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Bible Questions and Answers – Women Preachers in the Lord’s Church?

“Dear brother Clem: Is it scriptural to have women preachers in the church? Some of them have very good Bible knowledge. – L.H., OH”

The Bible says, very plainly, “Let the women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but let them be in subjection, as also saith the law” (1 Corinthians 14:34). Another passage that deals with this is 1 Timothy 2:8, 11-12, “I desire therefore that the men pray in every place, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and disputing … Let a woman learn in quietness with all subjection. But I permit not a woman to teach, nor to have dominion over a man, but to be in quietness.” In context, these two passages prohibit women from being preachers in the Lord’s church.

In 1 Corinthians 14, God is speaking of the assembly of the church, and says that women are to “keep silence.” In the previous verses, He has given instructions about how men are to speak in the church assembly, but He gives no such teaching about women speaking. He simply says that they are not to speak. In 1 Timothy 2, in a public setting, men pray or teach. But God has placed some restrictions on women in a public setting (vs. 11-12). Theses restrictions are not upon men, but only upon women.

Notice the wording: “I permit not a woman to teach.” The Greek word for “to teach” in this passage is from “didasko,” which means a lecture or a sermon or discourse. It is the word from which we get “didactic” which applies specifically to a sermon – in which the speaker has control of the material in the assembly. Thus, in a public setting, a woman is not allowed to teach, or preach. That many women in the Lord’s church have a great knowledge of the Scriptures is certainly true. But more than that is necessary for a good sermon. A good sermon begins with God’s stamp of approval, and He has not approved women for the pulpit in the Lord’s church.

I know many people will argue this, for the denominational world has seen many women preachers. But if we are to be governed by what God has said, we just cannot do it. It is not a question of a woman’s ability nor her knowledge. The question hinges only on God’s authority. And He does not authorize women preachers. – Clem Thurman

Excerpted from Volume 61, Number 30 of Gospel Minutes. Gospel Minutes is a publication originating from Forth Worth, Texas; Clem Thurman, Editor, David Thurman, Associate Editor.

Is It Just A Coincidence?

Before ascending into Heaven, Jesus told His apostles that the person who believes in the gospel and is baptized will find salvation (Mark 16:16) – is it just a coincidence that baptism is placed before salvation?

After preaching Jesus as the crucified, buried and risen Savior, Peter told a crowd waiting anxiously to repent of their sins and submit to baptism under the authority of Jesus to find the mercy from God they desperately wanted (Acts 2:37-41) – is it just a coincidence that baptism is placed before salvation?

During a trip to Damascus, Saul (better known as Paul) witnessed with his own scale covered eyes the validity of the gospel, and was told after three days of praying and fasting to get up and get under the water to wash away his sins (Acts 22:6-16) – is it just a coincidence that baptism is placed before salvation?

How many times does a person have to read about something before they start believing that it is more than a coincidence and actually the will of God?  EA

Click here to watch a video about the truth about baptism.

How Accurate is the average Manger Scene?

The following post is named “The Birth of Jesus was as Follows…” by a preacher named Steve Higginbotham and it comes from his blog PreachingHelp.org.

I usually write an article in Keltonburg’s bulletin similar to this one at this time of the year but this year I decided to let Steve’s do the talking this time. It is an excellent article that may surprise you. Despite the plea from so many in the “pro-Christmas” crowd there is a lot of biblical ignorance about the manger scene that is so popular in front yards, on mantles and on Christmas cards. Read and enjoy or read and learn or maybe do both of them :) .

“At this time of the year, more will be said about the birth of Jesus than at any other time of the year. Yet, each year I can’t help but be a bit disturbed by all the biblical ignorance and inaccuracies associated with the birth of our Savior. When it comes to one of the most fundamental tenants of Christianity, the incarnation of Jesus, and one of the most pivotal historical events that ever occurred, I find that many cannot discern between fact and fiction. As fundamental as the birth of Jesus is, people do not really know the account of his birth as well as one might think.

Doubt me? Then give the following “True/False” quiz a shot and see how well you do? (more…)

The Hands of a Carpenter

Then He went out from there and came to His own country, and His disciples followed Him. And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, “Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands! Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?” So they were offended at Him.” (Mark 6:1-3)

There were no parades for Jesus when He returned to His hometown of Nazareth. He came to build up their faith but they had too poor of a foundation to work with. The hands that built the world (John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:15,16; Psalm 95:5) were looked upon with disdain in His own neighborhood simply because, in their eyes, they belonged to a lowly Carpenter.  But did you know that is exactly what made them so special.

Jesus’ reputation was spreading and His lessons were impossible to refute but the eyes of most in Nazareth were blinded with prejudice. He was only a simple man to them. No one else in His family was special as far as they were concerned. Why should Jesus be any different from them? But He was different for the very reason that Nazareth thought He was same as them…it was because of His hands. (more…)

Liebster Award

I can honestly say I was not expecting anyone to send something like this my way but I would like to thank the director and the producers and all the stage handlers…wait a second, that doesn’t sound right. Let’s try again and I hope I’m doing this right. Thanks to http://lifereference.wordpress.com/ for nominating me. When I first got his post about him receiving the award and the blogs that he mentioned I completely read over mine without realizing at first. If you’re looking for a blog that talks about Bible scripture but mixes in a little bit of history and odd’s and in’s here and there check him out. I’ve been reading his post for about as long as I’ve been on WordPress. Thanks for the pat on the back Don. (more…)

A Little Pinch of Salt Can Make a Big Difference

Salt is meant to be tasted. You don’t add salt to enhance food’s color – you add it to enhance the flavor! Eat a teaspoon of salt by itself and you might be through with salt, but add it to some soup and you will be a better cook without any extra work.

How something so small can be so powerful is simply amazing. Perhaps no better compliment on the power salt has ever been paid than when Jesus used it in His sermon on the mount. “You are the salt of the Earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.” (Matthew 5:13) It is part of a Christian’s “job detail” to be the spiritual salt in a spiritually dead world. The immediate context of Matthew 5:13 is in line with the beatitudes and the verses on the comparison of light and Christ-like influences, but the application of the text can go beyond the beatitudes to encompass the habits and lifestyle choices that we participate in. Remember, Jesus is urging us to be salt that can be tasted, not the salt that gets wasted. If we fail to be the salt that God can use to do His work then there is only one other option. Bad salt will be thrown out of the kitchen (God’s kingdom) and on to the ground. Once in the kitchen does not mean always in the kitchen if you catch what I am saying.

We can be useful salt by keeping the line between our old man and the new man created in Christ clear to our self and to others. (more…)