Daughter: It’s amazing how your pastor can preach a beautiful message about Martha and Mary and point out Jesus’ invitation to women to sit at His feet as disciples, yet your church expects women to merely fill seats and give money without any real participation.
Me: That’s because Paul trumps Jesus.
Or, as Fake Mark Driscoll (@NotDriscoll) tweeted, “I’m tired of people saying Jesus gave women a voice. If I’m not mistaken, about 30 years later Paul suggested they zip it.”
It doesn’t matter that the first person to whom Jesus whispered His Messianic identity was a woman. And that many of the Samaritans from her town believed in Him because of her testimony.
It doesn’t matter that there are Old Testament precedents for women in leadership. Deborah, after all, ruled over men as both a prophet and a judge.
It doesn’t even matter that Paul considered Priscilla his co-worker in Christ.
Paul wrote that women should remain silent in the church and by golly we are sticking to it. Here’s what he said, “Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says.” (1 Corinthians 14:34 NIV). And what law would that be? There is nothing in the capital l Law of the Old Testament that says women must remain silent. And since he used the lower case l for law, I’m guessing he was referring to the Talmud, which is merely a collection of rabbinical teachings.
In 1 Timothy 2:12 Paul wrote, “I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.” I being the operative word. Therefore, Fake Mark Driscoll, it does not matter that Paul suggested that women zip it, because we are Jesus’s church, not Paul’s.
And let me just point out that Paul also wrote: “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith… There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male or female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:26, 28 NIV)
A friend posted this on Facebook: “The Bible is not trail mix, you cannot pick out what you like and leave the rest.” For what unholy reasons does my church hold the teachings of the Talmud and Paul’s personal preference with an iron grip, while ignoring his co-ministry with Lydia and Priscilla? Why do they ignore the Old Testament and the dignity and voice Jesus gave to women?
Satan’s strategy is to divide and conquer, and some of us are playing right into his crafty old hands.
© The Reluctant Baptist, 2014