“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
“Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 1 Timothy 2:11-13
I was having a “discussion” with a professing Christian today about a few things, and the topic of women pastors came up. I said that I don’t agree with women pastors as it isn’t scriptural, to which this person replied “I don’t believe that”. I was a bit taken aback to be honest, because this was a man saying this, not another woman. (Although I knew that he was previously affiliated with a church that had/has a woman pastor.)
I told him that we have to agree with the word of God, and that God’s word says that women aren’t to be the authority over men, and that they must be silent in church. I mentioned the verses above as it is what I was referring to. He still didn’t agree and used a verse (see below**) to justify this belief.
If we are to take God’s word literally, these verses mean that women aren’t to be pastors or have leadership/authority over men.
We know that Christ is the head of the Church, which means He is head over the husband, then the husband is head over the wife.
“For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.” Ephesians 5:23,24
This order isn’t just for the family though, it is for the Body of Christ.
Now please, before you start throwing stones at me, I’m not saying that women are of no use to the Body of Christ. We all have our roles, and many women were used in the Bible to further the kingdom of God (Rahab, Esther, Mary etc), but from my understanding, they didn’t have biblical/scriptural/familial authority over men.
Unfortunately there are people that aren’t rightly dividing the word, which means they are twisting scripture to suit their own purposes. There is one certain large denomination that comes to mind right away, but even smaller churches/denominations are following suit thanks to the whole feminism agenda.
They use this verse as justification for women pastors/leaders in church:** “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.” Galatians 3:28 (Italics are my emphasis.)
I believe this is incorrectly dividing the word to state that women can be pastors. I believe that this verse, and the surrounding ones, are simply stating that God doesn’t look at gender, status in society, wealth or lack thereof, etc etc in His children. He sees all His children as His children, that’s it. “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:26
I am a woman and I am quite happy to not have to have a leadership/authoritarian role, because I have enough to do as it is. I am quite happy for men to take the lead roles because that is what God’s word says.
Does this make me feel like less of a person or inferior because I’m not meant to be a leader/pastor?
Nope, not at all – because I know God loves me regardless of my gender. We are all equal as His children in His eyes, it’s just that we all have differing roles in the Church/Body of Christ. And I’m ok with that.
Click here for a link that is chock full of good information. I don’t usually link to this website due to a certain issue I discerned a few years back, but this article delves much deeper than I do and is a really good breakdown of the scriptures. Should you decide to read further, then please do so with discernment.