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Discussion in 'Fundamental Baptist Forum' started by SaggyWoman, Jan 5, 2014.
Does Fundamental = limitations on the service of women?
The only limitations are those placed on them by Scripture. The passage in Timothy is fairly unambiguos.
In my experience and from what I've seen it seems to pretty much go hand in hand. Even the SBC church I attend holds the position that women shouldn't preach, though.
Someone on here a few months back mentioned some fundamental group that does allow women to preach and how they simply view the scriptures seemingly contrary to that differently. Here's an example: http://christianthinktank.com/fem09.html (Although I think the article probably comes from a nondenominational perspective.)
As for me, I'm going to avoid this thread after posting this. In all honesty I don't feel like getting myself into a position to be ticked off this week. This is one issue where it's difficult for me to separate my personal feelings from the argument, so for me it's not worth the argument.
Certainly this is not one of the fundamentals of the faith, but I would agree that more fundamental churches often take a stronger interpretation to I Tim 2:9-15 that limits some of the roles women can fill in the church.
While the passage is fairly clear there can be questions and different interpretations, most based on the questions of the context, the social custom of biblical times, and what might be Paul’s preferences vs actual commands of God.
The passages Paul recorded shows he - Paul - did not think women were to teach or have authority over men. At the same time, Paul also wrote in Philippians about women laboring with him in the gospel ministry.
My take - and I label it so - is this signifies a distinction of function and aptitude, not a distinction of ability or worthiness. I do not see this as a limitation, but a functional distinction. There are women - and probably some men - who do not agree.
Male and female are different 'structures' (physical and mental) and have different outlooks. They are not generally interchangeable (and I know modern feminists will gnash their teeth at me for this).
And as the Tentmaker related, it is NOT one of the prime directives of the faith. It is a rather minor issue of operational content, not salvation.
Albert Lea, Minn. Evening Tribune, 26 Jan. 1930, p. 3
Never try to limit God with our own understanding.