Men and women

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Men and women

by In Christ Alone

“Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.” – 1 Timothy 2:11-14

This text is probably the most inflammatory text you could read in contemporary culture. Those words that were spoken and written by the great Apostle Paul in the New Testament, they apply just as much to our lives today as they did thousands of years ago when he wrote them. Secularism and humanism invasion of the church is making us think like the world, but the word of God does not change with the times.

The issue here is the authority of God’s word. In Genesis, God was the One who assigned our tasks, assignments, functions and gave us all our roles. We did not choose them, God gave them to us. Paul nor Peter did not make them up, they both knew the word of God and they were declaring it just as they knew it. God inspired these words in the scripture.

Men and women are EQUAL as humans but entirely UNIQUE as creatures. They are not only distinct genders sexually but almost every aspect of their natures is different. There is no superiority or inferiority between men and women in the Christian faith. The only difference is that of their roles and functions. Just as the God the Father and God the Son are absolutely equal in essence within the Godhead in every way, but have different functions, so it is between men and women. Men are totally dependent upon women and women are totally dependent upon men.

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Posted on November 24, 2019, in Facebook and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. There are those who disagree with your interpretation, who nevertheless believe wholehearted in the truth of Scripture. The question isn’t whether the Bible is true or not, but whether everything Paul wrote to a specific church at a specific time is to be applied to all churches everywhere down through history.
    The early churches had problems with some women spreading heresies, including the myth that Eve was not the first sinner but the first “enlightened” one, having eaten of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Paul addressed this when he pointed out that eating the fruit was SIN.
    Paul also referred to women’s praying and prophesying in church (with heads covered, but I don’t see much of that today – is it sin for a woman to show up at church with her head uncovered?) In his letters he mentions numerous women who worked with him, or beside (not “under”) him.
    I know we could probably get into a long discussion for days or weeks, regarding Priscilla, Deborah, and Galatians 3:28, and women as the first ones to receive God’s most important messages (“You will give birth to the Messiah.” “I who speak to you am He.” and “He is not here, he is risen!”) but I am busy discovering my own role.
    Just so you know, I have no desire to be in authority over a man. I am merely saying, that sincere, intelligent Christians have more than one viewpoint on this, and it would behoove us to listen to one another. I am sometimes very surprised at the way God uses the most unlikely people to teach me. But then, Jesus had a way of turning the world’s expectation upside down, didn’t He?

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    • Perhaps, knowing some might be in disagreement with him, Paul even said God has chosen him to proclaim the truth, so don’t shoot the messenger (I Timothy 2:7). The verses (1 Timothy 2:11-14) are clearly evident that women are NOT to teach or have spiritual authority over men in the church context. The book of Acts tells of Priscilla & Acquilla who took Apollos (a church leader) aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. And so, it is unlikely every kind of teaching is forbidden. Paul here is forbidding women to teach where that teaching is an exercise of authority over men. And by quietness, I think Paul has in mind the kind of quietness that respects and honours the leadership of the men that God has called to oversee the church.

      So why does Paul gives this instruction? The reason being is that man was created first (verse 13). This verse alone speaks volume about God’s order for the church. Paul adds that the woman after being deceived became the transgressor (verse 14). Paul’s reason for this instruction in these verses clearly has nothing to do with culture, sexism or chauvinism.

      It’s true that the Bible says that there is neither male nor female (Gal. 3:28), but this chapter in Galatians is specifically referring to the context of Salvation. It means that before God, both man and woman stand on level ground, equally saved, equally heirs of the kingdom, equally clothed with Christ, and equally baptised into Christ. It is a dangerous thing to take the word of God out of context because in doing so, we can twist it to justify what the Bible calls sin, such as living a homosexual lifestyle if we say there is neither male nor female.

      As soon we learn to read the word of God for what it is without any strings attached; when we really surrender to God and ask, “what is the scripture really saying?” The Holy Spirit does his job of convicting us. When I read the scripture, I often ask myself these three questions:

      What does the Bible say to the original reader?
      What does the Bible mean by what it says?
      How can this apply to me today?

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    • When people disagree with something the Bible says they often claim that this teaching was only intended for a specific situation or culture and doesn’t apply today. But if it doesn’t apply to us, why did God allow it to be included in the Bible?

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      • I think taking into account the context of a passage goes a long way in explaining the so-called “contradictions” that skeptics and atheists love to point to. That’s why it’s so important to study Scripture in context. Otherwise people can quote a verse or two in isolation and prove pretty much anything they want. (“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved.” [Acts 16:31] – “The demons believe…” [James 2:19]) (No, I don’t believe demons are saved.) I have been studying the Bible for about five decades now and will continue to learn new things and no doubt have many questions until I meet the Lord face-to-face. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me.

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  2. You’re welcome. We will never stop learning. Charles Spurgeon said about the Bible that, “The Book has wrestled with me. The Book has smitten me. The Book has comforted me. The book has smiled on me. The book has frowned on me. The Book has clasped my hand. The Book has warmed my heart. The Book weeps with me and sings with me, it whispers to me, and it preaches to me; it maps out my way, and it holds up my goings. It is a young’s man best companion and it is still my morning and evening Chaplin…”

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