There’s a lot of disagreements of women’s roles in the churches. The Apostle Paul made it extremely clear with what our roles are. I decided to look up what the commentaries of old wrote about 1 Timothy 2:12: “But I suffer not a woman to teach, not to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.”
“The whole purpose of these weighty admonitions of the great founder of the Gentile Churches relegates Christian women to their own legitimate sphere of action and influence – the quiet of their own homes…St. Paul shows what is the only proper sphere in which woman should work, and in which she should exercise her influence and power; while man’s work and duties lay in the busy world without, woman’s work was exclusively confined to the quiet and stillness of home.” (Ellicot’s Commentary)
“’But I suffer not a woman to teach,’ They may teach in private, in their own houses and families; they are to be teachers of good things (Titus 2:3). They are to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord; nor is the law or doctrine of a mother to be forsaken, any more than the instruction of a father; see Proverbs 1:8. Timothy, no doubt, received much advantage, from the private teachings and instructions of his mother Eunice, and grandmother Lois; but then women are not to teach in the church; for that is an act of power and authority, and supposes the persons that teach to be a superior degree, and in a superior office, and to have superior abilities to those who are taught by them: nor to usurp authority over the man; as not in civil and political things, or in things relating to civil government; and in things domestic, or the affairs of the family; so not in things ecclesiastical, or what relate to the church and government of it; for one part of rule is to feed the church with knowledge and understanding; and for woman to take upon her to do this, is to usurp an authority over the man: this therefore she ought not to do, ‘but to be in silence’: to sit and hear quietly and silently, and learn, and not teach, as in 1 Timothy 2:11.” (Gill’s Exposition)
Female preachers are in direct rebellion to God’s Word. They are forbidden from teaching in the churches. God gave men (elders/pastors) the ministry of teaching the Word in the churches, not women. This is why I don’t support BSF and most Women’s Bible Studies. God is clear what He wants the older women teaching younger women in Titus 2:3-5. If He doesn’t want women teaching because Eve was deceived, why would He be okay with any women teaching in the churches?
I am not a fan of any of these young women Christian influencers who travel and have become popular from speaking. Their ministry is in their homes to their husband and children. There are men who are doing exactly what they’re doing and are highly effective. No one can take the place of these young women in their homes. They may gain the whole world, yet lose their children’s souls. It’s just not worth it. Raising godly offspring is a full-time job.
Some will ask me if women can sing in the churches. Singing is not speaking. Giving announcements, praying, reading Scripture, preaching/prophesying, and teaching are all speaking and should be done by the men in the churches. This is God’s authority structure, and it is good.
I have often written that I would rather err on the side of taking the Bible too literally rather than too liberally. Thus, I am quiet in my church. I teach women Titus 2:4,5, namely biblical womanhood. I am a keeper at home. I have mentored and taught women personally and online in my home. I am thankful for this ministry the Lord has given to me. I am always available to my husband, children, and grandchildren. God’s ways are perfect!
He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.