We get the question quite a bit on, “if and how” a woman can preach or teach in the church of God. Is a woman allowed to become a bishop or Pastor? Some have thought that women are allowed these roles because they see a particular woman in the Bible testifying of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Let’s take a look at an instance where a woman is being used to testify of the Gospel and see if that qualifies a woman to hold ministry as a Pastor, Bishop or Deacon.
Firstly, we see that there were women at the tomb of Jesus. When his body is found to be missing, the women were initially shocked.
“And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.” (Mark 16:1).
We then see the first encounter taking place. Jesus Christ appears to Mary Magdalene.
“Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept. And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.” (Mark 16:9-11).
Notice here that Mary Magdalene was the first one to see Jesus as a resurrected body. This was indeed a fantastic sight to behold. Mary was obviously jovial and excited to get the News out that Jesus Christ had risen from the dead. She then proceeds to tell the others (disciples) that Jesus Christ truly had been seen after his death and was alive and well. But as I search the scriptures and you can do the same, we do not find any verse that tells us that she was to be ordained to be a Pastor, Deacon or Bishop. Nor do we see that she entered into full time ministry being an Evangelist. What we do see however is that she was doing what any one of us would do if Christ were to appear unto us. One wouldn’t sit back passively with that type of information, they would indeed tell the Good News of the resurrection. This is what Mary did, she stated a fact. She stated that Jesus Christ had risen from the dead. We don’t see her pursuing a ministry as a Pastor or taking on the role of a Bishop.
Many professing Christians, men and women, have confused the masses into thinking that women can become Pastors simply based on the scripture alone (Mark 16:9-11). They nullify the standards directed to churches in the New Testament and create a false doctrine giving women consent to do what God didn’t ordain them to do. Notice what the Apostle Paul says concerning the place of women in the body of Christ:
“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.” (1 Corinthians 14:34).
Some would falsely promote the idea that we are advocating that women shouldn’t say a word in the congregational setting, that isn’t what is being meant here. If we take a closer look at the verse and draw in even closer in on a particular word, we find what is meant. Notice the word “speak.” The Greek word “speak” is laleó which means – prolonged speech or talk. It also means engaging in excessive public speech or simply, being a speaker. A public speaker in the church is the role of a Pastor, Bishop, Evangelist, Teacher or Deacon. Women are commanded to remain silent in the “church” and not be speakers in the church. The Church setting is to be composed of men and women. Therefore, in the congregation, which is composed of men and women, there isn’t to be a woman engaging in excessive forms of speech or prolonged speech. This equates to women not holding any office of Pastor, Evangelist, Bishop or Deacon. Now I purposefully left out Teacher in the latter because there is an instance where a woman can teach appropriately. Let us look at a couple of verses in the Epistle to Titus:
“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).
Did you see that? That they may teach the young “women.” Women are to teach women. By this verse we can see what is acceptable in the body of Christ. A woman can teach another woman that is young to be sober, love their husbands and love their children. Women are to teach other women how to be the woman that God called them to be to their husbands. Women are to teach other women how to be the mother that God called them to be to their children.
Let us now take a look at a particular verse in scripture where men are singled out to do ministry. In the Epistle to Timothy, it reads:
“This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;” (1 Timothy 3:1-2).
Very clear what we see here. A man (male) is given the responsibility and granted access to the role of Bishop in the body of Christ. The language has a male in view and not a female. If the Holy Spirit (God) wanted women included in the role of a bishop, the language would have said something like, ” if a man or woman desires the office of bishop…” etc.
Let us conclude by taking a look at a scripture once again in the Epistle to Timothy. Paul here addressed conduct in the church. Timothy was a young minister who was overseeing a church. Paul states:
“But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.” (1 Timothy 2:12)
Once again, the scripture is very clear. Paul is stating that women are to ‘remain silent’ in the church (not be speakers) and are NOT to “usurp authority” (Greek) authenteó– Govern or excersise authority over the man. This follows well with the common theme and instructions given in the Epistles to various churches of God on the standards in the Body of Christ.
The reason why many are misled and are misleading others is because scripture and prophecy is being fulfilled:
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;” (2 Timothy 4:3).
Men and women are being guided NOT by God but by their own lusts. It pays to have a woman Pastor, Bishop or Congregational Speaker. The love of money is the root of all evil. Many pastors are very accepting to have women lead the church and speak over the congregation even though it violates the Holy Word of God. They care little about the Holy Scriptures as the lust of money is a huge factor that guides them (their own lusts vs 3). They have become so conforming that they don’t even reverence the writings of the Apostle Paul. Paul the Apostle was Spirit filled, anointed of God to write those letters to the churches. These deceived beings place a false accusation on the Apostle stating that he was a misogynist or that those scriptures only referred to a particular setting, at a particular time period. If that’s the case then many portions of the Word of God should be dismissed entirely since they were written in a different time period and in a different setting and therefore have no merit on us. That is a outright lie since the Word of God is crystal clear that: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16).
If those pastors who are leading women down the road to perdition don’t repent of their allowances of such unbiblical actions then they will have much blood on their hands.
“If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 14:37).
Women can and should ‘testify’ as Mary Magdalene did about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. They should tell their family members, their co-workers, their classmates and their neighbors about the Good News that Jesus Christ is alive. That is the Testimony and Confession we all should make concerning the Gospel of Jesus Christ. However, women should also know their Biblical boundaries and not break the lines by disobedience. It doesn’t’ matter what your so called affirming Pastor might say, it matters ONLY what God says through his Word and the Word of God is crystal clear if you read it, believe it and obey it.
In Truth and the Peace of Christ,
Bro Gabriel (Evangelist / Teacher)