Neglected Matters: Shaking off the Dust, Usury, Woman and Work, Head Coverings
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In a sense, there are no minor doctrines in Scripture. It is only in relation to major, central doctrines (e.g., Atonement, Justification), that any Scriptural doctrine can be termed ‘minor’. However, the Word of God is abundantly clear:
2 Timothy 3:16–17 (ESV): »16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.«
There is no room in the Christian life for ignoring — and particularly not for rejecting — anything in Scripture. What God has spoken is true, for God is Truth. Those who would abandon any doctrine risk losing the whole — and their souls with it.
Neglect does not an adiaphoron make.
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4 Replies to “Neglected Matters: Shaking off the Dust, Usury, Woman and Work, Head Coverings”
I had a man argue that Abraham obeyed Sarah as Sarah obeyed Abraham because the Septuagint uses the same Greek word for Abraham listening to Sarah as the Storm who listened to Jesus thereby obeying him.
Therefore this proves the mutual submission of Husband and Wife. With the status of the Husband is higher than his wife but that doesn’t involve Authority.
That is certainly an interesting (read: silly) argument. The verb in question (Genesis 16:2; Matthew 8:27; Mark 1:27, 4:41; Luke 8:25) is ὑπακούω, which has the following lexical scope:
Obviously, the scope of this verb far exceeds the simple “obey” that your interlocutor was attempting to argue. In the case of Abraham, we know that Sarah’s advice was, in fact, unwise (as it was the result of faithlessness), and caused a great deal of strife (continuing to this day, no less). Did Abraham obey Sarah? No, of course, not — he listened to her advice or recommendation.
Scripture is clear that wives are to submit to their husbands in all things as to the Lord. It is a matter of hierarchy, with the husband always over the wife, and a matter of ontology, with the husband always superior to the wife.
Where can I find information about the nation unveiling you guys talked about? I thought that was a very compelling point (not that the scripture isn’t compelling in itself) but I’m having a lot of trouble finding anything about it online. Thanks.
The ‘national unveiling’ can be read about in a number of different sources (e.g., https://www.fsrinc.org/elizabeth-farians/, ‘Easter Bonnet Rebellion’ [distinct, but related], Ecumenical Task Force on Women and Religion). The attack on the churches can be seen even in the founding documents of NOW: NOW Statement of Purpose.