I never planned to write this blog series. I feel like 2 Timothy 3:12 is happening to me and as such, I cannot be silent: “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.“ That is why I must conclude this series with some direct responses to exegetical fallacies employed by the pastor question. The concerns here are for the issues in question; there is no intent to make all this ‘personal’. I really hope y’all could know my brotherly affection and care for this wayward minister and join me in praying for her and those who have heard her speak.
“Even with Scripture’s help I’m not sure anyone can adequately determine the answer to that questions completely — what it means to be woman of God, or what it means to be a man of God. Scripture is clear though on what it means to be in Christ, Scripture is clear on what it means to be a godly human being, Scripture is clear on what it means to be the imago dei, which is the image of God.”
Let me first say that whenever a preacher starts off by throwing out the sufficiency and inerrancy of Scripture in the beginning of a sermon, there is consequently no reason for listeners to believe anything he, or in this case, she, says. Whenever anybody speaks and then commends others to obey their spoken truth apart from Scripture, therein lies no authority or power whatsoever in their words to transform lives.We can adequately determine from Scripture what it means to be a woman or man of God. For if Scripture cannot give us sufficient answers to all our questions of faith and practice, then it is powerless for our nations to be saved, people freed or changed. And if that be the case, then it would be completely futile for anybody to open their mouth and supposedly preach a word from an powerless religious book. We might as well shut up, shrink into a ball, and cry like a baby because our faith is based on some obscure, unclear and erroneous book — from which we can derive no hope whatsoever.Fortunately, the inerrant Scripture is our sole source of written divine revelation, which alone can bind the conscience, and it is the Bible alone which teaches us all that is necessary for our salvation from sin and is the standard by which all Christian behavior must be measured. Just as the Article I of the Baptist Faith & Message reads,
“The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried.”
“While I believe that men and women have distinct differences in how we actually carry out the imago dei, I believe we are called to live for the most part in very similar ways.
Ok, fine, I’ll give you that — I know some supposed evangelicals today like to use Latin vocabulary from the apostate Church of Rome. Is it really necessary and that much cooler to say “imago dei” instead of just “image of God”!? God bless you if you need to use Latin in order to boost your self-esteem or substantiate biblical Greek and Hebrew.
Further, how is it that one can so quickly contradict themselves in one sentence, and then in the next sentence, substantiate these similarities between the functions of the two different gender by providing generic behavioral commands that are for all believers. Let me pause to scratch my head at this confusing argument. *pause* ~scratch scratch~ Scripture does tell us many specifics about how all Christians ought to live, and specifics about how men ought to live, and specifics about how women ought to live. As previously mentioned, we have for example Ephesians 5:21-33; Colossians 3:18-19; 1 Peter 3:1-7; Titus 2:5; and 1 Timothy 3:4, 12. Add to that, Romans 12:9ff gives us some pretty clear “key things” that true Christians must do, which includes, “Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be conceited.””Do women have specific roles in the church? I think the answer to that is yes… and no. Yes because we are all called to live according to the gifts that God has given us. And that’s not to say that we all run around claiming random gifts for ourselves. What that means is the gifts that God has affirmed in us we use for the glory of God. So yes, women have specific roles in the church, they have specific roles according the specific gifts God has given them. But no, because not all of us have been given the same gifts, or are called to the same gifts.”Well, that doesn’t really answer the question does it?! (NO!) Further, an ordained minister of God’s Word should not be asking listeners, “What are the qualities of a godly women? Do women belong in positions of spiritual leadership” and only answering that question with another question “What do you think?” All preachers should have learned in seminary that it is inappropriate to ask What do you think in a sermon, and further, that it is outrageously inappropriate to leave this questioned unanswered with silence.The problem is that in our fallen world, even Christians have faulty consciences that are marred by original sin, henceforth rendering our ability to interpret Scripture all the more difficult. Those who have been gifted and called must not be unclear in the study of God’s Word to explain what it means, and to make the main point of the Scripture the main point of the sermon. We do a disservice to the sheep under our care if we neglect to appropriately shepherd our sheep, ultimately letting them be possessed by legions of evil and be drowned in the sea of confusion.
Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.Jude 3-4