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Manna Minutes Podcast: Eye-opening Bible study in less than five minutes! Access all episodes here.

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El podcast Manna Minutes: ¡Estudio bíblico que nos hace abrir los ojos en menos de cinco minutos! Acceda a todos los episodios aquí.

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Manna Minutes Podcast Auf Deutsch: Augenöffnendes Bibelstudium in weniger als fünf Minuten! Alle Episoden finden Sie hier.

Is The Covid-19 Vaccine Mandate Of God? Or Is It Evil?

Did you know the Word of God (the Christian Bible) speaks directly against what governments are doing with Covid-19 vaccine mandates? Get the facts here

¿Viene de Dios el mandato de vacuna contra el Covid-19? O ¿acaso es malo?

¿Sabía que la Palabra de Dios (la Biblia cristiana) condena de manera directa lo que los gobiernos están haciendo a través de los mandatos de vacuna contra el Covid-19? Obtenga los hechos aquí.


The Third Man by Angela Sheffield

Was There A Curse On Helen's Romantic Life?

The Third Man by Angela Sheffield is based on a true story. Read chapter one now!

Should A Christian Practice Yoga Or Pilates? The Shocking Truth

Perhaps you practice yoga for health reasons, or to reduce stress. But, do you really know the diabolical goal of any form or style of yoga, including pilates? Get your answers here

La verdad espeluznante sobre el yoga revelada por la Biblia cristiana

Quizás practiques yoga por motivos de salud o para reducir el estrés. Pero, ¿realmente conoces el objetivo diabólico de cualquier forma o estilo de yoga, incluido el pilates? Obten tus respuestas aquí.

Communicating With The Dead: Learn The Shocking Truth

The spirit you think is mom, dad, or some other loved one from beyond the grave is NOT your loved one. But, what about the "proof" that the living can indeed talk to the dead? Let God's Word open your eyes to a deception that is pure evil. Read Spirits Of The Deceased

Comunicarse con los muertos: La impactante verdad

El espíritu que parece ser tu madre, padre o algún otro ser querido tuyo desde el más allá NO es tu ser querido. Pero, ¿qué hay de "la prueba" de que los vivos pueden comunicarse con los muertos? Permite que la Palabra de Dios te abra los ojos para que veas el engaño que es de la maldad pura. Te invitamos a leer ¿Están los muertos entre los vivos?

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Capital Punishment Is Sanctioned By The Bible

Christians and believers in the Bible, the Word of God calls for the death penalty for first degree murder, rape, and other acts of violence. The Bible tells us to behold the goodness AND the severity of God whose Word--including in the New Testament--does NOT speak against capital punishment Read the scriptural proof now.

La Biblia sanciona la pena capital

Cristianos y creyentes en la Biblia, la Palabra de Dios pide la pena de muerte para el asesinato en primer grado, la violación y otros actos de violencia. La Biblia nos dice que contemplemos la bondad Y la severidad de Dios, cuya Palabra -incluso en el Nuevo Testamento- NO habla en contra de la pena capital. Lea ahora la prueba bíblica.

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Teofila Gottfried book

¿Qué tiene que ver conmigo? por Teófila Gottfried

Lo que leemos en la Biblia tiene que ver con todos los seres humanos, sean cristianos o judíos, ateos o agnósticos, budistas, musulmanes o adherentes a alguna de las filosofías o nuevas religiones que surgen en el mundo. ¿Por qué? Ver mayor información sobre este interesante libro.

I Suffer Not A Woman To Teach: Commentary On 1 Timothy 2:12


Note: If you have not read our article, I Suffer Not a Woman to Teach, in which we prove through Scripture that God Himself has called women to teach in the church, we strongly recommend you do so. This article you are reading deals with why the apostle said such a thing.

If Women Are Permitted To Teach In The Church, Why Does 1 Timothy 2:12 Say, "I Suffer Not A Woman To Teach"?

Excellent question. While the Bible does not say exactly what prompted the apostle to say, "I suffer not a woman to teach", let us consider these facts that we do have:

The passage in 1 Timothy 2:12 that says: "I suffer not a woman to teach" is addressed to Timothy, the pastor of a church in Ephesus. Ephesus was a city in Greece. And Timothy was half Greek. In Acts, chapter 19, we learn that Ephesus was very pagan. The Ephesians worshiped the goddess Diana, also known as Artemis. In fact, the temple of Artemis at Ephesus is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Ephesus was steeped in Greek mythology. And Timothy had to minister in the midst of all that paganism. Ministering to the Gentiles was not--and is not--like ministering to the Jews.

The apostle Paul himself lets us know that he had to adapt to the various spiritual needs of people in order to increase the possibility of winning as many as he could to Christ (1 Corinthians 19:22). Notice that his letter to the Hebrews is NOT like his letters to the Gentiles. Although the gospel of Jesus is one and the same message, the letters do not have the same tone, nor do they focus on the same things. And we see that Paul has to teach certain things to the Gentiles that Israel already knew. If we pay close attention, we notice that these "strange" teachings about the conduct of women--especially when they are in the congregation--appear in his letters to the Gentiles...but NOT in his letters to the Jews. There is a reason for this. Notice that in his letter to the Corinthians he says that women are not even allowed to speak. Again, there is a reason why he says this in his letters to Gentiles, but NOT in his letters to Jews.

Greek mythology had crept into the church. There is no doubt about that. In fact, Paul's letter to Timothy implies that this is exactly what was taking place. We read: "...I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies..." (1 Timothy 1:3-4).

We know for certain that the Ephesians were devoted to their Greek gods (Acts, chapter 19). Now then, Greek mythology influenced the status of women. The passages of Acts 17:4 and 17:12 speak of "noble women not a few" (Greek women), and of "Greek women of distinction". It's important to know those women had authority in Greek society...a freedom and authority that Jewish and Hebrew women did not have. It is very logical to conclude that the command of the God of Israel that wives be subject to their husbands did not sit well with those Greek women.

Think about it. Timothy is the pastor of a church in Ephesus, a GREEK city. Of course there had to be many Greek parishioners accustomed to the Greek way of doing things...a way that did not always fit with God's righteousness.

There is no doubt that women were fully permitted to speak in the congregation. Miriam, along with other women, led worship in the congregation (Exodus 15:20-21). And we see women praying in a New Testament congregation (Acts 1:14). In the book of Joel we see that God said He would call women to be prophetesses. ALL prophets and prophetesses are permitted to speak in the congregation (1 Corinthians 14:31). This is our clue that something very wrong is taking place specifically in the Ephesian congregation. "I suffer not a woman to teach" must be applied to that SPECIFIC congregation, NOT to the universal church.

It should also be noted that Paul's first letter to Timothy indicates that Greek mythology had to have crept into the congregation, because AFTER he says, "I suffer not a woman to teach," he says, "nor to usurp authority over the man." (1 Timothy 2:12). Greek women of distinction could "usurp authority" over men. Cleopatra was Greek. And she was a believer in Greek mythology. She "usurped authority" over many of men. Can that be said of any queen of Israel? Definitely not. In Hebrew and Israeli culture, the male has always been the head of the female. And that is in accordance with the will of the God of Israel. But in Greek mythology, other gods enter the scene, who of course bring other doctrines, many of which contradict and oppose the doctrine of Jehovah, the God of Israel. But what most reveals that Greek mythology indeed had crept into the Ephesian congregation is something Paul says in verse 13. He says, "For Adam was formed first, then Eve".

What would have prompted the apostle Paul to say such a thing? Remember, there were people in the congregation in Ephesus who taught other doctrines and fables. This is clearly revealed in 1 Timothy 1:3-4. It is interesting that, according to Greek mythology, the first person was originally created with four arms, four legs, and a head with two faces. Zeus is said to have divided that first person formed into two separate beings. That's why--according to the myth--people have to spend their lives in search of their better half. Translation: Greek mythology tells that man and woman were created at the SAME time.

Christians and followers of Judaism should find it strange that Paul takes the time to explain that Adam was created first. That is a simple truth that natural AND spiritual Israel already know. But not all Greeks coming out of the paganism of mythology would have known that. After all, would they have had access to the Old Testament scrolls? Even if they did, would they have known Hebrew and Aramaic to be able to read them? There is no doubt that "I suffer not a woman to teach" STRICTLY applies to certain congregations of GENTILES unfamiliar with the ways of the God of Israel.

The Third Man by Angela Sheffield Based on true events, The Third Man by Angela Sheffield, brings the Bible up close and personal as the characters face real issues of life: Betrayal, deceit, romance, bitterness, anger against God, hopelessness, will power, perplexity, triumph, unforgiveness, mental illness, and the "Alcohol made me do it" excuse. Read chapter one FREE now.

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