And that is where I’m challenged. In a recent article I read a teacher rebuts a new examination of 1 Timothy 2:12′s prohibition of women teachers, elders and pastors. My church’s leadership would not agree, and in fact would suggest that the Bible allows such. In reading through the article http://www.reformation21.org/articles/on-womens-ordination-a-response-to-dr-john-jefferson-davis-on-1-timothy-212.php I was struck to the heart by the humility of the author. I was encouraged to think, what other Biblical teachings are unpopular? What other doctrines central to Christianity are under attack?
It is not hard to find the big 3 under attack from without and from within today:
- The Role of Women in Leadership
- The Role of Homosexuals in the Church and Leadership
- The Exclusivity of Christ in Salvation
But I suggest there are a few others under attack in more subtle ways which are just as dangerous and just as likely to reform unsuspecting and childish Christians to the world instead of visa-versa:
- The Acceptability of Coveting (Posterity Seekers)
- The Worship of Man (American Idol, Sports, Health, Romance)
- Democracy (We are diluting the influence of a man who has walked with God for 50 years by the votes of very young Christians and children)
- Rejection of Familial and Elder Authority (children don’t obey, submit or honor)
- The Rejection of the Sabbath (while Jesus changed the Sabbath, He did not do away with the Sabbath)
- The Epidemic of Adultery
- The adulteration of the Gospel of Peace which substitutes peace between God and man with peace between man and man.