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Romans 16 mentions women in leadership, including Nympha and Junia. Heiarchalists will bend over backwards to explain one reason or another why the plain sense that “Junia” (clearly a woman’s name in the text) was not a woman, or that “of note among the apostles” does not actually mean its plain sense that she is an outstanding apostle, but rather that the apostles noticed her. The church at Nympha’s house is read to be a group that just happened to meet in her house, but she was apparently only there to serve refreshments– even though Paul greets her by name and fails to greet the unnamed and unknown man who had to have actually been in charge– because only men could lead house churches. Right? Right?
I think the idea of “plain meaning” is a canard. Some Scripture is easy to understand and some not. In all cases we need to try our best to understand the original meaning to the intended reader(s), but since we are not them, this can be a challenge sometimes.
Also, in Romans 16 we have a woman named first and introduced before everyone else. Yet, gender hierarchalists would have us believe that she was merely a servant, not anyone of great importance. Yet, cultural history has it that the most responsible and honorable would be mentioned first. She is named as a minister of the church of Cenchrea and a proistatis of many. Clearly, a plain reading of this text is that Phoebe was a leader of the church of Cenchrea, and a very gifted leader who led and taught many in the ways of the Lord.
Thanks for the comments everyone.
And despite “it is not good to show partiality in judgment” (Prov. 24:23) , they judge lack of submission in wifes differently from the same thing in men, and female preachers differently from male ones. Patriarchs even believe that in a disagreement between a father and adult child, partiality should be given to the father’s case.
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