Originally created 06/30/00

Man is the head of church and home

As pastor of the Druid Park Avenue Bible Church, I commend the Southern Baptist denomination for the stand taken on the subject of women pastors. A Southern Baptist woman pastor in a Morris News Service story cited II Timothy 2:11-12. It states, "Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence."

But the female pastor said that does not apply to the church and Christians today because it is 2,000 years old. This is a totally unacceptable conclusion for those who believe the Bible is the Word of God.

One of the most important laws of Bible study is that we interpret verses in their context. Please take note of the next two verses in the passage quoted above: "For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression."

The reasons given for man being in a position of head-ship and authority over the woman in the church are related to creation and the fall. God created man first and created Eve to be his companion and helpmate.

Eve, acting apart from her husband, was deceived by the serpent. She then appealed to Adam and he joined her in rebellion against God. One of the judgments God pronounced against the woman after the fall was that her husband would rule over her. (cf. Genesis 3:16). The correct interpretation of these verses clearly tells us that the principle stated here would be in effect throughout the ages.

This does not mean, however, that woman is inferior to man. God has ordained that the man is to be the head of the woman in the church (and in the home). In the body of Christ and in the family of God man and woman are equal, both having been blessed with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ (cf. Ephesians 1:3)... The husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church, and the wife is to be in subjection to her husband's God-given authority ...

Rev. Clarence C. Murphy, Augusta


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