In this episode we begin our discussion of how God DID — and thus, STILL DOES! — use women in the five-fold ministry and other church leadership roles. We are building upon the foundation previously laid last week in Handmaidens of the Lord (Part 1): The Biblical Limits of a Wife’s Submission by extending into the next logical discussion regarding godly Christian women.
Historically, people (i.e., mostly men, but even some women) have claimed that Paul forbade women from having leadership roles in the Church based on this passage that he wrote to Timothy by the inspiration of the Spirit of God:
Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control.
(1 Timothy 2:11-15, NKJV)
A surface reading of most English translations, including the one above, seems to indicate that this is a “slam dunk” case against women ever being in leadership roles, much less active ministry. The only common exception to this errant view is found among those who admit that women can at least teach other women, as well as children. But was Paul really forbidding women in general ministry or leadership over men?
No, he was not. In fact, this passage is NOT discussing ministry of church government as the primary topic, but as a related secondary subject to the main one, i.e., that of family order. Paul was explaining to Timothy (and us) the explicit biblical truth that “WIVES” should not “…teach or have authority over their [own] HUSBANDS.” Stated another way: A woman’s position in the church, whether it be as a minister, elder, deacon, etc., is subordinate to her role as a wife. Thus, for example, if a woman is the pastor of a church, she’s the shepherd of the flock of God, but NOT of her own husband. She’s still to submit herself to his leadership as a part of the family order.
And yes, within the video above, I PROVE these facts in SEVERAL ways from the Scriptures! 😀
Whether a person is willing to accept these facts or not is another thing entirely, of course. “Traditions” can be hard addictions for some people to break, particularly when they face family/peer pressures or they have vested self-interests in keeping their false doctrines. (See Matthew 15:1-14 and Mark 7:1-13 for Jesus’ explanation of this subject.) However, if you are open to hearing what the Word of God REALLY says on this subject, then this video will bless you tremendously.
NOTE ONE: An important related article of mine to consider as preparation for watching the video above (or, alternately, as a follow-up for further clarity) is True Doctrines ≠ Contradictions on our main ministry website. Therein, you will find the irrefutable truth that is behind one of the ways we KNOW with CERTAINTY that the passage from 1 Timothy above CAN’T POSSIBLY mean women are forbidden from entering the ministry. Using the Bible and valid logic, this supporting article explains that God cannot EVER self-contradict. Therefore, doctrinal contradictions (i.e., such as those created by false anti-woman preacher doctrines) are proof-positive that a given doctrine is wrong/false/incorrect. A related article that explains how logical analysis of the Scripture is the ONLY way to achieve correct doctrine (i.e., including the doctrine that godly women HAVE BEEN and thus ARE STILL used by God in ministry) is found in my post Four Characteristics of Sound Doctrine.
NOTE TWO: Toward the end of the video episode embedded at the top of this page, I mentioned that I would look up a particular passage of prophetic Scripture from the Old Testament that tells us that women are to be proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ today. (I did not have it ready to share at the time, so I said I would post it in the text here below the video for your review.) However, I have instead decided to record ANOTHER (i.e., third) video for this short series on this important topic. So I will incorporate it into that further discussion instead.
In my next episode on the “Handmaidens of the Lord” I will elaborate further on the Greek text of 1 Timothy, extending even into chapter 3 and related passages. Again, I will also emphasize what the Word of God says about women preaching in the Last Days. I also intend to tidy up a few “loose ends” that I feel were left undone in this video above to ensure that this subject is covered adequately for the benefit of everyone. 🙂
The comments section is open below. Feel free to post any questions that you may have. If you do so before I record the next session, I may answer them directly in the next video. Otherwise, I will try to answer them in the comments thread.
“Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.”
(Ephesians 6:24, NKJV)
Always in Jesus,
– Rich Vermillion