I wrote on this subject in 1992. The Religion section of the Daily News on Saturday Aug. 1st had a lengthy article by Clark Morphew, Knight Ridder Newspapers. It was titled, "Opponents of Women in the Pulpit Fail to Examine Their Prejudices". Honestly, I wouldn't waste my breath arguing with him one-on-one, but since he addresses such a large audience, I felt a response necessary. His total argument is based on his own logic. He calls the Biblical view "arrogant" and uses logic such as this: "Has anyone noticed that we are now living in the 20th century? Who cannot see that women are moving into positions of power in every enterprise, except the church?"... "These denominations are failing to capture the immense talent of women; their organizational skills, insights and practical ability to guide religious institutions." Then he makes this statement concerning "proof texts": "that rule has been broken too many times in the church, it has become a passage without authority." Are we to believe a Bible text loses its authority at any time and especially after it has been broken so much? He accuses church leaders of not examining "their own prejudices, fears and hatreds. But rather, they push it all back on God and back it up with proof texts from Scripture. Thats the way the powerful, in danger of losing their power, will always react to questions - by throwing the problem to a higher power. Further, they carry the debate to new heights of evil." Imagine that! Those who believe the Bible and stand with the Bible, "carry the debate to new heights of evil." I can hardly believe my eyes! He believes it is "evil" to take a Biblical view on this subject! There is no debate...God said it and that settles it. We do not need to examine our prejudices. We need to examine the Scriptures. This we will do. Mr. Morphew fails to see that in charging us with arrogance and intolerance, he is accusing God of the same, for we got our position from His Holy Word!
In part one I referred to the article in the Daily News written by Knight Ridder's Clark Morphew. Morphew's piece was full of human reasoning which can never stand in the light of the Scripture. Those of us who take a Scriptural stand on these subjects are ridiculed and accused of being intolerant. May I say again that the supposed intolerance is found in the Bible?
Dr. Jean Pruett, the first woman head Pastor of the South Carolina Baptist Convention states that "The Scriptures were never meant , I think, to be taken literally." To prove her point, she says, "How many sassy children have been stoned at city hall?" You would think with a Dr.'s degree she would know better!
I am sure that some were stoned in the Old Testament economy. We are not living under that Testament. What about adultery? Jesus illustrated this point of law and grace, New and Old Testament, in John chapter 8. According to the Old Testament they both were to be stoned. Jesus also stated that He did not come to destroy the law, but to fulfill it. Then she makes these statements in justifying her position:
- "The Bible is a guidebook for life, a wonderful gift from God"... "People get to worshipping the Bible instead of worshipping God."
Jesus also said, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." (Matt. 4:4) which he quoted from Deut. 8:3. 2 Tim. 3:16 says, "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" This verse alone is enough to make me believe the Bible is to be taken literally! It should be obvious that the reason these folks do not take a literal view of Scriptures is because they cannot take their unBiblical stand without going against the plain teaching of the Bible. Please read 2 Peter 3:16 to find these people: "they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other Scriptures, unto their own destruction."
Next week I will show from the Bible, God's Holy Word, why it is unScriptural for a woman to preach!
It should be abundantly clear by now that the Bible is not the basis of faith and practice for those who hold unscriptural views such as women preachers. How can a person justify or condone such blatant violations of truth when the Scriptures are so plain? What does the Bible say?
1 Timothy 2:11-15 says, "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. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety."
Women were not allowed to teach, preach or usurp authority over man and here he was instructing Timothy on the order of the Church! Notice also that Adam as not deceived, but Eve was!
1 Tim. 3:1-2 says, "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;" Then vs 4-7 says, "Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil."
1 Cor. 14:34-35 says: "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. 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."
God's Word plainly states that women cannot preach or even teach men for that matter! That is not my opinion! That is the plain truth of the Bible.