Saturday, April 8, 2017

Does The Bible Permit Women To Be Pastors?

  • Defining The Issues:
          -For decades, Christianity has been bitterly divided over the issue of the purposes of women in ministry. In other words, there are varying opinions as to whether the Bible permits woman to serve in ordained, authoritative positions of the church or not. For example, some congregations have all male deacons while others allow for deaconesses. Therefore, the specific purpose of this article is to provide a biblical answer to this important question. Although Christians will not be disqualified by God from inheriting eternal salvation in heaven because of attending a church with female pastors, they should either be on guard for heretical ideas or completely separate themselves from that congregation to find a different one because an entrance for liberal theology has been created. Having female pastors in a church is a sign of poor spiritual health because adhering to such a pattern of ministers violates the pattern of ministers presented within the pages of the New Testament. The truth of the matter is that ordained pastors are supposed to be men.
  • "Husband Of One Wife":
          -The New Testament Scriptures plainly tell us that appointed ministers of the church are to be the husband of a wife (1 Timothy 3:1-13; 5:1; Titus 1:5-9). These passages go in depth on other characteristics of appointed men such as not being alcoholics, greedy, selfish, foul-mouthed, and being responsible. In summary, Scripture gives us a comprehensive list of stipulations for men who desire to take on the obligations of a bishop or deacon. We are told what morals these individuals must uphold and how they must conduct themselves in order to obtain and maintain being a spiritual leader of the church. These men are to set the primary example of holiness for all other members of the church. However, we have no Scripture passages offering any sort of descriptions of or necessary qualifications for any female ministers. The New Testament is absolutely silent about female bishops, elders, or pastors (these terms have a synonymous meaning in biblical usage).
  • The Apostle Paul Forbade Women From Possessing Authority Over Adult Men In The Church And Making Interruptions During Times Of Wholesome Christian Preaching Or Worship (1 Corinthians 14:34-35; 1 Timothy 2:10-15):
          -The church authority structure, which was originally designed by God, pointedly forbids women from exercising spiritual authority over men. This scriptural principle does not in any way pertain to the political, social, or economic categories of the secular sphere, but to the context of church leadership. Male leadership in the church is grounded on the order in the creation of human genders and how sin entered the world, as recorded within the Book of Genesis. See also 1 Timothy 2:13-14. The reasons for woman not being allowed to be ordained ministers in church are that 1.) Adam was created first and 2.) Eve was deceived by the serpent. Adam is the federal representative of mankind. Therefore, all humanity falls in Adam (Romans 5).
  • Woman Do Have Dignity And Purpose:
          -Generally speaking, women excel in areas pertaining to hospitality, instruction, and support. They are not restricted from occupying gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12). Women are neither forbidden from educating children nor from exhorting other women to remain in the truth (Titus 2:3-4). They, just like men, have been called to demonstrate the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), contend for the faith (1 Peter 3:15), and to proclaim the Gospel of Salvation to the lost world (Matthew 28:18-20). Women are not inferior to men. Men and women are equal in essence, being created in the image and likeness of God. It is just that men and women have different purposes at home and in the church.
          -Some women were direct witnesses to the crucifixion and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, even when most of the other disciples went into hiding (Matthew 27:55; John 19:25). Furthermore, the Apostle Paul acknowledged individual women for their work in ministry and even addressed some as "co-workers"(Romans 16:1; 6-7; Colossians 4:15; Philippians 4:2-3). The point here is that the Bible is not in any way sexist (biased in favor of one specific gender over the other). Women do indeed have a significant impact on the growth of the church and are vital for the continuation of human existence on earth. We all need each other.

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