Can Women Be Preachers?
What does the Bible say about women being the leader of a Church? What is your opinion based upon scripture or your opinion in general? Please be respectful because of the sensitive nature of the question itself. Thank you.
There are lots of women preachers around the U.S.
Nationally, just 8 percent of all congregations are led by women, according to the National Congregations Study
Rev. Julie Pennington-Russell was in charge of a major church in Decatur, GA; First Baptist Decatur with over a couple thousand members.
Rev. Johnnie Colemon who recently passed away at 94 founded the church as Christ Unity Center in 1956 with 35 members and was a pioneer in the New Thought movement and ultimately ended up with over 20,000 members across the country.
A 2009 Barna survey reports that 10% of Protestant congregations are led by females. The United Methodist Church had close to 140 women senior pastors in 2008.
Compared to the number of churches led by men it's still very small.
To me gender is unimportant. People choose a church based around connecting with a minister's style. For some people it comes down to the choir or other perceived assets that makes one church better than another for them. Even the length of time giving a sermon can be a factor for some folks.
By the definition of woman in Genesis 2:23, "woven from man" meaning "incomplete man" and not a gender but what Adam renamed himself and all of their descendants, no, woman should not preach because what they preach encourages eating from "the Knowledge of Good and Evil" which the born again do not do.
God does not see good nor evil but sees what he is, "I AM THAT I AM." The spiritually born, as children of god, will not recognize good nor evil but see "it is what it is" and seek the purpose for everything. We can not find purpose as long as we use the many "judgmental adjectives" like right/wrong, pretty/ugly, like/dislike, stink/sweet smell and so many others. Descriptive adjectives are things like a size, a color, a shape, and the like which are based on things recognized by all man alike while "judgmental adjectives" large groups of man will call it one thing and the other man will call it the opposite.
So, no, woman as the specie of civilized should not preach, only the "born again" who has metamorphosed into sons [children] of god should preach without the recognition of their gender.
To answer this most intriguing question I had to look no further than my heart. Can I be taught by a woman? Clearly I can so clearly as far as I am concerned a woman can be a preacher.
It has always seemed to me that the best preaching is by an example of how one's life is carried on. I need look no further than Mary. Regardless of rules or restrictions she has ministered to me through her example. So she has in fact preached to me.
(as far as leadership goes - I do not feel any person is qualified to "lead" in the area of a relationship with God, that role is reserved for Christ)
When we worship, we MUST do according to John 4:23-24 which says, "But the hour cometh, AND NOW IS, when the TRUE WORSHIPERS shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship him. (v24) God is a Spirit; and they that worship him MUST worship him in spirit and in truth." With that being said, I ask, Is spirit male or female?
Gal 3:28 says "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neith male nor female; for ye are all ONE "in Christ Jesus!" Need I say more!
Man would have you believe that because of I Cor 14:34 "Let your women keep silence in the churches..." means that women are not to preach. Did you notice the preceeding verse? (v33) "For God is not the author of confusion...?" Doesn't that tell you that these particular women were causing disturbance in the church? (v35) says women are not to "speak" in the church." Does that mean that she cannot do as Acts 2:17 said "And you sons and your DAUGHTERS will prophesy?"
Yes, if we look at "the letter" in Scripture and want to remain "carnal" and not do as John 4:23-23 says, I guess women should not preach!
Verse 39 of the same Chapter says, "Wherefore, brethern, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues." For we are all ONE "in Christ Jesus!"
since the church system is an invention of men, made by, driven by and controlled by men, they can do whatever their "church" allows. but in the body of Christ there are NO POSITIONS, NO TITLES AND NO Hierarchy.
All are equal. BUT the thing that does remain is the women are not to have rule over men. But then again NO ONE is to rule over anyone in the true church of living stone.
Well I am not a judge. But I can judge the merits, consistent logic, persuasive and scriptural accuracy of it this statement. It wrings exactly true. I can even go with the "church" in quotations point. Well done Celafoe.
Since among the the Reborn there are neither man nor woman, Jew nor Greek, bond nor free I have to concur completely with both of your statements.
Charlie: You're contradicting! "No psns," "no titles," "No Hierarchy" .." but women (title) are not to have rule over men?" Glad u added "But then again ..."
But I'm confused! Which one?
Do I need "reading lessons" again tonight?
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