Why Your Husband is Not Your Priest According to Scripture

Having spent many years in complementarian and patriarchal circles, I often heard the teaching that “Husbands are to be prophets, priests, and kings in their homes”. I didn’t question it at the time, but I now find it to be completely unbiblical. What I want to do today, though, is zero in particularly on the concept that a husband is to be his wife’s priest (or his child’s priest, for that matter!), looking to the Scriptures to see why this simply is not so.

No Other Intercessor Required

The priests were called by God, in Old Testament times under the old covenant, to serve as intercessors between a holy God and sinful man. They were the ones who made the sacrifices on behalf of the people seeking atonement for their sins. They served as mediators between God and man, serving as the go-between and communicator who inquired of the Lord on the behalf of the people.

Everything changed, however, with the coming of Christ. The need for priests ceased, because Christ is forevermore our High Priest. Hebrews 4:14-16 says, “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Other passages which confirm this are Hebrews 6:19-20, 7:20-28, 10:11-18.

Jesus is our one and only High Priest, our eternal intercessor between us and the Father (Romans 8:34), and to claim otherwise is to go against the very gospel itself.

We are All Priests

Another change made by the New Covenant was that far from only specific people being qualified to be priests, all followers of the Lord are now priests. First Peter 2:9 says, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light”. Each and every follower of Christ is now a member of the “priesthood of believers”, requiring no earthly intercessor between themselves and God. Every believer is able to go before God on his or her own, inquiring of the Lord, seeking His will, repenting and confessing, accepting His atoning sacrifice, and more. Earthly mediators are not only unnecessary; it is a slap in the face of God to act as if they are.

The Problem with the Umbrella Model

There is a common teaching in complementarianism known as the umbrella model, which teaches that there is God at the top, and then man a little under God, and then woman under man. First Corinthians 11:3 (“But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.”) is used as the proof text for such a belief system. It falls short of proving such a stance, however, because to believe and practice such a model is in itself unBiblical and therefore unable to be backed up by Scripture.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Rebekah Hargraves