I have a subject that may not have been formally introduced to the Church, but it’s one that’s very important if we want to follow the Word of God. One of the things that prompted me to think about this matter was the seemingly, ever expanding number of preachers or so-called tel-evangelists we see on T.V. It seems to be especially bad on Sundays but it is becoming more and more invasive during the other week days. And have you noticed that in increasing numbers that many of them are women! Even the daughter of Billy Graham has taken up the “calling” of preaching, along with her brother, Franklin! I can’t remember all of their names (I don’t especially want to remember them!), but there are several. I imagine there may be quite a good amount of money involved, as well as the vanity fulfillment in these individuals.
With these thoughts in mind, I want to address the subject: “Should women preach?” (From God’s point of view).
A while back, a big news item emerged from the Southern Baptist Convention. It concerned a highly controversial subject on “should women be ordained to the ministry?” It almost split that very large organization in half! There is still a lot of “fallout” over it--some of their local congregations have threatened to leave the Southern Baptists over it! Following this declaration by the Baptists, other church groups joined in the fray. And then our local newspaper spent three weekends in a row trying to placate the women, who were highly offended by the Baptist decision. This seems to have touched a “sore spot” with the ladies. They immediately began to castigate these “male chauvinists” and “misogynists” or women haters, and to go about establishing their “rights”. And they misquoted some passages of Scripture to back up their “Theology”. They felt they were just as “qualified” for the service of a minister as any man!
So, do women qualify to be a minister of Jesus Christ?
First, let’s notice two Scriptures that seem to absolutely forbid a woman to serve in a ministerial office: I Corinthians 14:34 “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. 35 And if they will learn anything let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church. 36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? 37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write are the commandments of the Lord.” Here it is plainly stated that Paul wrote, not his own ideas, but the Words of the LORD.
Let’s notice I Timothy 2:7, “Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity. 11. Let the women learn in silence with all subjection. 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 in the transgression.” (In II Tim.3:16, it says that “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God.”) So we’re not dealing with the ideas of Paul or any other man! Furthermore, we are “to live by every Word of God” (Mt.4:4; Lk.4:4.)
I Timothy 3:1 “This is a true saying, if a MAN desire the office of a bishop, HE desireth a good work, 2 A bishop then must be blameless (above reproach), the HUSBAND of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach. 4 One that rules well his own family, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 5 For if a MAN know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the Church of God?”
Here are the qualifications of a bishop (overseer) or a minister or a deacon. Notice they are all men, not women! In ver. 11, the word “wives” can be translated “deaconesses”. Women can serve as deaconesses, but it is a physical office not a spiritual one. As an ordained minister of Jesus Christ, I can now serve in a different capacity than I could as a deacon which gives me more opportunity to serve. I can’t assume Mr. Trent’s appointment as President of the Church or any supervisory position over other ministers. Jesus Christ places us in the Body, as it pleases Him and He has stated in His Word that women cannot take for themselves the office of a minister. Women are not inferior to men but they should serve in the capacity God intended for them.