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Are these two women forbidden to preach?
Joyce Meyer and Patricia King?
- JoeBamaLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
When discussing this subject, it is important to point out the Bible nowhere says women are inferior to men.
The Bible does, however, establish a difference in roles between men and women as far as the leadership in the church and its worship, but just because there is a difference in roles, that does not mean one is inferior to the other. Most churches would suffer a great loss to be without the faithful and hard working women of the congregation!
As for the role in the church, read 1 Timothy 2:8-15.
1 Corinthians 11:3 says, "But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. "
Properly understood, this is not demeaning to women, any more than it is demeaning for Christ to submit to God.
In fact, husbands are to love their wives as Christ loved the church AND GAVE HIMSELF UP FOR IT, and husbands and wives are told to "be subject to one another"! (Ephesians 5:21-25)
Only when there is an abuse of these roles is there a situation that tries to make women inferior.
As for importance in the 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)
Some say the role of women in the church is just Paul's opinion or a cultural thing.
Paul, however, said that the reasons for the women's roles he outlined was because of the order of creation and that the woman was deceived first. (1 Timothy 2: 13-14) This takes it out of a cultural realm by going all the way back to creation.
Also, in the context of discussing the role of women, Paul says in 1 Corinthians 14:37, "If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord."
Here Paul said the things he said were "the commandments of the Lord". This is not just Paul's opinion, but even if it were, whose opinion should you trust -- modern preachers or an INSPIRED APOSTLE?
In the leadership of the church, this apostle said women are to be silent.
This statement many times has been abused or misunderstood. Notice 1 Timothy 2:12, “And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence.”
Here you will notice this silence is the opposite of a role of authority. Here women are to have silence in that she is not to teach, or have authority over a man.
There are areas in which women may, and must speak in the church!
First, women are to teach other women and children. (Titus 2:3-4)
But in relation to the worship, there are some ways women are to speak. In Ephesians 5:19, our singing is described as “speaking to one another”. All Christians are commanded to sing and this includes the women, but this is not a type of speaking where the women have authority over the men in worship.
All Christians must also confess Christ. Romans 10:10 says, “with the mouth confession is made…” If a woman were to respond to the invitation and desire to become a Christian, she would be asked to make such a confession.
The silence of women described by Paul would prevent a woman from being preacher in the worship assembly or a teacher that directs a class where Christian men were present.
Also, a woman could not hold the office of an elder (also called an overseer, bishop, or pastor) or a deacon in the church. According to 1 Timothy 2:2, 1 Timothy 2:12, and Titus 1:6, those that hold these positions must be “the husband of one wife”. By definition, a woman could not meet this qualification.
Women in the church hold many important and valued roles! Among these are teachers of children and other women, encouragers, and workers in many areas of service. There are some roles, however, that women are not to have. These different roles in no ways make women of any less value in the church, but all must submit to God’s word!
For these women to be preachers, they ignore passages like 1 Timothy 2 ans 1 Corinthians 14.
- Michael KLv 71 decade ago