|“Highly opinionated people are often willful people. They have a keen sense of what is right, but risk being unwilling to submit their standards to the Lordship of Christ. Strong opinions can warp obedience, causing the holder to subordinate the commands of God.”…”Do you truly believe that your will can prevail against God?” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over men; she is to keep silent.” 1 Timothy 2:12
For the most part the commandments of God are objective while their application is subjective and cultural. Paul prohibits women teaching and exercising authority over men. The command is clear and concise. But what are the parameters? Can a woman teach male children? When does a child become a man? If you agree with the command, then as much as possible, allow each individual to determine the application.
Some applications are more objective than others. For example, you can more easily determine the application of murder than of love. Still, a certain amount of ambiguity lingers. The patient may die at the hand of the surgeon, but if he disliked the patient and was less than careful, God may charge him with murder at the judgment. But it is a charge you cannot easily make.
To answer the question of how you subjectively decide what application looks like in your own life, look at three things: First, what does the command say? If you have no intention of obeying the command, then the question of application is superfluous. Second, are you in a spirit of brokenness and dependence before God? Application must flow from this posture. Cultural differences and subjective arguments should not, in your mind, negate the command. Third, does your application violate the Golden Rule? Honest answers to these three questions will not eliminate subjectivity, but they will minimize it.
2 Chronicles 34-36 John 19:1-22 (New King James Version)
2 Chronicles 34-36
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