God’s Plan for Order in the Church: Part 3

Posted by on Feb 23, 2009 in Rev. Serven

Men are called to do a hard thing: be in dependence to God by committing to prayer. Women are called to do a hard thing: manifesting good works, thinking less of self and more of Christ. What is a godly woman to to do in Christ’s Church? She is to teach other women, but not the men. Not a question of capability, but of preserving order in the church. Headship in the family, church, and civil contexts. Meaning of word “teach”. She is to manifest good works, but not authority. Priscilla and Aquilla: informal discipleship along side of husband, but not teaching, preaching, or exercising authority. She is to remain quiet, but not be uninvolved. Be quiet and respectful of proper jurisdiction. Teaching other women and children. She is to accept and obey God’s divine design. Creation ordinances. She is to delight in the uniqueness of her gender. Only women have the privilege of bearing children. Women are saved from the stigma of causing all humanity to sin, because they are the very ones who bring forth redeemed humanity. Story of Dr. Hugh McKosh.

Text: 1 Timothy 2:12-15

During this present age, the prevailing viewpoint amongst most Christians is that women are to be fully integrated into every part of Christ’s Church. This means that women should be allowed to minister as pastors, teachers, evangelists, elders, and deacons. No exclusion should be made on the basis of gender. In fact, it is rare to find a Christian today who rejects the principle of egalitarianism; which is defined as “Advocating the doctrine of equal political, economic, and legal rights for all citizens” (cf. American Heritage Dictionary). The problem is that most modern-day Christians have not seriously grappled with this strong prohibition from the Apostle Paul and its underlying principle of male headship. Various attempts have been made to explain it away—by localizing it, by reinterpreting it, by enculturating it, and by making it into a Pharisaical error. Yet, all these efforts have failed to pass muster, and Paul’s prohibition remains. Thus, let us not be reluctant or afraid to take our stand upon the clear and unambiguous Word of God.