A couple months ago, I shared that I was concerned about my blog and having authority over men when covering scripture. Post | My Ministry Is For Women (Please Pray For Me) this post has been given a quick update.
I’ve been waiting and listening because I wanted to understand how having a blog and being a woman relate in regards to teaching and men. How do I honor this?
For a while, I didn’t have an in-depth understanding of when Paul warned against women teaching. How can I properly explain those verses to those who oppose it? A blog isn’t a church, so is it okay?
Honestly, I knew what scripture said, but I didn’t understand it well. This led up to my concern of, “How does that relate to blogging?”
I wanted to be able to have these questions answered for myself, and then be able to share why it’s okay for women to blog and men read it, but it’s not okay for women to have authority over men in the church. It’s important to talk about and understand the role of women in a church when questions like these get asked.
Pastor Chris Rosebrough from Fighting 4 Faith, also known as Pirate Christian, covered this topic wonderfully in addressing a video related to Beth Moore. He helped put my confusion to rest.
(Autonomian defined by autonomy (self-governing). We make a law unto ourselves. The video explains.)
Christ Has Authority Over All
To begin to break down why we should agree and obey scripture that talks about women not having authority over men in the church, we need to understand why we can trust those verses to begin with. It starts with Christ.
Jesus has all authority.
(NIV) Matthew 28:18, “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.”
We Cannot Be Self-Governing (To Do What Is Right In Our Own Eyes like Judges 21:25)
The congregation of the church body cannot be autonomous (self-governing.) Christ is the head of church authority. We are Christ governed, as Pastor Chris says. This means we obey what Christ instructs us to do. We obey the word of God. Jesus tells us this in:
(NIV) John 8:31-32, “To the Jews who had believed Him, Jesus said, “If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Those who are followers of Jesus Christ hold to His teachings.
The Purpose Of Scripture
(NIV) 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
As Pastor Chris says, our authority is not governed by our opinion, but Jesus Christ. We are governed through His written word, scripture.
God’s Decision For Women’s Role In A Church
(NIV) 1 Timothy 2:12, “I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.”
Greek of “exercise authority over” – αὐθεντεῖν. Strong’s Concordance says, “To domineer, govern, have mastery over. From a compound of autos and an obsolete hentes; to act of oneself, i.e. dominate.”(See the breakdown of 2 Timothy 2:12 in Greek *here.)
I have heard people say this scripture is outdated or this was what Paul chose for his churches (that not all churches have to follow that), and I used to say this defense myself. Something to think about is that God does not change.
The Lord who breathed out His words in the first century A.D. is the Lord who knew what our current modern world would look like.
(NIV) Numbers 23:19, “God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?”
(NIV) Hebrews 13:08, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
When the apostles wrote their letters, God was orchestrating His teachings in their words. To go against scripture is to go against the word and authority of Jesus Christ.
Women are not to have authority over men in the church body.
How Can We Trust What Paul Says Is What God Commands?
Now, 1 and 2nd Timothy are letters written by Paul to Timothy, who is a young pastor. Paul gives Timothy instruction over roles in the church body.
For anyone who, understandably, might want to ask, “Why should we accept Paul’s authority?” the answer is because Paul’s authority is not his own.
Again, the true authority over the church body comes from Christ, and Christ spoke through the apostles. The instructions God gives us that He wants us to follow are in scripture, including the instruction that women are not to have authority over a man.
Keep this scripture in mind, we will get to it shortly.
(NIV) 1 Corinthians 14:37, “If anyone thinks they are a prophet or otherwise gifted by the Spirit, let them acknowledge that what I am writing to you is the Lord’s command.”
Scripture is God-breathed and God-given. It was written down by men who were commanded by God through His Spirit. John shares this relating to the testament of the apostles, the witnesses of Jesus Christ. This is also one way we can discern sound doctrine if people teach the true gospel that we received from the accounts of the apostles.
(NIV) 1 John 1:01-02, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched–this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.”
(NIV) 1 John 4:06, “We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.”
Scripture such as 1 Timothy (see above) and 1 Corinthians 14 show us what the church setting looks like regarding women’s roles.
(NIV) 1 Corinthians 14:33-34, “For God is not a God of disorder but of peace–as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people. Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says.” The Law is referring to the order of creation (Adam then Eve). We see this in the Old Testament and referenced in 1 Timothy 2:13-14. Emphasis mine.
Remember the scripture from earlier, 1 Corinthians 14:37? This verse is just three verses after 1 Corinthians 14:34. This is all connected. Paul writes that his instructions regarding the church body, all churches, including a woman’s role, are a command from the Lord.
(NIV) 1 Corinthians 14:37, “If anyone thinks they are a prophet or otherwise gifted by the Spirit, let them acknowledge that what I am writing to you is the Lord’s command.“
Women Can Still Teach
Women can teach other people. Pastor Chris brings up when Apollos had wrong theology, both Aquilla AND PRISCILLA helped explain and correct Apollos regarding where his theology was wrong. We never saw Pricilla preach a sermon, but she helped correct a man’s wrong theology in her own home. She, nor Aquilla, corrected Apollos in the synagogue. (Acts 18:26)
Blogging or book writing that might have a mixed audience is not the same as standing at a pulpit and preaching a sermon to a congregation of men and women.
We need to be respectful of our role in the church and understand the beauty of being able to reach others in different ways. Ladies, we are submitting to the Lord in not preaching to men, and obedience to God is more important than anything else.
Women may not be able to preach, but that does not mean they cannot teach in other ways.
I hope what I shared has been helpful. I know the topic is not an easy one in today’s society, and I pray that the scripture shared sheds light on why we need to uphold this position.
I highly recommend this post by Michelle Lesley- Throwback Thursday Seven Reasons 1 Timothy 2:12 isn’t the crazy aunt we hide in the closet
*1 Timothy 2:12. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://biblehub.com/parallel/1_timothy/2-12.htm
Rosebrough, C. (Director). (n.d.). F4F | Living Proof Beth Moore Is An Autonomian [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBej5qU1Lvo
Community Prayer for August
Monthly Scripture – (NKJ) Psalm 85:09, “Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him, That glory may dwell in our land.”