Women and Church Eldership

WOMEN AND CHURCH ELDERSHIP

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20.PAGAN "WOMEN'S LIBERATION MOVEMENT" ENTERS THE APOSTOLIC CHURCH

It was under the worldly influences of the pagan Greco-Roman culture, then, that some of the Christian women — with the unfortunate approva1 even of some of their backslidden Christian menfolk — had apparently started preaching and ruling even in the churches. I Cor. 14:29-35 cf. I Tim. 2:9-15. Using his apostolic authority, Peter apparently condemned this. I Pet. 3:1-6 cf. 5 :1-4.

The Apostle Paul too wrote what he did, NOT (as some somewhat syncretistically assume) in a 'brave' attempt to bring the Apostolic Church's practices into line with the allegedly "restrictive" paganistic practices of then-current Gentile society outside the Church — in order to make it easier for the Gentile Pagans to identify with the Gentile Christians inside the Corinthian Church. No!