Sunday, November 4, 2018

Commentary on Titus chapter 2: Women Elders, Submission Headship, Jeus is God

    1: But you speak things which are fitting for sound doctrine 2: Men [who are] elders be sober grave temperate sound in faith in love in patience 3: Women [who are] elders likewise in deportment reverent not false accusers not given to much wine teachers of good things 4: To nurture [Tyndale] the young be sober affectionate [1]maternal 5: self-controlled pure [2]guards [of the] home good yielding to their men [3] that the word of God be not evil spoken of 6: Young [men] likewise exhort to exercise self-control 7: In all things showing yourselves a pattern of good works in doctrine showing uncorruptness gravity sincerity 8: Sound speech that cannot be condemned that [they] from [the adversary who are] against [us] may be ashamed having no evil thing to say of you 9: Slaves to be obedient unto your masters and be well pleasing in all things not talking back 10: Not embezzling but showing all good fidelity that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior[4] in all things 11: For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to every person 12: Teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts we should live soberly righteously and godly in this present age 13: Looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ Jesus is God 14: Who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all sin and purify unto himself a unique people zealous of good works 15: These things speak and exhort and rebuke with all authority Let no one despise you

[1] There is nothing weak or subordinate about being maternal. The Holy Spirit (Greek Pneuma neuter / Hebrew Ruwach feminine) is maternal. We see that in Genesis 1:2 where Ruwach Elohiym broods and flutters over the face of the waters (like a mother hen or bird). Deborah, as supreme leader of the nation, was called a Mother in Israel.

[2] How is it that “guards of the home” gets translated into house-keepers or housewives? Only by misogyny in Bible translation and commentary. 

[3] In the social hierarchy of ancient times, the status of women was only just above that of slaves. The equal status of Christian women under Paul’s leadership was scandalous. The Greek word, hypotasso, mistranslated here [concerning wives] as “be obedient to,” is grammatically in the “middle voice” which softens it from a military term to a voluntary, Christlike, yielding, as in “preferring one another before ourselves.” We see a New Testament example of the word being used in just such a manner in 1 Peter 5:5 (KJV).  

The word hypotasso, most often translated as submit,be subject to, and be in subjection to, does not always mean to be arrayed “under.” So, the accepted definition is erroneous. If Paul intended hypotasso to mean “obey” or “be subject to” in this verse [and we maintain that he did not], it should be taken entirely within the cultural constructs of the time where just a few verses down, he also instructs slaves to be obedient to masters. 

The entire civilized world, now rightly condemns the enslavement of human beings and recognizes it for the primitive sin that it is. So why is it that using religion to enslave women [female submission doctrine] continues to be accepted and touted as God’s *glorious design? 

The fact that some women claim to cheerfully accept the yoke of gender-based bondage, does not change the nature of it. The fact that some women have “good masters” does not negate the fact that their autonomy as adults is abridged by complementarian doctrine. 

Using religion to coerce women into subjection to men is a form of slavery. Calling the design “glorious” is pure propaganda. 

*Since the 2010 release of, Woman this is War! Gender, Slavery and the Evangelical Caste System,” where the “glorious design” motto of CBMW (and the rhetoric of ***prominent complementarians) was compared to that of the Civil War Confederacy,” in touting their “glorious” cause [of preserving a way of life built entirely on slavery], CBMW has since deleted from their website any mention of, **“Proclaiming God’s Glorious Design for Men and Women.” However, leading complementarians in concert with one another, continue use a slightly modified form of their former motto. They are now “Proclaiming God’s Good Design.”
 ** The former motto can be viewed via internet archive screen shots. By 2014, CBMW had completely scrubbed it from its website:

*** “Discipline doesn’t stifle; it gives power…Why shouldn’t it be so when we consider the glorious hierarchal order too?” (emphasis added) Elizabeth Elliott, Let Me be a Woman: Notes to My Daughter on the Meaning of Womanhood, Living Books, Wheaton, Ill, 1982

[4] Jesus is YHWH. Jesus is God…not a subordinate member of the Godhead. ALL the fullness of the Godhead dwells in Jesus in Physical form (Colossians 2:9). The hierarchical theory of the Godhead is the old Aryan Heresy that, historically, was soundly rejected by all respected biblical scholars but revived in the 1980’s by complementarian leaders who found that it worked nicely to shore up female subjection doctrine that is so flimsy, Charles Stanley wrote in his 1988 book, A Man’s Touch (published one year after the Danvers Statement), that if there was no hierarchy within the Godhead, then complementarians had no basis for teaching gender-based subordination.
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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Titus chapter 1: The Law, the Armour of God. Church Leadership, Domestic Violence

       1: Paul a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to preach the faith of God's elect Tyndale and the knowledge of that truth Which truth is in serving God [2:] in hope of Eternal Life which God who cannot lie promised before the world began 3: But has at the time appointed[1] opened his word by preaching which is committed to me according to the commandment of God our Savior [2] 4: To Titus mine own son after the common faith Grace mercy and peace from Theon God (Father and Lord) Jesus Christ our Savior 5: For this cause I left you in Crete that you should set in order the things that are lacking and appoint elders in every city as I had appointed you 6: If any be blameless the husband of one wife[3] not practicing poygamy having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly 7: For a bishop must be blameless as the steward of God not self-willed not soon angry not given to wine no striker [not a wife-beater] 1 Timothy 3:3 not greedy for sordid gain 8: given to hospitality loving that which is good sober just holy temperate 9: Holding fast the Faithful Word as he has been taught that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers 10: For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers specially they of the circumcision[4] 11: Whose mouths must be stopped who overthrow entire households[5] 2 Timothy 3:6 teaching things which they ought not for filthy lucre's sake 12: One of themselves even a prophet of their own said The Cretians are always liars evil beasts slow bellies 13: This witness is true Wherefore rebuke them sharply that they may be sound in the faith 14: Not giving heed to Jewish fables and man-made commandments that turn from the truth 15: Unto the pure all things are pure but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure but even their minds and conscience are defiled 16: They profess that they know God but in works they deny him being abominable and disobedient and unto every good work reprobate

[1] The times and seasons God has ordained are appointed and pre-set Ecclesiastes 3:1; Daniel 8:19,12:9; Acts 17:26; 1 Thessalonians 5:1; 1 Peter 1:19-20

[2] …and there is no God else beside me a just God and a Savior there is none beside me Isaiah 45:21  …all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Savior and thy Redeemer Isaiah 49:26 One God. One Savior. Jesus is God.

[3] This verse refers to polygamy—not to divorce. Having multiple wives was not uncommon among the earliest believers. Jesus clarified that having one wife (and not getting rid of her for just any reason) was God’s perfect will. There is biblical prohibition against adultery and treacherous divorce but no prohibition against divorced believers serving in any capacity God chooses to call them.

[4] Paul is speaking of Jews (the circumcision) here, referring to professing believers (false though they were) who had found a way to financially profit from dragging Christians back into the bondage of the Law. Paul had strong words for the Galatians on that subject.

[5] Paul used strong language in dealing with false teachers. He did not merely say they deceived people and led them into error, which is bad enough; he wrote that through error, their victims were overthrown
   In English, to overthrow means to bring about downfall or destruction, as does the Greek word, anatrepō, which is used in this passage. It is unfortunate that Bible commentators mitigate the destruction of God’s people by adding the word “figuratively” in their definitions of the downfall or destruction of victims that the word, anatrepō, refers to. There is nothing figurative about an eternity of destruction that results from being spiritually overthrown by false teachers, whose goal is to financially sack their victims. Victims are financially overthrown  when income streams or wealth is funneled it to the false teachers or when they liquidate and give their entire net worth to the false teacher. 
   These victims are plundered both spiritually and financially through deceit and greed.  
   Contending for the faith is serious business. 
   The motivation of false teachers is generally greed, and they prey on either legitimate needs of their victims or on their victim’s sins or weaknesses. 
   One of the most common weaknesses in the Body of Christ, is not having a working, conversive, knowledge of the Bible. There is great protection in being full of the knowledge of God—which can only happen if we fill our minds and spirits with His Word and ask the Holy Spirit to give us understanding [we must read it for ourselves, not depend on the interpretations of others]. The Word of God encompasses every part of the Armor of God—most of which is defensive, protective. 
   Knowing the Word and acting on it is a protection from the many snares the enemy of our souls lays for us. So we see that contending for the faith is an urgent business and involves biblical literacy. 
   One thing is true of most victims; they quickly become defensive of their teachers and conversive in the false doctrines they embrace. They quickly memorize talking points, mantras, and slogans that discourage constructive discussion when defending their paradigm or leader. 
   Believers who depend upon daily Bible devotions and Bible studies for all their Bible knowledge are also at risk. Daily devotions can be helpful but are  limited. When these are the sum total of our Bible reading, the vast majority of the Bible never gets read. 
   The only way to ensure the protection of biblical literacy is to read our entire Bibles on a daily and systematic basis. This writer, recommends reading our Bibles every day, always picking up today where we left off yesterday.

Friday, October 19, 2018

1 Timothy Chapter 3: Church Leadership / Women in Leadership

    1: This is a true saying If any desire the episkopē  (the over-sight) they desire a good work 2: Overseers then must be blameless husbands of [only] one wife not polygamists vigilant sober of good behavior given to hospitality apt to teach 3: Not given to wine no striker [not wife-beaters] not greedy of sordid gain but patient not brawlers nor covetous 4: managing well their own households having children in obedience with all respect 5: For if any know not how to manage their own households how shall they care for the Church of God 6: Not novices lest being lifted up with pride they fall into the condemnation of the devil 7: Moreover they must have good reports of them which are without lest they fall into reproach and the snares of the devil 8: Likewise diakonos servants of the Body of Christ [must] be honest not doubletongued not given to much wine nor greedy for sordid gain 9: Holding [forth] the mystery of the faith with pure consciences 10: And let these also first be tested then let them serve being found blameless 11: Likewise women [who desire the office, be] honest not slanderers sober faithful in all things[1] 12: Let diakonos [servants] be husbands of [only] one wife setting before their children and their households good [examples] 13: For they that have served well purchase to themselves a good reputation and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus 14: These things write I unto thee hoping to come to you shortly 15: But if I tarry that you may know how you ought to behave in the house of God which is the Church of the Living God [who is] the pillar and ground of the truth 16: And without controversy great is the Mystery of Godliness God was manifest in the flesh [Jesus] justified in the Spirit seen of angels preached to the Gentiles [Jesus] believed on in the world received up into glory [Jesus is God]

[1] There is nothing in this chapter that excludes women from service in any capacity the Spirit of the Lord may call them—even overseers if that is the case.