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Equal Before God As Children

The are many principles about men and women that come from God through the scriptures and some of them may not be treated with open arms by many in our society or even within the Christian church. The 1st principle that I'd like to establish, that should be received well, is that men and women both are made in the image of God and that both are of equal standing before God as children of the promise of eternal salvation.

So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Gal. 3:26-28

BUT while slaves and masters are equal before God as children of salvation, they do not have the same equality of socio-economic status within the world. And while Jews and Gentiles are equal before God as children of salvation, there has for most of earth's history been a discrepancy between these two classes of people. And while males and females are equal before God as children of salvation, there has since the beginning of time been a difference in their roles and hierarchy within the family, the world, and within the church.

Biblical Slavery - click this link to learn how Christians explain the slavery spoken of in scripture. We need not be ashamed of God's word, instead we should study it reveal it's truth.

Inequality Among Children

While all humans are equal in status in regards to being children of God and of the promises, there are many inequalities among the children of God, or the human race. We are all created equal in regards to value, but not in regards to gifts or characteristics because we are all so different in so many ways. And this is by the very design of God and for his own purposes even though sometimes it may not seem fair. And while some of the following characteristics can be altered and improved upon throughout life, these characteristics are also given by degrees by the genes we receive in the womb. For example we can increase our attractiveness by taking care of our bodies, or decrease it by not taking care of our bodies, but some people are just simply more genetically gifted than others from the start. And culture in which one grows up in can greatly affect how a person may think and act, yet genetic makeup predisposes us to thinking and acting certain ways as well.

1) Beauty Inequality - Some people are more beautiful than others. And some people are just simply not blessed with much attractiveness at all. Some people are tall and some are short. Some are skinny and some are fat. Some people have physical defects. Some people have smooth skin and some have bad skin. Some people are blessed with beautiful teeth and some have really bad teeth. There is much inequality in regards to human beauty and attractiveness throughout the world. While this may seem unfair to some, it is by God's design.

2) Intelligence Inequality - Some people are blessed with great intelligence and some are just simply not very smart people. Some people are intelligent in spiritual ways, some in "street smart" ways, some are considered "book smart." Yet others fall quite short and varying degrees.

3) Mentality Inequality - Some people are blessed with strong desire, yet sometimes this same desire can be their curse as well. Some people are naturally more passive in their approach. Some people have more energy than others. There are so many mental traits that people have to varying degrees such as motivation, anger, forgiveness, encouragement, depression, and I could go on and on. God gifted mankind unequally these various character traits.

4) Personality Inequality - Some people are gifted with the ability to be funny, and this is also a learned trait as well, but others just simply don't have it in them to do stand up comedy. Some people work really well with people as kids and when they grow up, while others struggle with this and it holds them back in life and various ways. Some people are loud and others are quiet. 

5) Athleticism Inequality - Not everyone is gifted with the athleticism to make millions of dollars playing in the NBA. Not everyone has the height to even have a chance. Some people are just physically gifted to play sports and some people are not. Yes, this gift has to be nurtured in order to develop those skills, but talent is talent. Some people are naturally stronger and faster than others. Some have better hand/eye coordination. There are various degrees of all these things as well. Is it unfair?

6) Race Inequality - While this is an extremely sensitive subject, the truth is that some races are gifted better characteristics than other races. Some races of people were cursed while others were blessed in the bible. Is this unfair?

7) Gender Inequality - This is also a very sensitive subject but God made men and women very differently. Men as a whole are stronger than women. Women as a whole are more nurturing than men. Women can give birth, men can not. Men are better athletes then women as a whole. Men are faster. Man was created before woman. Woman was made for man, not the other way around. Is this unfair?

8) Economic Inequality - Some people are born into rich families, while others are born into poverty. Some people work as slaves all the days of their life, while others live in luxury. Some people have retirement accounts or trust funds, while others don't. Some people handle their money well, while others never learn how to do so and struggle with it all the days of their life. Some people have successful careers while others make minimum wage or less. Is this unfair? 

9) Family Inequality - Some people have great families that love them, care for them, and teach them all the ways to be successful in life. While others do not have the blessing of having that loving family. Some babies get left in dumpsters, some get put up for adoption, some are raised in abusive homes. Some people have siblings and others don't. Some peoples parents divorce, while others stay together. Some kids have happy upbringings and others don't. Some kids starve to death, while others have everything they need. Is this unfair? The Father is the head of the household. The husband is head of the wife. The kids are under the parents. Is this unfair for kids to be under their parents?

10) Cultural Inequality - Some are raised in christian homes, while others are raised in homes that worship other gods or none at all. Some kids have bibles, some do not. Some kids are raised in a culture of love, others are raised in a culture of fear. Is this unfair?

11) Spiritual Gifts Inequality - God gives spiritual gifts as he chooses. The parable of the talents is an illustration of this as some are given 5 talents and other 10. Some people's talents are taken away because they didn't use them and others are given more because they did use them. God calls some people, while he appoints others to destruction.

12) Spiritual Rewards Inequality - Even in eternity there is inequality. Not everyone will receive the same eternal rewards. Some will not receive eternal life, while others will. Some people will receive more authority in the Kingdom of God than others. For more information on this read the page: Does Everyone Receive The Same Reward In "Heaven?".

13) Life Inequality - Some people live long health lives, this is not so for everyone. Some people die as babies, some die as teenagers, some are blessed with children while other are not, some people die in war, others die in freak accidents, and others die of disease. Why doesn't everyone get to live a long, healthy life? Is this unfair? 

14) Creation Inequality - God did not make all of his creation equal. The Angels are under God. We are also under God. But the Angels are also under us.
For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father”? Heb. 1:5
To which of the angels did God ever say, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”? Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? Heb. 1:13-14
Also, what about the animals? To which of the animals did God say to "fill the earth and subdue it?" God gave man dominion over the whole earth and all the animals in it. Is it unfair that a lion is stronger than a deer? There is so much inequality within the animal kingdom as well.  

God Is The Potter, We Are The Clay

You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to be like the clay! Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, "You did not make me"? Can the pot say to the potter, "You know nothing"? Isaiah 29:16
(God is the potter and we are the clay. He can mold whatever he chooses and however he chooses. The clay can not question the potter.)

This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Then the word of the Lord came to me. He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel. Jer. 18:1-6 (Again God is the potter and we are the clay. He can do whatever he wants or so chooses to do.)

Not only that, but Rebekah’s children were conceived at the same time by our father Isaac. Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad—in order that God’s purpose in election might stand: not by works but by him who calls—she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. For Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden. One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who is able to resist his will?” But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’ ” Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use? What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction? What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory—even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles? Rom. 9:10-24 (This is all quite sobering. This should make the meaning to "fear God" all so clear. God tells us plainly what his purpose is. It is to show to the objects of his mercy the riches of his glory and for his name to be proclaimed in all the earth. Who are we to question that? We can not as we are not able to see the "big picture" as God is.)

Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Cor. 12:6-10 (Paul tells us why God creates inequality among his creation. It is to keep us from being conceited and to show the power of God. It is to get us into a right relationship with him as the head and us under him as his people. If we are conceited, it creates rebellion. Don't forget how the Angel Lucifer became proud because of his brightness and rebelled.)

Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: Ezek. 28:17 (Satan was corrupted because he became too proud of his gifts, his strengths, and lack of weaknesses. He elevated himself above all, even rebelling against God to try to usurp him. God must create inequality and weaknesses within us to keep this from ever happening again and to show his glory and power so that we may allow ourselves to have a right relationship with God.)

Battle Of The Sexes

From the beginning of time the battle of the sexes has raged on. Let's start in the Garden of Eden to see where this all starts.

The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. Gen. 2:18-24 (The woman was created with a specific purpose, it was to be a suitable helper to the man. We will see how this does place the man as the head of the woman, but notice that the woman came from the side of the man. This is indicating that the woman is not under the man, but a helper at his side. This does not lower the woman, but elevates the woman to the side of man on his level. This is a very prominent position for women, although many of the feminist persuasion would be quite offended and unsatisfied with this position.)

To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” Gen. 3:16 (The man is prophesied to rule over the woman as part of her curse. But notice that the "desire will be for your husband." The word desire is "teshookaw." Gen. 4:7 is the only other place this word is used in scripture. It says that sin desired to control Cain, but that Cain must rule over it. This text is saying that the woman will desire to control the man, but that the man will in fact rule over the woman. This is the prophecy of the battle of the sexes. And this is scriptural proof that the ideals of feminism are in rebellion against God's will.)

The Head Of The Family

A "Patriarch" is a male figure who rules as head of the family. Abraham, David, and the 12 sons of Israel(Jacob) are all specifically called patriarchs in the bible. This means that they were the heads of their families. Genealogical representation is through the male as the seed is in the loins of the male, not the female. We will see that this is also shown in the new testament. But we must be very careful in how we define these roles because there is much room for misunderstanding.

Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the traditions just as I passed them on to you. But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head. But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head—it is the same as having her head shaved. For if a woman does not cover her head, she might as well have her hair cut off; but if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, then she should cover her head. A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. It is for this reason that a woman ought to have authority over her own head, because of the angels. Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. But everything comes from God. Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? Does not the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him, but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering. If anyone wants to be contentious about this, we have no other practice—nor do the churches of God. 1 Cor. 11:1-16 (This text is about order and authority in the family. The man is the head of the family. "Nor do the churches of God" indicates this also applies to the order and authority within the church. This is a doctrinal statement for all time because it is reasoned by the account of creation with Adam and Eve.)

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church—for we are members of his body. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. Eph. 5:21-33 (This is a two way street. The man is to do his part and the women is to do her part regardless of the other's participation. The hierarchy of authority is clear in scripture in regards to the family and the church. Of course this is a huge responsibility for the man to love the woman as Christ loved the church. Men have fallen short on this command more times than not. But so too have women fallen short of their command. Men and women to God are like children fighting, always keeping score, not wanting for one to up the other. We should instead just focus on our part and fulfill that regardless of what the other does. That would give glory to God.)

Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear. Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers. Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats ; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. 1 Peter 2:18 - 3:18 (Wow, Peter councils men and women both on how to handle it when their spouse falls short of the commands of Ephesians 5. This is hard apply, but God is aware when these things happen, and God has spoken on what our response should be.)

Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free. And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him. Eph. 6:4-9 (Men are to be the primary teachers of children in the ways of God. Also this text shows how slaves should behave toward masters, but that masters should treat slaves in the same way. And while women are above slaves, the same principles apply for men and women towards each other.)

Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.1 Tim. 5:8 (The man is to provide for his household and also care for his relatives such as old parents.)

Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly. Prov. 14:29 
The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered. Prov. 17:27 (More virtues of the biblical man.)

A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. Prov. 31:10-30 (We see the value and the rarity in a noble wife. We see this wife "selling" with "earnings" and "profit." She carries herself with strength and dignity. She manages the household and is not idle. Women have a high standard as well.)

Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him. You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Yes, this will be the blessing for the man who fears the Lord. Psalm 128:1-4 (Fear of the Lord results in your wife being a fruitful vine.)

A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones. Prov. 12:4 (Men should fear the Lord as in Psalm 128, because the opposite of the noble wife, is not a pretty picture.)

I find more bitter than death the woman who is a snare, whose heart is a trap and whose hands are chains. The man who pleases God will escape her, but the sinner she will ensnare. Eccl. 7:26 (Women can be a bitter snare for men that do not fear the Lord. So the man's position of authority over the woman is not one to be abused, as the judgment of God will come upon any man that does so through the woman.)

Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam f no suitable helper was found. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” Gen. 2:19-23
Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living. Gen. 3:20
(We see here further confirmation of man's authority over woman. The person giving someone a name is always over the person receiving the name. Adam named all the animals, which was an act of dominion over them. Adam named Eve. God named Adam. There are many examples of this precedent in the Bible.)

For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner.1 Tim. 2:13-14 (We have the fall of man in which Timothy tells us that Adam was formed 1st. This order sets a precedent for authority. Eve was deceived by Satan, not Adam. This tells us that women as a whole can sometimes be more easily deceived. It also tells us that Adam knew exactly what he was doing eating the forbidden fruit, as he was not deceived in doing so. Adam loved Eve and she was doomed. In order to save her he had to fall as well and hope that God would save them both. It was the nature of God in Adam that made him sacrifice himself and the rest of the human race. And that same nature is what caused Christ to come to earth and die and save us. And then it was God that saved his Son by raising him from the dead. But it was Adam's sin that doomed mankind, not Eve's, as the seed was in the loins of Adam.)

Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned. Rom. 5:12 (The "one man" was Adam. It is important to understand that although Eve caused the fall of man, it was Adam's sin that doomed mankind. Why is that important? Because Adam represented mankind in the garden because he possessed the seed in his loins, not Eve. Eve did not represent mankind. Adam was a type of Christ, just as Christ represented mankind on the cross and was able to pay the penalty for all. Adam was the head, not Eve, she was the helper. Those were their roles even though that doesn't diminish Eve's status as a child of God in his image. 

Can A Woman Lead A Church?

Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that, if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. 1 Tim. 3:14-15 (Timothy tells us the context and purpose of his letter. It is so that God's people know how to conduct themselves in the church, the order in which things should be conducted, and the rules and roles that individuals should have.)

Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap. In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons. In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything. A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well. Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus. 1 Tim. 3:1-13
 (The overseers of the church were to be the best examples among men. Overseers are also translated as elders, bishops, or leaders. This text tells us of the virtues that men should possess to have authority in the church. The same virtues are called of men to run their households. We have seen that the man is the head of the house. It is a higher calling to head the church than the home. So why would a women be allowed to head the church if she is not even the head of her own home? The best of the best men that run their households are to be appointed authority in the church.)

The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. Titus 1:5-9 (While yes the man should be faithful, most translations say "the husband of one wife" indicating that polygamist men should not be elders. Multiple wives could either have too much influence or not allow this man to shepherd the flock with the amount of time and attention needed. But nonetheless, an elder should be that of a man, and not a women. Also, "encouraging others in sound doctrine and refuting those who oppose it is the role of a man, as a woman is not to exert any authority over a man.)

The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. 1 Tim. 5:17 (Some Elders are preachers and teachers, which only a man can fill this role within the broad church.)

Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church. 1 Cor. 14:34-35 (The word used here does not indicate absolute silence, but to be quieter or subdued. This is about order and authority in the church. Notice that it says "as the law says." This is not a new revelation, but a continuation of the law. As stated in other passages, this was the established order at creation with Adam and Eve.)

A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner.1 Tim. 2:11-14 (This is not a cultural statement but a principle for all because Timothy directly connects the statement to the creation account with Adam and Eve. It is because Adam was 1st and because it was Eve who was deceived into sin, not Adam, that this hierarchy is established, or rather should I say reinstated. When it comes to the teachings of God, women should humbly take a back seat to men in these matters. This is the established order by God.)
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