The somewhat recent news about the decision about the Southern Baptist Convention to announce that only men can be preachers spread across the nation. Many opinions were expressed, but yet, there seems to be much confusion about this matter about women preachers. Using our King James Bible as our final authority, let´s examine the Scriptures to fully understand exactly what God meant for the women to do in Church. The Bible gives direct commands for the women to be silent in Church.
1 Corinthians 14:34,35: 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 Timothy 2:11,12 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.
From these few verses of Scriptures, we have a direct command for women to be silent in Church and not to teach, nor usurp authority over the man. This word teach is the same word that is given for qualification to the bishop in 1 Timothy 3:2 along with being the husband of one wife. According to Titus 2:4, women are to teach the younger women. This verse would also include children (boys up to age 12). Given these basic Bible guidelines, we find that the women are not to usurp the authority given to men by teaching Bible, preaching, leading in prayer, and Scripture reading . Ladies of the Church can (and should) teach other women and children (including boys under age 12). Ladies can encourage, edify, exhort, comfort, or give their testimony to help others. With the aproval of their pastor Ladies can lead the music, help at altar (leading someone to the Lord), help in baptismal dressing rooms, nursery, play piano, sing song specials, be a church secretary, and they can even be a bus captain. A lady should be a soul-winner as well. There is a definite lack of men in this nation.
In Ezekiel 22:30, we find a similar situation that we face today. God sought for a man, but couldn´t find any. This country lacks men standing up and taking charge. Too many men are ducking responsibilities not only in Church, but in their household as well. The reason why we are seeing a surge of women preachers in our Churches is because we don´t have enough men preachers to fill the pulpit.
Written with permission:
Pastor Michael A. Jean, Lighthouse Baptist Church
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