What brought my attention to this topic was the following article found at The Christian Post:
A lot of men are against my position. They hate me because I’m a woman. When I was consecrated, preachers stood up in their pulpits and they began to quote the scripture that a woman cannot be a bishop. I know that sexism is a systemic problem in our church and in our world. But I believe now that I can be a voice,” Vaughn shared in an aside with viewers in the premiere episode.
Of course men are against women preachers and it is not hatred women pastors are experiencing. Nor is it sexism when a woman is denied the position of minister, preacher, pastor or whatever synonym you want to use. If she is going ‘t be a voice’ then why does she choose the one that tells women to go against God’s word? I liked the following comment under that article:
sandinwindsor 7:32 PM on March 06, 2015Godisgood1 – from what I was taught when I was much younger, a female pastor was always getting off track and truthfully, I can see that for when social issues become more important than the Word of the Lord. Look at that woman who considered herself a Bishop in Detroit and lied to her congregation for two months that she had married another woman. Look at the woman with caleb’s church with the impaired driving and hurting the man on the bicycle…As a woman, I say women are not cut out to be pastors. We have female things on our minds and I think we are too willing to compromise than fight. Women and men think differently.
I cannot see a female pastor as entertaining as watching someone struggling in a job they are unsuited for is not entertaining, but with television these days, who knows
The Bible was written in an age when women faced very different roles and expectations than they experience today. Nevertheless, Scripture takes women seriously. Jesus had important friendships with a number of women and affirmed their value and significance.
Word in life study Bible. (1996). (electronic ed.). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.
In the Old Testament, some of Israel’s finest leaders were women, such as Deborah the judge. Second, in the New Testament, women like Phoebe (Rom. 16:1) and Philip’s daughters (Acts 21:9) were in involved in ministry. In addition, in Philippians 4:2, Chloe and Euodia appeared to have leadership roles in their fellowships.
Hayford, J. W. (1998). Ministering In the Spirit and Strength of Jesus. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
If a woman is clearly gifted in ministry and has demonstrated the kind of character that the Bible requires for leadership, should she be allowed a place public ministry? Why?
By not allowing women who are called by God to minister, what harm can be done to the body of Christ?
How can suppressing women from ministry hurt our witness before a watching world?
How can a wrong view of women in ministry actually prevent some people from accepting Christ as their Savior?
7 Now there elapsed an interval of about three hours, and his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8 And Peter responded to her, “Tell me whether you sold the land [d]for such and such a price?” And she said, “Yes, [e]that was the price.” 9 Then Peter said to her, “Why is it that you have agreed together to put the Spirit of the Lord to the test? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out as well.” 10 And immediately she fell at his feet and breathed her last, and the young men came in and found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11 And great fear came over the whole church, and over all who heard of these things. (Acts 5 NASB)
Disobeying God is not a game. Though Sapphira was not ‘in ministry’ she still disobeyed God like those women who take pastor positions when they know it is against God’s command. You will find that those who support women for professional positions do not talk about Sapphira and her example. She upsets their apple cart and shows God’s true feelings about those who disobey.
Such people only want to think about the good things of life and do what they want instead of giving up their selfish desires and humbling themselves to follow God’s way. They make up all sorts of excuses to justify their participation in sinful activity, twisting scripture to fit their point of view instead of changing their point of view to meet God’s requirements.
Since the issue has yet to be resolved, it might in fact require a full season for the women to come to terms. Will Evangelist Clark-Cole experience a change of heart? Or Bishop Vaughn give up ground on her position? — Probably not, as Christians have been at odds over the issue of women’s roles, both in the home and in church, for decades. (Op Cit Christian Post)
The issue really has been solved, not by those people but by God. he has not changed in the last 2,000 years thus the prohibition on women pastors, etc., remain in effect. The only people at odds are those who refuse to obey God.