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I have recently ran across an issue with our Sunday School classes. I am the Superintendent (that's hebrew for "you do this nOBody else wants to" ) of the Sunday School classes. We have a lady teaching the teens with the oldest ones being 15 which are her 2 sons (twins). The statement was made the other day that we didn't need to have a woman teaching boys over 13 years old. Since then I have inquired about the 13 year old rule. I have asked a few deacons, preachers, and friends. Only a few have a different answer. Most stick to the 13 year old rule. I decided to search out the Bible first and foremost. The issue of the matter is revolved around a woman not assurp authoruty over a man 1 Timothy 2:12. Their argument is that a boy needs to have a male authority/role model for a teacher. They site Jesus teaching in the temple when He was 12. I have also been told that Jewish "tradition" has a boy becoming a man at the age of 13. They also site it isn't good to have a woman in the same room with teenage boys without her husband present. It's a temptation. Political correctness of the situation with what goes on today. I've heard some of it all. I would also like to state that I will be submissive to my pastor should he say we need to seperate them. BUT...... Here is what I have found so far. Exodus 30:14 Exodus 38:26 Leviticus 27:3-5 all throughout Numbers when they were numbered it started at 20 yrs old. Numbers 32:11 It seems to me that a boy doesn't become a man until he is 20 years old. Any input would be helpful. Thanks,
As I have demonstrated in some of my previous threads, I have some prOBlems with what seems to be “established IFB teachings”. And I have learned from this forum, that all IFB’s are not the same. Today’s thread has to do with Adam & Eve and what they did themselves, to cover their nakedness. This is what the Bible says they did....... “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they [were] naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.” (Genesis 3:7) The IFB pastors that I am hanging around now seem to teach, that if Adam & Eve had sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves coats, then God would have been satisfied and would not have seen the need to make them coats from animal skins! Don’t get me wrong, these men do not teach a works based salvation and they always make it very clear, that our good works have NOTHING to do with our salvation. But they seem to be so enamored with the idea of any kind of nudity, that they sometimes go too far. For sure, we all see the great value of women dressing in “modist apparel”. But to STRETCH this passage in Genesis to MAKE IT about an issue of modesty, instead of a foreshadowing of our Lord’s sacrifice for us, is a dangerous practice. ----------- My question is.... is this view of Gen.3:7 as widespread as I think it is?