“Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.”
Those words that were spoken and written by the Great Apostle Paul, they apply just as much to our lives today as they did 2000 years ago when he wrote them. In Genesis, God was the One who assigned our tasks, assignments, functions and gave us all our roles. We did not choose them, God gave them to us. Paul nor Peter did not make them up, they both knew the word of God and they were declaring it just as they knew it.
The verses in I Timothy 2:11-15 are clearly evident that women are NOT to teach or have spiritual authority over men in the church context. Reason being that man was created first, and also, the woman after being deceived became the transgressor, and nothing to do with culture, sexism or chauvinism.
Men and women are EQUAL as humans but entirely UNIQUE as creatures. They are not only distinct genders sexually but almost every aspect of their natures is different. There is no superiority or inferiority between men and women in the Christian faith. The only difference is that of their roles and functions. Just as the God the Father and God the Son are absolutely equal in essence within the Godhead in every way, but have different functions, so it is between men and women. Men are totally dependent upon women and women are totally dependent upon men.
YES, the Bible makes it clear that there is neither male nor female (Gal. 3:28), but this chapter is specifically referring to the context of Salvation. Whenever we take the word of God out of context we are heading for troubled water, because then we can twist it to justify sin such as living a homosexual lifestyle if we say there is neither male nor female.
In fact, the battle of the sexist did not start in the church of Corinth, nor in the 60s in America. The battle of the sexist started back in Eden. After Adam was created from Dust, the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” and God created Eve from Adam. Later on, the Devil in disguise deceived Eve to eat the forbidden fruit, and she shared it with Adam. The Evil one went to the woman first in order to create dissatisfaction in her role, in order to create confusion with regards to the roles, for Adam was given the responsibility of leadership. Instead of leading Adam was following. Satan made it possible for Eve to debate the issue. If Satan can get anyone to begin to debate any of the issues that are already settled in the Word of God, he is two-thirds of the way there. When sin entered into the world the roles were reversed, men abdicated his responsibility. At the core of their sin is the rebellion of the heart that is why we desperately need to guard our heart above all because everything we do flows from it (Proverb 4:23).
So how does a Holy God whose Eyes are too pure to look upon sin (Habakkuk 1:13) deals with them: God’s justice said, Adam and Eve must die (for the wages of sin is death – Romans 6:23), but His amazing Grace said, physically they will die but spiritually I am going to spare them, and He gave them time to repent and accepted the shedding of animal blood as sacrifice for their sins (a foreshadow of the perfect Sacrifice, Christ Jesus)
Not only are we in danger of letting political correctness blind us from Biblical truth, but we live now in a time (according to 2 Timothy 4:3) when people refuse to endure sound teaching but having itching ears are accumulating for themselves teachers to suit their own passions.
Lots of false teachers often say: “God told me…” Don’t listen to them! If ever you need confirmation when God speaks to you let it be through His Holy Scripture, that is why He gave us the Holy Bible so we can live by it day and night for the rest of our lives. For it is written: “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word of God (Matthew 4:4, Luke 4:4).” God’s voice is never contrary to the Word of God.
God’s Word does not contradict itself, and even though in the Old Testament God used Miriam, Deborah, and Huldah (who are all women), that does not in anyway invalid that there is an order God has set out for us to live by today. Paul’s instruction was given to us in the New Testament and not the Old. Perhaps knowing some might be in disagreement with him, Paul even said God has chosen him to proclaim the truth, so don’t shoot the messenger (I Timothy 2:7). Above all, what truly matters is that our hearts are set right with God in all we do because, in the end, God will judge us by His standard and not our own.
One thing I do know is that God is an orderly God and created everything in order from the rising of the sun, to the stars and the moonlight in the evening. I am convinced that often, coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous. The big bang as the scientists says it is is sure no coincidence or accident, we did not come into creation by accident. Order does not come out of chaos no matter how many billions of years it may try. In Genesis, God spoke and said let it be. God created this world not by a big bang but by a big shout (Hebrews 11:3). Perhaps, one day scientist will discover that this world was created by sound. Absolutely nothing that comes into creation is by accident because God created all things, He knew us before he formed us in our mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5). The Earth and the human body have a design and every little atomic particle work together to sustain what we see with our eyes here and in the universe.