Archive for July, 2014

God’s Covering Requirement Is Tied To Creation Just Like The Prohibition Against Women Preachers

July 25, 2014

The 1990 Freed-Hardeman University forum had a lively but organized public discussion regarding women preachers. First, the women preacher advocates argued the Bible’s prohibition against women preachers was only because of the culture of that time.

Here was Ralph Gilmore’s response to that argument:

· These scriptures are not tied to culture. They are tied to creation … I do not know how they can say … this is a cultural matter when at least these two instances, and probably three instances [i.e., I Cor 11, I Tim 2, and I Cor 14], it’s tied to creation, it’s tied to creation, it’s tied to creation. – p.57

· I Timothy 2:12-15 is not cultural because it says the woman came from the man, and woman was deceived in the transgression. – p.72

Now notice Lynn Mitchell’s reply to Gilmore’s response: “In I Corinthians 11, Paul bases his discussion on whether women should wear veils on the doctrine of creation and the order that exists between God and woman.” – p.133

Doesn’t women preacher advocate Lynn Mitchell have a valid point? Isn’t God’s covering requirement tied to creation just like God’s prohibition against women preachers? Do you see then how that both instructions stand or fall together?

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Headship And God’s Covering Requirement

July 18, 2014

I Corinthians 11:3-5a teaches that a woman ought to be covered when she prays or prophesies because of the order of HEADSHIP: But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head …

Is man still the head of woman? Many of our more liberal brethren say no, male headship was just “cultural” (sound familiar?), so they allow women preachers, elders, etc.

But since man is still the head of woman, and since the covering requirement is based upon the headship principle, then the Bible still says that if a woman prays to God uncovered, she dishonors her head (man).

We can’t just pick and choose what we want! – you can’t have headship without the covering.

Does I Corinthians 11:2-16 Teach Women May Preach In The Church?

July 12, 2014

One favorite text of the Women Preacher advocates is I Cor 11:2-16. They claim this text is talking about the church assembly, and since it refers to women prophesying that would prove women can preach in church. But I Cor 11:2-16 has nothing to do with the church assembly per se. Instead it teaches a woman should wear a veil whenever and wherever she prays or prophesies. And I Cor 14:34-35 shows that her prophesying never took place in the church assembly.

What about verse 16 which says “neither the churches of God.” Does that prove verses 2-16 are talking about the church assembly? No because verse 16 refers to local churches, not necessarily to the assembly of those local churches:

· For example, was there only persecution against the assembly in Acts 8:1?

· Acts 8:3 says Paul “made havoc of the church, entering into every house.” Was that persecution done only in the assembly?

· Acts 14:27 proves the church is the church even before it gathers.

· I Cor 14:23 proves the church is the church even when it is not assembled.

And what about the fact that I Corinthians 11:17-34 refers to the assembly. Does that prove verses 2-16 are talking about the church assembly? Notice that verse 2 begins the first section of I Cor 11 with “I praise you” while verse 17 beings the second section with “I praise you not” – an indicator that two different contexts are under consideration. And Paul says in verse 18, “For first of all, when ye come together in the church” – again indicating a switch in thought from the previous section.

If you are going to find an example of women preaching in the church assembly, you’re going to have to find it elsewhere.

Can A Man Can Give His Wife Authority To Preach?

July 6, 2014

If a man could give his wife authority to preach in the church assembly contrary to passages like I Cor 14:34-35 and I Tim 2:11-12, then could a man give his wife authority to do the following things that are also contrary to God’s word?:

• murder ?

• commit adultery ?

• steal ?

• claim to be the Messiah ?

• lesbian activity ?

• sprinkle for baptism ?

• shave off all her hair ?

If not, why not?

The truth is a man can never give his wife authority to do anything contrary to scripture; and that would include preaching to the church, because “women preachers” are definitely contrary to God’s word.

A husband cannot use his authority to change the Bible. I Cor 14:34-35 plainly says it is wrong for a woman to speak in the church!