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The fall of man

‘And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner.’ – 1 Timothy 2:14

The greatest historical downfalls of humanity came about through certain women taking the lead and their husbands heeding after them, be it Eve and her husband listening to her unto tragedy for all, or Abraham heeding his wife Sarah and bringing forth Ishmael and thus Islam and Al Qaeda and ISIS tormenting the world today, followed to a lesser degree by such as Mary Baker Eddy spawning Christian Science, or Batya Wooten birthing the Two-House Ephraimite heresy, or Ellen White, her talented but sometimes wild speculations and imaginings enthroned only by Adventists as prophecy, or even our own dear Jewess Miriam unwillingly becoming Mary the goddess of Catholicism.

The Biblical and divine order given us is this: But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Messiah, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Messiah is God” (1 Corinthians 11:3). By the ignoring or reversing of this order we cause deception to spread and can lead many astray into error. We see this now in the extreme as the world unravels sexual identities and roles are reversed in rebellion, confusion, and chaos. We must not either identify with that lawlessness, nor compromise with it or, worse yet, contribute to it. Therefore, may men take hold of their God-given position of authority and responsibility, and women their God-given role of dignity and honor, celebrating our differences in harmony– not in uniformity. Equal does not mean the same.

This is what we find written in the New Testament:  ‘A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner.” – 1 Timothy 2:11-14  ‘Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church’. – 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 I did not write that.

Here in Jerusalem we get all the “prophets and prophetesses” imaginable, and are mostly outlandish and their predictions seldom come to pass. If a ‘prophet’ is wrong about one point prophesied, he or she is a false prophet (Deut. 18:22). I have personally and publicly brought to order one ‘prophetess’ who gave widespread the very date of our destruction which, thank Heaven, did not come to pass. Of course, she claimed it didn’t happen because she prayed it wouldn’t, and played the Jonah card in her defense. No, there is no room for speculation games in this very serious business, for using the name of the Lord in vain bears consequences. Whether it be women or men such as Joseph Smith or Muhammad, errant teaching and false prophecy produce historical consequences. It is time for the wisdom that begins with a healthy fear of God to return to our congregations, and  discernment in these days of great deception and apostasy.

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Elhanan ben-Avraham
Elhanan ben-Avraham, born in 1945, is a professional artist, poet, writer and father of two, grandfather of four, living in Israel since 1979. He has served in the IDF, taught the Bible internationally, published two illustrated books of poetry, and painted two large Biblical murals in public buildings in Jerusalem, among many other works. He and his wife live in a quiet village in the Mountains of Judah.

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