I do not Permit a Woman to Teach (2 of 2)

1 Timothy 2 12

(Continued from yesterday)

In terms of biblical history, God had consistently chosen men to be leaders. For instance, in the service of God in the OT, all priests are men. Can women say we are just as capable and want to be priests? No, because it wasn’t based on ability. To be a priest, you must be a descendent of Aaron. Even if you are a man of the tribe of Levi but not Aaron’s descendant, you don’t qualify.

In the NT, all the apostles Jesus chose were men. Some people say Jesus accommodated to the customs of His days, but did He really? Jesus was very much counter-culture. He was very gentle with sinners, but confronted the Scribes and Pharisees without giving an inch. Did He accommodate after praying the whole night to choose His apostles? Definitely not.

Throughout the OT and NT, all elders were men. Did God make a mistake? Hardly. I don’t know why some churches elect women elders. I don’t find that in the Bible. Could it be that it’s as some scholars say, that was only the local conditions at that time, but now times have changed and we got to catch up with the times. I don’t think so, because of the reasons Paul gave:

1 Tim 2:13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve.
• 1 Tim 2:14 And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner.

Paul did not refer to the situation in Ephesus then, but cited the order of creation. Adam was formed before Eve, so had priority and appointed to lead his family. That is not situational. Secondly, Adam was not deceived. When Eve got out of Adam’s umbrella of protection, she was deceived by the serpent. Since these roles were assigned by God at the beginning of creation, they do not change with the passage of time. We ignore them at our own peril.

However, women submitting to men, in particular to their husbands, does not mean that they are intrinsically inferior, for two reasons:

Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
• 1 Co 11:3 But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.

Male and female are all one in Christ. God made Man male and female from the beginning. They stand equal before God. And just as God the Father is the head of Christ but they are the same in essence, so man is the head of a woman but they are of the same essence.

In summary, not permitting a woman to preach is based on male leadership in the church. It is not situational. Some will disagree with this view, but it’s scriptural.

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