Well, let’s just skip over this next section of Scripture about men and women in the church (1 Tim 2:8-15) . It’s kind of hard and controversial.
Except, we can’t do that.
We can’t pick the parts of the Bible we like, and understand, and ignore the others.
In this section, Paul is teaching sound doctrine and dives into the difference in the roles of men and women in the church.
Our culture now seems set on completely rejecting that there is ANY difference, at all, in men and women.
People say they are “transgender”, “gender-fluid”, “nongender”. We celebrate men wearing dresses.
A popular commentator recently had her video labeled as hate speech and removed by YouTube because she said, “men are not women and women are not men.” (https://www.newsweek.com/candace-owens-blasts-youtube-bats-woke-policy-that-led-removal-one-her-shows-1549109 )
Our society seems to be on the crazy train —and the more we reject sound, Biblical doctrine the quicker that train is going to wreck!
Remember, God, through Paul, is giving us sound doctrine to live by in order that our individual lives and society as a whole may be most blessed.
God made men and women to be different and with different roles. This is not a radical or hateful statement!
We are equally loved and valued by God, but God made us to serve in different capacities.
When it comes to the church, God intends for men to be in positions of pastor and leaders and for women to not teach in authority or have authority over men. (1 Tim 2:12)
(When Paul wrote his letter to Timothy, teachers had assumed authority within the church.)
So, can women do lots of things within the church? Yes! They have a big role to profess godliness with good works ( 1 Tim 2:10)
But should women be in positions of authority over men in the church? I can’t read the text to say anything but, “no”.
Can women speak in church? Yes.
Notice the text says, they are to learn in silence (1 Tim 2:11) the word for “silence” here is the same Greek Word used in 1 Timothy 2:2, and it is translated “peaceable” there. “The idea is “without contention” instead of total silence. In other places in the New Testament, even in the writings of Paul, women are specifically mentioned as praying and speaking in the church (1 Corinthians 11:5). To learn in silence has the idea of women receiving the teaching of the men God has chosen to lead in the church, with submission instead of contention”. (Enduring Word App)
Do we all know women who make great decisions? Yes, of course.
Do we know men who make terrible decisions? Certainly.
But is God is clear on women taking authority over men in the church? (Yes, again go read the text. Don’t take my word for it)
And, as has been said, anytime I find myself disagreeing with God, I have to assume I’m the one who is wrong.
And here’s the deal we need to understand on this subject— this is not a struggle between men and women, but if you disagree with what God says on this, your struggle is in submission to Him.
Because if I’ve surrendered my life to Jesus as Lord of my life— it has to be His way (as He defines in His Word) over my way… every single time.
What’s more, if I truly trust God more than I trust me, then I should expect there will be things He says, and things He does, that I will not totally get. I may not even like them. Still, I am to follow Him whether I get it or not—surrendering my will to His will because He is God and I’m not.
And the one who we surrender to, He is good! Always good!
We can trust Him more than we trust us! That’s what it means to follow Him and that’s where the peace is!