So what about women as pastors/elders?
This is where I might get controversial, there are many who disagree with me but I firmly believe that the Bible clearly teaches that women are not to be in these positions.
Again, 1 Timothy 2:12 “I do not permit women to be in authority over men” In the Bible we never see a woman in Spiritual authority over a man. (We do see many wise women even a prophetess and in the story of Moses all the heros are women, but that is different) Every time the Bible lists the qualifications of an elder it mentions “husband of one wife” Even if the other verses didn’t exist we as women can’t meet that qualification. 😉
What about women who are gifted in teaching the Word?
Women like Beth Moore, Kay Arthur, and many many others are amazing teachers. They have HUGE conferences and teach the word, What about that? That is different. They are teaching women. Their conferences, books and bible studies are made for women. If a man listens and learns something that is fine, but they are not putting themselves in authority over men.
Is God saying that men are more important than women?
Absolutely not, this has nothing to do with equality, in God’s eyes we are equally important, but “equality” is not “sameness”. As I mentioned above, many of the heroes in the Bible were women. In the story of Moses, his mother and sisters in their bravery doing what was right even when it was against the law, the midwives to and Pharaoh’s on daughter. There was also Ruth and Hannah and Esther and many many others.
What can women do to further the Word then?
We can teach other women, we can teach our children and other children (the future leaders), we can show God’s love to everyone around us and can of course share the gospel with men and women alike. We can help qualify our husbands to be elders/deacons/pastors 1 Timothy 3:11 – “Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things.”
Please understand, I am not trying to offend you if you are a woman who is a pastor, I know two very neat women who are (non-teaching pastors), I am simply sharing what I see very clearly taught in the Bible.
This website adresses any objections very well.
Here (excerpt below) (this also addresses objections very well)