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Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Our Sunday Best – 1 Corinthians 14:26-40, 1 Timothy 2:8-15

June 25th, 2018 Viewed 550 times, 2 so far today

Where Does Paul Derive His Instruction about the Men/Women in the Church?

First, Paul appeals to the fact that God is not the author of confusion. Next, he takes on the idea that the man is the spiritual leader in the home (Deut 6). Adam and Eve get another mention in 1 Tim 2.

What are the commands in these passages?

  • All done in church is for edification and needs to be done in order.
  • Those that are not speaking should weigh what has been said.
  • Women are to keep silent and submissive in church.
  • A woman is to ask of her husband if there is something she wishes to learn.
  • Women should be adorned modestly, showing her good works.
  • Women are not to exercise authority over a man.

Is the Pastor/Teacher/Leader Always Right?

This passage would imply that the answer is no—even if it’s someone that’s prophesying, there were to be those that judged what was said to determine whether it was so. Paul indicated that we should be aware of false teachers and false teaching, as well as the Bereans were commended for searching out the Scriptures after hearing teaching. We are not to be passive learners. This underscores the power of the home as spiritual center (Deut 6) as the woman was to seek her “head” to learn, and not just learn from that which was taught because she could be more easily deceived.

What Is a Church?

If these are rules for a gathering of the church, what is a meeting of the church? Does that include Bible Studies? Sunday School? Just Worship Services? Are we violating these teachings by how we allow for questions from anyone from any sex? In the early days, they met in homes and had more like home Bible Studies, so the idea that it’s just for in the church does not seem to fit. And yet, what would this look like?

Is the Command Cultural?

Perhaps this command was only for them, as the women might have been less educated in spiritual things, and maybe men were less tolerant and considered it high disrespect for his wife to be holding forth on the word over him. And yet what man wants another man telling his wife what is right or wrong in the Lord if that’s his duty? Perhaps the problem that we have is that men have become passive in their responsibility both to their wives and to the Scripture. They have allowed the Pastor to take the position of Spiritual authority for his home, which the Bible never gives him. While the Pastor is to care for the flock, he is never given that place of Spiritual Authority of someone else’s home any more than any other believer pointing out sin.

Either It’s Right, or It’s Not

July 13th, 2009 Viewed 1582 times

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Truth is a difficult concept.  It’s not difficult to use—for much of math uses it as a foundation of logic—but to get to the bottom of truth means that one has to believe something with absolute certainty.

Post modernism tells us that there is no truth—or truth is not knowable.  It emphasizes the idea that either truth can change, or truth can be different for different people.

One great illustration of this is what’s currently going on in the Catholic Church.

Why Would You Throw it All Away?

March 10th, 2008 Viewed 1900 times

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Today’s big news concerns the Democrat Governor of New York, but he is hardly the first and will not be the last. In case you had not heard, Governor Eliot Spitzer engaged in acts that he prosecuted as the Attorney General of the state of New York– he hired a prostitute on multiple occasions.

There are many things that makes this tragic. It’s just the latest thing in Gov. Spitzer’s life to come undone.

The Wedding that Almost Wasn’t

October 27th, 2006 Viewed 4479 times

Juliana Redd wanted to marry Perry Myres in a ceremony at a Mormon temple, and her parents did not want her to– for reasons that CNN doesn’t give. So, what did they do? They kidnapped her!

They told her that they were taking her shopping for the wedding, and made her miss her rehearsal dinner. They returned after the couple was to be married.

Now, I don’t know why the parents were upset. It could be religious background of the parents and the woman were different than that of the groom. It could be that she had just told them she was pregnant (the couple are due to have their first child in May which would put the date of conception some time in August.)

In any case, this puts a fine point on who is in charge. Are the parents or is the woman?

Authority of Christ

February 16th, 2004 Viewed 3742 times
Español: Intercambio de anillos entre los novios

Español: Intercambio de anillos entre los novios (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This past weekend we were over watching the movie Time Changers and it reminded me about separating the authority of Christ from moral discussions. In the last post, I talked about homosexuality and homosexual marriage. Since then, hundreds of gay couples have lined up and / or gotten married in San Fransisco. When discussing this with a coworker, he ruled religion out of the conversation, and basically said that if an act doesn’t harm someone else, then we should be free to do it.

But should we? Certainly sin has a way of spreading, and encouraging deviant behavior, be it homosexuality or any other such behavior, cannot be good for anyone. This is not the starting point, but the continuing of making sin acceptable.

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