Jimmy Carter has made it official…he is leaving the SBC over their stand on the subject of women preachers. He accuses them of using a few carefully chosen verses to make women subservient to men. He even believes it is the cause of crimes committed against women. The fact is, Jimmy Carter does not believe the Bible to be God’s final authority. He is spiritually blind to Eph. 5:21-33 and the picture of the husband/wife relationship which is a picture of the Christ/Church relationship. He should realize that the Church does not dominate Christ and does not instruct or teach Christ.
1 Timothy 2:11-15 says, "Let the women learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer 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 charity and holiness with sobriety."
Paul didn’t allow a woman to teach, preach or usurp authority over man and here he was instructing Timothy on the order of the Church! Notice also that Adam was not deceived, but Eve was.
1 Timothy 3:1-2 says, "This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach," vs 4-7 say, "One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the Church of God? Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil."
1 Corinthians 14:34-35 says, "Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak: but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home, for it is a shame for women to speak in the Church."
It is unscriptural for a woman to teach a man or men, or mixed classes in a Spiritual setting. It is unscriptural for women to preach anywhere, anytime. That is not, "My Opinion"...That is God’s Word!
Jimmy Carter’s problem can be seen in 2 Pet.3:16, which states that there are people who are “unlearned and unstable(who) wrest, as they do also the other Scriptures, unto their own destruction.”