DALLAS, TEXAS - Long time church member Sandra McMillan has been faithfully attending a small group her church has had for the last fifteen years. As they were studying the Bible, she was confronted with something she had never heard of before.
"As soon as I heard what the teacher said, I was immediately confused", Sandra said. "The teacher said, 'Woman are not allowed to teach or usurp authority over the man.' I immediately cried out, 'Exuse me?'"
There was an awkward few moments of silence when the teacher asked if she had a question. "What do you mean, women can't teach men?" The teacher said, "The Bible is very clear that women are not to exercise authority over men nor teach them concerning spiritual things."
"I couldn't believe what I was hearing", Sandra exclaimed. "This supposed Christian is discriminating against women. You know what, it makes sense why he has never let me teach the small group. I just feel we are all God's children and are equal in his eyes. God loves everyone the same. He wouldn't say something like that."
"I just feel we are all God's children and are equal in his eyes. God loves everyone the same. He wouldn't say something like that."
Sandra added, "Our small group teacher went on to say that one of the reasons women are not allowed to have authority of men is because Adam was first formed before Eve, and that Eve was deceived and not Adam. How outrageous! What a ridiculous argument if I ever heard one. I just feel men and women are equal and that you shouldn't put a stumbling block before someone that wants to serve the Lord."
The teacher simply appealed to the text of scripture he just quoted, "This is literally what God wrote in 1 Timothy 2:11-14." Sandra replied, "God didn't write that, Paul did. That is just Paul's opinion. I mean, Jesus didn't even say that because those verses are not printed in red letter."