And take…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17
Volume 14, Number
In this issue:
Jesus repeatedly accused the Scribes and Pharisees of hypocrisy (Matt. 23:1-36; Mark 12:37b-40; Luke 20:45-47; cf. John 13:4-5, 12-17). The Greek word hupokrisis refers to a pretentious play-actor, i.e., one who attempts to create a public impression that is at odds with their real purpose and motivation. The Scribes and Pharisees are denounced for their spirit of prideful prerogative, as evidenced by their religious garb (phylacteries, tassels) and their religious titles (Rabbi, Father, Leader). They debased the work of service (forgetting the definition of true greatness), of instruction (refusing the truth themselves and shutting off kingdom access for others), and of benevolence (robbing widow’s houses and offering pretentious prayers). They despoiled their personal integrity (affirming that an oath by the temple or the altar is worthless, while an oath by the gold of the temple or the offering on the altar is obligatory). They degraded the concept of obedience (straining the gnat, but swallowing the camel; paying tithes of the smallest garden herbs [which they should have done], while neglecting the weightier matters of the law [which they should not have done]). They were deceitful and duplicitous (focusing exclusively on outward appearance rather than inward reality, forgetting that God sees and judges both). They were self-deluded (saying, if we had lived in older days, we would not have persecuted the prophets; when in reality they would commit the crime of the ages, by crucifying the very Son of God).
your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak;
but they are to be submissive, as the law also says”
desire therefore that the men pray everywhere. . .Let women learn in silence
with all submission. And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have
authority over a man, but to be in silence. For Adam was formed first, then
Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into
The clarity of the Bible is unambiguous regarding God’s will. The role for man primarily involves “headship” while the role of woman involves “submission” (compare Ephesians 5:22-33). This is not a matter of one’s personal opinion, but rather simply a matter of what is written. The question is: “Are you ready to accept the role that God has written for you?” Obviously, the above passages forbid a woman to teach in certain circumstances. Women are commanded to be “teachers of good things” (Titus 2:3). We even see an example in the Bible where a woman with her husband corrected a preacher (Acts 18:26). So then, women can teach and can even teach men, but 1 Timothy 2:12 forbids her to “teach or to have authority OVER a man.” Her teaching and authority are not to be “over” a man. Preachers regularly stand up and preach with “authority” over others (Titus 2:14); however, this is not to be a woman’s role. If you are a member of a congregation who has women standing “over” men teaching and preaching, you are a member of something that the Bible condemns?
Allow me to clarify some things. It is not a matter of talent, for some women are much better communicators than some men. Neither is it a matter of inferiority seeing that men and women are both created in the image of God and neither are independent from each other (Genesis 1:27; 1 Cor. 11:11). It is simply a matter of roles that Deity has given and also practices. “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” (1 Corinthians 11:3). When the inspired apostle writes of the roles for men and women, he appeals to the model of the Godhead along with that of creation, showing Adam was formed first then woman and that woman was deceived by the serpent.
Likewise, the three persons of the Godhead have distinct roles too. We see from the above passage that God (the Father) is head of Christ. The Holy Spirit is also subjective to Jesus (John 15:26; 16:13-15). The Father's role was legislative; the Son's role was executive; the Holy Spirit's role is primarily of revelation (John 14:31; 16:13).
Men and women, together, can relate to Jesus in that as He is head of the church, so the husband is to be toward his wife, and as He submits to the Father, so the women to the man. Ironically, while women preachers are trying to teach the world the Word, they stand with the world in violation to the Word.
Has God Said,
"Thou shall not rule over a man"?
"The Pillar And Ground Of The Truth"(1 Timothy 3:15)
The apostle Paul said, “but shun foolish questionings, and genealogies, and strifes, and fightings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain” (Titus 3:9). Jude tells us “Beloved, while I was giving all diligence to write unto you of our common salvation, I was constrained to write unto you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3). This article shall examine the fact that there is a proper and improper time to contend and dispute with others.
time for disputing
learning and never coming to truth (II Timothy 3:7)
Created by Chuck Sibbing. 10/30/2011
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