Does 2 Timothy 1:5 Contradict 1 Timothy 2:11,12 On The Roles of Men And Women?


Some assert that women can have leadership roles over men because of 2 Timothy 1:5 and 2 Timothy 3:14,15 (Timothy’s grandmother and mother – women – taught Timothy)

2 Timothy 1:5 states: “when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.”

2 Timothy 3:14,15 states: “But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

Just because the grandmother and mother of Timothy (Lois and Eunice) taught him does not imply that women can serve in functional, authoritative spiritual roles over men. Lois and Eunice were authorized to assume authoritative roles when Timothy was a young boy. Children are to obey their parents (Ephesians 6:1-4). Children were to be taught by their parents (Deuteronomy 6:4-6). There comes a time when a young boy becomes a man (adult male) and he must become the spiritual leader in the church and in the home. The prohibition in 1 Timothy 2:12 refers to an adult male, not a young boy.

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