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  • Betty A. Burnett

Being Willing to Admit We are Wrong

Having Different Roles, but Still Being Equal 10-16-2023

· This message stems from one that was posted on Facebook, Saturday, October 14, 2023, pertaining to God does not show partiality, this is what I wrote: I do believe that females should not hold certain offices, however God uses them in the capacity that lines up with His Word.

· This question was asked: What office do you believe women shouldn’t hold? Can you explain why you believe that. There may be others who do not understand that statement, so as usual I am writing straight from the Word of God.

· When it comes to the word office, it is used in two scriptures that relate to each other (1 Timothy 3:1, Ephesians 4:11). There are certain words that are interchangeable – bishop, elder, superintendent, and pastor. However, when it comes to 1 Timothy 3:1-2, bishop is referring to pastor who has the head position, because God has placed him over a congregation of people.

· Also, be mindful of what this scripture says: This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the office of a bishop, he desires a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife. Please note that the Bible says he must be the husband, that’s the word to concentrate on.

· But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonors his head. But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, for that is one and the same as if her head were shaved.

· For if a woman is not covered, let her also be shorn. But if it is shameful for a woman to be shorn or shaved, let her be covered. For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; [men are not under the authority of creatures, but under the authority of God] but woman is the glory of man.

· For man is not from woman, but woman from man. Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man. For this reason, the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels (1 Corinthians 11:3-10). This only applies to established roles in the church and marriage, which are the established roles in the Bible.

· Since the man is image and glory of God, who would be covering his head? [a man should not have a woman in authority over him when it comes to the role] Who is the woman’s symbol of authority. Man is. Saints, there is a big difference in roles and equality. When it comes to the Godhead, roles are different, but the three persons of the Godhead are equal. Adam and Eve were equal, but their roles were different. We are different in our roles, but we are still equal.

· Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her (Ephesians 5:21-33).

· In their roles, one is greater than the other, yet they are equal. Jesus said My Father, which gave them to me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand (John 10:29).

· God the Father is greater in the role, but the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are equal – who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross (Philippians 2:6-8).

· It’s all about submission. The root of rebelling against the truth is pride. Many have misunderstood this scripture: There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28). That scripture is talking about equality, not roles.

Being obedient to God and leaving the consequences to Him.

~ Betty A. Burnett ~

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