NO
WOMAN PASTOR

 March 19, 2006
Andres C. Guevara Jr.
NO

 

Introduction:

Some ministries around the globe small and large churches are unaware and blinded of the biblical teaching regarding whom God called and appointed leaders of His church. Specifically, women are disqualified to be pastor disregarding how successful in world’s criteria her ministries are.   

Pastors are called, chosen and given by God in the church so let His perfect will and authoritative holy word be the final guide and not our own discretion, desires and denominational beliefs.—Jeremiah 3:15.

The Pastor’s responsibility is a divine leadership given by God for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of the Christ.—Ephesians 4:11-12. Therefore, we must be careful and not be mistaken to take the role which does not belong to him/her.

Many women are demanding the right to be like men, to dress like men, to do the same work as men, to play the same sports as men, to fight in armies like men. They want more than equal pay for equal work; they are demanding a man’s place in the home, church, and state.

Men and women were made for different roles. The New Testament affirms that men are to be the leaders in the home, church, and state. Women were not created to rule these divine institutions; men were. The prophet Isaiah was condemning Israel when he said women ruled over them (Isa. 3:12). In the church, according to the Bible, no woman is qualified to be a pastor or a deacon or in any other leadership position over men. Who says? God says!

Here are some facts that women are ordained church leaders worldwide:

  • There are almost 4,000 licensed and ordained women in the Assemblies of God.
  • In 1979 there were only 58 ordained Southern Baptist women, but the number has increased rapidly in the 1980s and 1990s during the period which the conservatives have dominated the national convention. There are 1,225 ordained Southern Baptist women. Out of that number, 200 of the ordained women serve as pastors and associate pastors. (Fall 1997 edition of Folio, the newsletter of Baptist Women in Ministry)
  • The United Methodist Church has ordained women since 1956 and today has 4,743 women "clergy."
  • The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has 2,419 female leaders. In 1979 the United Presbyterian Church, forerunner of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., adopted a resolution REQUIRING the congregations to elect women elders. This politically correct denomination also voted to ban the ordination of any man who opposed women clergy and gave such men 10 years to change their minds or get out (EP News Service, June 21, 1980).
  • The United Church of Christ has 1,803 female leaders.
  • The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has 1,358 ordained women.
  • As of 1994, 16 of the 30 independent Anglican communions around the world have approved ordination of women priests. The Episcopal Church in the United States, which approved women's ordination in 1976, has more than 1,000. The Episcopalians ordained the first Anglican female bishop in 1989. The General Synod of the "mother church" in England endorsed the concept of female priests in 1993. In 1991 Queen Elizabeth showed her approval of all this by appointing a woman as one of her royal chaplains in Scotland.
  • The Church of Scotland approved the ordination of women in 1968 and now has 100 female ministers.
  • The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, though more conservative than other Lutheran bodies, is beginning to allow women to preach in regular worship services. A survey showed that about 1,000 LCMS clergymen maintain that the Bible is not opposed to the ordination of women (Christian News, Feb. 13, 1989).
  • “U.S. women ordained to full-time ministry in 1986 increased to 20,730 from 10,470 in 1977, and represented 7.9% of all U.S. clergy, according to a recent study by the National Council of Churches. ... The survey showed that 84 of 166 denominations ordain women to full ministry... (National & International Religion Report, March 13, 1989).

Here are some evidences that women is forbidden to be Pastor:

I-  The Bible says that bishop must be the husband of one wife. Obviously, the Pastor must be a man of God and not a woman. He must have only one biblical and legal wife.—I Timothy 3:2. Titus 1:6-7.

II-  The leadership in the church is connected and related to the headship of the house—I Timothy 3:4-5.  The point is if the bible gives a man a responsibility to role in the house well to be an effective leader of the church, it disqualifies a woman to be the pastor of the church. The pastor’s leadership in the home is an indication of the kind of leadership he will exercise in the church. If the women are not the head of home they will in no wise be qualified to be pastor of the church. The Bible clearly states that the man is to lead in the home and church, and the woman’s role is to submit to the man’s headship. There is widespread rebellion against this divine plan, though, and many women are being appointed to leadership positions in churches.

III-  The Bible strictly and plainly commands to forbid a woman to teach or usurp authority over the man in every church.

     1.) The Bible plainly commands a woman to keep silent in the churches.—I Corinthians 14:34-35.

 Why?

    a. Because woman are not permitted to speak but commanded to be under obedience.

    b. Because it is shame for a woman to speak in the church and if she wants to know anything, she is to ask her husband.

That would not allow for any woman pastor. The rule given for the church at Corinth is just as binding on every church.

But, notwithstanding this prohibition, good women ought to teach their children at home the principles or religion. Timothy from a child had known the Holy Scriptures; and who should teach him but his mother and grandmother?

     2.) No women is ever to teach or take a place of leadership and authority over men in the Lord’s work.—I Timothy 2:11-12.

Why?

     a. Because of the order of creation--verse 13. The woman was created after the man to be his helpmeet and not his head.

     b. Because the woman was not created to lead but to serve and she was given the equipment to do the serving and not leading. As a result of this, she is more easily deceived--verse 14

     c. Because it is for woman’s support and encouragement—verse 15. This is a word of comfort that those who continue in sobriety shall be saved in child-bearing, or with child-bearing. In this verse Paul encourages the women not to be discouraged because of the fall but to know that they have a very important role in the world and in the church.

Some role of women in the church:

a. Woman may testify and give her own experience and praise.

b. Woman pray in a circle of prayer where each brings his own burden but not carry the burden of the whole congregation to God in prayer.

c. Woman might teach other women or children as we see from Titus 2:3-5.

d. Woman may do personal work, may visit the poor, win souls, and sing.

Hence, no woman is to take a place of leadership in a church, either teaching older and married men or fully grown young men or a mixed class, or being a pastor or leader over men, or over the whole church. The greek word used for man here is “aner” in I Timothy 2:12. The word man (“aner”) here is never used of the female sex for it stands in distinction from a woman,

     1. Therefore, the woman is allowed to teach other woman for there is no biblical restriction whatsoever.

But the word man (“aner”) is used as a husband in Matthew 1:16; John 4:16; Romans 7:2; and Titus 1:6.

     2. Therefore, woman is not allowed to usurp authority over or teach married man.

However, this word man (“aner”) is as distinct from a boy or infant in I Corinthians 13:11 which the word “child” or in greek “nepios” has been used. The greek word “nepios” means literally “not speaking” or rendered “childish”. And the word man “aner”  metaphorically used in Ephesians 4:13 which pictures fully grown man. Nothing is say for a woman not allowed to teach boy or infants.

     3. Therefore, woman is allowed to handle nursery, toddlers, children and boy ministries.

We therefore conclude that woman is allowed to teach and handle ministries from infants, toddlers, children, and fellow woman.

IV-  A woman was commanded to be in subjection to her husband, to submit to her husband, to reverence him, to obey him.—Genesis 3:16; Ephesians 5:22-23; Titus 2:5; I Peter 3:1-7.

The Scriptures makes clear that woman was originally made as helpmeet, an assistant, never as a ruler over man.

Women are not on an equal with men in executive and ruling gifts.

The way God made woman, according to the Bible, disqualifies her for leadership in the church. Among the examples of women who preach in the Philippines congregation were the wife of Wildy Almeda of Jesus Miracle Crusade, the wife of Eddie Villanueva of Jesus Lord Church, and the wife of Louie Santos of Jesus Christ, to God be the glory church. Their respective wife automatically considered as their assistant Pastor. Identified religious groups who allowed women Pastors are the Assembly of God, Fourth watch pentecostal, Jesus Lord Church, Jesus Miracle Crusade, and many other charismatic and pentecostal groups.

V-  Notice the Examples of the Bible:

a. There were 12 Apostles and not one was a woman. The Lord Jesus Christ appointed no  female apostles.

b. There were many Pastors (Titus, Timothy, and Barnabas) and evangelists (Philip, Stephen) in the New Testament times, but never a woman.

c. The 12 Judges as military reformers were all men. Deborah agrees to go in the battle because of Barak insistence—Judges 4:8. Barak leads his 10,000 men down the slopes of Mt Tabor. Barak is later included in the New Testament hall of fame but not Deborah—Hebrews 11:32. Why did God make DEBORAH a judge in Israel (Judges 4:4-5)? The answer is not difficult. God’s perfect will is for men to lead. When men will not assume their responsibilities, God uses women. The men in Deborah’s day were very weak and cowardly. This is seen in the fact that Barak, the captain of the armies of Israel, refused to go into battle unless Deborah went with him. The woman had to remind him that God had said it is time to fight; the woman had to encourage and challenge him to go; the woman had to go with him! Deborah clearly realized that this was not right nor natural, and she told Barak it would result in shame upon his name. “And she said, I will surely go with thee; notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; FOR THE LORD SHALL SELL SISERA INTO THE HAND OF A WOMAN...”—Judges 4:9 Obviously it was a period in Israel’s history during which God could find no man to do His will, so He used a brave, willing woman.

d. We do not know of a single case in the Bible where any woman addressed a public congregation giving her prophecy.

VI- Consider the great harm that has come to the cause of Christ from women preachers.

     Some instances occurred in some religious groups like Christian Science, spiritualism, and Seventh day Adventist. Put in mind what harms brought by the leadership of Mary Baker Eddy, Mrs. Mc Pherson, Fox sisters, and Ellen G. White.

     This women leadership results to unrestrained emotion, hysterics, confusion, and false doctrines.

     Doubtless the greatest harm caused by woman preachers are that they so debase the public’s conception of the ministry that men feel no desire to enter it.

     No church is in the will of God or following the New Testament when it has a woman pastor. It may expect to have the trouble that always comes when we get out of the will of God and try man’s way instead of God’s way, if it gets a woman pastor.

Notice carefully, this is not Paul’s own opinion it is a command of God—I Corinthians 14:37.

Let us follow the word of God to have the right spirit.


NONO





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