Wednesday, October 28, 2009

"Saved Through Childbearing" - A quote

Consider the following conclusion from Andreas Kostenberger's examination of 1 Timothy 2:15:

What does it mean, then, for a woman to be “kept safe [from Satan]”? It means, among other things, that she will not yield in her mind to false notions of what it means for her to be a woman and in particular a woman of God. It means that she will respect divinely set boundaries in the exercise of her spiritual gifts and ministry calling in trust and obedience to God’s Word. It means that she will find fulfillment in her domestic calling, in her relationship with her husband, in her role as mother and maker of the home, and in proper ministry involvements in God’s “household,” the church (see 1 Tim. 3:15).
The women who overstep these God-given boundaries, on the other hand, will not be “kept safe from being deceived [by Satan].” By pushing and transgressing the limits set by the Creator, those women will actually suffer a degree of loss of their God-given femininity. They will forfeit, at least to some extent, fulfillment in marriage, family, and the home. They will fall prey to error in interpreting Scripture, error very possibly not confined to their understanding of women’s roles in the church. They will disrupt (male-female) harmony in the church, creating division rather than promoting harmony as women and men serve God and others alongside each other in appropriate, God-ordained roles. And there may be other consequences, not the least grieving the One whose commands are ignored.

[Quote from Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood Volume 2 (2:2). Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.]

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3 Comments:

At 11:48 AM, Anonymous DeniseM said...

Exactly!

 
At 8:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So if I understand the above correctly that means that if I am a 30 year old married childless professional who does not stay home every day and gets take out instead of staying in the kitchen all day I am not going to be fulfilled? I know an awful lot of moms who are Christians and still not happy, so this does not make any sense to me at all. I have been a Christian since I learned how to read at the age of 4 and cannot believe this narrow view of a God fulfilled life.

 
At 8:44 PM, Blogger Dr. David H. Rhoades said...

Anonymous - Thanks for the thoughtful response. I don't believe staying "at home in the kitchen" is the intent of Kostenberger's understanding. It certainly isn't mine.

In brief...the godly woman of Proverbs 31 works in the city to assist her family. At the same time she does not abandon her higher calling to be a wife and mother. I would say that it is also a man's higher calling to be a good husband and father (if his life situation finds him in those roles).

In my own situation, my wife was blessed enough to be a stay-at-home mom until the kids entered school. Then she began working to assist with the bills. Now she finds personal fulfillment as a registered diagnostic cardiac sonographer. I believe this is part of her calling just as much as I believe serving as a pastor is part of mine.

Thanks again for the insight and opportunity for me to clarify.

 

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