Recently I have been told that due to the verse in 1 Timothy 2:11-13 which states “Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence.” that this means I should be completely silenced and not share the Gospel. That is completely false. Lets take a look at a few women disciples and perfect examples of women who served and spread the Gospel. The information was found in my husbands Bible from a excerpt by Mary A. Kassian, called The Bible and Women at the beginning of 2 Timothy.
Since the verse that has been thrown around at me on Twitter is from 1 Timothy, we will start and talk about Timothy’s mother and grandmother; Eunice and Lois. Paul gives them an enormous amount of credit for carefully teaching Timothy the Scripture and Doctrine of our Faith. Another interesting fact is Timothy’s father was a unbeliever, so he had no influence in his Spiritual training.
Lets go ahead and move onto 2 Timothy 3:14-17 which is a very well known verse from Paul (who is the author of both 1 and 2 Timothy) “But you must continue in things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.“
Eunice and Lois in no way disregarded or disrespected scripture, but they held the scriptures to the highest practice and led Timothy towards Christ. They were women disciples.
Now, in absolutely NO way do I agree with women preaching. That is clear in the God’s Word that it is not of God, but women disciples, that is totally different. 2 Timothy 2:15 gives women a perfect outline for how women should use scripture, as God has commanded. “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Also Titus 2:3-4 that says “the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things.” If you Google “disciple” and look at the synonyms, they include the following: follower, believer, admirer, advocate, upholder, learner, etc.
So here it is. Women should not speak above men at church. God has instructed throughout the Old Testament and the New that women should not be preachers, but are called to be disciples of God.
So here is my question: Why are we so silenced? Right now, with the world it is today, especially going on with our children, and Proverbs 31 clearly lays out our responsibility for our household, that includes to care for our husbands and children. Right now is the most important time to be #WomenDisciples and to be examples to our children. God is NOT dead, so we have no reason to be silent. Women of God, let’s spread the Gospel and train up our children and bring Jesus back where He belongs in America.