Sunday, February 02, 2020

Women in Ministry: Egalitarian or Complementarian

Our church has started preaching from the Pastoral Letters 1 and 2 Timothy and today's passage was from 1 Tim 2:8-15, with these problematic verses:

1 Timothy 2:11-15 ESV
Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet she will be saved through childbearing-if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.

I have had sessions from the previous church I attended where the pastor had brought us through his Complementarian view, which I don't fully agree with. 

But I have not delved in deeper on my own. 

Until today. I had to dig out my copy of Two Views on Women in Ministry and I have just started reading. It will be a long read. 

Two Views on Women in Ministry
by Linda L. Belleville, Craig L. Blomberg, Craig S. Keener and Thomas R. Schreiner.

I just remembered I also have a copy of this book by Craig S. Keener who holds the Egalitarian view. I need to dig into it as well.

Paul, Women & Wives: Marriage and Women's Ministry in the Letters of Paul
by Craig S. Keener

It looks like I'm in a church with two opposing views to my own. Their Calvinism and Complementarian views to my Arminian and Egalitarian stand. And I'm not even sure of it's eschatological view yet.

So what does it mean for me? Does it matter?

I am okay with differing views on eschatology and women in ministry. It's only the Calvinism-Arminianism that I am more concerned about. 

But that will be for another blog post. 


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