Cheryl's Blog comments re: 1 Tim. 2:15 and that she understands it where the Christian church has not

by Matt Slick

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Cheryl Schatz claims that in all of the Christian church throughout history, no one has properly understood 1 Tim. 2:15 except her.  "But women shall be preserved through the bearing of children if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint," (NASB).

This is what she says on her blog about my position of complimentarianism (that men and women have different roles in the church and women are not to be pastors and elders).

"As far as 2000 years of scholarship on Matt’s side, let me point out that for 2,000 years this passage has not been understood. If you look in any commentary, they will tell you that the church has not been sure what Paul is getting at in verse 15. No one has made complete sense of this verse before without contradictions....I came to the passage wanting to know what it meant. I believe that I know..."
http://strivetoenter.com/wim/2007/09/30/the-rest-of-the-story-1-timothy-211-15-and-matt-slick/, post # 34.
Emphasis added by me in bold.

Does Cheryl Schatz really think that she's figured out what 1 Tim. 2:15 "really" means and that the Christian church has, according to her, failed to properly understand it throughout its entire history?  I don't know about you, but when I hear such a thing from someone it makes me nervous and warning flags go up.

The Bible says in 2 Pet. 1:20 "But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation." This means that a single person isn't to interpret scripture alone, but that there needs to be some sort of consensus within the Christian church that agrees with a view.  Such a consensus is not there supporting Cheryl Schatz.

The following graphic is regarding 1 Tim. 2:15 on her blog and is reproduced here for documentation should she alter the post later.

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Following is the text version should anyone wish to quote.

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on 02 Oct 2007 at 11:20 am
34 Cheryl
voiceofsanity,

Clearly you do not know me. I came to this passage ready to accept what God said no matter what. If it meant that I was to stop teaching the bible to men and I had to kick out all the ex-JW’s who were men, then so be it. I probably would have just stopped teaching period, because I could not be prejudiced against people in all good conscience.

As far as 2000 years of scholarship on Matt’s side, let me point out that for 2,000 years this passage has not been understood. If you look in any commentary, they will tell you that the church has not been sure what Paul is getting at in verse 15. No one has made complete sense of this verse before without contradictions.

I came to the passage wanting to know what it meant. I believe that I know and I ask you to show me any contradictions in the passage regarding my understanding of it. Surely if I am wrong then there will be discrepancies. Show me any discrepancies. If you cannot, then why not?

True biblical scholarship is about consistency and honesty. I have been both consistent in my exegesis and honesty in my approach to scripture. To say otherwise is to judge my heart and that would be inconsistent with scripture to judge me in that way.

 

 

 

 

 
 
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