Women have often been excluded from teaching and leadership in the Church by people citing I Timothy 2:11ff, especially the phrase, “I do not permit a woman to teach.” This teaching shows that the prevailing “understanding” of those verses is really a misunderstanding. Explaining the Gnostic heresy threatening the Church at that time, the teaching clearly sets forth the truth about this seldom-understood section, showing that the point of it is, in fact, that women should be encouraged to exercise their ministries in the Body of Christ.