Series: Taking Scripture out of Context
“No prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation” (2 Peter 1:20).
Sunday, when I went to breakfast, I saw a cleancut young fellow, in casualwear, blue pants, pink shirt, and long dark hair, which he was tossing around to keep out of his face. That guy’s ambivalent. He doesn’t know if he wants to be a boy or a girl.
Though this young fellow was no preacher (as far as I knew), seeing him reminded me that, years ago, my preacher-dad always sent young evangelists to the barber shop before he let them in his pulpit. They had to be clean shaven, no mustache, no sideburn, no hair at the back of the neck. My dad was as rigid about a man having short hair as he was about a woman having long hair. Nowadays young seminarians ridicule my dad’s attitude as legalism.
What is legalism? Anything with which they don’t want to comply. Anything that cuts across the grain.
“When there’s something in the Bible that churches don’t like, they call it legalism.” ~Leonard Ravenhill
Many, many preachers suppress women with “I suffer not a woman to teach nor to usurp authority over a man, but to be in silence” (1 Timothy 2:12) and say nothing about “Does not even nature itself teach you that it is a shame for a man to have long hair” (1 Corinthians 11:14). Though they claim the Apostolic Age is closed, forbidding women to teach or prophesy is still supposedly valid while forbidding men to have long hair is supposedly legalism.
They select which scriptures to follow, to obey, to preach, and to accent.
What do you think God thinks of their bias?
If racism (segregation) is such a big sin in today’s churches, why isn’t gender bias?
I’ll tell you why: because preachers and teachers use isolated scriptures to support it. And if they could find an isolated text to support racism, they would use it too. Because that is the callousness of their heart.
“Do not study commentaries, lesson helps or other books about the Bible: study the Bible itself. Do not study about the Bible, study the Bible. The Bible is the Word of God, and only the Bible is the Word of God.” ~RA Torrey
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