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This is a question on which Christians disagree among themselves. Even those who hold the Bible as a sole source of authority reach contradictory conclusions on the matter. On the side of not permitting women pastors, the main passage is 1 Timothy 2:12-14: But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but remain quiet. For it was ...


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The letters to the seven churches in Revelation have a recurring theme, "he who has ears, let him hear" - and yet they were written letters! Literally believing a deaf person cannot be saved, I believe with the larger context of scripture, is wrong. The bible was written - yes, if you had been born deaf, you may have only been minimally literate 2000 years ...


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The word for "help meet" means more than just a helper. She was to be his counterpart. This is not limited to just man's ministry, but to everything in his life. She was not to be seen as lesser, or just a helper, but as his divinely appointed co-equal complement. This quote I believe explains it better. God Himself gave Adam a companion. He provided “an ...


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1Timothy 2:12-14 (NASB) says pretty clearly that women shouldn't be pastors: 12 But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet. 13 For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve. 14 And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.


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The apostle Paulos wrote (1 Cor. 9:14), "Even so the Lord has ordained that those who preach the Gospel should live of the Gospel." On this verse, John Gill writes, "Even so hath the Lord ordained" That is, the Lord Jesus Christ (in Matt. 10:10; Luke 10:7-8), it is an order and appointment of his that his ministering servants, who labour in ...


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Matthew 11:13-15 (NIV) For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. Whoever has ears, let them hear. Here's the trick with reading the bible and considering things in context: You have to keep in mind the time that the bible was written! Two thousand years ago if a ...


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A friend of mine (an Anglican priest) recently preached a sermon in my church about the epistles and how we should read them. He told us of how he had recently found a letter from his father (who had died some years before) in an old book. The letter, he said, was full of good advice about all kinds of things. My friend said that most of it remained good ...


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Claim: Augustine taught that deaf people (without today's cochlear implants) wouldn't be able to be saved merely because they wouldn't be able to hear people telling them about the Gospel. The claim is just false. Granted, Augustine did call deafness a "hindrance to faith" -- but in the sense of making faith difficult, but not entirely preventing it. ...


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Here are some verses that were often referred to in discussions of ordination of women among ELCA Lutherans. 1) Women first at tomb I know a female ELCA Lutheran pastor who said she felt her call to be pastor solidify after reading the Gospels and seeing that women who came to the tomb were the first evangelists of a resurrected Christ. 2) No male/female ...


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Quakers and Mormons have no paid staff in their local assemblies. In the national bodies, however, there is usually some renumeration or support, in order to retain staff. The truth is that very few would consider it wise to have a national organization without any accountability, which is what an all-volunteer lobby would be. Additionally, many more ...


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Short answer: ask the pastor and/or worship leader in your local church. Long answer: The Evangelical Free Church is an association of churches, which is less binding than a true denomination. As such, each individual church has a great deal of autonomy in the everyday workings of the local church. My brother and my father are both pastors at EFCA ...


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It seems that some of the most popular verses to oppose this are Galatians 3:28, Acts 10:34, and Mark 16:15. (Gal 3:28) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. (Act 10:34) Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no ...


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It is one thing to answer these questions in the tongue and lingo of the Bible; it is a whole new universe trying to bring this home to our everyday life. I will try to keep this short and simple. Does the Bible teach elsewhere that this helper role should be a fundamental aspect of being a Christian wife today? Yes… somewhere in Ephesians 5 (as ...


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You can take that verse as literally as you want, so long as you understand what all of the words mean. I believe that the key to it all is "unless someone tells them?" Tell by definition means to: give a full account of; to narrate; to make know; to communicate; to give instructions. So if you can do that to a deaf person, then Scripture stands firm. ...


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The verse I always was referred to on this subject is I Corinthians 14:34-35 (NLT) 34 Women should be silent during the church meetings. It is not proper for them to speak. They should be submissive, just as the law says. 35 If they have any questions, they should ask their husbands at home, for it is improper for women to speak in church meetings. ...


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My opinion is to look at the life of Paul. Paul's ministry was the largest and covered a wide geographical area. He met many different people along the way, many towns and cities. When I read the epistles of Paul, I'm surprised to see how well he remembered the believers from different corners of the region and his intimate relationship with them. In most ...


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There is a Biblical basis for it is written "Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, And attend to your herds;" (Proverbs 27:23) And "A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; He rages against all wise judgment." (Proverbs 18:1)


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Though I'm not from EFCA, I can suggest few things. Attend that local church for sometime, at least a month. Try to know who are the leaders. Try to talk with the members from the music team, try to have a connection with them. If you can make friendship with at least one of them, that's the easiest way to introduce yourself. If you are bold enough, talk ...


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This appears to be a Jewish tradition rather than any precept of God, since the only Biblical reference I can find is in Paul's letter to Timothy: 1st Timothy 2:11 through 15 KJV 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. For Adam was first formed, ...


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Coming from a Plymouth Brethren background, I can speak to the experience of growing up in a church movement which eschewed ordaining ministers and employing them as fulltime servants within local churches. Wikipedia has a decent overview of the Plymouth Brethren, a movement which began in the late 1820s in Dublin, Ireland and quickly spread to Plymouth, ...


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Women appear in ministry functions and even recognized roles in both the Old Testament and New Testament (source). I believe, that the earliest mandate for women in ministry is that given right at the beginning - the command given to co-steward the Earth (in conjunction with men): 26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And ...


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Yes, it still applies, but it has to be properly understood. It is not a question of worth or independence, but rather a question of role. God looked at Man and saw that Man was not ideally suited to life by himself and that he should have someone to be with. Woman was created to fill this role as a partner and helper to man just as man is a helper to his ...


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2 John has an interesting closing. It says: I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete. Out of a mere 13 verses (second shortest book in the Bible), he nonetheless chooses to say, "my real teaching is when I visit you and talk with ...



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