Picture by Lusi World Changers To see His Church the way Jesus did is to view a company of people imbued with His light and changing the world. He saw them as world changers when he said, "You are the light of the world" (Matt. 5:14) and taught them to pray "Your kingdom come, your… Continue reading Think Church, Be Church, Change the World
Q - Doesn’t the naming of Eve show that Adam had authority over her? A - No, both male and female were created in the image of God and they were given shared authority to rule (Gen 1:28). Brief explanation: There is a Jewish tradition that the one who does the naming of another has authority… Continue reading Doesn’t the naming of Eve show that Adam had authority over her?
Q & A Q - Isn’t the wife supposed to be the husband’s ‘helper’? A – Yes and No. The woman that was made to be with Adam was called his ‘help meet’ (Greek EZER KENEGDO), not his ‘helpmate’. Brief explanation: Ezer (help) does not mean from a lesser being. The same term is used… Continue reading Isn’t the wife supposed to be the husband’s ‘helper’?
Q - Doesn’t the Bible say that wives are to submit to their husbands as their ‘head’? A - Yes and No. Yes, only if the term ‘head’ (Greek: kephale) is understood as ‘origin’ or ‘source’ without the meaning of rank. The Bible teaches mutual submission between spouses. Brief explanation: 1 Corinthians 11:3 reads: ‘But… Continue reading Doesn’t the Bible say that wives are to submit to their husbands as their ‘head’?
Q - Can women be elders (leaders/pastors) in the church? A - Yes, Paul says, ‘If anyone (Greek tis – a gender neutral term) wants to be an elder...’ Brief explanation: In Christ, we are restored to the equality at creation (Gen 1:28). Male rule came about as a result of the Fall (Gen 3:16),… Continue reading Can women be elders (leaders/pastors) in the church?
Q - Doesn’t the Bible say that women are to 'keep silent' in church? A – No. In fact it says just the opposite. Brief explanation: Paul was clearly exasperated that such an idea was proposed and responded with ‘What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?’ (See… Continue reading Doesn’t the Bible say that women are to ‘keep silent’ in church?
CLICK ON THE QUESTION OR ANSWER FOR A FULLER EXPLANATION 1. Doesn’t the Bible say that women are to ‘keep silent’ in church? NO 2. Can women be elders (leaders/pastors) in the church? YES 3. Doesn’t the Bible say that wives are to submit to their husbands as their ‘head’? YES and NO 4. Isn’t… Continue reading Women in the Church – Common Questions
Equality Lost Sadly, the Church’s long embrace of Patriarchy (male leadership in society), as well as its current entanglement with Complementarianism (a newer watered down version of Patriarchy where the role of leadership in the home and church are designated to males), are a perpetuation of the Fall and its consequence, “HE (man) SHALL RULE… Continue reading God’s Plan for Gender Equality in the Home, Church and all of Society
Did Paul, or for that matter God, teach “"Let your women keep silence in the churches”? In writing to the Corinthian church, Paul writes, "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… Continue reading “Let your women keep silence in the churches.” Really?
In Part 1, I consider that Gender neutrality is evident in 1 Tim 3:1, indicating that from the outset God is open to both male and female elders. 1Tim 3:1 reads, “This is a true saying, If a man (Gk. tis - anyone) desire the office of a bishop, he (not in Gk.) desireth a… Continue reading Can Women be Elders? – Part 2