Apostolic Preterist

Can Women Preach & Teach


Can Women Preach & Teach

 Should women preach or teach in the church?
By: Thracia Gharst

 For a long time as a woman I heard men say that women were not suppose to preach in the church. I totally agreed, because of the following scripture-

1 Timothy 2: 10-15 9In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 10But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. 11Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 12But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 13For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. 15Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

  1. Cor 14: 34Let 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."

  2. Then I realized it said "as saith the law. It mentions A. Good Works B. Eves transgression which caused the curse and C. The law. All three are things having to do with the law.

  3. Both speaks of being silent but it's Cor. that says saith the law the scripture is in the new testament, but the first century church was under the law until Christ came back accomplishing everything- Matt 5:18 " For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth (law) disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished." If you're a futurist then you believe we are still under the law and the above scripture Matt 5:18 becuase the literal heaven and the literal earth has not passed away meaning we are still under the law.

      On the contrary, if you are a preterist like me and believe Jesus came back in 70 A.D. ending the law or at least believe the law is passed then you see from Matthew 5:18 that heaven and earth symbolizes the law and heaven and earth (in bible prophecy) has passed.

      If the above scriptures about women not preaching, teaching, ect was under the law then woman are no longer under the law and 1 Cor 14:34 does not apply to women, because we are under the covenant of grace.

      Timothy's scripture verse 10 talks about good works and works was under law faith was under grace. In Timothy verse 13 It also talks about transgressions which is sin. Jesus made an end of sin at Calvary Heb. 9:26, by becoming a curse for us breaking the curse Gal 3:13. It talks about the woman being silent, because of the transgression (sin) which caused the curse, but Jesus when he died broke the curse undoing what the woman had caused to happen, how can the woman then be punished by being silent once the curse was broken? The curse being broken went into effect forever when he came back in 70 A.D. Jesus was married to the first century church his bride in 70 A.D (according to the story of the wedding feast Jesus married his bride right after the city was destroyed) Then every Christian since then has been an offspring of that union and we all are (spiritually) male, because we are sons of God gal.3:26 no longer are we women considered woman, but offspring of God spiritually.

      We woman and men are the temple of the holy spirit according to 1 Cor 6:19-20 and where we go to worship might be what we call church, but it is just a building not like the old temple which was considered the place where God was (in the ark of the covenant) and where they worshipped God. Now we are the temple and where ever we go God goes with us, because we are the temple of the holy spirit and since Jesus is the father, son and holy spirit in one he is within us. We can worship him anywhere. We woman as the temple of God can speak freely. Otherwise if 1 Cor. 13:34 meant woman had to be silent, speaking under the law was still applied we would never be able to speak.

      Now we women as the temple whenever we speak we are speaking in the temple, because we are the temple of the holy spirit. Remember Galatians 3:28 we are neither male nor female, bond nor free, but one in Christ Jesus. My point is 1. We are no longer under the law 2. We are now the temple of God 3. We are sons of God and 4. We are neither male nor female so woman can speak at church and I have heard woman speak that were under the anointing and highly used of God. I I know even when I thought women were not suppose to speak in church before fully understanding they could I thought God was dealing with me to speak at times. I am very glad I understand that those scriptures were under Law and that those scriptures do not apply to women today.

      There are other people who believe that even back in the disciples day that the scriptures about women not speaking was interpreted wrong. Some believe the following scriptures were interpreted this way.

      1 Timothy 2:12

Many Bible scholars believe Paul was dealing with a serious heresy problem in the church at Ephesus when he wrote 1 Timothy 2:12. Certain female teachers were spreading dangerous gnostic fables, and in some cases they were suggesting that women are superior to men or that Eve was created before Adam. Paul commanded Timothy not to let these women spread their doctrines. Yet we know that he was more than willing to let trained, Bible-believing women teach--since he commends such female ministers as Phoebe, Junia, Priscilla, Tryphena and Tryphosa .

The apostle Paul's strong words in 1 Corinthians 14:34 ("Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak") is a curious verse, one that has perplexed scholars because it seems to contradict Paul's earlier words in the same chapter--in which he encourages all believers to prophesy.

Some theologians believe the apostle is calling for order because women were disrupting the church meeting with loud, argumentative chatter. Others believe that verses 34 and 35 are quotes from a letter written to Paul by the leaders of the Corinthian church, which Paul answers in verse 36 (Amplified) by saying: "What! Did the Word of the Lord originate with you?"

However we interpret the complexities of this passage, we cannot use it to create a blanket rule that restricts women from preaching, praying, teaching or prophesying. Women prophets appear in the Old and New Testaments, and Joel 2:28 declares that both your "sons and your daughters" (NKJV, emphasis added) would prophesy after the Holy Spirit was given to the church.

 But didn't Paul also say that women shouldn't teach because they are more easily deceived than men?

 Paul mentions Eve's deception when he tells Timothy that he won't allow women to usurp men's authority (see 1 Tim. 2:14). But this is in the context of the situation at the church in Ephesus--where ignorant, untrained women were spreading heresy by claiming to have special revelations. If Paul believed that all women were deceivers by nature he would not have commissioned Priscilla, Junia or any other woman to lead churches or share apostolic responsibility. His comment about Eve was a warning about the dangers of letting untrained people spread doctrinal error.

 http://www.christdrivenwomen.com/Articles/LettheWomenPreachByLeeGrady/tabid/131/Default.aspx J Lee Grady Let the women preach (article)

 Female disciples identified in the New Testament

 Romans 16:7 "Greet Andronicus and Junias, (female) my relatives who have been in prison with me. They are prominent among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was."

Phoebe. Paul commended Phoebe to the church at Rome and asked them to "receive her in the Lord" when she arrived from Cenchrea to work among them (Rom. 16:1-2). Although he refers to her as a "deacon" (diakonon in Greek), scholars have translated the word as "servant." The Greek word Diakonon is the same word used for Deacon men in the bible.

A female name Junias was an apostle. Other women used in the bible was Deborah, a prophetess, Ester, The Samaritan woman, Philip's daughters. Acts 21:9 (prophetesses) Pheobe, Israel's high priest, Hilkiah.

My point is that lots of women in the old and new testament were either prophetesses, disciples, apostles, and saints of God. I believe scriptures have been misinterpreted regarding woman preaching and teaching in church and even if they were not misrepresented, they were under the law and we are not under the law, but grace.




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