Does God forbid women from serving in
Church Leadership roles?
The issue of whether women may server as pastors, elders, etc. is not about whether they are capable of doing as good of a job as men in these roles. It is an issue that is primarily concerned with obedience to God. If one calls himself a Christian, that means there must be total submission to the authority of God's Word, the Bible, regardless of what your personal opinions are on this or any issue the Bible addresses.
God made it clear in his Holy Word, that He intended only men to serve in church leadership roles. God was not concerned about our modern day views of feminism or political correctness when He inspired the authors of the 66 books of the Bible to reveal His truths to us, and what His expectations of us are. He is very specific in terms of what roles He expects men and women to have in both their church and home lives. But because of the feminist movement, and modern day political correctness, many well meaning but misguided Christians are engaging in eisegesis instead of exegesis in their Bible interpretation concerning this and other issues.
For centuries, most Christian church denominations have held to the interpretation that God intended only men to serve in church leadership roles. The flurry of women being ordained today as pastors is a relatively recent event that is based on flawed Bible interpretation. We encourage you to see what the Bible has to say about these matters for yourself. We also encourage you to visit the links below for more information on this topic.
These next two verses give some insight as to why God forbids women from serving in church leadership roles. When reading the first one, keep in mind that everyone, including the men in the church, are to submit to the authority of the pastor (see Hebrews. 13:7,17):
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. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
1 Timothy 2:12-14
[As for] my people, children [are] their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause [thee] to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.
It has been my personal experience that churches that are pastored by women tend to be more liberal in their theology. For instance, I personally don't know of a single church with a woman pastor that teaches a literal 6 day creation of the universe by God. All of them that I know about have compromised in some way with evolutionism instead of refuting it as the heresy that it is. Another issue they tend to be more liberal (and wrong) on are their views of homosexuality.
I am not aware of any studies that have been done that compare churches pastored by women with those pastored by men to see which is more likely to be liberal in their theology. If I ever do come across one I'll post that information on this page.
These verses support our assertion that God only intended for men to serve in church leadership roles:
This [is] a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
1 Timothy 3:1-5
For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.
- All of the books of the Bible were written by men who were inspired by the Holy Spirit.
- All of Jesus's apostles were men.
- All references to the qualifications to be a pastor, elder, deacon or bishop all refer to a man serving in these roles.
- For centuries, the historical interpretation of the Bible by most Christian denominations on this matter is that only men should serve in these roles.
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