What About Women Preachers and Teachers?

Let me begin by saying -- as I have said so many times before -- that our faith and beliefs as Christians are not based on what some people think, or how they try to rationalize or justify their actions. They are based on God's Word only, and what was passed down to us in the pattern and practices of the First Century Church. Anything which is contrary to this is misguided and wrong.

So what does God's Word tell us regarding the issue of women preachers and teachers? Is this a sound Biblical practice as so many modern people have been led to believe? Let's start with the following verses that are found in the KJV Bible:

"Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he hall rule over thee."
Genesis 3:16, KJV

"Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband."
Ephesians 5:21-33, KJV

"And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them."
Colossians 3:17-19, KJV

"In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression."
1 Timothy 2:9-14, KJV

"Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:"
1 Peter 3:1-5, KJV

In addition to the previous verses which make a rather clear point, I discuss this same issue in a related article which I wrote a number of years ago entitled "Women Shepherds : The Family Sex Cult Exposed Again!" You will find it at the following URL on the Endtime Prophecy Net website:

http://www.endtimeprophecy.net/Articles/womensh1.html

The fact of the matter is that all of the leadership of the First Century Church were men, beginning with Jesus and the Apostle themselves. The bishops and the deacons were also all men. The preachers and teachers were likewise all men.

Some misguided people today -- particularly deceived women -- foolishly argue "Oh, well, that was just due to the societal norms which prevailed during that time period." No it was not. It was because that is the way that God Himself ordained it to be. Jesus chose men for leadership positions. The Apostles chose men for various leadership positions. Women had secondary roles as helpers and such. They had support roles in the Gospels, in the Book of Acts, and in the Epistles. However, women were most definitely not public preachers and teachers in the synagogues, in the Temple, or in the New Testament Christian congregations. Nowhere do we find them usurping the authority of the men.

I find it rather interesting that in the one instance where a woman preacher is mentioned in the New Testament, she is mentioned in a very negative light, as we see by this verse:

"Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols."
Revelation 2:20, KJV

Notice that we are specifically told that Jezebel "calleth herself a prophetess". In other words, it seems that that wicked woman self-appointed herself. She was obviously not appointed by God to be a prophetess, just like so many of these wannabe women preachers and "prophetesses" today as well which plague Facebook and elsewhere on the Internet. The fact of the matter is that the spirit of Jezebel has invaded the modern Christian Church.

On several occasions now, I have heard it said that women are supposedly stepping up to the plate because men are failing in their duties today as spiritual leaders. Personally, I find this belief rather ludicrous. It is a self-imposed deception. Not only is it a self-deception, but in so many words, this attitude subtly conveys the misguided idea that modern Christian women are better or more spiritual than men. It basically says, "Men have failed, so we women have to take over the Church." Oh really? Where do we find that at in the New Testament Church pattern?

Now, in the Apostle Paul's Epistle to Titus, the elderly women are encouraged to instruct the younger women regarding how to comport themselves as both wives and mothers:

"The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,"
Titus 2:3-4, KJV

Notice that while Paul states that the elderly women can teach, he then more specifically tells his readers what the elderly women can teach, as well as to whom they should teach it.

To reiterate, as all other Bible verses clearly indicate, the man is the spiritual head of the household. As such, it is his primary obligation to provide spiritual instruction, insofar as doctrine is concerned. The woman should not usurp this authority from him. He is the head of the wife and family, as Christ is the Head of the Church.

However, concerning more practical matters, it appears that Paul does leave some leeway for the elderly women to teach -- or to instruct -- in certain areas. However, let me reiterate that this is not talking about teaching or instructing before the entire Church. It appears to be in private, within the family structure itself, and is limited to the elderly women teaching the younger women.

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