Archive for June, 2013

May Women Preach Since All Christians Are Equal ?

June 28, 2013

It is certainly true that all Christians are equal in so far as their spiritual status before God → "there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:28).

But that doesn’t mean men and women have the same role:

• Does the fact that women “bear children” (I Timothy 5:14) and men do not, make women better than men and therefore contradict the principle "there is neither male nor female"?

• Does the fact that wives should be in subjection to their husbands (Ephesians 5:22-24) contradict "there is neither male nor female"?

• Does the fact that wives are to "guide the house" (I Timothy 5:14) and be a "keeper at home” (Titus 2:5), while men are to earn the living, mean men are better than women and therefore violate the principle "there is neither male nor female"?

• Women are to have long hair; men are not to have long hair (I Corinthians 11:14-15). Does this mean women are better than men, or vice-versa?

NO! It just means men and women have different roles.

One difference in their role is that men may speak in the assembly, but women may not (I Corinthians 14:34-35). Look up that passage and read it for yourself.

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What Are Some Activities I Corinthians 14:34-35 Would Forbid ?

June 21, 2013

I Corinthians 14:34-35 reads “Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.”

This Bible text condemns a woman speaking to (addressing) the church assembly. This would include:

preaching to the church assembly

• leading a public prayer in the church assembly

• giving a testimony to the church assembly

• speaking in tongues in the church assembly

• prophesying to the church assembly

• making any announcement to the church assembly (such as a funeral announcement)

• public reading of the scriptures in the church assembly

• confessing her sins to the church assembly

• confessing Christ to the church assembly

• even asking a question for the assembly to hear (verse 35)

In light of this plain passage, why do most churches allow women to speak in the church?

Two Financial Tips From God

June 14, 2013

A number of Dave Ramsey’s financial recommendations are found in the Bible. Two of his top suggestions are …

Avoid Debt:

• Proverbs 22:7 The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.

• Psalms 37:21 The wicked borrow and do not repay.

Do Not Be Wasteful With What You Have:

• Proverbs 25:16 Have you found honey? Eat only as much as you need, Lest you be filled with it and vomit.

• Proverbs 21:17 He who loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich.

• Proverbs 18:9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

Gary Henry wrote “it is frugality that opens the door to generosity and makes it possible for us to give to other people.” Lao Tzu put it this way “Because of frugality, one is generous.” I would add to that – avoiding debt is also critical to being generous to others.

Are There Different Rules For Family? by Randall Duvall

June 8, 2013

I continue to marvel as I see men and women who claim to be faithful Christians, say that they love God more than anything else and continue to compromise when it comes to withdrawing themselves from unfaithful brethren. It seems in many cases that they don’t have a problem withdrawing from non-related brethren, but for some reason when it comes to their own blood, they lay aside the word of God and will socialize, attend weddings, family gatherings and a whole host of other social activities with unfaithful Christians. Where in the Bible do we have one set of rules for Christians we do not share physical blood with and another set of rules that allows us to socialize with those of our physical blood who have crucified Christ afresh by their disobedience to His Word?

I’ve heard every excuse under the sun from ‘there’s a different relationship with our physical family’ to ‘if we don’t go around them, how can we teach them’. Teaching is not socializing and attending a social event is not teaching. This is called compromising. If we truly love them as we claim we do, we will stand firm with the Word of God and against their rebellion to our great King. We cannot have it both ways. The unfaithful have chosen to have fellowship with the world. We are told that fellowship with the world puts us at odds with God. James 4:4

I do not speak out of ignorance as I have a most precious daughter who is in rebellion to God. I have chosen to obey God rather than compromise my soul and hers by withdrawing myself from her. She withdrew her fellowship from Christ which automatically severed her fellowship from me and all Christians. 1 John 1:3-7. How can I turn my back on God’s Word, then claim that I preach the whole counsel of God? God says withdrawal will cause her to be ashamed, repent and save her soul. I trust God’s Word and as much as it hurts to not be able to socialize with her, I stand ready to teach her the truth.

Finally, when we socialize with the unfaithful, we do them an injustice and truly do not love them. God is very clear that if we love our relatives who have fallen away, we must obey the commands of God so that they might be ashamed, repent and come home. The prodigal son’s father did not go to the far away land and socialize with his son in sin. He waited patiently for his son to repent and return home. Then, there was great celebration!

The Scriptures say:

2 Thess 3:6 But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which he* received from us.

2 Thess 3:14-15 And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed.

1 Tim 6:3-5 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing,…. From such withdraw yourself.