman? Why does one seem more important than the other? The question then is, “what is a man and what is a woman?” As a Christian we must run to the Bible for answers.

  7. Yes. People tend to blur what they think about the roles of men and women and what God thinks. The culture has leaked its deceitful philosophy into the Christian’s worldview in multiple ways- this is one of them for sure. Very cool blog!

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