See that potential that you have within you. Don’t let another’s negativity kill you. You are His creation.
1 TIM 2: 11-14 Let a woman learn in quietness, and entire submissiveness. I allow no woman to teach or to have authority over men; she is to remain in quietness and keep silence in religious assemblies. For Adam was first formed, then Eve; And it was not Adam who was deceived,but the woman who was deceived and deluded and fell into transgression.
In this passage, again I must clarify that Paul was speaking about a specific church that was having a lot of trouble.
The Ephesian church had a problem with an influx of false teachers. The women of the church seemed to be most susceptible to the false teachings because they had not yet acquired enough Bible knowledge to be able to discern the truth. At this point, they were all baby Christians who had not been privy to studying the Scriptures before now. Yet here they were challenging those who had been studying for years and in some cases were promoting false teachers and revelations that were in error!
The men had a jump start on them (mirroring the order of creation – Adam first, then Eve, who was deceived). Therefore, the women needed to sit down and learn from those who were qualified to teach them without disputing what they heard. A little bit of knowledge can be dangerous. These women needed to acquire the full truth along with understanding, experience, and Christian maturity.
The word “silent” here in the Greek expresses an attitude of quietness and composure. A different word is used to communicate complete silence. These women also seemed to be having an issue about wearing inappropriate clothing. This was a situation where abuses of new freedom were abundant and had to be corrected.
This increasingly became a problem across the board as churches began to spring up, causing this to become a universal mandate to women everywhere. Therefore, Paul was instructing Timothy not to put any of the women in leadership positions because of their inexperience and susceptibility to deception.
Everyone was clamouring for leadership positions in the Ephesian church, so Paul took the time to lay out the requirements for all of them everywhere. Based on their behaviour, he made it painstakingly clear – even with the men – that Christian maturity, sound moral character, and a pure and blameless life coupled with great faith and sound doctrine were requirements that could not be negotiated.
Paul was no way, no how, stifling women regarding speaking in church. How could he when earlier in the same letter to the Corinthians, giving instruction for public worship, he addressed the matter of women praying and prophesying in public?
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