Some links to articles and other sites you might be interested in

Read a great article yesterday, with a good attention grabbing title, written particularly for preachers. If you preach I think it’s worthy of your consideration…it reminds us of a few basic guidelines just in case we’ve forgotten about them.

There is a very good post on Apologetics Press about the role of men and, particularly, women in the church. It’s a lengthy read due to the nature of the topic but it’s an article that can be gleaned for notes; especially the section on the  “office of a deaconess” in case you’re not familiar with the typical arguments presented with that topic.

For those of you who are interested in adding some older circulated books of the spiritual nature that are sourced and written by various authors about various topics to your personal library, you can check out this website that I found a couple of weeks ago. The site has a long list of titles (literally hundreds of them) and the vast majority of them are under 5$. According to the site’s host, Michael Wilk, these books are coming out of his personal library that he’s looking to clear out. P.S. – I’m not getting any kick-backs here; I just know there are several book chomping readers that browse the pages of TFR and I thought some might be interested since the site has books and other materials that I’m sure are out of print by now, thus making the materials difficult to find but not necessarily “old” or useless in scope.

Speaking of TFR, some of you regular readers here may not be familiar with TFR’s good ole’ buddy from the American west coast, and former “Twice Blessed” article writer for Forthright Magazine, Don Ruhl and his blog-site called “Email Devotionals“. I know it’s easy to get bogged down with daily articles in your email in-box, but with Email Devotionals, Don keeps achieving the same goal that he accomplished with Forthright – two, quick and to the point Bible based articles every day.

If you ever know of a good website associated with the brotherhood with resources worth passing along, make mention of it in the comments. Someone might be blessed with it!

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A Restrictive Passage that is Limited

 It is terribly unfortunate when people who call themselves Christians depart from the Lord’s teachings, but we have come to expect this. Still, it brings great angst when a group of men think they know more than the Lord and thus alter His word. These same men will deny they are altering the Lord’s teaching, but that is exactly what they are doing (cf. 2 Corinthians 2:11; 11:13-15). Let me illustrate.

Not long ago I received a link from a brother who shared the teachings of a church concerning the role of women in the church assembly. This church is in the Atlanta area (www.northlake.org). It is with great disappointment that we read, “Thus, with confidence in God’s leading, we affirm that both men and women who have the desire to serve should be permitted to fully participate in our assemblies, including activities such as reading Scripture, serving communion, teaching or offering prayers.” To make this very plain and nonnegotiable they further state, “As a living community, ‘a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people’, we can do no less as we embody the truth of the gospel (1 Pet 2:9.” The implications of this last remark are clear.

The role of the female in the Lord’s church has been clearly defined and outline by the Lord Himself. Since that time, brethren have been addressing the issue because of wayward men and churches such as we read above. Here are the primary reasons (arguments?) set forth by the elders of this local church: 1) God’s truth must meet the ever-changing context of “contemporary life.” 2) The restrictive passages by Paul were the result of men and women hindering the gospel message. From this it is extrapolated that preventing women from serving is also a hindrance of the gospel message. 3) This is a matter of judgment, not doctrine. 4) The church has failed to reckon with cultural realities and this has hindered the message of God to this new reality. 5) There is historical precedence.

In further explication the document states that the “gifts” of I Corinthians 12 correspond to the “gifts” people have today. Thus, “[t]o allow some to use their gifts and others to be restricted runs counter to the inclusive nature of the gospel message.” These “gifts,” however must be understood in relation to the restrictive passages of Paul, the next paragraph states. With some brief consideration, they opine, “After much study and prayer, we have concluded that Paul made his restrictive statements to specific and limited circumstances.”

For men and women dedicated to the Lord’s teaching and staying with that, there is nothing new in this document. The general points thrust upon all who read it are as old as the life of the one reading my remarks. In fact, these justification points have been around a good deal longer. However, just as they have in the past, they still fail to make the biblical case for the altering of the role of the female in the church assembly. Let me encourage you to read 1 Corinthians 14 and 1 Timothy 2; be sure, when you read, that you consider the whole context of the subject and even the book. After having done this, ask yourself this question: where did Paul limit his words or, better yet, where did the Holy Spirit limit His words to “specific and limited circumstances”?

There is more to be said, but on this post my words will be adequate. Perhaps others will take a look at the document and write more.

#apostasy, #apostle-paul, #church, #paul, #role-of-women