In the movie Agora, Cyril of Alexandria reads 1 Timothy 2 concerning the role women play in the church. He begins reading 1 Timothy 2:8; “I desire, therefore, that everywhere men should lift up holy hands in prayer without anger or disputing. In like manner, I desire women to dress modestly, with decency propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds … let a woman learn in quietness and in full submission. I do not permit women to teach or have authority over men but to be in silence.” For a better understanding on my position of women in the church please read a previous post Revelation 2:18-29 .
Cyril did not use his words carefully. He deliberately quoted this scripture to benefit himself, causing a group of men to take it upon themselves to kill Hypatis and put an end to her teachings. I am not arguing women ruling men; I believe that women should be under the protective guidance of biblically sound men. I argue that they quoted scripture and did not adhere to the words. First Timothy 2:8 clearly reads “that everywhere men should lift up holy hands in prayer without anger or disputing.” They used this scripture to incite a riot against another individual. They went against the very thing they were preaching.
Men, you are the spiritual leaders of the church. You are to use your words to guide all members to behave in an uplifting, positive manner. I realize this is an awesome responsibility that God has placed on your shoulders. Therefore, I pray that you do not crumble from the weight of this duty.
Women, we too, will be held accountable for our behavior in the church. I believe we have the same responsibility of keeping peace as the men. The church is a body of believers who walk in unity, glorifying God every step of the way. Let us all come together as one, seeking God’s wisdom in all we do.
In His Name,