Does 1 Timothy 2:12 apply to all Christian ladies, or are Methodist ladies exempt?
- BJLv 73 weeks agoFavorite Answer
No woman is exempt.
Those charged with oversight of a congregation are described in the Bible as being males. The 12 apostles of Jesus Christ were all males, and those later appointed to be overseers and ministerial servants in Christian congregations were males.
Thus, although women make valuable contributions to the activity of the congregation, there is no provision for them to preside, or to take the lead by instructing the congregation, when qualified men are present.
In keeping with this precedent, we find that the apostle Paul limited the appointment of congregational elders (and ministerial servants) to men. Moreover, he reminded Timothy: I do not permit a woman to teach, or to exercise authority over a man. 1 Tim. 2:12
- JustinLv 73 weeks ago
It doesn't apply to ALL Christian ladies anyway.
The word used in 1 Timothy 2:12 is the Greek word 'gune' and is the term ONLY applied to 'married women,' which is why their husbands are referenced here as well with the illustration of Adam and Eve, (also in 1 Corinthians 14:35, etc...). The 'virgin,' (Greek: 'parthenos,' 'unmarried woman'), is permitted to even be a 'prophet' (e.g. Acts 21:9), a position of greater authority than 'teacher,' and just under 'apostle' as described in 1 Corinthians 12:28.
The married woman was not permitted to speak or pray publicly unless she had sufficiently long hair to obscure her identity among the other women or was wearing a head covering. This was done to protect her from local reprisals, since married Christian women were very active agents working 'behind the scenes' against local crime and immorality. Her power was mostly 'nonverbal' and exercised like networks surrounding her house and connecting her to other women and their homes. It is similar to 'espionage' only disrupting evil locally before it could become powerful enough to require 'state' level intervention. They were not permitted to teach because their loyalties would always be divided between their own husbands and family and the Church, causing them to be more vulnerable to partiality and deception by evil, leading to corruption.
ALL women must be accountable to a male, even when teaching or prophesying 'because of the angels,' (1 Corinthians 11:10). This is a reference to the heavenly social order. It does NOT imply inequality since Christ Himself is 'under authority' to GOD the Father by direct parallel and they are Perfect Equals, (1 Corinthians 11:3).
Ethnicity, birth class and gender are no longer considerations in equality:
"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:28).
- FireballLv 73 weeks ago
ALL CHRISTIANS HAVE REPENTED AND ARE SAVED...SO HIDING WHILE TRYING TO SINGLE OUT OTHERS MAKES U LOOK SMALL...GOD IS JUDGE THANK GOD NOT YOU...BUG OFF MYOB...