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Devotionals    H3'ed 9/6/22

Excusia and Athentein - The Desperation of Christo-Feminism

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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. - 1Timothy 2:12-14 (ESV)

If this was just meant for the church at Ephesus why would God explain to the detail that He did? What would be the point of verses 13 and 14? Beloved, it is quite obvious that God intended exactly what He said and provided eternal reasoning for it. Eddie Hyatt unfortunately, is far from done:

"We know from 1 Timothy 1:3 that Timothy is in Ephesus at Paul's urging to confront false teaching that is affecting the Christians in Ephesus. It is also obvious from the letter that this false teaching is having a particular effect on the women. Paul's admonition in 2:11-12 must be understood in this context. Those who read 1 Timothy as a manual for church order are completely missing Paul's point." - Eddie Hyatt

Are we Eddie? Perhaps you are so concerned about Paul's point that you have not considered God's point. This is not how we exegete the bible. Consider with me for a moment the letter to the church at Galatia. Now, the Galatian Church was infiltrated by a false teaching sect known as the Judaizers who believed you must be circumcised in order to be saved, in addition to saving faith in Christ. To a large part, that was why Paul wrote the letter. God however used this writing to outline many, many truths for us to learn as disciples of Jesus Christ. It does not matter what the Judaizers were doing per se except to teach us what we ought not do. They were trying to mix law and grace and Paul goes to great lengths to show why this is wrong. To use Eddie's logic, we should dismiss the entire Book of Galatians because Paul was addressing a specific problem, germane to Galatia alone. This is ludicrous of course as God will use any issue as a teachable moment. Paul had reasons for every letter he wrote. He had zero knowledge that his writings would become the bible hundreds of years later. Only God knew!

"Based on the use of authentein in the Greco-Roman world, we know that it had very negative connotations meaning "to domineer" or "to usurp authority." In the ancient world, it was used, at least once, in reference to a murder. The murderer was said to have committed authentein. The religious and cultural milieu of Ephesus, and the fact that he and Timothy are confronting false doctrine in that city, offer the key for understanding why Paul would use authentein in this letter. In Ephesus, where the culture was dominated by worship of the female goddess, Artemis, female primacy prevailed. Artemis was a fertility goddess, totally independent and able to reproduce offspring without the help of a male cohort. According to one ancient legend, the female warriors, known as the Amazons, came out of Ephesus and their role model was Artemis." - Eddie Hyatt

It is amazing to watch someone pursue only their bias while exploring scripture because the truth cannot be contained. Eddie Hyatt just cannot see that when Paul uses the word authentein he is in fact talking about usurping authority and to be domineering. As for Artemis, is Hyatt serious? The Pagan world was rife with mythological worship. Corinth worshipped Poseidon and Philippi is said to be the birthplace of Pan. What does this have to do with this discussion? Absolutely nothing. Just consider the lunacy of Hyatt's thought process here. If this was the real reason behind the verse regarding females in authority, why wouldn't Paul say so! The lengths Hyatt will go to in order to insist he is right is breathtaking. We have a clear and directive scripture that he tells all women to ignore in favor of this wild-eyed theory about Artemis worship in Ephesus. He dismisses divine inspiration to pretend that this sole portion of scripture can be ignored because Paul was only talking to the folks in this ancient town and not God talking to His followers.

'Modern archaeology has uncovered ancient documents that confirm the sort of heresy Paul and Timothy were probably confronting in Ephesus. In these gnostic writings it obvious that myths of Artemis have become entangled with the Genesis account of creation. In these accounts, Eve is the dominate character and the one who gives life to Adam. One document reads:

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