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663Re: [biblicalapologetics] Consistent Inconsistencies:

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  • nomad@nomadicoder.com
    Nov 4, 2004
      Hi all,

      I came across a related passage that had me scratching my head.

      Romans 16:1-2 says "I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant
      of the church which is at Cenchrea; that you receive her in the Lord in
      a manner worthy of the saints, and that you help her in whatever matter
      she may have need of you; for she herself has also been a helper of
      many, and of myself as well."

      Here Paul asks the commends the Romans into the trust of Phoebe. First,
      that she is a servant of the Cenchrean church, and second that she has
      been a helper of many, she seems to have been a deaconess. But if she
      is a deaconess, then that seems to violate I Tim 3:8-12. My reading of
      the NASB version of I Tim 3:11 seems to include women as deaconesses.
      But can "women" can be translated as "wives." and this is supposed to
      apply to the wife of a deacon? The KJV does, but it draws this as an
      inference. The on-line Bible I checked phrases it this way, "Even so
      [must their] wives [be] grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all

      Back to Romans... The Romans are to "help her in whatever matter she may
      have need of [them]," Paul is asking the Roman church to follow her
      directions. In any event, Paul reconizes this woman has a leadership
      role in the church.

      Are these contradictions? I don't think so. If she is a deaconess,
      which I believe she is, then she must carry out her duties as a servant
      of the church. If there men assist her, then in order for her to carry
      out the service with which she has been entrusted, she, by necessity,
      must tell them what needs to be done.


      Chris Criminger wrote:

      > Jeff said,
      > If women can't teach in the church (at least where that would
      > amount to exercising authority over men, as where the woman is the
      > senior teaching pastor), then women can't be apostles and write NT
      > books.
      > Hi Jeff and all,
      > I quess I see so many inconsistencies with people that strongly
      > limit the role of women in the church that it seems to me, the
      > only ones truly consistent are the ones who don't allow women to
      > teach at all! (which few would ever suggest). So here is my
      > litany of questions:
      > 1. Are women more gullible or deceivable than men? (and if they
      > are, why would they teach other women or children then that are
      > even more easily deceived?).
      > 2. Is the senior pastor preaching or teaching or both? How do
      > folks distinguish this and is 1 Tim.2 really talking about
      > forbidding women from the role of Pastor? And did not Priscilla
      > teach Apollos who was man?
      > 3. If women can not teach men, then does the great commission
      > some how become more limited to who women can teach and disciple
      > and baptize? Should all women serving as missionaries then stop
      > teaching and preaching the gospel to adult men? (and when is a man
      > an adult? Isn't age kind of a cultural thing and are there not
      > cultural modifiers when it comes to the Scriptures dealing with
      > male and female issues?).
      > 4. Is not much of our Sunday School church curriculum and even
      > Hymns that have theology and doctrine in them written by some women?
      > 5. Lastly, what is the authority that a teacher has anyway?
      > Where does it come from and how is it recognized. It seems like
      > many churches say for example that when someone stands behind the
      > pulpit, that is an authoratative preaching and teaching role. So
      > when a man does it "He's preaching the Word!" and when a woman
      > does it "She's sharing her heart about the Word of God."
      > Are not current church practices very inconsistent when it comes
      > to what women can and can not do?
      > Grace and peace - Chris C.
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