Can women be pastors?


Running The Race

A friend of mine believes his pastor is considering naming his wife as co-pastor of his church. He asked me what I thought.

Although I am not a feminist, I believe in women’s rights and equality and that women should, generally anyway, have the same opportunities as men, I can’t get around the fact that women as pastors is clearly unbiblical.

The Word of God proclaims, “A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent” (1 Timothy 2:11–12). In the church, God assigns different roles to men and women. This is a result of the way mankind was created and the way in which sin entered the world (1 Timothy 2:13–14). God, through the apostle Paul, restricts women from serving in roles of teaching and/or having spiritual authority over men. This…

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