I previously showed how 1 Tim. 2:11-15 cannot be taken on face value. But here is one thing in it that the complementarians don’t even take on face value, but read things into that are not supported by anything else:
Driscoll state it this way:
Without blushing, Paul is simply stating (in 1 Tim 2) that when it comes to leading in the church, women are unfit because they are more gullible and easier to deceive than men. While many irate women have disagreed with his assessment through the years, it does appear from this that such women who fail to trust his instruction and follow his teaching are much like their mother Eve and are well-intended but ill-informed”.
Oops. Methinks Driscol is the deceived and ill-informed one here. What verse does he get it from that women are more easily deceived? I will quote the passage word for word:
1Ti 2:13-14 For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
Note, these words does not call women deceived. Nor does it call anyone easily deceived. It say that “the woman” (Eve) was deceived, Adam was not. Both sinned. Adam sinned, we can conclude, without being deceived, which would make him a deliberate sinner.
In a testimony on the Baptist board, Scarlett O tells how she found out this truth:
I was taught all of my young life that “women are more easily deceived” and that this was supposedly a direct quote from the Bible and was the reasoning why men were given control over women. So, as a teenager I took that to mean that women were stupid and I acted accordingly. Not taking responsibility for my own actions and not using my brain – doing things that I deeply regret because, hey, I was just a dumb girl. I found out as I read the Bible for myself that neither this phrase nor this concept are in the Bible.
The Bible says that Eve, personally, not women in general, was deceived. And there is nothing in the Bible about her being EASILY deceived……which implies stupidity or inferiority. That phrase, “easily deceived” is not in Bible – from the King James Version to the Message and all versions/translations/paraphrases in between.What IS in the Bible are several passages where men and women are deceived sin and deceived by others… ~Sin deceives all people.
I was taught a lot of things about women when I was young. I was taught that Bathsheba intentionally seduced David and that David was just an innocent bystander in that adulterous affair. I was taught that Eve and therefore all women are “more easily deceived”. I was taught that these very words were in the Bible. They are not…
Then one day, I read the Bible for myself and found out that a lot of things that my traditional and fundamental background had taught me was not true…
… in a Biblical marriage, the wife is the “help” or literally as the Hebrew word (“ezer”) defines it, the “succor” or “relief”. This is the same word “help” or “succor” or “relief” that is use many times over for God, Himself. Especially by David.
… How can she be a relief to her husband if she is “easily deceived”?
Why would God create a counterpart for Adam who was stupid or gullible?
He didn’t. He created a counterpart that was “meet” for him. Appropriate for him. A counterpart. And she was, as Adam was……”very good”.
And she wasn’t “easily deceived”. She was “deceived” not because it was her nature to be stupid, but because she reacting incorrectly in that one instance when Satan tempted her and she allowed herself to get into a conversation justifying her behavior with him.
And we all, both male and female, do that.
Although I’ll disagree with her on points like the meaning of male headship (she briefly mention that in one sentence), she is right about this: Women are not more easily deceived. When we put aside our Bibles and act stupid like Scarlett did, we could be deceived – probably as easily as any man who does the same.