387. We will let another define “humility.” Andrew Murray defines it as “nothing but that simple consent of the creature to let God be all, in virtue of which it surrenders itself to His working alone.” Speaking of Christ, our example, he says: “His humility was simply the surrender of himself to God, to allow [God] to do to Him what He pleased, whatever men might say of him, or do to Him.”
388. Please notice thoughtfully a certain qualification in each of these definitions. In the first the creature “surrenders itself to GOD ALONE;” this is humility: in the second Christ does this, “whatever men around Him might say of Him, or do to Him.” Now I ask, is woman taught that it is “humility” for her to conduct herself after any such manner? Let us see. As to the first point, take, for instance, Dean Stanley’s teaching (paragraph 221): “The authority of the husband is enthroned visibly upon her [the wife’s] head in token that she belongs to the husband alone, and that she owes no allegiance to anyone besides, not even to the angels before the throne of God.” Now Mr. Murray’s definition as to humility speaks of GOD ALONE; Dean Stanley’s definition of a wife’s duty, as an allegiance to MAN ALONE. The first defines “humility;” the second defines “servility.” Since true humility excludes surrender to man (according to Mr. Murray), it is perfectly evident that exclusive allegiance to man would prevent a woman from exercising true humility.
390. A dispute for the throne has existed, between God and man, ever since in the Garden that ambition was fired in humanity to be “as God;” to be sure, it is a very foolish and impossible ambition on the part of man, which God, but for His long-suffering, might have ended long ago. Its culmination will be in the Lord’s return to “slay with the breath of His mouth” this “man of sin” who sets himself forth “as God,”¾2 Thessalonians 2:3-8. But this dispute is on, and what part in it shall women take, for at such a time the situation is both sensitive and critical? What will God wish His women to do? Dean Stanley answers in effect. “Let women show their humility, their willingness to take a lowly place; let them put on a veil to show they owe no allegiance but to MAN ALONE,¾not even to God’s own messengers, the angels before God’s throne.”
391. What madness for women to do this! And call it “humility!” What can be more arrogant, more bold and impudent, than to appear before one’s awful Monarch tricked out in such a manner as to demonstrate to His Majesty and all His Court, that one is in allegiance with His rival?