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Here is the relevant passage in 1 Tim. 2:9-15 that Pastor Jim refers to:

9Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments, 10but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness. 11A woman must quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness. 12But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet. 13For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve. 14And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. 15But women will be preserved through the bearing of children if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint.

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Here is part of today’s quote from this TFW program:

“As much as feminists rebel at this, the Apostle Paul cites two independent but compounding reasons why ONLY men are allowed to lead churches and preach: 1) Adam was created first, as the head of the species and the home, and 2) Eve’s deception proves a greater susceptibility among women than men (who have their own susceptibilities) to spiritual deception.”

“more crafty” – the Heb. word (amod) means: negatively “crafty,” or positively “prudent”. Taken over by the power of Satan, prudence devolves into craftiness, a sneaky cleverness. The Devil turns every virtue into a vice when it comes under his power, as here.

“BTW: On a purely side note—In the interest of biblical accuracy, the text never says the fruit was an apple, just as the text never says a whale swallowed Jonah or that the Apostle Paul said that money is the root of all evil (he said it was a root, not the root). The last error is the most misleading.”

Editor’s note: Pastor Jim wrote an excellent article, “Boundaries without Bonds: How to Keep Headship from Becoming a Hardship,” on the biblical definition and parameters of male leadership in 2002: