Summary: Scripture grants much more freedom to women than the historical church allowed them to have, but does that freedom include the permission to teach men?

(The views expressed in this teaching are not necessarily those of Freedom Bible College, Concepts of Freedom Ministries, or any affiliations, ministers, faculty, or staff thereof.)


A. I ask your forgiveness in advance as this message is going to seem harsh at some points. (Those who know me personally or have even read my material know that I am not in the business of condemnation.)

B. I also want to state that this is not a personal attack against anyone. I love my brothers and sisters in Christ. I am merely standing for what the scripture teaches.

C. Since the early to mid 20th century, one of the changes that has taken place is the appearance of women preachers & teachers. Some see it as wonderful while some see it as horrible.

D. The only way to determine the truth is by examining the Bible and letting it provide the final answer. The Scriptures clearly teach that there is a distinction in the roles God wants men and women to fulfill.

E. When either men or women fail to fulfill their God-given responsibilities, they are in rebellion against God.

F. Regardless of what some say, men and women are different in more ways than just the obvious.

1. Mentally -- Men are good with mental three dimensional manipulation, while women are better at doing multiple tasks simultaneously).

2. Verbally -- 100% of women’s oral noise is verbal. Only 60% of man’s is (The toolman had it right; men like to make noise -- grunt, grunt, vroom, vroom).

3. Differences in responsibilities (no time to go into it -- look up the following scriptures.)

a. Responsibilities of men (Ephesians 5:25-33, Ephisians 6:4, Colossians 3:18, I Timothy 5:8).

b. Different responsibilities of women (Genesis 3:16, I Corinthians 11:3, Ephesians 5:22 & 33, Colossians 3:18, Titus 2:4-5, I Peter 3:1-6)

4. There are many other differences.

G. Read text.

H. Some ignore this passage. Others make wild charges that Paul was a male chauvinist, but this same Paul also wrote...

1. I Corinthians 14:37-38 -- "If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant."

2. Galatians 1:11-12 -- "But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ."

3. Paul wrote what God told him to write!

I. We must not argue with God nor compromise with those who do.

J. Cannot pick and choose what we want to accept and reject in the Bible. It’s either all truth or corrupt.

K. As the scripture says, we must let those who are ignorant be ignorant. We cannot force people to accept the truth.

L. I Timothy 2:11-12 -- "Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

1. Some have invented ingenious arguments in their attempts to get around this passage, but we must ask, did God reveal the truth through His apostle or not?

2. Can anyone claim that this passage is not teaching a difference in the roles of men and women and still keep a straight face?

3. I Timothy 2:13-14 -- Paul gave two reasons for women learning in silence and not having authority over men.

a. Reason #1 -- "For Adam was formed first, then Eve."

1. Adam created first and given charge over God’s creation.

2. Eve made as his "help meet."

3. Adam was never to be Eve’s help-meet.

b. Reason #2 -- "Adam was not decieved, but the woman being decieved was in the transgression."


A. Argument #1 -- Men and women are equal in the eyes of God.

1. prooftext Galatians 3:28 -- "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus."

2. The real meaning of Galatians 3:28.

a. Has nothing to do with gender roles as is assumed by many.

1. Paul deals with gender roles many times in his epistles. The Word is clear that Men and women are different.

2. Jews and Greeks never traded nationalities!

3. Slaves were not released, and free people did not become enslaved when they accepted Jesus!

4. If their roles did not change, it is inconsistant to say that the roles of men and women changed.

b. The verse has to do with value in God’s eyes.

1. Jews and Gentiles are of the same value.

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Craig Gove

commented on Jan 24, 2010

Every one seems to ignore the fact that inspiration of Scripture was in action from Genesis to Paul and only some time later was the canon of Scripture closed. Under those circumstances I can see the role of women being different, also taking into context that women in general from Creation up to Paul penning this letter were far inferior to that of men and only since the 19 century did women begin to catch up educationally due to freedoms granted through democracy. Thus many of the women in the early church were uneducated or less educated than men especially Jewish men and thus their role as teachers would have been counter-productive to the revelation of God. Note also that Paul says that women must learn in quietness... women were still learning and their educational progress was becasue of the Christian church, although hindered by the church in some generations. Today Women are nothing like the women of old as it pertains to education and their ability to teach is equal to that of men. With the closing of the canon why can a women not teach the already established Word of God?

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