Why Can’t Women Do That?

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Philip B. Payne and Vince Huffaker, Why Can’t Women Do That?

Why Can’t Women Do That? Breaking Down the Reasons Churches Put Men in Charge

This book is presented as correspondence between a nephew who believes in gender hierarchy and his uncle, an egalitarian.

In lively, clear language for any reader, this book breaks down the reasons churches put men in Charge. It shows that the Bible affirms the equal standing of women and men in the ministries in the church and in the home. It is the condensation of 48 years of research on this topic and is full of insights that shed new light on a host of issues and correct many misconceptions. It affirms the complete reliability of all of Paul’s teaching.

The work begins with an examination of the various practical and historical reasons churches put men in charge. It then examines all relevant passages of the Bible about women in leadership. It explores Paul’s many statements about women who were his colleagues in ministry and Paul’s theological principles that undergird his affirmations of the equal standing of man and woman in Christ. The book concludes that the Bible consistently affirms the equal standing of man and woman in Christ.


Table of Contents:

PART ONE: Leadership Concerns and Church Tradition

Identity in Christ

Keeping it ‘Simple”

Slippery Slope

Men are Naturally Better Leaders, Part 1

Men are Naturally Better Leaders, Part 2

Breaking with Tradition, Part 1

Breaking with Tradition, Part 2

Modern Christian History Regarding Men and Women

Heading into the Bible

PART Two: Old Testament Passages

Genesis 1 & 2: Creation of Man and Woman

Genesis 1 & 2: Answers to Common Objections

Genesis 3: The Fall

Genesis Answers to Common Objections

Deborah: God’s Chosen Leader

Deborah: Answers to Common Objections

Kings and Priests Male Only?

Proverbs 31: An Excellent Wife

Female Leadership in the Old Testament

PART THREE: New Testament Passages

Jesus’s Treatment of Women

Acts 4 Ananias and Sapphira

Romans 16: Paul Greets Seven Women

Church Leaders including Deacon Phoebe and the Apostle Junia

1 Corinthians 7: Equality between Husbands and Wives

1 Corinthians 8-10: The Supremacy of Christ

1 Corinthians 11: Head Coverings for Men and Women Introduction

I Corinthians 11:3: What Does “Head” Convey?

1 Corinthians 11:4: What Is the Dishonor of a Man Covering His Head?  

I Corinthians What Is the Dishonor of a Woman Uncovering Her Head?

1 Corinthians Why a Man Ought Not Cover his Head

1 Corinthians 11:10: Why a Woman Ought to Exercise Authority over her Head

1 Corinthians 11:11-12: Man and Woman Are Not Separate in the Lord

1 Corinthians 11:13-16: Final Word on Long Hair

1 Corinthians 12: Spiritual Gifts

1 Corinthians 14:34-35: Did Paul write, “Women Must Be Silent in the Churches”?

Galatians 3:28: Man and Woman, One in Christ

Galatians 3: Answer to the One Common Objection

Ephesians 5:21-33: Husband-Wife Mutual Submission

Ephesians 5: Answers to Common Objections

Colossians 3:18-4:1: Submission Revisited

1 Timothy 2: A Woman Assuming Authority to Teach a Man

What’s the Problem?

Don’t Forget Priscilla

1 Timothy 2:8-12: Dealing with the Problem

1 Timothy 2: Answer to the Most Common Objection

1 Timothy 2:13-15: Back to the Garden

1 Timothy 3:1-7 Overseer Qualifications

1 Timothy 3:8-13: Deacon Qualifications

Titus: Welcome to Crete

Titus 1:6-9: Elder Qualifications

Titus 2:1-10 Instructions for Elders

Titus 2: Answers to Common Objections

Titus 2:4-5: Subjection of Younger Women

1 Peter 3:1-7: Husband-Wife Mutual Submission and the Wife as Weaker

Conclusions—Not So Simple, but Worth it