Religious Bigotry

I have tried to fight a fight that I’m not destined to win with skeptics of Christianity. None of them are ever going to see the grounds for homosexuality being a sin since they do not accept the authority of Scripture. It’s the same with the clearly defined roles of gender in the church.

Women have achieved a measure of equality within secular society. This isn’t a bad thing. It’s very good. Proverbs 31:10-31 describes a woman selecting and purchasing property, managing the household, running the family finances, and bringing in a second income through work. But, the apostle Paul precludes the possibility of women serving in church leadership roles. Of women in general:

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. (1 Tim 2:12-14)

He clearly defines that church leadership will be male. He says of bishops:

If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive. . . . He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil. (1 Tim 3:1-4, 6-7)

Of deacons:

Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. (1 Tim 3:8-12)

But notice why Paul forbids the woman from teaching authority: it goes back to the Fall.  God’s pre-Fall intention was for the woman to be a helper and a companion. But, what ended up happening? Eve first ate of the forbidden fruit, and then Adam because of her. God then decreed:

I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you. (Gen 3:16)

But that wasn’t the original intent. The woman being submissive to the man is punishment because of sin. Once sin entered the world, it corrupted everything, including the intended relationship dynamic between a man and his wife.

So what we see today is a corruption of the pure and good intent of the original created order. Despite this, it is still God’s command that the woman remain subservient to the man, since it was first the woman who was deceived by the Enemy and by the woman the man fell into transgression.

Call it religiously-motivated bigotry if you want, but the intended order of creation will be restored after the Final Judgment, and in eternity we will exist as equals, in perfect fellowship with the Creator. The woman will not remain subservient to the man forever, but for now it must be.

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Posted on July 15, 2010, in Bible Thoughts, God, Heresy, Religion and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Hmmm…well you already know what I’m going to say…but you shouldn’t be puzzled at why non-believers protest about religion. Just imagine you didn’t believe that stuff…I’m pretty sure you’d be a feminist then.

    • Like I said, I’m not opposed to women being equals in secular society. I’ve had more female managers than male managers in the workplace. It doesn’t bother me in the least. In the restaurant field, women are more particular and much cleaner than men, so they excel in that arena and get promoted much more quickly than do men. I actually think it’s a very good thing. It even bothers me to no end that the business world pays women less even when they occupy the same role as a man. That’s not fair.

      But God has seen fit to order his church a certain way, and we should obey him because it is HIS church, for HIS glory. Not ours. As James White often says, “The Gospel is ours to proclaim, not to edit.”

  2. I have tried to fight a fight that I’m not destined to win with skeptics of Christianity. None of them are ever going to see the grounds for homosexuality being a sin since they do not accept the authority of Scripture. It’s the same with the clearly defined roles of gender in the church.

    Finally we agree on something.

  3. How many Churches have you been to where “women are silent in the Church?”

    Are you equating “the gospel” to “women being in submission?” (ala your James White quote)

    Are you saying what applies in the Church does not apply outside the Church? Women must be in silent submission within the Church but none of that applies outside the Church?

    Are women not to be in submission to their husbands at ALL times and not just within the Church? As a result the woman is never “free” to do anything of her own accord.

    Does the Church you attend pattern itself exactly like what is found in the New Testament? I mean exactly. After all, we must not deviate from the pattern. If it doesn’t, why are you attending a Church that is not being obedient to the plan given by God for his Church? Or is two out three ain’t bad Ok?

    Of course this is all insanity. Attempting to take texts written 2000 years ago and making them fit modern culture is an exercise in futility.

    The Church, especially the evangelical wing and those of reformed baptist persuasion, is rife with misogyny. I just posted a video clip on my blog today of reformed Baptist giant Al Martin. It is a reminder of what happens when people take the Bible literally.(and add a healthy dose of their own “interpretation.”

    Your beliefs are Biblical(and I think they are) but that doesn’t mean they are relevant for today nor wise. Nor do I think you can find ONE Church that puts all of the “NT pattern” into practice in its entirety. Churches pick and choose, just like all Christians do. They talk non-stop about the regulative principle but in real life practice they could use some Metamucil. It is the nature of the beast.

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