Early in my Christian life I obtained Arthur W. Pink’s Gleanings from Paul: The Prayers of the Apostle (Moody 1967). That study of Paul’s prayers in Scripture kindled a spiritual fire in my heart and life. Paul’s example in prayer, especially in the thanks with which he begins most of his epistles, set a pattern for believers throughout the next two millennia and beyond. Paul’s admonition, “in everything give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) certainly challenges each one of us. As we celebrate Thanksgiving Day 2016, let’s immerse ourselves in opportunities for thanksgiving that the apostle exemplifies through his epistles.… Continue reading
In this series of articles concerning the role of eldership and women I have undertaken to establish that leadership in the church is male, here; that Scripture provides for us a pattern of male leadership for God’s people, here; and that likewise Scripture actually prohibits women from participating in two of the main activities of elders – teaching mixed groups of adults and exercising authority over the same, here. Finally, here today I will address the common claim that Galatians 3:28 makes all of these previous arguments moot in the entire discussion.
Many egalitarians agree that the instructions provided in 1 Timothy 2 regarding women, teaching, and the exercise of authority are nothing more than the importation of Roman household codes into the church.… Continue reading