I shared this on twitter yesterday and it proved quite popular. More below…
To clarify, the problem is not so much a Titus 2 and/or Proverbs 31 group in and of itself BUT that in these groups it can be seen as the only or best way to be a woman. There is much more in the Bible for women than Titus 2 and Proverbs 31. Of course, I know these groups study more of the Bible than that, but these passages set the tone and create a focus – directly and indirectly. These groups can be truncated or narrow in various ways.
While it is admirable for an older Christian woman to mentor a younger Christian woman that is not the only thing women can do (women working with women). God has certainly called some women to other areas of broader service in the church. The problem is that women can be backed into narrow corners, a certain passage of Scripture becoming the all-in-all for women, to the neglect of so much other Scripture.
A related post from Marg Mowczko: Bible women who weren’t “keepers at home” – What Paul says about women in Titus 2 is not the sum total of what the Bible says about women.
I also shared this on twitter (more thoughts below):
Ruling out a possible interpretation of 1 Timothy 2:11-15. Is there a timeless foundational principle that women are more easily deceived?
By the way, in response to the first tweet, someone replied that:
There is an interdenominational women’s group in Orlando that takes its name from Judges 4. It is J4 Leaders. This is great to hear about!
And the same person also shared that at a church she used to attend, the women’s circle met during the day, so a bunch of women who worked day jobs formed an evening group called the Lydia circle.
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