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Monday, August 21, 2006

Women Must Be Submissive and Silent

Dismissed Sunday School Teacher, Mary Lambert

1 Timothy 2:11-14 "A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner."

Citing the first epistle of Timothy, The First Baptist Church of Watertown New York dismissed 81 year old Mary Lambert from her position as Sunday school teacher. She had taught there for 54 years.

According to a statement issued by the church’s Diaconate Board, "…the Board's decision to remove [Lambert] from a teaching position was multifaceted and the scriptural rules concerning women teaching men in a church setting was only a small aspect of that decision." The statement continues, "Christian courtesy motivates us to refrain from making any public accusations against her."

When asked by a local reporter what the other “facets” of the church’s decision were, Pastor Timothy LaBouf would not reveal any details, but he did acknowlege that there has been a split within the church.

Okay, so it seems that there is a power struggle or a battle over what path the church should take in the future. Rather than settle the issue like a grown-ups, LaBouf and the church board have decided to be spiteful and take punitive actions against a woman who has given her life to her church.

Doesn’t sound very Christian-like to me!

I, for one, am a little skeptical of the pators’ forthrightness. Why was Lambert’s gender not an issue for the previous 54 years – but suddenly it is now? And in what appears to be a contradictory statement, LaBouf maintains that the fact that Lambert was a woman was only a “small aspect” of the decision to remove her. Well if that is the case, then why even bring it up? Surely the pastor must have known he would be igniting a firestorm.

Sounds to me like LaBouf is cowardly hiding behind the scriptures. He is using them as a substitute for an apparent testosterone deficiency. If the Diaconate Board has a serious disagreement with Ms. Lambert as to how the church is to be run, then let them come forward and say so. If the differences are serious enough to make Lambert unsuitable as a teacher or warrant her removal from the church, then let them do so on those grounds. Don’t issue some medieval or patriarchal statement that women should be “silent and submissive” and “not worthy of having authority over a man”.

Are we still living in the Dark Ages?

I guess I just don’t see what advantage having male genitals gives men when it comes to proclaiming God’s word. It certainly does not make them smarter. The Old Testament has plenty of female prophets, and Jesus included women among his disciples. Perhaps LaBouf should go back and read Genesis 1: 27, “So God created man in his own image…male and female he created them.”.

Maybe LaBouf can answer this question for me. Is one part of God’s image inferior to the other?


At 2:23 PM, Anonymous Roy said...

It is ridiculous things like this that have totally turned me off from organized religion. Religion has been used to exclude groups of people for centuries. It is a shame that people are still exploiting religion for these purposes

At 1:06 PM, Anonymous john a clark said...

sarcasm; a bitter, cutting remark; also, ironical language expressing scorn or contempt. adj. - sarcastic. - adv. - sarcastically.
Paul is an sarcartic peoson, all you need to do is read what he wrote; from the begining to the end. Do not take a verse out of the paragraph, but read the whole paragraph and the whole segment. May I recomment the N.I.V. Holy Bible; read Galatians 5:12; "As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves." Paul in this paragraph or segment is talking about circumcision. But when it comes to women, he is very sarcastic. All you need to do is read the whole segment. The N.I.V. is divided into segment. I agree with Matthew 7:12 and 20:25 to 28. For more information read my website; .Thank-you John


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