Since the New Testament commands all Christians to pray (1 Thess. 5:17), specifically mentions Christian women praying (1 Cor. 11:5), and also commands that Christian women not “exercise authority” over Christian men (1 Tim. 2:12; cf. 3:14-15), then we conclude that the directive in 1 Timothy 2:8 is that Christian men lead the prayers in mixed-gender worship assemblies, and do so only if they are holy in nature (“lifting holy hands”) and not a hot-tempered or contentious person (“without anger or quarreling”). Thus, it would be good to view 1 Timothy 2:8 as the biblical qualifications for all who would lead acts of worship in the church assembly. When a Christian man who is living a clearly unholy, ungodly life, a brother in Christ who might be infamously known as a hot-head and a very contentious person, stands before the church to lead them in prayer, song, or other acts of worship, it can be very detrimental to the goal of worshiping in spirit and truth (John 4:24). … Read More Bible Q&A: Please Explain 1 Timothy 2:8-15.
Check out my editorial in the latest issue of the Carolina Messenger which talks about being guided by feelings rather than the actual commandments found in the Word of God. Grace Be With You – The Editor’s Page: Some Guided By Feelings Over Women’s Role Controversy (January/February, 2015).
Do we allow culture to influence our understanding and obedience of the Bible when it comes to its teachings on divorce and remarriage, women’s role in the church, modesty, and homosexuality? Read this article by Carl O. Cooper in the September/October, 2013 issue of the Carolina Messenger. Culture and Bible Commands – Carl O. Cooper.