Over the past several months I have received numerous emails and questions from inquiring minds regarding articles I posted concerning women’s roles and how they relate to teaching. Both publicly and privately I have been accused of holding positions that I do not hold as straw men have been established and quickly torn down. Some of my writings have been taken out of context or misunderstood due to a lack of clarity. Thus I would like to clarify my position and attempt to answer some of the questions posed by sincere minds.
The following article was written and published in the O.P.A. in April of 2002. We call it back from the pages of history for the consideration of our readers and the proclamation of God's truth.
I have received a few ranting replies from people who read yesterday’s article “Women’s Roles and Public Teaching” or heard my presentation at the 4th Meeting. None of those who have sent messages attached their names, nor did most maintain a proper spirit (at least in my estimation). Thus, I will not post their replies nor respond to all of the inquiries. I would also point out that none of those who critiqued my article used any Scripture whatsoever; they merely vented their feelings and made attempts at logic. Unfortunately, logic (and poor logic at that) cannot take the place of Scripture.
1 Timothy 2:8-15
I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting; 9 in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, 10 but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works. 11 Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. 12 And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. 15 Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control.
is an evangelist of the Church of Christ in Arlington, Texas.