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Kris Vallotton -- Part Two - An Exercise in Getting Nearly Everything Wrong

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On these two commandments, hang all of the prophets and Law. What does that mean preacher? It means if you love God you would not have any idols. If you love your neighbor, you would not covet his wife. Jesus did not come to erase any of the moral law of God. None of it. He fulfilled it. Everything written in the Law and by the prophets are fully supported by these two commandments, not that they are replaced by them.

"You will shortly see what this has to do with empowering women. Consider that with 40 authors writing the Bible over a period of 1,450 years in several countries and multiple cultures, in various situations and in the Old and New Covenant, only one man seems to restrict women from leadership and teaching--the great apostle Paul. If God wanted to restrict half the population from leading or teaching men (kind of a big deal, I think), then why are 39 authors virtually silent on the issue, while Paul seems specifically to restrict women? And once more, why does Paul write to nine different churches or church leaders, but only restrict women in three locations? Why does Paul empower women in some places and limit them in others?"

Wow. Let us start with the obvious. God wrote the bible. All of it. He used Paul to write over 60% of the New Testament. The overall stupidity of this argument is that he is essentially asking why didn't every writer write about everything? Because they did not have to! They wrote within the context of their writing and God made sure the entire canon addressed all matters. This is like How to Study the Bible 101. Paul is entirely consistent in that women served in great positions during his lifetime but NEVER in leadership over men with teaching and preaching. If he were truly interested in empowering women, he would stop convincing them to be disobedient to the word of God.

"Here is another example of Paul's diverse instructions. Why does Paul tell the Corinthians that a woman is not allowed to speak in church, yet in his letter to the Galatians, he requires no restriction at all on women? As a matter of fact, he writes, For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26--28, emphasis added Did you notice that he calls both men and women "sons" and then says there is no gender distinction in Christ?"

Because different congregations faced different issues. The Galatians were being led astray by the Judaizers but the Corinthians were not. Now Vallotton gets into one of the most confused verses regarding this topic

Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise. -- Galatians 3:23-29 (ESV)

Christo-feminists love to point to a few of these verses and declare that all genders are equal for everything. Not so fast. We can see clearly from the context that Jesus is speaking about the difference between being saved by faith and being under the Law. He is speaking about our inheritance as heirs of the promise. So in so far as salvation is concerned there are no distinctions in Christ. The ground is level at the foot of the cross. The same faith is required. This does not in any way invalidate the key scriptures for today.

"Of course, both portions of Scripture should be revered as the inerrant Word of God. The Pentateuch was written to be a template for life, however, while the epistles are God's specific instruction to a particular person or church."

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