The first 5 parts of this article can be found at the links below:
The original message to which I responded was written by Steve Coerper and can be found at the link below:
I kept the original title in my articles in order to keep a consistency as to why I was writing.
Remember, first the natural then the spiritual, so if this is a natural picture what is the spiritual picture? The spiritual picture is that the church represented by the woman should dress itself spiritually with modesty, self-control, godliness, submissiveness and quietness. It also shows us that we as the church should not usurp the authority that God has given Jesus as the head of the church and obviously we should not teach him.
Likewise, the natural aspect of this is also true. Men should pray without arguing and anger and women should present themselves in a modest, godly and quiet manner. The women should not usurp the authority given to the man or teach him the doctrines and precepts of the scriptures. Two reasons are given as to why the woman should do these things.
These reasons go back to the beginning with Adam and Eve. The first reason Paul gives is that it was because Adam was formed first and not Eve. 1 Corinthians 11:8-9 says it this way:
Man does not take his origin from woman, but woman takes hers from man. For man was not created for woman's sake, but woman for man's. - Weymouth Translation
By noting this, the Lord is saying that his purpose was for man to carry out his plan and that the woman was to help the man in this matter. It is simply the way God wants it. The second reason that a woman should not teach nor usurp authority over a man is because Eve was deceived by the devil into eating the fruit in the garden.
There is also a third reason, one that is not as obvious in the scriptures but is there most blatantly. Jesus chose 12 disciples if he had wanted to establish that women should also be have the role that he has given to man he would have chosen 6 men and 6 women. If God had wanted that to be so he would have told Jesus to do such as he was up all night in prayer before he chose his disciples. Men are not called to be women and women are not called to be men. Men are not called to become pregnant with children and women are not called to teach or have authority over men.
It is not because women cannot teach because the scriptures tell us in Titus 2:3-5:
3 In the same way exhort aged women to let their conduct be such as becomes consecrated persons. They must not be slanderers nor enslaved to wine drinking. They must be teachers of what is right.
4 They should school the young women to be affectionate to their husbands and to their children, to be sober-minded, pure in their lives, 5 industrious in their homes, kind, submissive to their husbands, so that the Christian teaching may not be exposed to reproach. – Weymouth Translation
It is only that women are not to teach men the doctrines and precepts of the scriptures. This is why they are told to learn in quietness. It does not mean that they cannot speak rather it goes to the attitude of the heart. Just as the church does not teach Jesus nor does man teach Jesus likewise the woman does not teach the church nor does she teach man the things pertaining to the doctrines and precepts of the scriptures. This is a protection for the woman (her head being the man) and for the man (his head being Jesus), first the natural than the spiritual.
Some will no doubt say that Aquila and Priscilla taught Apollos the more excellent way with Priscilla being an integral part of this teaching. This is true and if we take into consideration all the rest of the scriptures and believe that Priscilla was the type of woman the scriptures describe as a godly woman, we must realize that she may have helped her husband instruct Apollos but she didn’t have the last word.
Likewise with the women Paul commends as fellow workers or helpers in the Lord. Does helping in the Lord or being a fellow worker in the Lord only pertain to preaching the gospel? Hardly, there are many aspects of ministering unto the Lord. In Luke 8:1-3 we see:
Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, 2 and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, 3 and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod's household manager, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means. ESV
Were not these women fellow workers or helpers unto the Lord? Then there are those women in 1 Tim 5:9-11:
9 Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been the wife of one husband, 10 and having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has shown hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has cared for the afflicted, and has devoted herself to every good work. ESV
These women also were fellow workers and helpers. Ministering unto the Lord is not just about preaching the gospel; it is also about living the gospel. Every single part of the body of Christ is necessary and has a function that only that part can fulfill. However, in our celebrity-focused society many within the church deem only those things that get much focus and attention desirable whether male or female.
Our society does not lend itself to such understanding of God and his ways. It chafes at the thought of God having roles for the sexes. It teaches us that all things are equal and that there are no roles. Two men or two women being married are just the same as a man and a woman being married. The attitudes behind this type of thinking have invaded the church and the relationship between man and woman within the church. Yet never has a man given birth to a child and is this not the role that God has given woman? However, in our society this great honor has been defiled to the point of ripping a child from the womb. Once again the devil has deceived us and degraded women when we allow such things to take place. In this case man has failed the woman in allowing abortion in our society.
Going on we see that the scriptures say that there is neither male nor female in Christ. In Gal 3:25-29 they say:
But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise.
In Jesus there is neither male nor female…there are only sons. We are the sons of God because God has sent forth the spirit of his son into our heart to cry Abba Father (Gal. 4:6). Since Jesus is the son of God and since he sent the Spirit of his Son into our heart we become the sons of God. For he that is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him (1 Cor. 6:17).
If then we are all sons and there is neither male nor female what does that mean? Does it mean that in the husband/wife relationship that there is no longer a headship or guide?
...to be continued