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Dr. Brown, thank you for taking my call and reading my e-mail today. I have been studying theology relentlessly at Liberty University and I was getting very frustrated that not all the doctrine taught by Paul is all that clear (I suppose it was clear when he wrote it). So many scholars disagree on what he means concerning women in the church and It seemed like he was contradicting himself by saying women can’t do anything in one verse and then implying they can in another verse. I supposed I will have to except that all the sin issues are black and white but not all minor doctrine is so clear. I agree that it seems like God’s ideal is for men to serve in senior leadership, but I would never tell a women who feels the call to be a pastor that she’s not in God’s will. The reason I was losing sleep was because I was stressed that I would be in sin if I came to the wrong conclusion on some of the minor doctrines. I didn’t mean to come off like I was trying to say Paul’s teaching was not authoritative, just that I was wondering if we have to interpret some things he said in context of what it meant then. I would love to hear a show where some of this was debated in the future. Thanks again.
That is a very interesting question about the roll of women in church. I can only see it in light of the rest of scripture and see that is clearly and plainly says that woman are not allowed to be preachers. It really goes back to the fall there God says that it was the woman who transgressed and not Adam. The roll of woman is to bring up a holy seed in the fear of the Lord so that the children have a proper upbringing. Another example is that of the Old Testament priesthood where it shows that there is not one example of a female priest in the tabernacle nor in either of the two temples in Jerusalem. Neither were any of the disciples of Christ were women. It is an error to colour the scriptures with current western values. Woman are not to preach in Church. It is Gods house and we should respect Him and His word.
Strangely enough, it was a woman who alone understood Christ’s need to die and resurrect — the other disciples didn’t get it. Either that is what was happening when she poured that ointment on His Feet, OR He was just saying it — like, after a loving perspective: as when He said, “Neither this man sinned, nor his parents; but that God might be glorified.”
Meaning: maybe she didn’t understand, and he was just saying, “She did it for my burial”, not because she truly understood, but because He was being nice.
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