I was concerned to learn that my home congregation now is having Women's Meetings while the Men are having their Business Meetings [no elders there]. The women are told to discuss what they want to have the men consider,or their ideas, etc., and send this information to them [the men] during the first 15 minutes. Isn't this headed down the slippery slope to apostasy?
This question is not completely clear. It could mean that there were no elders in the congregation, a conclusion supported by the expression “while the men are having their business meeting,” or it could mean that there were no elders in the meeting with the women. There is no Biblical reason why the elders, if any, or men of the congregation cannot ask the ladies to meet and to convey their thoughts to the men. Rest assured that if it is not done in a meeting of the ladies, it will be done at home by the women to their husbands, fathers, or brothers. Moreover, there may be widows who have no husband, father, or brother to whom they can address their thoughts and needs. The greatest wrong would be to assume that nothing can be learned from the ladies and that they should be ignored. The man who thinks he can learn nothing from a woman should have learned more at his mother’s knee. This does not mean nor does it require the women to take leadership roles in the oversight of the church. It does admit that wisdom will not die with the men.
The greatest concern expressed here is that such a meeting might be headed down the slippery slope to apostasy. That is a statement that can be made about almost any activity of the church. The only answer is that those who know the teaching of scripture will not permit that to happen. Neither should they permit the fear of some act that is not unscriptural to prevent the doing of a good thing. The late G.C. Brewer, a “preacher’s preacher” if there ever was one, was confronted with an objection to a proposed project stating that “we can’t do it that way because the __ denomination does it that way.” Brother Brewer responded, “Then we had better lock the doors to the building and start climbing in and out the windows because those folks use the doors.” “Nuff said”!
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