Can a woman teach, or have authority over a man? What is it about the church and women? Part 8

Joint heir or little helper?

“And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence.

1 Timothy 2:12 NKJV

 “Woman, submit to the word of God and shut-up!”

“Woman, how dare you try to challenge my headship, you will submit to my authority.”

To this day in the western world, women are silenced, beaten and intimidated in the name of so called biblical authority. The tragedy is that women have suffered for generations in the name of a lie. This lie has appealed to the basest desires in men, and flourishes wherever men pursue religion over truth.

Back to Ephesus

Once again we must ask ourselves, what question was Paul answering when he wrote this? Was he issuing a universal command for women everywhere, or was he offering a specific solution for a specific situation. We must answer this question carefully because the future of God’s children will be greatly affected by what we decide.

Men have authority over women?

We continue to fight over who is boss when Jesus clearly told us not to be like the unbelievers who are always vying for power. The fact, is to try to have dominion over another person is Anti-Christ! The problem comes from having a weak Bible translation, no skills in biblical interpretation and a male superiority mindset.  We then end up reading 1 Timothy 2:12 as saying men have authority over women, when the truth is, this is verse is saying no such thing.

It’s all Greek!

I don’t speak ancient Greek, but I do read books by people who do. Let’s look at how our verse really reads. Because of the Diana Cult in Ephesus, young Timothy was having issues with powerful women teaching in such a way as to be able to dominate the men, and this is totally unacceptable for either sex. Paul’s response was,

“But I am not now permitting a woman to teach with the goal of dominating a man, but to be in quietness”

 This command applies to both men and women, but in the case of the Ephesian church the issue was specifically with the women.

 There is no biblical mandate that forbids women from teaching.

 In 1 Corinthians 11:4, Paul gives instructions on how the Corinthian women should pray and prophesy. He did not insist that they prayed or prophesied in silence, or with no men present, he simply asked that they abide by the cultural decencies of their day.  We have examples of women teaching in both the Old and New Testament. EG. Acts 18:19-26, Judges 2:16-19.

The real problem

The most cursory reading of the Bible clearly shows that God is more than happy for both men and women to speak for Him and minister in His name. The issue is the Anti-Christ obsession that longs for domination, and the ignorant assumption that says, “If I am teaching, I am the boss of you now”. It’s all rubbish, we are joint heirs called to live in unity by making decisions in our relationships, ministries and communities by Spirit lead consensus rather than blindly submitting to another person instead of the Lord Jesus.

Speak up sisters!

Go well my friends 🙂


About Mark Neale

Husband to Sandra, dad, grandpa, Christian educator, and a John Maxwell Team Member.
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4 Responses to Can a woman teach, or have authority over a man? What is it about the church and women? Part 8

  1. Tyna says:

    Amen,brother!Thank you!

  2. Mandy says:

    Then may I encourage you some more, by saying that I have found this Series very helpful, I have often been confused over these scriptures and this has made things much clearer for me. Thank you

    • gotbygrace says:

      Thanks for that Mandy :-D, I think once we make sense of these Scriptures we discover a consistency in the goodness of God which allows both men and women to approach Him with expectations of His kindness.

      Go well!

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