When I was growing up my parents taught me a lot of things. However, the most important thing I remember learning from them was that everyone was created equal. This meant that I grew up believing specifically that both men and women were equal. I was raised to believe that being a woman didn’t disqualify me from anything; as long as I set my mind on something I could achieve it. My brother was also raised to believe that he could achieve anything he set his mind on.
My church had a very heavy hand in this belief as well ~
The church I was raised in was a Foursquare Church, so obviously I grew up believing that women in ministry wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. When I began attending Life Pacific College I was surprised to learn that our denomination is one of the few denominations that actually believe in women in ministry. Who knew? Let’s just say that it was a huge change to attend LIFE where “women in ministry” was mentioned in every class since I came from a church where it was just “ministry”. It was hard to grasp that people actually believed that women shouldn’t be leading in the church, let alone talking—with the exception of women’s ministry of course because only women can lead women!
This Sunday, Pastor Scott busted the myth that women shouldn’t speak up in church. He did this by taking one of the most commonly misinterpreted passages where people find the fuel for their arguments against women in ministry, and tearing it apart. Pastor Scott read 1 Timothy 2:8-15 and he shared the background and context of the letter as a whole. In doing so, we see that Paul wasn’t telling Timothy that women couldn’t be involved in ministry or speak up in the church. Actually, Paul was encouraging the women to learn in quietness and submission (to their teachers). In order to avoid the spreading of false teachings, Paul wanted the women to learn the truth first before speaking up in the church.
Ironically, I never argued with people on this issue~
In the past I believed that women should not simply be allowed in ministry, but encouraged in it. However, I never knew the facts. I never took the time to actually read and discover the truth about what the Bible said concerning this controversial subject. Not fully understanding the truth behind the text, I never put myself in a position to debate it.
I think this is what Paul was trying to avoid~
Paul didn’t want to silence the women in the church; he wanted to make sure that what the women were speaking was the truth.