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 2:13-14 (ESV)
Another day, another attempt to legitimize the cause of Christo-feminism. This purely carnal desire is the same we have seen in our country over the past several decades with the feminist cause growing exponentially each year. Many in church leadership have grabbed the mantle of this unbiblical cause. What we have is quite simple. We have a clear directive scripture, found in the key verses today. There is no ambiguity to these verses. We do not need to read into them. I do not permit means I do not permit and because we believe God divinely inspired the entire bible, it is God saying He does not permit. What does God not permit? For women to teach or exercise authority over man within the church. Additionally, God even provides His reasoning! Why does He not permit women to serve in teaching/preaching capacities over men within His church? Because it was Eve who was deceived. So the above link is to a new piece from Joseph Mattera, who wants to be your apostle! Reading the terrain of the NAR of which he is a part, Mattera has sided with the forces of Christo-feminism over what God has said in His word. This is a futile and clumsy attempt to pretend the bible says something it clearly does not. No matter what kind of verbal gymnastics and cultural mind reading Mattera can do he can never escape the key verses. These direct verses saying what God does not permit. Let us reason once more beloved:
"The other day I realized that the Jewish collection of sacred writ we call the Scriptures was the first feminist manifesto! When I refer to feminist in the context of this article I am describing the celebration, honor, equality and liberty afforded the feminine aspect of humanity called women. (I am not referring to the radical feminist, men-hating agenda prevalent in many circles today.) It is not a coincidence that when we compare women's rights in nations historically influenced culturally by Christianity (especially the Protestant Reformation nations) to nations affected primarily by other religions (such as Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism), there is no comparison! Christian-influenced nations by far have a higher ceiling for women and enable them to serve as leaders in every realm of society. Furthermore, the teachings of Scripture have also paved the way for women in the modern era. History teaches that the 19th century Christian awakenings resulted in an egalitarian movement that motivated women to pursue societal leadership. Powerful ladies such as Phoebe Palmer, Harriet Tubman, Catherine Booth, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth and beyond were "movers and shakers," motivated by the liberation message of the gospel that permeated American culture during the protracted effects of the Second Great Awakening. This also eventuated in the women's suffrage movement that finally enfranchised women in 1920 with the ratification of the 19th amendment. Also, a profound, salient moment that illustrates the power of the gospel to liberate women is how the contemporary Iranian house church movement has more female than male leaders in a male-dominated (Islamic) society. Wow! The following are eight key biblical passages that make the Bible the first feminist manifesto:" -- Joseph Mattera
Ugh. The word manifesto means a public declaration. So to Joseph Mattera, the bible is the first public declaration of feminism. To what does he use for proof? Eight verse sets. There are over 31,000 verses in the bible, within 66 books and Mattera believes that because of eight individual verse snippets he can declare God a feminist and His holy word, a manifesto on feminism. Beloved, this is what happens when you allow carnal causes to cloud your judgment. Joseph Mattera knows the bible better than this. The bible is a manifesto only regarding salvation through Jesus Christ. It does not have a secondary cause. It cares less about the carnal desires of this world. God has set up His order. He does not ask our permission to do so. He does not seek our approval. Realize that even if these upcoming eight scripture portions bear out some female preference, they do not then change the entire canon of scripture. We do not practice hermeneutics in such a slip-shod fashion. No matter what Mattera thinks he has found, it does not change the key verses at all. God does not contradict Himself either, which leads me to conclude that Mattera's eight verse sections do not achieve what he claims they do. The bible is not a feminist manifesto. Let us reason together once more.
"Genesis 1:27: This passage serves as the foundation for the biblical worldview related to human dignity and the sanctity of all (human) life. This scripture makes it clear that both male and female equally represent God as His image-bearers. Being an image-bearer is connected to verse 1:28, which is a command to both genders to serve as God's stewards to manage planet Earth. Hence, we need both a man and a woman's perspective and function if we are going to express God's character and will on the Earth." -- Joseph Mattera
This scripture does nothing of the sort. It actually specifically separates out the creation of man from woman. The bible makes it clear that Adam was formed of the dust while Eve from His rib. Despite this misrepresentation, it is important to realize that both man and woman represent God's image. The problem is that Mattera leaves the rails by claiming this somehow means that we need both man and woman to express God's character and will on the Earth. the truth is we need His word, period. We do not need man or woman's perspective -- just God's.
Numbers 27:1-11, regarding the daughters of Zelophehad: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milkah and Tirzah were the five daughters of a man called Zelophehad, who had no sons. Some Rabinnic writings identify him as the man stoned to death for violating the Sabbath (see Num. 15:32-36). Their laws stipulated that if a man did not have sons, his land would go to the nearest male relative even if he had daughters. The girls reasoned, "Why should our father's name disappear from his clan because he had no son?" Hence, they recognized that their personal situation was discriminatory. Consequently, they took up their case with Moses and the other civic leaders of Israel. In spite of the fact that the world of that day was overwhelmingly a male-dominated patriarchy, the Lord told Moses that the daughters were correct and they were granted their father's inheritance. This is another poignant example of the Hebrew Scriptures being the first feminist manifesto that empowers women! - Joseph Mattera