It was suggested that I post some of the letters I have received from pastors. This is a letter I received from a pastor and which can also be found on my website. He is setting me straight on 1 Timothy 3:15.
Paul teaches here that although a woman precipitated the Fall and women bear that responsibility, yet they may be preserved from that stigma through childbearing. The rescue, the delivery, the freeing of women from that stigma of having led the race into sin happens when they bring up righteous children. Women are far from being second class citizens because they have the primary responsibility for rearing godly children.
Mothers spend far more time with their children than do their fathers, and thus have the greater influence. Paul’s point here is that while a woman may have led the race into sin, women have the privilege of leading that race out of sin into godliness.
That does not mean God wants all women to bear children; some He doesn’t even want married (1st Cor. 7:25-40). Paul speaks in general terms. The pain associated with childbirth was the punishment for the woman’s sin, but the joy and privilege of child rearing delivers women from the stigma of that sin.
In this passage we can see how God has perfectly balanced the roles of the sexes. Men are to be the leaders in the church and the family. Women are kept from any accusation of inferiority through the godly influence they have in the lives of their children. For the church to depart from this divine order is to perpetuate the disaster of the Fall.
Ah, Pastor, untwist yourself. You have played Twister with those scriptures.
What about the blood of Jesus delivering us from all sin, even the stigma of the Fall. You are telling me that Jesus does not have the power of Himself to free me, a woman, from that. How on earth could having a baby free us? Pastor, that doesn’t make one bit of sense. It gives men far more power than God or Paul ever intended.
Because you see, that makes our whole salvation dependent upon an earthly male to make us whole. And it also depends upon our ability to raise righteous children. My salvation cannot be based upon whether or not my children are Christians, just as their salvation is not based upon whether or not this poor mother was a Christian.
Do you know how you sound with that “joy and privilege of childrearing delivers women from the stigma of that sin? Southern Baptists have not erased that stigma from me and I have given birth to two sons. Once I have a child, then from your reasoning, I should be free of the stigma. Does the fact that I had pain killers during childbirth change that? Do I get a certificate from the SBC saying that I am now “preserved” from that stigma?
Pastor, one day you will realize just how ridiculous your explanation is.