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Local AG Pastor Defends Disobedience and Scrubs Page of Proof Provided

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'Apparently some women in the early church to which Paul wrote were not only going a little loose with how they dressed, but they were also using their newfound freedom and equality through Christ to throw out all parameters and order. This is fleshed out by the word Paul used for the "teaching" he did not want them to embrace. It was not the normal Greek word for "instruction" or "leadership" -- both of which were fine -- but it was a word that meant doing it in way as to "have authority over." Paul wanted them to stop it and, for that culture, that not only meant stopping that kind of teaching, but to be silent in those settings, because that was the way that particular culture understood submission and the acknowledgement of authority and order. For them, to teach or to talk in those settings claimed authority. But that's not what violates authority for us today. So the key for today's Christian in contemporary Western culture doesn't have to do with either teaching or silence, but authority, because that's what is the "universal."' -- James White

Beyond sloppy. First of all, Timothy was not an historical narrative. According to this hermeneutic, the freedom found in Galatians 5 would only apply to the people at Galatia since they were having the problem with the Judaizers. The verses on godly contentment found in Philippians would only apply to the people at Philippi. That is simply not how you interpret the bible. Secondly his notion that this only applied to Ephesus is wrecked by the cross reference in 1Corinthians 14 which reiterates the Timothy verse but has Paul preface it by saying, "As in all the churches of the saints."

"So what does this mean for women in ministry? I share many of the conclusions espoused by John R.W. Stott's magnificent commentary on I Timothy, but most importantly the following two ideas: It means that women can teach, lead, speak and serve in any way they are so gifted. It also means that whatever is done must not violate God's order in the church. For that reason, Mecklenburg Community Church is led by a male senior pastor. It doesn't mean a woman can't serve in a pastoral role, or even be ordained to ministry. The key is whether they serve under the authority of Scripture and as a member of a pastoral team whose leader is a man as a contemporary symbol of God's designed order for the church. If that's in place, then there are no barriers." -- James White

Gifting is irrelevant. Just because you can sing that does not mean God says you must be in the choir. Just because you are a skilled orator does not mean you must teach. The solution White employs ignores what the key verses expressly say. The verses do not say I do not permit women to exercise authority over the senior pastor. It says I do not permit women to exercise authority over men, period.

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