~ The Bible Teaches Women Cannot Lead ~
Introduction ~ This area of doctrine has various interpretations by individuals and by denominations. This author believes that all Scripture is inspired and to be obeyed. However, that does not mean those with differing interpretations shouldn’t enjoy great Christian fellowship with one another.
Key Passage ~ The Apostle Paul gave clear instructions: “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man” (1 Timothy 2:12a).
Key Things To Note ~ This is a very clear statement. Look at what the statement does not say: “I do not permit a woman to be an elder” or any other such narrow limitation. No it says “to teach or to have authority” which is very broad in scope.
Paul’s Explanation ~ In this passage the Spirit of God spoke through Paul with the reasoning behind this command. “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 transgression” (1 Timothy 2:12-14).
Ministry Implications ~ For those who believe the Word of God to be truth this passage has serious implications regarding how we “do church.”
Reference ~ For those who struggle with this teaching it may be helpful to read an earlier post in this series entitled, “Myth, 67: The Bible Teaches Man’s Superiority Over Women.”
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW blog.
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