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Why I'm not offended I can't be a Pastor

My natural instinct is to take things personally. I’m stubborn and strong-willed. I don’t like being told that I can’t do something, and I take these comments as attacks on my abilities. 

So when I study biblical gender roles, one might assume that I take offense of Paul’s command in 1 Timothy 2:11-12 where he writes, “Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather she is to remain quiet.” This is one passage of many that describes God’s design for the roles of men and women in the family and in the church. I’ve studied, read, and devoted a lot of time to studying these texts. But I’m not offended by being told I can’t preach. I don’t feel insulted when I’m told to submit. The key to my feelings about the command is found in Paul’s reasoning for his command. 

Consider Paul’s reason behind his prohibition against women exercising authority over men in the church in the following verse. Paul doesn’t say that …

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