Harmonizing Suffer NOT a Woman to Teach with There is neither Male nor Female in the Body of Christ

 



How do we harmonize Romans Chapter 12:4-8 KJB (all members one body in Christ) and Galatians 3:28 (neither male nor female but 1 in Christ), 1 Corinthians chapter 12 (mirrors Romans chapter 12,) with 2 Timothy 2:12 (Suffer not a woman to preach); 1 Corinthians 14:34 (Women not permitted to speak, but remain silent)?


Side note: I believe the Apostolic anointing ceased with the last apostle John, tongues etc have ceased but the gift of prophecy will continue until the Rapture.  Although there are certainly instances of healing and other miracles, but not a corporate broad application and certainly isolated.

 Reference `1 Corinthians 13:8-11 KJB.

Applying good bible hermeneutics, I believe the key is found in both the context of each scriptures that match, the language and meaning, and harmonizing scripture with scripture.

1. Context:  In each scripture forbidding women to teach and be silent, the context is THE WHOLE CORPORATE GATHERING - ASSEMBLY Read 1 Corinthians 14:23 KJB.  In Timothy Paul is no doubt referring to the Church of Ephesus. Read where Paul calls them BEASTS. Read Jesus' strong rebuke to Ephesus in Revelation 2:1-7 KJB.  IN Corinthians 14, Paul is again addressing a very undisciplined church no doubt stirred up by unruly JEZEBEL spirited women.  I have personally witnessed 2 church experiences where women were running amok and terrorizing the assembly, undisciplined and out of order.  Just think of JOYCE MYERS or PAULA WHITE. Enough said.  In scripture referring to women using their gifts to prophecy and teach it is within the assembly - KEY WORD = in the midst - part of but NOT Over.  This includes at home - read where Paul reminds Timothy of his mother and grandmother teaching him solid doctrine.  2 Timothy 1:5,6 KJB.

2. Language  the word suffer a woman... when we fully understand this word from the vocabulary and etymology we find it to match the context.   

to bear, undergo, endure, carry or put under," from sub "up, under" (see sub-) + ferre "to carry, bear," from PIE root *bher- (1) "to carry," also "to bear children."

Replaced Old English þolian, þrowian. Meaning "submit meekly to" is from early 14c. Meaning "undergo, be subject to, be affected by, experience; be acted on by an agent" is from late 14c. Related: SufferedsufferersufferingSuffering ______


  3. Harmonizing scripture with scripture.  As I mentioned above, each instance of telling women to shut up and not teach, it is a troubled church where obviously women were unruly and out of order.  We can also look at women in the assembly of the body of christ.  We see G2010 Strongs  Suffer is allow - permit and in all 19 uses it means a heavy burden placed upon in making this allowance.  In the context of 2 Timothy 2:12 we can really sense the background - context as to why.   

So, how do we harmonize the we are all the body of Christ and there is no distinction?  I have to go back to context and allow this to be the overriding direction.   If a woman is not directing, leading especially in the sense of  usurping the role of a man, she has a definite place in her role the gifts of prophecy, teaching within  WITHIN the body BUT not to be a PREACHER over the assembly like a PAULA WHITE.  and the many other reprobate in the faith women out there like Beth Moore, Joyce Myer,  etc. etc. 

Comments

  1. Thank you, Brother, for your clarity! I Timothy 2:12 makes it so clear that women are not to have spiritual authority over men; since that’s the case, how can they be preachers? The answer, as you clearly laid out, is that biblically, they are not allowed to be.

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