Here's the first specimen:
1 Timothy 2:11-12 (NIV) - A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.
The NT does not say only
women should be submissive.
Ephesians 5:21 - "Being subject to one another in the fear of Christ"
That refers to men and women. Paul did not write there " Just you women there ...". And the submission is really toward Jesus Christ. Regard of the authority of Christ will result in all being humbled toward one another as well.
Peter exhorts younger men to be subject to older -
First Peter 5:5 - In like manner, younger men, be subject to elders;
Then he goes on to include "and ALL OF YOU"
" ... and all of you gird yourselves with humility toward one another, because God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.
Therefore be humbled under the mighty hand of God that He may exalt you in due time." (v.6)
No suggestion that this humility is restricted to the women only. I reserve the right as a Christian brother to also submit and be humbled towards God. It will manifest itself horizontally through the fellowship of all believers.
This instruction in First Timothy
is partly a review of the Apostle Paul's personal practice. He says " I do not permit ..."
. And he goes on to present his reasons.
So some of this instruction should be taken as Paul saying in essence "This was my personal practice. You, Timothy, as my learner co-worker are advised to follow me in my way."
Before we go to far in condemning Paul about his practice, let's consider that he recognized one female Junia
as being of reputation among the other apostles -
Romans 15:7 - "Greet Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen and fellow prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me."
Some scholars agree Junia
was a female name. Paul could be referring to a husband and wife team. It seems unlikely that Paul never heard the sister speak or pray or prophesy. At any rate, he regards the team as his seniors and is therefore self humbling about them. That would include the sister, Junia.
In the apostolic husband and wife team Prisca and Aquilla
Paul mentions the woman's name before that of her husband.
Romans 15:3,4 - Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their own necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles."
Paul owed them both his life. He must have had his reasons for specifying the woman ahead of her husband. Do you think Paul hushed her up every time she wanted to speak ? I doubt this.
Anyway, Luke informs us that the husband and wife were instrumental in instructing the deficient ministry of the apostle Apollos (Acts 18:26)
. Luke there also mentions the wife's name ahead of her husband -
"And when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him to themselves and expounded the way of God to him more accurately.
I see harmonious teamwork rather than competition between the man and his wife. Elsewhere we see the husband's name mentioned first (1 Cor. 16:19)
Perhaps Priscilla [Prisca] had wealth. Perhaps she took the lead to be consecrated to the Lord's service. We do not know. But she was a blessing to Paul, Apollos, and many churches. I doubt they never heard
Now for all the women readers who are eager to be taught by a Christian sister, I would like to recommend one of the best books I have ever read on Christian themes.
The book by Mary E. McDonough
called "God's Plan of Redemption
. Anyone who wants to have a woman as a spiritual teacher with authority, I encourage to read that book which is written to teachers. She is instructing teachers how to teach on major aspects of Christ's redemption. I get quite a lot of insight from that book.
Here you can read some of Mary McDonough's work -
Part of the problem of speaking jealousy between men and women is that people assume to be bestowed upon with a backward collar and dark robe as a "Pastor" or "Reverend" somehow invests them with coveted authority.
I would rather be a person whose prayers were able to touch the throne of God and move His hand over the earth than to have all the accolades of Seminary - (Reverend, Bishop, Doctor, etc).
Sister Fanny Crosby wrote over 9,000 Christian hymns.
They include multitudes hymns which have blessed Christians and seekers for years.
Some of Crosby's best-known songs include "Blessed Assurance", "Pass Me Not, O Gentle Saviour", "Jesus Is Tenderly Calling You Home", "Praise Him, Praise Him", "Rescue the Perishing", and "To God Be the Glory".
Eternity will tell how many people were edified because of one of the hymns of Fanny Crosby over the thousands of preaching messages of men teachers and preachers. She spoke plenty through her marvelous songs and poetry.
A women who lost her eyesight by medical malpractice who never complained. She always thanked God.
We Christians owe quite much to another woman teacher, Mrs. Jessie Penn Lewis. She went through the whole Bible and helped us understand the specific biblical usage of such terms as:
This Christian woman did a marvelous service to the Christian church by exhaustively defining just how these words and phenomenon are used in the whole Bible.
More possible below.