Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Can Women Teach in The Church?

Yes, women can teach.......other women - NOT on a pulpit to a mixed congregation:

1 Timothy 2:12 But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet.

Now before anyone gets bent out of shape over that, I've had this discussion before so I know the main comeback and bottom line of those women who disagree with me is always that Paul was straightening out the Corinthian women............meaning we can choose to ignore this part of God's word because we're not them.

Using that logic, then I guess we can ignore about a third of the 10 commandments, because one can say that when God said "Thou shalt have no other gods, Thou shalt not make for yourself an idol, Remember the sabbath", He was only doing that because the Jews were in pagan territory, and those commandments were obviously meant to keep them from worshipping other gods.

A woman's ministry is to her family first, and to other women, as taught throughout the Bible in many places and in Titus 2:3-5:

Tit 2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
Tit 2:4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
Tit 2:5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

God's not ambiguous about who's head over whom. It's not easy for a woman to accept that sometimes. I know, I've been there.

1Co 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

It's just as hard for a woman to be submissive to her husband as it is for a man to be submissive to God (and vice versa). I've seen that when one of the marriage partners does their part (i.e. either the man submits to God first, or the woman to her husband first), the other parter seems to follow suit and the marriage is GREATLY BLESSED.

For a woman not to hold to this concept and preach to men (especially on a pulpit), is not disobedience to her husband, but ultimately to God, because it's God's word, not husband's word she's breaking.

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