The Simple Pastor writes "What the Bible clearly says women can do" and sadly it is the usual mix of nonsense.
Two obvious general points.
- A better title would have been "What a MAN thinks the Bible clearly says women can do".
- If the line of logic followed in the post were applied more generally then nobody would drive a car or ride a bike (the Bible does not say we can). Of course as Simple Pastor is trying restrict women he only applies this logic to women and then is very selective about how he does it.
The detail is also based on very selectively presented arguments. They do not stand up to much scrutiny. The very first point illustrates this nicely
A helper – this is one that has been overplayed by both sides but Gen 2:18 & 20 calls women helpers. I’d say that this likely meant helping man in the increasing, subduing, ruling that God charged mankind with in Gen 1:26-28.
What of course Simple Pastor misses out is that God is also described as a "helper" using exactly the same word. So women are limited to being like God, seems a pretty limited limitation to me!
What Simple Pastor does is use every example he can find of God calling, liberating and working in women despite the patriarchial culture they lived in and then use them as reasons to restrict rather than free.
A typically sad and fearful male response to the power of God revealed in ordinary women and men.