One of my students, now a leader in the Brazilian Baptist convention, asked this question in class:
Dr. Mark, what do you think about Priscilla having participated in the discipleship of Apollos, as his teacher? (Acts 18:26)
What follows was my answer to his question:
This is an excellent question, and you have identified one of the key verses used by feminists to defend the ordination of women to pastoral ministry, and that Paul would have approved of a ministry of women teaching men. First, let’s look at the verse, and then I will answer your question.
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An increasing number of theologians and pastors are vehemently insisting that “dead faith” is not living faith which has died, but a false or counterfeit faith which was never true faith at all, in spite of there being no biblical support for such a definition of “dead.” Instead, this is an example of when a theological perspective demands that the text be interpreted in keeping with its theology, rather than theology being shaped by Scripture.
James 2:17 declares that “faith without works is dead,” and many use this verse to question the salvation of anyone who confesses faith in Jesus Christ, but does not have sufficient “good works.” This video presents the study of the words “to die,” “death” and “dead” in the Old and New Testaments, and demonstrates that “dead faith” is not false, fake or counterfeit, but true faith…which has died.
James 2:14: “What use is it, my brethren, if a man says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that faith save him?” Instead of adopting an Augustinian mindset which almost always interprets “salvation” as “saved from hell” (and hence the Roman Catholic image), let’s let the context inform us of the answer to the question, “saved from what?”