Worship and Physical Posture 4

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1 Timothy 2:11-15 (KJV) 11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. 15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

Today’s scripture is one of the most misunderstood and contested in modern history. But whenever we see such a command, it is important for us to understand the reason why it was given, so that our obedience would be fruitful.

In today’s scripture,  Apostle Paul gives the reason why he does not allow women to teach or exercise authority in the church. It is because women can be easily deceived. And we see this trait from the first woman: Eve was deceived and fell for the temptation of the devil. Adam was not deceived, he was simply rebellious.

Today, if you see false prophets (the kinds that are not even trying too hard to pretend to be genuine), most of their followers would be women, and the women would be properly deceived.

Because of this weakness in women, they become easy targets for lying spirits that know how to masquerade as angels of light in order to deceive God’s people. The devil’s agenda to deceive  God’s people would easily be accomplished if the person at the top can easily be deceived. Women are more easily deceived than men.

Nevertheless, we see a clause in verse 15 that allows for women to lead, it says “Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety”.

Through childbearing, women are delivered from the weakness that makes it dangerous for them to teach and lead God’s people.

I believe this applies to spiritual childbearing as well as physical.

You see, by the time a woman has brought and established people into the faith, she is no more a child that can easily be deceived and manipulated through her emotions. When a holy and self-controlled woman has had the privilege of bearing and raising children, that demanding and sacrificial experience makes her wiser and more difficult to deceive.

God does not proscribe women from church ministry, but there is a process that a woman called into ministry has to pass through in order for her to be delivered from the weakness that makes it dangerous for her to lead in God’s house.

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