Does God call women to preach
the role of women in the church
The question of women pastors has long been the root of many heated discussions, most modern day preachers will be glad to argue with any and everyone on that particular issue
based on1 timothy 2 :11-12. For those who are familiar with that scripture it will appear that women are to remain silent and submissive in the church. in this hub I will attempt to shed some light on an otherwise controversial subject and I will be happy to get some feed back so don't hold back.
Pick up your Bible and lets get busy walking through the old testament first, there we will learn about some women who played a big role in communicating Gods will to men. One such woman was Deborah,perhaps the most well known of the female prophetess, she was the 4Th judge of Israel. scripture tell us that she could often be found under the palm tree of Deborah holding court and solving the problems of the people
. although women did prophesy in those days the question still remains, was she in leadership position over men? before we answer that lets look at some more female prophetess in the bible. Miriam, the sister of Moses was also a vessel that the Lord used on many occasions as can be seen in numbers 12: 1-2 , a look at Exodus 15: 19-21 shows that her loyal disciples was largely, if not all, women.
then there's Huldah. the prophetess who Hilkiah the priest and 3 others went to on behalf of king Josiah to learn of the meaning of a book which was read to him by Shaphan the scribe. all these scriptures point to women being prophets but a closer look will expose that none of it was done in public but rather in a private setting except for Miriam and as mentioned her congregation was females.
In Jewish society male domination was boldly displayed and women had a limited role in the early church. there was devout women in the church that held the office of deaconess but like male deacons of today their job was to assist the pastor or should I say apostle. In light of all this one might say that the common interpretation of 1 timothy 2:11-12 is correct, women should not preach.
Is it apostasy for a church to allow women to preach? under the old dispensation women was rather suppressed but relegating women to second class citizens was abolished when Jesus died on the cross, there was no more difference between men and women but all is one in Christ, Galatians 3:28... In Romans 16:7 Paul greets 2 fellow apostles that he refers to in high regards , one was Andronicus and the other was Junia which was a woman. translators of the bible over a period of time changed the name Junia to Junias making the name appear masculine.
lets flash back to 1 Timothy 2:11-12, Timothy was in Ephesus when he received that letter from Paul, Ephesus was a main center for paganism, the pagans taught that women was superior to men and some of them had influence in the Christian church , bringing with them their false teaching and arrogant ways they usurp authority and ruled over their husbands, as a resort the church was in a state of chaos. in Paul's letter he was addressing the problem with a solution that would restore order.
some may disagree but the bible does not speak against women preaching, when we accept Jesus as our lord and savior we take on the responsibility of proclaiming the word of God, how can women do that if they can't speak . sisters! take my advice and keep on preaching,teaching and living in a way that is pleasing to God and be not affected by what others believe, if any should have a problem with women preachers let them take it up with God.