This is an email I received from a SBC pastor. He was trying to set me straight about 1 Tim 2.
Did you know the very first appearance of exegesis that attempted to relegate 1 Tim 2 to cultural situation and allowing for women pastors wasn’t until 1969? You think that 1,936 years of church history was wrong?
His argument was that for over 1900 years Christians had believed that women should be second-class and here I was trying to say they didn’t know what they were talking about.
This is my reply to his flawed reasoning.
The Pharisees certainly had longevity of the law on their side. But Jesus told them that they had made the law so cumbersome that even they could not follow it. In Matthew 23 he lays out the case against the Pharisees. Their interpretation of the law had become more important to them than the people. They sought to kill Jesus because they were afraid of what he was teaching and what it would do to their established beliefs about God. Today the Jews still hold to their Law and we are in danger of doing the very same thing.
For over 1100 years, the Roman Catholics were the church. Martin Luther became so convinced that salvation did not come by indulgences but only by faith in Christ alone, that he was willing to go against over a thousand years of religious knowledge and belief. Today almost half of all Christians on earth are non-Catholics.
You say that the modern thought about women came about in 1969. Maybe it did. It was in 1964 that women finally had Civil Rights in the United States.
You can’t turn back that clock. We will not put on burkas and quit driving our cars. But you can go forward. You can allow women the full freedom to answer the call of God in her life. You can allow her to serve a cup of juice and a piece of bread.
I am not claiming to be Jesus or Martin Luther. I am a woman. A woman made just as surely as you were made, in the image of God. Just as the Pharisees had corrupted the Law, we Christians have picked out passages of Scriptures aimed solely at keeping women in a submissive role, both at home and in church.
Let’s go back to the old days. Let’s go all the way back to Christ. Let’s treat women the way Christ did.