1 Timothy 2-4
The closing section in 1 Timothy 2 is one that challenges me. I have never taught all the way through 1 Timothy so I am looking forward to digging into it more one day. I think the Bible teaches equality among men and women and yet a difference in role in the church. I may not understand all of that, but I can’t just cast aside everything about role differences by claiming that all of his statements were cultural and are now irrelevant. Some things we just have to keep wrestling with.
Paul opens Chapter 4 with a prediction that some will depart from the faith. In the United States, this has certainly proven true. A 2020 Gallup poll showed that American who identified themselves as Christians has dropped from 90% in 1971 to 69% in 2020. The percentage of Americans with no religious preference has risen from 4% to 21%. What is the remedy? Training ourselves in the Word of God so we know the truth, and setting the example for others to see.