Are there gender-specific sins? Or, to put it another way, are there sins that men are particularly susceptible to, and are there sins that women are especially susceptible to?
In 1 Timothy 2:8-15, the Apostle Paul identifies two sexes, male and female, distinguishes between them, and then addresses sins that each are prone to, and that can be especially problematic in the church. In verse 8, he addresses two male sins in the church:
· Too passive: Being too scared to lead
· Too aggressive: Being too angry to pray
MEN ARE TO LEAD IN PUBLIC PRAYER
“ I desire then that in every place the men should pray” (8).
The place of prayer: “Every place” appears four times in Paul’s writings and each time it refers to the official assembly of the church for public worship.
The leaders in prayer: “That the men pray.” The Greek word here for men is the specific word for “male” as opposed to female. This is a call to men to step up to the plate, to take the lead, to take responsibility and initiative.
Passive leaders are poor leaders.
“I know men who have no problem leading, but they lead in the wrong way and in the wrong direction.”
MEN ARE TO PRAY WITH HOLY HANDS AND HEARTS
“...men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling” (8b).
Holy hands (looking to God): This posture fives outward expression to inward dependence and encourages it.
Holy hearts (loving others): Instead of men praying with clean hands, they prayed with clenched fists! An angry spirit, an argumentative spirit, is not conducive to prayer.
You can’t be poisonous in private relationships and pious in public prayer.
LIVING THE BIBLE
Replace fear-full passivity with faith-full activity, and angry aggression with loving affection if you want public worship to be heavenly worship.
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