…but MY Bible says:

Here is a portion of an email I received at 11 pm yesterday to my church email account:

After visiting your church, I had a couple of questions that were puzzling to me. I can’t remember her name, but there was a woman leading the Blend. I couldn’t tell if she was a teaching pastor or what her role actually was. In the presentation that weekend and her involvement in the Blend, it appeared she was a teaching pastor. I know this is a topic of some debate so I wanted to find out where your church stands on this issue.

I should NEVER check my email that late ’cause it just gets my mind re-engaged – so counter productive to a good nights sleep!  So as I turned his question (and the question behind the question) over and over, I decided to read another chapter for The Shack.  Thanks Holy Spirit for the following from chapter 4:

There is a danger that exists “when we reduce God’s voice to paper – paper that had to be moderated and deciphered by the proper authorities and intellects. It seems that direct communication with God was something exclusive for the ancients and uncivilized, while we educated Westerners’ access to God was mediated and controlled by the intelligentsia. Nobody wanted God in a box, just in a Book. Especially an expensive one bound in leather with gilt edges, or was that guilt edges?”

Of course the Bible is true. Of course it is the inspired word of God. But we still must rely on study and prayer, informed by the Spirit, to know the truth. Who’s interpretation of the inerrant Word should we accept? For example, there are multiple views of the position of women in the church. One interpreter, who believes in inerrancy, reads the gospels and sees Jesus willingness to discuss matters of theology with women (John 4:5-32), and his encouragement of women to sit and learn with the men (Luke 10:38-42), as elevating women to be equal to men. In the context of a first century middle eastern culture these and other seemingly small incidents certainly do represent a radical change in the role of women, given the view that women were mere chattel (property), which was the norm in Jesus day. Other interpreters, who also believe in inerrancy, see only the passage where Paul says women should be silent in church (1 Timothy 2:12).

Who’s interpretation should we believe?

Come Holy Spirit.  Fill our hearts with the fire and love of your understanding….

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