Women not allowed to teach or exercise authority over Men

There is a belief in some Christian circles that it’s okay for women to lead and/or teach things to men in various home groups, Sunday school classes, seminars, and even in the main Sunday service of Churches as long as they are doing so under the authority of their husband and/or Church leaders who are men.

In other words as long as a woman is teaching or leading men under the direction of a male leader or authority figure in her life that she is still being obedient to the spirit if not the literal word against such a thing in the Bible and that as such…it’s okay.

Look at what Paul said about this issue…

1 Timothy 2:11

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.

Paul was definitely an authority figure.  One of the most influential if not one of the most important authority figures in the New Testament.  Uniquely chosen by God for the work that he did.

And Paul, being such an authority figure, made it clear that he did not “allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet.”

If Paul did not allow such a thing in the Churches under his care who are we that we should allow the very thing that Paul did not!

If I may dare to say so, and I think I have the backing of God in this, to allow women to do the very thing Paul does not allow is to be ignorant of what the Word so plainly says, be rebellious in heart and unwilling to apply what it says, or be deceived in thinking that it’s okay to have women teach or exercise authority over men when in fact it is not.

Ignorant, rebellious, or deceived.  Take your pick. 

If we claim to adhere to the belief that the Bible is our rule for all things pertaining to life and godliness how can we so easily ignore or rationalize away what Paul so clearly says here?

I do not allow..what?

For a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man.

If you love God and subscribe to the Bible as the Word of God that should be it.  Period.  End of story.

I know of no theological way around what Paul said here (if anyone knows of any by all means speak up by way of a comment).  Woman means woman.  Teach means teach.   Exercise authority means exactly what it says and man means man even in the Greek.

According to Paul’s instructions to Timothy above (and other verses)  barring any circumstances that would prevent a woman from marrying or perhaps a woman having the gift to be single, a woman’s primary sphere of influence is in the home not teaching the men or exercising practical if not positional authority over them in some sort of leadership role (albeit under male authority figures as the modern Church tradition goes).  Having and raising children or if she is unable to have children being more exclusively a helpmate to her man.

Titus 2:3
Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.

The modern day idea in some Churches of allowing women to be Pastors is to walk in even more ignorance, rebellion, or deception than allowing women to teach and exercise authority over men under the auspices of male Church leaders or other male authority figures.

This has absolutely not one thing to do with men being superior to women or anything of the sort.  I know of women who would make far better teachers than many a man I know.   Rather, this all has to do with what the Word says we are to do.  Whether we agree with it or not or understand God’s wisdom in having inspired Paul to have said what he said the choice that lies before us is one of whether we are going to take the Bible at face value as the inspired Word of God or not.

The issue here really is that simple.  We can either be obedient to what the Word so plainly says or we can go off into rationalizing parts of the Bible away to suit our fancy.   The choice is ours.

If you love the Lord you will take what the Word says at face value and be obedient to it’s instructions with a whole heart.

I want the glory of God above my personal preferences.  Don’t you?

Carlos

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