What The Church Needs Now Is

 

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I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting; in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works. Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived fell into transgression. Nevertheless, she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control. (1 Timothy 2:8-15)

What The Church Needs Now Is

The character of the local church is seen through the actions and lives of the men and women who make up the body of Christ. God designed the church to be a beacon of light in the community of men who need to come to the Son and find salvation. If the light of the local church is dim the influence of its members will have minimal impact to show others the grace of God. Paul exhorted Timothy to remind the men and women of their effect on people of the world putting forth the best example of godliness, modesty, and obedience to the will of the Lord. Godly men are those who are men of prayer. The example of the men in a local church will have greater influence when the world sees the spirit of the men as fervent disciples of Christ possessing gentle spirits with great faith. Leaders of the church must be men who spend time in prayer to the Father seeking divine counsel for their personal lives and the work of the church. All Christian men need to be filled with the Spirit of God through the avenue of prayer. Paul is not alluding to some physical manifestation of lifting up hands but the character of men who work day to day in being an example of prayerful devotion to God. It is vital for the man in the workplace to be a man of prayer. In the home, the man will teach his family to value of prayer through his own life and through instructing the children how to pray. Husbands and wives praying together will create a stronger bond in marriage leaving an impression on the children of marital union and devotion to God. If there is one characteristic that a man is known for it is his humble example of a prayer life. What the church needs now is the example of holy men expressing faith and trust in the Lord through prayer.

Women have an important role in the church as examples of fidelity, truth, and righteousness. Modest apparel is a challenge for God’s women as they struggle to define, understand and accept the teachings of scripture. In a world given over to the outward adorning of the body, the Lord wants women who are adorned in the heart. Modesty is not just a suggestion of the placement of clothes but the nature of one’s character in their manner of dress, attitude, and disposition toward God. Like holy men, the women must be people of prayer. Their hearts must be in tune with the desires of the Father to please Him. The most important adornment for the woman is not the garments of cloth but the clothing of the heart of godliness. Each one will reflect the other. Hearts that are seeking the purity of God will show that in the manner of dress that is not revealing, extravagant, gaudy or eye-catching. Clothes that are proper for a woman professing godliness will not be to draw attention to self or focus the eye on the body. Modesty is measured by the humble heart. Elaborate hairstyles, stylish dress or revealing clothing that exposes the nakedness of the flesh does not glorify God but excites the senses of the woman to show her body to others. Propriety and moderation come from a decorum that is respectful to the image of Jesus Christ. Women who argue about modesty have no desire to dress modestly but to exhibit themselves before others. What the church needs now is the spirit of godly women willing to dress for eternal success rather than worldly success.

There is a lot of confusion in the religious world to the role of the woman in the church. The apostle Paul wrote with the authority of the Holy Spirit as directed by the word of God. Modern religious leaders will suggest that a woman can take any role in the church but Paul discounts this in his letter to Timothy. A woman cannot take the role of a preacher because she was the one deceived in the fall of man. Part of the pronouncement of the Lord against the woman was that her desire would be to her husband and he would rule over her. God also said there would be pain in childbirth and this has not changed even with the advent of modern medicine. If the pain of childbirth has not diminished the role of the woman to the man has also not diminished. This does not make a woman an inferior creature but one that is subject to the will of the Father. Paul defines the role of the woman as one in subjection to the man. The church has a lot of work for the woman to do but to be in the role of leadership is strictly forbidden by the Holy Spirit. Going against this directive is contrary to the will of God. What the church needs now is the woman who will adorn herself with a godly spirit to be in subjection to the divine will of God.

 

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