Should we have women pastors?
Should we have women teaching in the church, is this scriptural? Many churches today have women teachers. What about women teaching Sunday school to younger children?
Lets check what the scriptures have to say on this issue.
Lets start in 1Corinthians 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 any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church. This makes to quite clear what the woman's role is in the church. Take notice that it mentions that a woman should not speak, this is referring to speaking or preaching a sermon or teaching the congregation.
This is made very clear when reading what Timothy had to say on this subject. Lets look at 1Timothy 2:11 Let the woman 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. Here we find Timothy further defines the role of women by stating that women are not to teach or to instruct or lead a church service.
Why is this, does this mean that women are less knowledgeable than men, not at all. God has setup a hierarchy which we are to follow. This has nothing to do with knowing the will of God or abilities, but rather on the role of authority.
Teaching is an office of authority, and the woman must not usurp authority over the man, but is to be in silence. But, notwithstanding this prohibition, good women may and ought to teach their children at home the principles of religion. Timothy from a child had known the holy scriptures; and who should teach him but his mother and grandmother?
Timothy goes on to explain that in 1Timothy 2:13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve. Meaning that the chain of command is Men, Women and then children.
subject to the woman until they become of age. This would mean that
women could teach children both male and female who are not of adult
** Note all references are taken from the King James Version.