What does it mean to make the law of God of none effect (Mt 15:6)? It is to create an excuse, a man made doctrine, or use human reasoning to do what God has strictly forbidden. This has been done for centuries among denominations and it is being done today in the Lord’s church. Take a look at one that most all churches are guilty of, even the Lord’s church.
Women Teachers In The Church
Jesus Christ silenced women from speaking in the churches (1 Cor 14:33-40). This should have stopped a sincere Christian from ever trying to circumvent God’s Will in this matter. However, in this generation man has perceived that the bible is wrong, mistaken, or misleading. Man therefore says, women can speak as long as she is not teaching a man. Denominations take this even a step further. They say women can teach both men and women, for Paul was not inspired of God to make this restriction upon woman. They say men and women are equal in their duties to God. Are they right? No! God’s Word in right. What does God’s Word say on this matter?
Paul wrote to the Corinthians that what he wrote to one church, he wrote to all churches (1 Cor 4:17). Paul wrote to the Corinthians that all women were forbidden to speak in the churches “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints. Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says. And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church. Or did the word of God come originally from you? Or was it you only that it reached? If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord. But if anyone is ignorant, let him be ignorant” (1 Cor 14:33-38). Paul in his second letter to the Corinthians made it clear that, “As God is faithful, our word to you was not Yes and No” (2 Cor 1:18). Now, if God is a liar, then his Word can say yes in one place and no in another. However, God is not a liar for it is impossible for God to lie (Heb 6:18 f; Nu 23:19)!
Paul also wrote to his son in the faith, Timothy. concerning women. This is what he wrote to him: “Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control” (1 Tim 2:11-15). Does this contradict the words of Paul to the Corinthians? Certainly not. Once again Paul made it clear that he wanted women to be in silence when it came to learning God’s Word. Secondly, he forbade women from teaching a man or usurping authority over a man. This applied both in the home and in the church.
Does this mean a woman can teach in the church as long as she is not teaching a man? God forbid! This letter to Timothy was not a change in church doctrine but an addition to it. To the Corinthians Paul commanded by the authority of Jesus Christ that women were not allowed to be speakers in the church but to remain silent. In his letter to Timothy he made it clear that women were to be submissive to man in and out of the church assembly and forbade them to teach a man, even their own husband (read: 1 Pet 3:1,2) To Titus he made it clear that aged women should teach younger women? The gospel? No. The doctrine of Christ? No. Then what? “That they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed” (Titus 2:3-5). That is in agreement with what Paul said in 1 Timothy 2:11-15. However, this would be a contraditon to what Jesus Christ commanded through the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians if aged women taught younger women in the church. It would be a contradition because women were forbidden to be speakers in the assembly. Secondly, no where is it commanded, an inference suggested, or a biblical example given for women to teach another woman’s child in or out of the assembly. Women along with their own husband are commanded to love and teach their own children in their own home (Eph 6:1 f; Col 3:20).
Man was commanded and offices were given to teach men, women and children in the churches. It is the duty of elders and preachers to teach and preach the Word of God_not women (Tit 1:9-11 f; 2 Tim 2:2; 2 Tim 4:2-5). Therefore, when any church allows women to teach other women in the assembly or to teach children in the assembly, they are making the law of God of none effect. They are commanding for doctrine the commandments of men and making their worship to God in vain (Mt 15:7-9). Secondly, they are adding to God’s Word, which is strictly forbidden (1 Cor 4:6 ff; 1 Pet 4:11; Rev 22:18,19). Thirdly, they are twisting God’s Word to make it in compliance to their own desires. This they do to their own destruction (2 Pet 3:16).