"The spirit-filled woman came to him and spoke with him saying, 'Arise Adam.' And when he saw her, he said, 'You are the one who has given me life. You will be called 'the mother of the living,' because she is my mother, she is the female healer, and the wife and the one who gave birth' . . . For Eve is the first virgin, the one who had no husband and yet gave birth. She is the one who acted as a physical midwife to herself."' - Eddie Hyatt
Has it come to this Eddie? Faced with clear, directive scripture, you turn to gnostic writings to impose upon the biblical text things that are obviously not there? It is also suspicious that Hyatt provides no source for the material he cites but either way beloved - it is not in the biblical text! We can see clearly what Eddie Hyatt is doing. He does not like what the text plainly says. He disagrees, as does his wife. So, he sets out to find anything he can throw at the wall to convince people to disobey the scriptures. He reads into why Paul chose to use the words he did and concludes that he must therefore be right. He consults gnostic writings to assume that there was a specific controversy Paul was addressing so therefore we do not have to obey. This is a very dangerous road to go down. We do not get to add to scripture, impose history, culture or personal motives upon biblical figures in order to change what scripture says. We just don't spit on the word of God like this.
'Based on Paul's admonitions throughout this epistle, it seems that this was the sort of thinking that was infiltrating the church in Ephesus and provoking domineering, inappropriate behavior that would be described as authentein. Dr. David Scholer, late Professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary, agrees and says that by the use of the word authentein, Paul is denouncing violent, inappropriate behavior. He is persuaded that the text is not prescribing a universal norm of male leadership and female subservience. Rather, he concludes that the data supports the view that the passage is opposing the negative behavior of certain women, "probably the women mentioned in 1 Timothy 5:15 who follow and represent the false teachers that 1 and 2 Timothy are dedicated to opposing" (Hyatt, In the Spirit We're Equal (2nd Edition), 418). In her just released 500-page treatise, In the Spirit We're Equal (2nd Edition), Dr. Sue Hyatt demonstrates that women in the early church functioned as teachers, pastors, evangelists and apostles (Hyatt, In the Spirit We're Equal (2nd Edition), 126-34). Couple that knowledge with this breakthrough understanding of 1 Timothy 2:11-12, and it is obvious that women are not excluded from any leadership role in the church, including "senior pastor."' - Eddie Hyatt
Here are two of Hyatt's favorite tactics. The first is to quote someone more rabid a defender of this false teaching than he is. A simple Google search reveals that Dr. Scholer dedicated his life to advocating for disobedience to 1Timothy 2:12. Worse than this tactic however is Hyatt's insistence on quoting himself as a source, or his wife. Quoting a book, you have written does not make your case more academic. Scholer and Eddie's wife are just as wrong as Eddie of course. The women referred to in the fifth chapter of 1Timothy have nothing to do with the command given in the second chapter. Even though there were no chapters at the time of the writing, there is just too much in between these two points. Why would Paul write about specific women, then get into the qualifications for elders and deacons, then give Timothy specific instructions for him as a pastor, and then go back to these women in chapter five? Dr. Sue Hyatt has not shown what God has not written. Do not believe it for a second. Junia was not an apostle. Phoebe was not a pastor. These are the old tired arguments made by people who will not stop until every women believer is as disobedient as they are. Do not follow them down the rabbit hole beloved. The scripture is clear. The scripture is directive. The scripture even provides God's reason for decreeing it so. What more do we need?
Reverend Anthony Wade - September 6, 2022