Reasons Women Should Be Able to Preach

Reasons Women Should Be Able to Preach

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Premier Christianity from the UK wrote a post arguing why women should be able to preach and teach men in the church. “God created us male and female. By not including women equally with men, Christian events are depriving the body of Christ of the fullness God created us with.” Men and women are equal in the eyes of the Lord but they are not the same no matter how much feminism tries to convince us. The author is fighting God’s perfect design for male and females, especially those in the Church.

“However, it is alienating to women and girls without Christian faith if there are no people like them sharing the difference the gospel could make to them. If we want everyone to have access to the truth of Jesus.” Women and girls can hear the Gospel just as well from a man as they can from a woman. The Gospel is the Gospel and does not strengthen or weaken depending upon who teaches it. Mothers should be sharing the Gospel with their children, their friends, and others. There are plenty of opportunities to share the Gospel without having to be a preacher.

“Most of us bleed for a few days a month, many of us have been subjected to harassment and stereotyping, some of us are teachers, careers, CEOs and mothers.” And this is why women should be preachers? Preachers are to teach the Word of God. If women want to talk about their periods or harassment, they can find girlfriends; they don’t need a pulpit.

“The Church is missing out on some incredibly talented, knowledgeable and experienced people when they don’t include women equally to men.” They must not care at all what the Bible’s commands are about this or they would understand. Women are not to teach nor have authority over men because men were created first as the leaders and women are more easily deceived. (1 Timothy 2:12-14). Women can use all of those talents in the home, raising children, homemaking, being a help meet, ministering to others (neighbors, friends, church members, and strangers).

“Research has found women are leaving the Church. More and more women are finding that the Church has little to say to them.” Biblicial truth is truth and is applicable to men and women alike. And it’s men who are leaving the Church since it has become more feminized. There are plenty of churches with female preachers for women to attend, but they are not biblical. I sure would never attend one. If they are disobeying one part of Scripture, how much more are they disobeying?

“Domestic abuse, child sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation, trafficking and pornography are rooted in men’s superiority over women.” No, they are rooted in sin.

“When girls and young women don’t see platforms that include women, they may conclude that public leadership, preaching and teaching are gifts solely given to men.” That’s because they are not gifts solely given to men but commands and the way the Lord has set up His Church. This woman and many like her need to dig into God’s Word and find out Truth for themselves, instead of fighting for what they want that is not being obedient to the Word.

“Women in our churches and across Christian culture may be called by God to lead, teach, preach and write.” No, women are not called to lead, preach, or teach men in the Church. Many have decided to become their own god and write their own bible.

“The few Bible passages on men and women’s roles and responsibilities are far from clear cut and the wider context of Scripture gives us women such as Deborah, Esther, Mary, Priscilla and Junia who evidence that God calls women to lead too.” Deborah is the only women in this list who may have been a leader but she was a judge and I am not sure how much a judge actually leads men. Esther was a queen but certainly didn’t lead anyone. God did use her to free the Israelites and yes, He does use women in powerful ways but not outside of their designated roles. Mary was Jesus’ mother, not a leader. Priscilla lead no one but was Aquila’s wife. Can you tell me how Junia is a leader in this verse?“Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellowprisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me” (Romans 16:7).  It sounds like he is a man – “kinsmen”.

“The Spirit of God is falling on women across the globe, gifting and calling them, and we must be open to seeing and facilitating that, in our events, churches, mission and social action projects and in each of our lives.” It has nothing whatsoever to do with the Spirit of God. It is the spirit of deception. Stay far away from it, women.

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.
1 Timothy 4:1, 2

16 thoughts on “Reasons Women Should Be Able to Preach

  1. Amen, Sister! Please continue standing for God’s Truth in this area. Thank-you for your ministry & teaching to women to be women! I’m so blessed to be a woman, and pray other women will soon understand the blessings also!

    1. It is a blessing, Darlene. Femininity isn’t a curse as feminists believe but a beautiful gift from the Lord. Being able to bear and raise children is the greatest blessing of all! For those who can’t have children, there is adoption and even being a foster parent. There are so many children who are in need of godly mothers.

  2. Amen, amen, amen. The only way to accept this false doctrine is to reject the clear truth of Scripture. Thank you for teaching on this.

    1. Yes, and this is what they do. They reject the Bible and try to manipulate it to say what they want it to say. It is them who suffer because one can’t live contrary to the Word of God and find the peace that only the Lord gives to those who walk in obedience to Him.

  3. I think those calling for equality of women so that they can be preachers not only cast aside the clear teachings of scripture in order to embrace culture, but they devalue the high calling we have been given. Yes, women are equally precious in God’s sight and equally necessary in God’s church. But equality does not equal sameness. The role of raising the next generation of Christians and ministering to the the church and strangers through hospitality is a lofty role. Why would we cast that aside thinking it isn’t as good as standing up in front of others?

    1. I agree. There’s no better place on earth to be than in the home and raising your babies. God’s commanded men to toil, provide for their families, and be the ones in authority positions. I have no idea why women want to take the place of men.

  4. Lori,
    I can’t understand the fight for the pulpit. I’m more than happy to let the men be the ones who carry that responsibility. I do believe that when God calls a married man, he calls the man and his wife to serve together, as one, so in that sense, women are involved in the leadership. I don’t believe that not preaching equals having no influence or “say” in the life of the church. We are members of the body and called to serve with our gifts.

    leadership is a service. It’s not about making a name for oneself or ruling the church, but it’s a calling to serve Jesus by leading His people to greater understanding of His word. I wonder if half of the problem isn’t a misunderstanding of what Christlike leadership entails.

    1. I believe it’s more of a problem of rebellion to the Lord’s ways, Ruth. People want to go their own way and do their own thing instead of following the instructions for the Word.

      I agree that a pastor’s wife has a huge influence for good or bad in a church. It’s such a pleasure to have a pastor’s wife who loves and cares for the people in the congregation.

  5. Can I ask about a phrase that appears here in this post and others-including a video you’ve done? God put men in authority because “women are more easily deceived” I’m curious as to how/why you arrived at that interpretation? I’ve always taken 1 Tim. 2:14 to be referring to a specific woman (Eve) who was deceived at a specific point in history (the garden), and not a blanket statement to assume that all women for all time are more easily deceived. There are loads of examples in the Bible of men being deceived. (Interestingly, quite a few of those deceptions were perpetrated by women) Jacob by his sons, Samson by Delilah, Isaac by Jacob etc. It seems a weak argument in support of women not being in authority, especially considering what our rightful role is. We are to be helpers to our husband, manage our homes, raise our children. When you say women are more easily deceived, it makes it sound like we are not as savvy or smart as men, which I don’t see in the Bible. I don’t understand why God would give man a helpmeet and trust her to raise children (arguably an essentially important job) if she is so easily deceived? What I see in Scripture is that men and women are both subject to being deceived. That the reason man is the head of the home, is because that is God’s design and intent, from the very beginning-even before the fall in the garden. Women are just as capable of discerning truth as men are if they are grounded in the Word of God.

    1. Scripture interprets scripture. The context are in these verses from 1 Timothy 2:

      12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

      13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.

      14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

      Right after we are told that women should not teach nor be in authority over men, we are told why. Adam was formed first and therefore the leader and women are more easily deceived. If perfect Eve can be deceived, all women can be deceived.

      I am grounded in the Word but I can still be more easily deceived than Ken because I am a woman. God created us this way with our emotions, feelings, and sensitive nature to raise children.

  6. Amen! I was just talking about this with my husband. Both of us were raised in a Christian home – but both of our families attended (and still are) churches that support women pastors. Now, as adults ourselves, we are wondering why our parents would support women pastors. I do not understand how this portion of Biblical teaching can be ignored.

  7. Very good blog, but you’re off on this one. The ONLY instructional scriptures in the New Testament on this subject instruct that women cannot teach or have authority over men. We need to respect that. It’s the Word of God.

    Most claims to exceptions are certainly NOT exceptions. Devorah, for example, is in the Mosaic Covenant and is not breaking any rules of that covenant, but rather is a rare women civil ruler. The closest thing to an exception would be Priscilla, but her “teaching” amounts to a conversation in a room, so really isn’t a clear exception.

    Moreover, if exceptions allowed us to ignore rules, we could go to Ja’el and Sisera and claim we could ignore rules against bearing false witness, or we could go to Judah and Tamar and claim we could ignore rules against incest, or we could go to Phinahas and claim we could practice vigilantism. An exception (and there are no clear exceptions to women preachers in the Bible) does NOT disprove a rule.

    Got to use good principles of interpretation on this! If not, you could excuse almost any behavior with the same logic you use in this essay. Stick with the instructional verses, which tell us women cannot preach or have headship over men.

    I appreciate the rest of your work though.

    God bless.

    P.S. And there really is no consistency in allowing women preachers but then prohibiting women pastors. Some of the very same arguments against women pastors have been thrown out the window in excusing women preachers. You’ve either got to take it or leave it.

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