- The Order of Creation--Reread 1st Tim 2:13. Some will try to jump around this passage by confusing the average Biblical reader with Greek jargon. They will say the Greek can be interpreted in many ways and its fluid and yada yada yada. Let us be clear...the Greek in this passage is extremely simple and straight forward. Paul begins 2:13 with the word FOR, which in Greek is the conjunction GAR (γαρ). Any Greek dictionary will tell you the word's definition means: to express cause, explanation, continuation of an idea to a conclusion. Therefore, Paul is explaining WHY women are not allowed to teach men. His reason? The order of creation. You may be asking why that matters. Ok let me explain. In Biblical theology the firstborn would have special authority over those born after him and they would receive a double-portion of the inheritance since it would be their responsibility to take over the role of the patriarch when their father died.
- The Order of Accountability--Notice God went straight to Adam (Gen 2:15-17) to charge him with cultivating and guarding the garden. It was Adam’s job to tell his wife not to eat of the Tree of Knowledge. The Word of God comes to Adam before Eve is even created (Gen 2:22). It was Adam’s duty to convey the message to his wife. Also, notice that once they sinned God went straight to Adam (Gen 3:9-11) before Eve. Thus, God has ordained it that it is the job of the man to teach the woman not woman to teach the man.
- The Designation of the Woman as “Helper”--She was suitable as a helper for man (Gen 2:18, 20). The Hebrew word isn’t always used in a submissive role (e.g. Gen 49:25; Exod 18:4) but since it is generally used this way the context should decide. The context of Gen 2 seems to mean someone to come alongside Adam to help him perform his duties. Even those in higher authority can subject themselves to a lesser authority at times. For example the Elders are of higher authority in the Church than the person in charge of VBS. But during VBS time the director will be in charge and the Elder will take directions from him on such issues regarding VBS. Therefore, even when this word is used of God we can see that He at times might come along side someone as a “helper”.
- The Man’s Naming of Woman--God named the light/darkness (Gen 1:5), the expanse (1:8), dry land (1:10), etc… But it was Adam who named the animals (Gen 2:19). Naming shows one has authority over such thing/person/animal. Man named woman (Gen 3:20), therefore, he has authority over her. This is the divine hierarchy (1st Cor 11:3); God-Christ-Man-Woman
- The Order of Satan’s Temptation—God set up a cosmic hierarchy; God--Man--Woman. Once Christ came now it is God--Christ--Man--Woman (1st Cor 11:3). Satan subverted this model by attacking the woman first; Serpent--Woman--Man. He spoke to the woman who spoke to man who finally spoke to God. We see the consequences when the “normal” structure designated by God is “occasionally” altered. But this is exactly the trap feminists want the church to fall into today. They want to subvert the Biblical hierarchy that fits with modern agendas. I think it is best to act according to the role God created us for.
It is so important to understand that Paul grounds his doctrine of women roles IN CREATION. Therefore, if the reasons still stand then the doctrine still stands. All 5 reasons I gave you are universal and eternal. Therefore, 1st Timothy 2:12 is not cultural or temporary.
In all of these ways Creation teaches that man has always been set in authority over the woman and nothing is different in the Church. We have already dealt with the so called examples of women “leadership” in the Bible (click here, here, and here, for previous articles) to show them to be misunderstood passages. Even in the case of female leadership (ex: Deborah) we pointed out that this was inherently a rebuke by God for the status of Israel at that time. Therefore, one would think that if a Church has women leadership or preaching it is in and of itself a rebuke to the status of such a church; that they lack qualified men to lead. Thus, any church that may have women preaching or leading needs to repent and train up their men to fulfill their God-given responsibility.
As a final note, which I wish I could develop further, I beg of you not to charge me with downplaying women’s functions in the church. That is the last thing on my mind. The article by Mr. Proctor begins with a girl asking God, “Dear God, are boys better than girls? I know you are one, but try to be fair.” The assumption in this question by the little girl, and our generation of church members/leaders today, is that function equates to value. We believe people have less value simply because they aren’t allowed to function in the same way as someone else. This is ridiculous. God values a regular church member the same as an Elder even though they may not be qualified to as an Elder. So too, women are valued the same in the Kingdom (Gal 3:28) regardless of restrictions in their functions. Furthermore, women have great duties and responsibilities in the church that must be fulfilled and sometimes can only be fulfilled by women!!! I appreciate the sincerity of those who don't agree with me but they are still in error. This is not to say I dis-fellowship them; another common accusation made against me when I disagree doctrinally with someone. This is not a salvation issue in my mind, yet in saying that one should not disregard the issue as menial. Church leadership is a greatly important issue for as goes the leadership so goes the Church. If we try to fit square pegs into round holes, that is, get people to function in roles God never created them for, then we are dooming the Church to unfaithfulness and failure. Yet, let me also say I would have no problem with a woman’s class in a Bible college which trains women to be good Bible teachers. I don’t know if I would call it a woman’s preaching class but that is preference. Since we both agree that women should teach other women, children and evangelize then I see no reason why the college shouldn’t equip women to teach in these settings.