Can Women Serve As Pastors?
The issue is one of ‘authority’ and particularly in regards to the setting of the local church and it’s leadership structure. Listen to CFF Audio Sermons Ladies Meetings
If we seek to understand the Bible with a false presupposition that allows one inspired writer to be pitted against another, we do err. Many ‘inspired writers’ yes, yet one divine Author who never inspires mistake, cannot lie, and will not oppose Himself. Hence, we arrive at a sound interpretation with the premise that the Scriptures cannot contradict themselves. Thus, if there is an ‘apparent’ contradiction, we must not presume upon the very Words of God, supposing there is error, but rather, seek God to reveal the reconciliation/explanation of what seems like an inconsistency.
Yes, throughout the Bible we see women occasionally used. Specifically, in the N.T., we see women per Matt 28:5-7, Jn 4:29-39, Joel 2:28-32/Acts 2:17, Philip’s daughter’s, 1 Cor 11, etc. can…
1. As believers, generally discuss doctrine/theology/Scriptures in a casual setting.
2. Be used to witness regarding the gospel.
3. Operate under the Spirit in the gifts (a distinction being made regarding ‘prophesying’ and ‘preaching’ in the assembly).
4. And, the older women can teach younger women in regards to Christian domestic duties, etc. (Tit 2:3-5).
What Women Cannot Do
What they CANNOT do and NEVER have done, is to be called into the official ministry/leadership of God’s people, Israel under the old covenant and the Church, under the new (or what is commonly referred to in Ephesians 4, the five-fold ministry of a N.T. Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, or Teacher). Under the old covenant, no woman was allowed in the Priesthood or temple service (a type of official leadership/ministry). Under the new covenant, the Apostles were all men and there is no mention of any woman legitimately called into these ministry offices (see Rev 2:20). The reason? The N.T. ‘five-fold ministry’ consist of ‘office gifts’ that intrinsically demand authority over believers and authority over, yes, men. This is clearly forbidden, not by ‘Paul’, but by GOD who inspired these words…
1 Corinthians 14:34-35 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
1 Timothy 2:12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
Now understand, the context is clearly in regards to ‘teaching’ and the ‘church’. The word ‘church’ does not mean a ‘building’, but rather a true, God-ordained local assembly of believers established with sound Biblical leadership who will all be MEN. When we measure this against other Scriptures where women are obviously praying, prophesying (the ‘spiritual gift’ not ‘office gift’) among believers, we understand this to mean they are never considered ‘official leaders/teachers’, invested with spiritual authority in the context of instructing, correcting, and leading a local body of believers or laboring in doctrine. This is what they cannot do. It isn’t that women can’t discuss the Scriptures outside the assembly meetings, occasionally teach other women regarding their duties as wives, mothers, and associated responsibilities, sing, pray, even testify, but rather, they have no input in establishing church doctrine or officially teaching believers. They are to submit to their husbands in this regard as the husband is the head of the woman under Christ.
Easy to understand if you rightly divide the Word of God. B.W
If Paul didn’t suffer a woman to teach but to be in silence.. why should we?
“But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.” 1 Timothy 2:12 KJV
If a woman is to ask her husband at home because it’s a shame for a woman to speak in church, why should we allow one to stand up and preach or teach?
“Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.”
1 Corinthians 14:34-35 KJV
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