Paul’s “Women Problem” and #Churchtoo (Part 3)

We are continuing to look at 1 Timothy 2:15

“15 But women will be saved through childbearing,[c] assuming they continue to live in faith, love, holiness, and modesty.”

We have seen that we need to think about the text in its wider context and first of all, we have done this by looking at Paul’s theology. Now we can look at the verse in the context of the Bible passage it is part of.

What is happening here?

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Paul’s “Women Problem” and #churchtoo (Part 2)

The question we started to answer was this: “What do we do with 1 Timothy 2:15? How does it fit with Paul’s theology?”

1 Timothy 2:15 says:

15 But women will be saved through childbearing,  assuming they continue to live in faith, love, holiness, and modesty

To answer the question, we really need to answer 3 questions.

  1. What is Paul’s overall Theology?
  2. What exactly is Paul saying in 1 Timothy 2? How does verse 15 fit into the context?
  3. What exactly does 1 Timothy 2:15 mean?

In this article we are going to look at Paul’s theology. Continue reading

Paul’s “Women Problem” and #churchtoo (part 1)

“What do we do with 1 Timothy 2:15? How does it fit with Paul’s theology?” asked one of our Union Learning Community students?

This is the verse that goes:

15 But women will be saved through childbearing,[a] assuming they continue to live in faith, love, holiness, and modesty

It’s the kind of verse that preachers hope someone else on the teaching team will get.  It’s not just something for theological students to puzzle over before sitting their exams. You will have read my recent post that picked up on the #churchtoo hashtag and one of the arguments being made is that the cover for sexual harassment and abuse in the church is provided by our theology. Therefore, the answer is to change our theology and to stop interpreting the Bible, especially verses like this so literally. Continue reading

Sin Treats Silence as permission – the #churchtoo problem

In the light of the recent sexual harassment scandal in Hollywood, the hashtag #metoo began to trend on twitter as people began to share their own stories of experiencing unwanted attention, persistent harassment and physical abuse. 

Sadly, very quickly in the wake of this another hashtag began to trend, #churchtoo. Now it may be tempting to sit back and say “This is just people with an axe to grind jumping on the bandwagon” and maybe some are but if even just a small percentage of the stories are true then this should disturb and sadden us. It should move us to sorrowful prayer and to action. Continue reading

Sin Seeks out friends

As I said in the talk on Sunday, we are so good at finding people to support and confirm what we want to do.

I usually have a good feeling for the type of advice people will give me.  I know who will tell me just to get on with something and who will tell me to wait patiently. I know who will be over harsh and who will be maybe too gentle.  So the comments a wise friend once made resonate with me. Continue reading

Sin starts in the heart and the mind

In my talk on “Scandal” from 2 Samuel 13 I highlighted 7 reasons why sin is serious and deadly.  In our next few posts I want to pick up on a few of these in a little more detail.

First of all, we said that Sin starts in the mind and the heart.  It starts here because this is the first response to temptation. We entertain the idea. Continue reading