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John Macarthur and further back the SBC have made Women’s roles in the life of the church a front and center issue.
The SBC had knuckle heads making statements like… a women in my pulpit… never. Then a couple of weeks ago, John MacArthur made the satement about Beth Moore… stay home.
Unfortunately today in our western culture, the church is somewhat divided about women in ministry. When a man in my mother’s church, the church I grew up in said he had left there church because they had gotten a woman pastor, it made me sick and it took everything in me to hold my tongue from saying some “not so nice things.”
Tonight we will look at some passages in the Bible, at the culture it was written to and hopefully see what the Lord intended.
First…
1 Corinthians 1:10 NLT
10 I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.
If women or men are to be leaders in the church, it should never be because of changing culture, but based on what the WOG says.
When studying Scripture we need to observe some groundrules.
1. What is going on in this particular passage, and what problem is being addressed?
2. Why is this particular admonition being given?
3. If this is followed all the time, will it contradict other parts of the Bible?
4. Does the writer say someting in other situations?
5. If you follow everything in this passage with the sameliteralism, will you have sound theology?
Our culture has changed as has our view of scripture.
Slavery
The Bible doesn’t condemn slavery… dictators… and many other evils. You can find verses that almost seem to advocate slavery.
Eph 6:5-6, Col. 3:22, Col. 4:1, 1 Tim. 6:1 There are over 50 total.
Ephesians 6:5–6 NLT
5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. 6 Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart.
Colossians 3:22 NLT
22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the Lord.
Colossians 4:1 NLT
1 Masters, be just and fair to your slaves. Remember that you also have a Master—in heaven.
1 Timothy 6:1 NLT
1 All slaves should show full respect for their masters so they will not bring shame on the name of God and his teaching.
But I think we are all unanimous against slavery being re-instated… although it is … we just call it human trafficking.
The culture which the Bible was written in included slavery and polygamy. Polygamy continued during the NT times and Paul dealt with it many times.
Paul’s writings dealt with Polygamy (1 Tim. 3:2, 1 Tim. 3:12, Titus 1:6)
1 Timothy 3:2 NLT
2 So a church leader must be a man whose life is above reproach. He must be faithful to his wife. He must exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must be able to teach.
Paul is writing in a male tense here which is common. Paul als said that if a man doesn’t work, he doesn’t eat. Do you think that he did not mean that if a woman doesn’t work she doesn’t eat? Of course he did.
1 Timothy 3:12 NLT
12 A deacon must be faithful to his wife, and he must manage his children and household well.
Titus 1:6 NLT
6 An elder must live a blameless life. He must be faithful to his wife, and his children must be believers who don’t have a reputation for being wild or rebellious.
You have to read the Bible with the context it was written to get the full understanding of it’s meaning. If you take these verses at face value and out of the context Paul wrote them, single people can’t be pastors.
Paul is addressing polygamy in these verses not divorce. The verse literally means faithful to their wife or husband in present tense.
Before we look at whether or not the Bible supports women in church ministry, I want to look at some history.

God’s Creation before the Fall (Gen 1:26-28)

Genesis 1:26–28 NLT
26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” 27 So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 28 Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”
Both the man and woman were created in God’s image.
At this point both the man and woman were equal … both made in the image of God. It’s obvious that due their physical make up, they were to have different roles. Men were fathers and women were mothers. But both were equal.
There differences were not a source of discord or inequality… but a compliment to each other.
ILL - Mike Baxter and wife… she felt replace because he was helping more around the house, but when a daughter needed her she was there. Eve said, I’m glad you were here for me mom… to do your mom thing.
Together, God gave them the task of overseeing and ruling His creation.
At the conclusion of His creation God proclaims,
Genesis 1:31 NLT
31 Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good! And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day.
Man was created first
Genesis 2:7–8 NLT
7 Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person. 8 Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made.
Man was made from MUD. Then he was placed in the Garden that God made for him.
God gave the law to man before he created Eve.
Genesis 2:16–17 NLT
16 But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden—17 except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.”
Later Adam and Eve would add to it by adding that they could not eat it or touch it. Anytime we add to what the WOG actually says, it’s legalism.
Man was made to live in community
The first thing that God says is not good was for the man being alone. Guys don’t do alone very good.
Genesis 2:18 NLT
18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.”
What God says about one man, Matthew Henry says about all men.
Ecclesiastes 4:9 NLT
9 Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.
The woman is to be man’s counterpart
God was niot going to create a servant.
helper - ’ezer ke-negdo’ - counterpart of the same rank and nature.
Genesis 2:21 NLT
21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the opening.
Women, you didn’t come from MUD, you came from the man…
The woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam; not made out of a bone of his head to rule over him, nor out of a bone his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of the side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be loved.” Matthew Henry
Genesis 2:23–24 NLT
23 “At last!” the man exclaimed. “This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken from ‘man.’ ” 24 This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.
Woman is made of man’s bone and flesh. They are to become one. Man had sacrificed his own flesh for his wife. Man is also instructed to sacrifice his relationship with his father and mother. It is obvious that this instruction is written for us since Adam had no father or mother. When the scripture refers to one flesh this shows there is to be unity of the man and the women.
Genesis 1:27 NLT
27 So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Genesis 2:7 NLT
7 Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.
Genesis 2:22 NLT
22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man.
When we declare that the Genesis account of creation is true, we are saying we believe that the personality of man and woman has its origin in a personal Creator who made us in His own likeness (image). To crown His creation, God took the nonliving matter of the earth to create a man. Then to provide man with a companion and complement, He took living matter from the man to create a woman. This original pair was Adam and Eve.
“The account of creation of male and female in Genesis 1-2 – which we take as a foundational theological statement of the Creator’s design and intention – affirms male and female as equal and complementary. Both are bearer, together, of God’s image (Gen 1:26-27). Both are given the mandate to responsible sovereignty over the created order (Gen 1:28). The creation of woman is intended to rescue the man from his aloneness and to provide him with a complement (Gen 2:18).
Genesis 2:23 NLT
23 “At last!” the man exclaimed. “This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken from ‘man.’ ”
Thus the view that God intended the woman for a restricted role in the home, church and society cannot be grounded in the order of creation.”

The relationship between men and women changed after the Fall.

Genesis 3:16–19 NLT
16 Then he said to the woman, “I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy, and in pain you will give birth. And you will desire to control your husband, but he will rule over you.” 17 And to the man he said, “Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat, the ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it. 18 It will grow thorns and thistles for you, though you will eat of its grains. 19 By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat until you return to the ground from which you were made. For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return.”
The curse impacted every aspect of God’s creation including men and women. One of the consequences of SIN and the curse was that men began to rule over the women.
Genesis 3:16 NLT
16 Then he said to the woman, “I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy, and in pain you will give birth. And you will desire to control your husband, but he will rule over you.”
This was a prediction that as a result of the curse, men would rule over women. It was not God’s design.

Jesus restored the equality of men and women.

When Jesus came as a sinless man and died as the Messiah on a cross for you and for me, the restoration was compelte in the spirit realm and began in our realm.
Through Jesus the results of the curse of Genesis in the spiritual realm have been lifted.
Romans 5:12 NLT
When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.
Romans 5:17–19 NLT
For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ. Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.
1 Corinthians 15:20–22 NLT
But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died. So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man. Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life.
Jesus gave Life to ALL Christians.
The curse is lifted.

Paul proclaims all are equal in God’s sight.

Galatians 3:25–29 NLT
And now that the way of faith has come, we no longer need the law as our guardian. For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.
Once we are born into the kingdom of God, we become new creatures in Christ. We find there are no ethnic distinctions, or class separations, or gender differences. The Lord looks on the hearts of His new creatures and therefore does not discriminate when He offers His love, privileges and gifts. All of us are a part of the church for the well being of each other and the world. The curse of inequality has been abolished.

The Holy Spirit Fell on Men and Women.

Acts 1:14 NLT
They all met together and were constantly united in prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, several other women, and the brothers of Jesus.
Acts 2:1–4 NLT
On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.
IN vers 8 Peter told the crowd that what they had seen was a fulfillment of of what Joel predicted...
Acts 2:17–18 NLT
17 ‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. 18 In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants—men and women alike— and they will prophesy.
In the study of spiritual gifts, there is no place where the WOG teaches that some gifts were for men and others for women.
Spiritual Gifts were given to all people.
In Ephesaans 4 Paul outlines someof the gifts...
Ephesians 4:11 NLT
Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers.
Paul doesn’t say that some of these gifts are for men and otehrs for women. It seems strage to me that some argue that some can be a pastor but others cannot. Women can teach school, but not bible college. CRazy.

Women in Leadership in the Bible

Miriam (Ex 15:20-21)

Miriam, the older sister of Moses and Aaron was an important leader in Israel.
Exodus 15:20–21 NLT
20 Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine and led all the women as they played their tambourines and danced. 21 And Miriam sang this song: “Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; he has hurled both horse and rider into the sea.”
She is spoken of along with Aaron and Moses who brought the nation out of slavery. It is important to realize that God sent her, along with Moses and Aaron, in a leadership role, to free the nation of Israel.
Micah 6:4 NLT
4 For I brought you out of Egypt and redeemed you from slavery. I sent Moses, Aaron, and Miriam to help you.
She was so important that when she died, it was a public calamity in Israel. God had put Miriam in an important place of leadership in Israel.

Huldah (2 Kings 22:14-20)

2 Kings 22:14–20 NLT
14 So Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Acbor, Shaphan, and Asaiah went to the New Quarter of Jerusalem to consult with the prophet Huldah. She was the wife of Shallum son of Tikvah, son of Harhas, the keeper of the Temple wardrobe. 15 She said to them, “The Lord, the God of Israel, has spoken! Go back and tell the man who sent you, 16 ‘This is what the Lord says: I am going to bring disaster on this city and its people. All the words written in the scroll that the king of Judah has read will come true. 17 For my people have abandoned me and offered sacrifices to pagan gods, and I am very angry with them for everything they have done. My anger will burn against this place, and it will not be quenched.’ 18 “But go to the king of Judah who sent you to seek the Lord and tell him: ‘This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says concerning the message you have just heard: 19 You were sorry and humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I said against this city and its people—that this land would be cursed and become desolate. You tore your clothing in despair and wept before me in repentance. And I have indeed heard you, says the Lord. 20 So I will not send the promised disaster until after you have died and been buried in peace. You will not see the disaster I am going to bring on this city.’ ” So they took her message back to the king.
She was a fomous prophetess. When the book of the law was found Hilkiah the high priest sent it to King Josiah. When the king heard what was written in the book he tore his cloths and he requested that the priests go and inquire of the Lord. Five priests went and spoke to Huldah.
When the book of the law was found, it was sent to King Josiah who sent the priest to inquire from Huldah.
Huldah hears the voice of the Lord and instructs the religious leaders of Israel in the proper worship of the Lord. They recognized her authority and postion in the KOG.
Through Huldah, a prophet, a nation is changed.

Hannah. (1 Samuel 2:1-10)

1 Samuel 2:1–10 NLT
Then Hannah prayed: “My heart rejoices in the Lord! The Lord has made me strong. Now I have an answer for my enemies; I rejoice because you rescued me. No one is holy like the Lord! There is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God. “Stop acting so proud and haughty! Don’t speak with such arrogance! For the Lord is a God who knows what you have done; he will judge your actions. The bow of the mighty is now broken, and those who stumbled are now strong. Those who were well fed are now starving, and those who were starving are now full. The childless woman now has seven children, and the woman with many children wastes away. The Lord gives both death and life; he brings some down to the grave but raises others up. The Lord makes some poor and others rich; he brings some down and lifts others up. He lifts the poor from the dust and the needy from the garbage dump. He sets them among princes, placing them in seats of honor. For all the earth is the Lord’s, and he has set the world in order. “He will protect his faithful ones, but the wicked will disappear in darkness. No one will succeed by strength alone. Those who fight against the Lord will be shattered. He thunders against them from heaven; the Lord judges throughout the earth. He gives power to his king; he increases the strength of his anointed one.”
Hannah is a worshipper and the mother of Samuel.

Deborah. (Judges 4-5)

Deborah was a judge in Israel. She is also a prophetess. The Israelites would come to her for counsel. She also gave military advice and was looked up to as one of the great leaders in Israel.

Anna (Luke 2:36-38)

Anna was a prophetess. She was an older widow (84) and spent all of her time at the Temple. When Mary and Joseph presented Jesus at the temple, Anna was the one who announced to those in the temple that he was the fulfillment of prophecy.
Luke 2:36–38 NLT
Anna, a prophet, was also there in the Temple. She was the daughter of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher, and she was very old. Her husband died when they had been married only seven years. Then she lived as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the Temple but stayed there day and night, worshiping God with fasting and prayer. She came along just as Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she began praising God. She talked about the child to everyone who had been waiting expectantly for God to rescue Jerusalem.

Phoebe. (Romans 16:1-2)

Phoebe was a deacon and was a beloved leader for Paul
Romans 16:1–2 NLT
I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a deacon in the church in Cenchrea. Welcome her in the Lord as one who is worthy of honor among God’s people. Help her in whatever she needs, for she has been helpful to many, and especially to me.

Priscilla (Acts 18:26; Eph 4:11-12)

Acts 18:26 NLT
When Priscilla and Aquila heard him preaching boldly in the synagogue, they took him aside and explained the way of God even more accurately.
Priscilla was a pastor and teacher in Ephesus. She taught the great 1st century preacher Apollos.
Priscilla is often mentioned ahead of Aquilla. She was a very prominent pastor.
Ephesians 4:11–12 NLT
Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.
Priscilla and Aquilla fulfilled this discription of a pastor.

Junia (Rom 16:7)

Junia was a fellow prisoner with Paul
Romans 16:7 NLT
Greet Andronicus and Junia, my fellow Jews, who were in prison with me. They are highly respected among the apostles and became followers of Christ before I did.

Daughters of Phillip (Acts 21:8-9)

Philip had four daughters who were prophets.
Acts 21:8–9 NLT
8 The next day we went on to Caesarea and stayed at the home of Philip the Evangelist, one of the seven men who had been chosen to distribute food. 9 He had four unmarried daughters who had the gift of prophecy.

Daughters of Israel (Joel 2:28-32; Acts 2:16-21)

Joel 2:28–32 NLT
28 “Then, after doing all those things, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions. 29 In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on servants—men and women alike. 30 And I will cause wonders in the heavens and on the earth— blood and fire and columns of smoke. 31 The sun will become dark, and the moon will turn blood red before that great and terrible day of the Lord arrives. 32 But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved, for some on Mount Zion in Jerusalem will escape, just as the Lord has said. These will be among the survivors whom the Lord has called.
Acts 2:16–21 NLT
16 No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel: 17 ‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. 18 In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants—men and women alike— and they will prophesy. 19 And I will cause wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below— blood and fire and clouds of smoke. 20 The sun will become dark, and the moon will turn blood red before that great and glorious day of the Lord arrives. 21 But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

Peter proclaims Equality at Pentecost.

Peter proclaims that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Not only saved but be given gifts and abilities, even the daughters. This is of major importance as women will take major roles in the early church. God poured out his Spirit. God’s presence filled Christians regardless of age and gender at the day of Pentecost just as he does today.

The problem texts

Pauls writings are sometimes misunderstood because the details that led him to write are not all know. We must study scripture in the context that it was written in, then rely on the Holy Spirit to guide us to apply it in our lives.
Scripture must always be compared with other scripture and intepreted in it’s historical context before it’s meaning can be understood.
2 Peter 3:16 NLT
speaking of these things in all of his letters. Some of his comments are hard to understand, and those who are ignorant and unstable have twisted his letters to mean something quite different, just as they do with other parts of Scripture. And this will result in their destruction.
Pauls writings must be studied in the historical context.
1 Corinthians 11:5 NLT
But a woman dishonors her head if she prays or prophesies without a covering on her head, for this is the same as shaving her head.
Women were prophecising. If a women could prophecy, what good would it be for her to have that gift if she could not practice it in church?
If you look at 1 CO 14:34 by itself, it appears to say women should be quiet in church.
1 Corinthians 14:34–35 NLT
Women should be silent during the church meetings. It is not proper for them to speak. They should be submissive, just as the law says. If they have any questions, they should ask their husbands at home, for it is improper for women to speak in church meetings.
The problem is that Paul has already laid out how a woman is to dress when she preaches. Paul is specifically adressing disruption of the service.
1 Corinthians 11:5 NLT
But a woman dishonors her head if she prays or prophesies without a covering on her head, for this is the same as shaving her head.
1 Corinthians 14:26–36 NLT
Well, my brothers and sisters, let’s summarize. When you meet together, one will sing, another will teach, another will tell some special revelation God has given, one will speak in tongues, and another will interpret what is said. But everything that is done must strengthen all of you. No more than two or three should speak in tongues. They must speak one at a time, and someone must interpret what they say. But if no one is present who can interpret, they must be silent in your church meeting and speak in tongues to God privately. Let two or three people prophesy, and let the others evaluate what is said. But if someone is prophesying and another person receives a revelation from the Lord, the one who is speaking must stop. In this way, all who prophesy will have a turn to speak, one after the other, so that everyone will learn and be encouraged. Remember that people who prophesy are in control of their spirit and can take turns. For God is not a God of disorder but of peace, as in all the meetings of God’s holy people. Women should be silent during the church meetings. It is not proper for them to speak. They should be submissive, just as the law says. If they have any questions, they should ask their husbands at home, for it is improper for women to speak in church meetings. Or do you think God’s word originated with you Corinthians? Are you the only ones to whom it was given?
When they had church, all the people were encouraged to participate… to offer some praise or some instruction. Pauls concern in this passage is the disruption of of the service. Women were not the only ones asked to be silent. Anyone speaking in tongues is told to be silent unless there is an interpretor.
The issue with women in this passage is all about the disruption of the service. It seems that the Corinthian church had married women asking their husbands questions during church… and it was disruppting. Men and women did not sit together. The women had previously not been educated and did not understand, so in this situation Paul told them to be quiet.

Timothy

1 Timothy 2:11–12 NLT
Women should learn quietly and submissively. I do not let women teach men or have authority over them. Let them listen quietly.
In Pauls first letter to Timothy, he was dealing with a lot of false teaching.
1 Timothy 1:3–7 NLT
When I left for Macedonia, I urged you to stay there in Ephesus and stop those whose teaching is contrary to the truth. Don’t let them waste their time in endless discussion of myths and spiritual pedigrees. These things only lead to meaningless speculations, which don’t help people live a life of faith in God. The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith. But some people have missed this whole point. They have turned away from these things and spend their time in meaningless discussions. They want to be known as teachers of the law of Moses, but they don’t know what they are talking about, even though they speak so confidently.
1 Timothy 1:18–19 NLT
Timothy, my son, here are my instructions for you, based on the prophetic words spoken about you earlier. May they help you fight well in the Lord’s battles. Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.
1 Timothy 6:3–5 NLT
Some people may contradict our teaching, but these are the wholesome teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. These teachings promote a godly life. Anyone who teaches something different is arrogant and lacks understanding. Such a person has an unhealthy desire to quibble over the meaning of words. This stirs up arguments ending in jealousy, division, slander, and evil suspicions. These people always cause trouble. Their minds are corrupt, and they have turned their backs on the truth. To them, a show of godliness is just a way to become wealthy.
Ephesus was a city with many problems… fertility cults… temple prostitutes. It was also the site of an emerging philosophy that tuaght that women were created before man and were superior and urged them not to marry or have children.
In this context, Paul forbid women to teach or have authority over men because the community would see that women’s superiority was endorsed by the church.
1 Timothy 2:11–15 NLT
Women should learn quietly and submissively. I do not let women teach men or have authority over them. Let them listen quietly. For God made Adam first, and afterward he made Eve. And it was not Adam who was deceived by Satan. The woman was deceived, and sin was the result. But women will be saved through childbearing, assuming they continue to live in faith, love, holiness, and modesty.
It makes sense when taken in the context that it was written. Paul basically taught the order of creation, Eve’s part in the Fall and that childbearing would be a good thing.
Woman saved through child birth refers to the birth of Jesus.
It’s our coclusion that Women are equal to men in all manners and that they can hold any and all positions in church.
Galatians 3:26–29 NLT
For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.
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