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Scriptures Against Attitudes of Superiority


Patriarchy is a pagan practice. It came when sin entered the world. Patriarchy is rooted in male dominance and power that excludes women. Paganism is defined by the Webster’s dictionary as the “spiritual beliefs and practices other than those of Christianity, especially those of ancient polytheistic (worship of multiple gods) religions”. The ancient Greeks and Romans were known to treat women as inferior. Women had no worth but to be slaves to men/husbands, sex objects, and baby makers.

Just because we find pagan practices in the Bible like patriarchy, polygamy, and many others, doesn’t mean God approved or that we should follow them. There are many “what not to do” in the Bible as much as the “what to do”. Jesus honored, valued, and included women. He had many married and single women as disciples and friends. He treated women with love, dignity, and respect.

Paul had many women part of the fivefold ministry as apostles, prophets, evangelists, teachers, and pastors. When we study the Hebrew and the Greek to know the proper translations regarding women and wives in the Bible (see my books “Let My Women Go” and “Before the Ring and Beyond”), we see God’s heart for His mighty daughters. We also see that equality was God’s plan from the beginning (see my blog “Equality is Biblical”, for all the scriptures on equality).

As an abuse and marriage counsellor, and as a daughter of the King, I feel a burden to expose the enemy’s lies and help women be set free from wrong mindsets, teachings, and interpretations. One in three women get physically abused by their intimate partner, how much more are emotionally abused and discriminated as inferior?

Many societies today still practice and teach patriarchy which is not righteous. Most Christian denominations believe in male superiority over women because of the prideful pagan mindsets that were taught and used to translate and interpret scripture.

When men are prideful, arrogant, narcissistic, and chauvinistic, it becomes easy to believe the pagan mindset that they have all the power and control. They therefore assume they have the right or entitlement to abuse (“punish”), control, and discriminate. Attitudes of superiority and abuse of any kind are learned behavior. These men were taught to believe “they have the last say”, “they are in charge”, “they are the boss”. Jesus who is love, never abused, controlled, demanded, or imposed.

God did not create one human to be inferior to another (by gender or race), whether they are married to them or not. Attitudes of superiority are the opposite of humility – opposite of God’s nature. Humility puts others as more important than ourselves.

Attitudes of superiority are based on assumptions that others are inferior.


Definition: an attitude of superiority towards members of the opposite sex


Definition: prejudice, discrimination, or preconceived judgment, or opinion against women.

Attitudes that foster stereotype of social roles based on sex.


Definition: an attitude of superiority manifested by an overbearing manner or in claims or



Definition: blatantly and disdainfully proud. Having or showing an attitude of superiority

and contempt for people or things perceived to be inferior.


Definition: haughty and disdainful. Disdainful is being full of or expressing contempt for

someone regarded as unworthy or inferior.

Even though we have all the following scriptures against attitudes of superiority, most men, husbands, and pastors, still believe they are superior to women, especially their wives.


Proverbs 11:2 - When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom

James 4:6 - Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the


1 Timothy 3:6 - He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with

conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil.

Philippians 2:3 - Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more

significant than yourselves

Proverbs 29:23 - One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain


Psalm 10:04 - In the pride of his face the wicked does no seek him; all his thoughts,

“there is no God”.

Galatians 6:3 - For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives


Psalm 59:12 - For the sin of their mouths, the words of their lips, let them be trapped

in their pride.

Proverbs 16:19 - It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor than to divide the spoil

with the proud

Romans 12:8 - I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he

ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to

the measure of faith that God has assigned.

Daniel 5:20 - But when his heart was lifted up and his spirit was hardened so that he

dealt proudly, he was brought down from his kingly throne, and his

glory was taken from him.

Proverb 25:27 - It is not good to eat much honey, nor is it glorious to seek one’s own


Isaiah 23:9 - The Lord of hosts has purposed it, to defile the pompous pride of all

glory, to dishonor all the honored of the earth.

Psalm 73:6 - Therefore pride is their necklace; violence covers them as a garment

Mark 7:20-23 - And he said: “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. for from

within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual

immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit,

sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things

come from within, and they defile a person”

Isaiah 2:12 - For the Lord of hosts has a day against all that is proud and lofty, against

all that is lifted up – and it shall be brought low

2 Chronicles 26:16 - But when he was strong, he grew up proud, to his destruction.

Proverbs 15:25 - The Lord tears down the house of the proud

Isaiah 16:6 - We have heart of the pride of Moab – how proud is he! – of his

arrogance, his pride, and his insolence; in his idle boasting he is not


Psalm 31:23 - The Lord preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts

in pride.

1 Peter 5:3 - Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by

your own good example (NLT)


2 Timothy 3:2 - For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant,

abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy.

Proverbs 16:5 - Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be

assured he will not go unpunished.

Proverbs 8:3 - The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way

of evil and perverted speech I hate

Proverbs 21:24 - “Scoffer” is the name of the arrogant, haughty man who acts with

arrogant pride.

(to scoff is to show contempt using scorn: to dislike, disrespect or mock by using acts or


1 Corinthians 13:4 - Love is patient and kind: love does not envy or boast; it is no arrogant.

Psalm 101:5 - Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly I will destroy. Whoever has a

haughty look and an arrogant heart I will not endure.

Isaiah 13:11 - I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; I will

put an end to the pomp of the arrogant and lay low the pompous pride of

the ruthless.


Proverbs 16:18 - Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall

Proverbs 18:12 - Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty, but humility comes before


Romans 12:16 - Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty but associate

with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.

Proverb 26:12 - Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for

a fool than for him.

Proverbs 21:4 - Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin

Psalm 138:6 - For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly, but the haughty he

knows from afar

Isaiah 2:11 - The haughty looks of man shall be brought low, and the lofty pride of

men shall be humbled, and the Lord alone will be exalted in that


Proverbs 6:16-17 - There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination

to him; haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent


· The Passion Translation TPT states it: 17-

putting others down while considering yourself superior

I pray that men and women purpose to know the Father’s heart and the truth regarding His daughters. Women, like men, were created to lead for God and in their home alongside their husbands. I don’t believe God even has the capability of creating anyone inferior, never mind endorsing such demonic attitudes.

Be free, in order to be Mighty for Jesus!

In freedom and might,

Jeannette Treen, BSW, MA

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