Posted by Gary on August 24, 2010
1 Timothy 2:11-15 “A woman must quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness. But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet. For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve. And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. But women will be preserved through the bearing of children if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint.”
I often wonder how Christian congregations who would not support or allow a homosexual to be their pastor are willing to allow women to be their pastors. If you were to ask such folk why they would oppose a homosexual in their pulpit they would quickly respond, “Because God has forbidden homosexuality” and they have answered rightly. God has also forbidden a woman to teach or have authority over a man, why isn’t there the same concern to obey God as He speaks about the roles of men and women?
The sad truth is that increasingly congregations that permit women to be ministers are allowing homosexuals to be ministers and I want to ask you to ponder for a moment the process that has led to all this.
The argument usually cited for the Apostolic prohibition of women in authority over men is cultural. “Paul was giving a command that was tied to the way life was in his day.” “Paul lived in a patriarchal time when women weren’t allowed to have authority over men.” “We aren’t back in the stone ages, we have become more enlightened then Paul and his time was”. These are all common statements from egalitarians to defend women in authority over men.
Isn’t it interesting that Paul tells us the reason for His God inspired prohibition and the time frame he references is not his day but the very beginning of time? Why does Paul say that women shouldn’t have authority over men? Because it was not God’s design from the very beginning. The reason women are not to have authority over men is not based in culture which may change but in God’s created order which never changes. Adam was created first and that truth cannot be changed.
Have you ever wondered why God made Adam first? Why wasn’t he made after Eve? Alright, we are all about fairness, why didn’t God make Adam and Eve at the same time? Simultaneously? (God being God could have done that couldn’t He?). Why was the woman taken from the man? All of these realities are ignored in what is called “the cultural argument” for women in places of authority over men.
This cultural argument is the very coattail that homosexuality has ridden into our churches and pulpits. The claim is that the Bible’s prohibitions against homosexuality are ancient and certainly bigoted and our culture has begun to see the light. We don’t think men lying with men and women with women is wrong. So “voila” God’s Word is not eternally true, it bends and molds to our culture.
No church can honestly defend prohibiting a homosexual from their pulpit who will allow a woman to teach men, at least not and be honest. If you are willing to accept the cultural argument for women in the ministry you must accept it for the homosexual.
God’s truth is eternally true and the movement of time and movement of people’s morals do not change what He has decreed. Increasingly churches that allow women to be in authority over men are allowing homosexuals into the ministry. Both sins are explained away and support one another through the cultural argument. May God grant those who claim the name of His Son Jesus to repent of their rebellion and return to His truth.
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