Saturday, April 8, 2017

Does The Bible Permit Women To Be Pastors?

  • Defining The Issues:
          -For centuries, 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. Therefore, the specific purpose of this article is to conduct a biblical investigation to provide a biblical answer to the important question, "Should females be allowed to work in biblical positions of authority such as a pastor or elder?" If they are not, then why should they be forbidden from filling in such church functions? Although Christians will not be involuntarily 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 liberalism 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 all bishops and pastors are all 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, which means that we must all obey the edicts of the Lord Jesus Christ. 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. In fact, having ordained female ministers in the Household of God, the church, flatly contradicts the New Testament pattern of appointing figures of spiritual authority.
  • 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. This rule on male leadership is simply meant to govern the structure of matters pertaining to the transcendent, supernatural realm. This teaching on 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 (1 Timothy 2:13-14). The reasons for woman not being allowed into authoritative positions of the church are that 1.) Adam was created first and 2.) Eve was deceived by the serpent, who was in reality the devil in disguise, in the Garden of Eden. Notice how God ordered church function to be in the same manner as the order of a household marriage (Ephesians 5:23-25).
  • Suppression Of Women's Rights?:
          -Not having a position of leadership, in any given scenario, does not in any way translate into evidence of being considered less human, less important to God, less intelligent or of lower ability, or inferior in nature. God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34). In other words, He loves all people of different races and social statuses. He loves everybody equally. He reveals no partiality to anybody. In the church, God has set up an order of function that is identical to the structure of a married family. While men are responsible for tasks involving leadership, women are there to offer support. This is an issue of remaining faithful to the written Word of God at all costs. Those who do not act in accordance to His divine will are the ones who are in reality trying to suppress the Truths pertaining to His ultimate standard of goodness, piety, and beauty.
  • 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. 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).
          -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, that is, biased in favor of one specific gender over the other. Since God Himself is not biased in favor of anybody, and the Bible accurately reflects His true attributes, the book that He inspired is also unbiased against any category of people. "For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. "For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Galatians 3:26-29).
  • Conclusion:
          -In a nutshell, the point behind writing this article is to explain why women are prohibited by God to possess spiritual authority over men. Adam was created first and Eve was the one who was deceived by Satan in the Garden of Eden. However, this does not mean that women are worthless or lower in status than men, for human life in itself has intrinsic value. They do indeed have a significant impact on the growth of the church and are vital for the continuation of human existence on earth. Women have the same dignity and inherent rights that men possess. On the contrary, we must emphasize faithfulness to God's will in every given circumstance. In this case, women need to fulfill their life purposes in the church by doing His will through the occupation of the spiritual gifts that He has bestowed upon them. Women are permitted to fill any authoritative position that they choose to desire, as long as their position does not grant them spiritual authority over men.