Good Order in the Church

You are welcome to browse through this 373-page unpublished book. (The footnotes have been omitted from the document. The fonts used were Graeca and Hebraica [Philip Payne’s Linguists Software fonts] and SPIonic and SPTiberian [Scholars Press free fonts] and the transliteration font was TimesEncyBrillRoman.

Before reading this book you should look through the 21 charts that accompany it.

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

PART ONE: THE THEOLOGICAL CASE FOR HEADSHIP

1.1 THE HEAD OF CHRIST IS GOD

1.2 THE HEAD OF MAN IS CHRIST

1.2.1. THE “IMAGE AND GLORY OF GOD”

1.3 THE HEAD OF WOMAN IS MAN

1.3.1. WOMEN’S VOWS AND MAN’S HEADSHIP

1.3.2. WOMEN’S SILENT PARTICIPATION IN WORSHIP

1.3.3. CONTAMINATION AND WORSHIP

2. THE THEOLOGICAL REASONS ON WHICH THE TEACHING OF HEADSHIP RESTS

2.1 THE TEACHING OF HEADSHIP RESTS ON THE ORDER OF CREATION

2.2 THE TEACHING OF HEADSHIP RESTS ON THE ORIGIN OF WOMAN

2.3 THE TEACHING OF HEADSHIP RESTS ON THE ORDER OF THE FALL

2.4 THE TEACHING OF HEADSHIP RESTS ON THE ORDER OF THE NEW CREATION

3. THE OFFICE OF ELDER AND ITS QUALIFICATIONS

SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION

PART TWO: A DEFENCE OF THE THEOLOGICAL CASE

4. SOME POPULAR REASONS FOR HAVING WOMEN IN THE MINISTRY/ELDERSHIP & REJECTING HEADSHIP

4.1 HISTORY HAS SHOWN THAT GOD HAS BLESSED THE PUBLIC PREACHING OF WOMEN AND ESPECIALLY HER MISSIONARY WORK

4.1.1. WOMEN GOD USED IN THE OT

4.1.1.1 THE CHRISTIAN AND POLITICS

4.1.2. WOMEN GOD USED IN THE NT

4.1.3. REMAIN IN YOUR CALLING

4.1.4. THE INFLUENCE OF THE FEMINIST MOVEMENT

4.2 ‘THERE IS NEITHER MALE NOR FEMALE IN CHRIST’ (GALATIANS 3:28)

4.3 WOMEN WERE ALLOWED TO PRAY AND PROPHESY IN THE CHURCH (1 COR11:5) SO WHY SHOULD THEY BE SILENT?

4.3.1. CHATTERING WOMEN

4.3.2. CHRISTIAN SYNAGOGUES

4.3.3. PAUL ADDRESSES MALES IN HIS CHURCH LETTERS

4.3.4. 1 CORINTHIANS 14 AND ITS SETTING

4.3.5. 1 CORINTHIANS 11 AND ITS SETTING

4.3.6. 1 CORINTHIANS 11 AND ITS OUT-OF-CHURCH CONTEXT

4.3.7. THE NATURE OF NEW TESTAMENT PROPHECY

4.3.8. DISCERNING OR JUDGING THE PROPHETS’ MESSAGES?

4.3.9. 1 CORINTHIANS 14:34-36

4.3.9.1. PAUL QUOTES HIS OPPONENTS IN 1 COR 14:34-35

4.3.9.2. THE TRANSPOSITION OF 1 COR 14:34-35 TO FOLLOW v. 40

4.3.9.3. 1 CORINTHIANS 14:34-35 AS AN INTERPOLATION

4.3.9.4. 1 CORINTHIANS 14:36

4.3.10. 1 TIMOTHY 2:8-12

4.4 SURELY YOU ARE NOT ASKING WOMEN TO GO BACK TO COVERING THEIR HEADS

IN CHURCH, ARE YOU?

4.4.1. GREEK AND ROMAN WOMEN AND HEAD-COVERING

4.4.2. VEIL OR HEAD-COVERING?

4.4.2.1 THE WOMAN’S “BUN” STYLE IS HER COVERING

4.4.2.2 THE WOMAN’S OWN HAIR IS THE COVERING

4.4.2.3 THE WOMAN’S LONG SWIRLING HAIR IS CALLED UNCOVERED HAIR

4.4.2.4 PAUL IS REFERRING TO AN ARTIFICAL COVERING

4.4.3. LONG OR SHORT HAIR? WHAT IS “NATURE”?

4.4.4. SYMBOL OF HUSBAND’S OR WIFE’S AUTHORITY?

4.4.5. THE PRACTICE IN THE SYNAGOGUES

4.4.5.1 MODERN JEWISH PRACTICES AND CONTEMPORARY CULTURE

4.5. THERE IS SCRIPTURAL WARRANT FOR DEACONESSES, SO WHY NOT EXTEND THE ELDERSHIP TO WOMEN (1 TIM 3:11; TITUS 2:3-4)?

4.5.1. WOMEN’S MINISTRY

4.5.2. PHOEBE THE “DEACONESS’

4.5.3. JUNIA THE APOSTLE

4.6 PAUL WAS ANTI-FEMININE. HIS VIEW ON MARRIAGE WAS ECCENTRIC. HE ADVISED AGAINST MARRIAGE FOR ‘ALL MEN’

4.7 ‘BE SUBJECT TO ONE ANOTHER’ (EPHESIANS 5:21) MEANS THERE IS NO HEADSHIP OR SUBORDINATION AMONG GOD’S PEOPLE

4.8 LOCAL CUSTOMS NEED TO BE UPDATED (1 TIM 2:8-12)

4.8.1. MEN’S PRAYER (1 TIM 2:8)

4.8.2. WOMEN’S ADORNMENT (1 TIM 2:9-10)

4.8.3. WOMEN’S SUBMISSION (1 TIM 2:11-15)

4.8.4. RABBINICAL TEACHING ON THE PLACE OF WOMEN

4.8.5. THE NON-PARTICIPATION OF WOMEN IN THE SERVICE

4.8.6. TRANSPOSING FIRST-CENTURY CULTURAL EXPRESSIONS

4.8.7. GREET ONE ANOTHER WITH A HOLY KISS

4.9 IS THERE A DISTINCTIVE CHRISTIAN CULTURE?

4.10 EVANGELICAL COMPROMISES

4.10.1. WOMEN ARE PERMITTED TO TEACH MATURE MEN PROVIDED THE WOMEN ARE UNDER SOME ‘ULTIMATE MALE TEACHER’

4.10.2. WOMEN ARE PERMITTED TO PROPHESY (OR PREACH) IN CHURCH BUT ARE NOT PERMITTED TO INTERPRET TONGUES

4.10.3. WOMEN ARE PERMITTED TO PRAY IN CHURCH BUT NOT TO PREACH

4.10.4. BEHIND MANY INTERPRETATIONS IS THE UNSTATED NEED TO JUSTIFY THE WESTERN PRACTICE OF WOMEN PREACHERS/TEACHERS AND FEMALE HOUSE-GROUP LEADERS

4.10.5. A RED HERRING: MEN NOT WEARING A HEADCOVERING

4.10.6. STRATEGIES TO CONFUSE “THE ENEMY” REPLY

PART THREE: THE EARLY CHURCH

5.1 THE ATTITUDE OF JESUS

5.2 THE ATTITUDE OF THE EARLY CHURCH FATHERS

PART FOUR: TWO RECOMMENDATIONS

6.1 OUR APPEARANCE IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD IS IMPORTANT

6.2 OUR DEMEANOUR IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD IS IMPORTANT

6.3 THE WAY FORWARD: WHAT OF THE FUTURE?

6.4 OVERVIEW AND EPILOGUE

EXCURSUS 1: CRITIQUE OF JOHN STOTT’S POSITION

EXCURSUS 2 : CRITIQUE OF KROEGERS’ BOOK

EXCURSUS 3 : THE CHICAGO STATEMENT ON BIBLICAL INERRANCY

APPENDICES

APPENDIX A : 36 TRANSLATIONS OF 1 CORINTHIANS 14:33b-35

APPENDIX B : 36 TRANSLATIONS OF 1 TIMOTHY 2:11-15

APPENDIX C : “HAIR” IN THE BIBLE

APPENDIX D: “QUIETNESS” [DISPOSITION] & “SILENCE” [VOCAL] IN THE GREEK BIBLE

APPENDIX E: “SUBMIT” IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

APPENDIX F: “PERMIT” IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

APPENDIX G: AUTHENTEIN “TO RULE”

APPENDIX H: WORDS FOR “MAN”

APPENDIX I: WORDS FOR “VEIL”

BIBLIOGRAPHY

CHARTS TO ACCOMPANY THE WORK “GOOD ORDER IN THE CHURCH”

Chart 1  “The difference between ‘Obedience’ and ‘Headship’ relationships”

Chart 2  “Authority structure in Creation” and “Authority structure in the Church”  

Chart 3  “From Adam to Christ: The Three Love-Headships”

Chart 4 “The Two Accounts of the Creation of Adam”

Chart 5 “The OT Love-Headship Relationships”

Chart 6 “The NT Love-Headship Relationships”

Chart 7 Text and chart showing “Your will be done”

Chart 8 “The Three Love-Headships of 1 Corinthians 11:3” (‘Your will be done’)

Chart 9 “Three Models of Loveship” (1 Cor 11:3)(‘Your will be done’)

Chart 10 “Hierarchy of Headships” (‘Your will be done’)

Chart 11 “The Church Model of Love-Headship” (‘Your will be done’)

Chart 12 “Feminist Model of Headship: ‘Our will be done'”

Chart 13 “Paul’s reordering of the three headships of 1 Corinthians 11:3”

Chart 14 “The difference that Christ’s coming as God’s Mediator made to the reordering of heavenly powers”

Chart 15 “The family unit in the Old and New Covenants”

Chart 16 “The qualifications for public office in the Church&emdash;Elders and Deacons”

Chart 17 “Christian Marriage and Headship”

Chart 18 “The significance of the uncovered head in the presence of God”

Chart 19 “Paul and the New Testament writers addressed their letters to men”

Chart 20 “The dangers facing the Church”

Chart 21 “A life pleasing to God”

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