by Dr. J. Vernon McGee

Women's Place in the Local Church
Dr. J. Vernon McGee

I exhort, therefore, that first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving
of thanks, be made for all men, for kings, and for all that are in authority, that we
may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good
and acceptable in the sight of God, our Savior, who will have all men to be saved,
and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator
between God and men, the man, Christ Jesus, who gave himself a ransom for
all, to be testified in due time. For this I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle (I
speak the truth in Christ, and lie not), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity. I
will, therefore, that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and
doubting; in like manner, also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel,
with godly fear and sobriety, not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly
array, but (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. Let the
woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I permit not a woman to teach, nor
to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed,
then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman, being deceived, was in the
transgression. Notwithstanding, she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue
in faith and love and holiness with sobriety. (1 Timothy 2:1-15)
Today there are two extreme positions relative to the place women should occupy in the local
and visible church. Both positions use 1 Timothy 2 to support their stand.
One group permits women to occupy a place of prominence and leadership in all public services.
They have women preachers, teachers, choir directors, and officers. In fact, no position in
the church is shut to them. As a result, women are not only prominent, but they are dominant in
the church. Some of these women are very capable, have wonderful abilit ...

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