A newly released report by Barna Group reveals that evangelicals in the United States find it more difficult to embrace the presence of female leadership in the Christian ministry than other Protestants and Catholics do.
We know why this is so. Jobs like President, CEO, CFO, pilot, police officer and other employment options do not have the one thing that accompanies the position of pastor or church leader. Women are allowed to do those jobs BECAUSE those positions do not come with an inspired divine command prohibiting women from filling those vacancies. The positions of pastor and church leader do have that inspired divine command and women and other church people need to take note of that directive and simply obey it.
You can point to all the NT passages of scripture you want to about how women were part of Jesus’ company, exercising their spiritual gifts and so on BUT you will not find one example of any of those women disobeying God’s command concerning leadership of the church. You do not find Jesus teaching anywhere anything that is contrary to Paul’s instructions in Timothy and Titus concerning those positions.If people want to say that Paul’s words are not Jesus’ words, think again as John 17: 8 says otherwise and we quote:
for the words which You gave Me I have given to them; and they received them and truly understood that I came forth from You, and they believed that You sent Me.(NASB)
The rest of the NT outside of the gospel and the first chapter of Acts are ALSO Jesus’ words. They are not the apostles’ own thinking or ideas.Paul did not teach contrary to Jesus for he carried or was given Jesus’ words to teach God’s followers.
“There is a long history among evangelicals of emphasizing motherhood and family as a woman’s primary calling,” says Roxanne Stone, editor in chief at Barna Group, in the report. “While the broader culture, and much of the Christian church, has shifted away from this, evangelicals seem more reluctant to do so. This reluctance is often tied to a scriptural reading that insists men are to occupy primary leadership positions within the family and church and, by extension, society.”
While motherhood and family are great responsibilities, those duties do not prohibit a woman working outside of the home. That decision is between the husband and wife alone, no one else.Being a helpmeet allows for the woman to be engaged in some form of employment if her husband agrees.
Stone noted that more than half of most congregations are women. And many of them are in the workforce. The Department of Labor shows that in 2015, women made up 47 percent of the labor force, up from 27 percent in 1948.
This means absolutely nothing and is not part of God’s criteria qualifying people to lead the church. God’s rules do not depend upon who is attending a particular congregation.
Since most practicing Christians, apart from evangelicals, would be comfortable with a woman in the pulpit, many attend churches where they do not agree with or understand the theological stance against women in leadership, Stone continued. “This is likely to become more of an issue for churches as women continue to gain equality in other spheres. We have already seen more churches shifting to allow women in senior leadership, and the number of female senior pastors has grown considerably in the last few decades.
It is NOT about equality but about women obeying God.God does not reward disobedience.
People may disagree with what we have written but we are going to side with God on this and any issue. We listen to God not man. What good is it to have a Bible written by God if no one follows it? How can anyone expect unbelievers to obey God’s word when believers do not? Those are two questions for you to think upon and here is a third, why would anyone accept Christ as their Lord and savior when believers ignore him and his instructions?
Believers need to follow God and his ways not secular culture and its way. Secular culture is in need of a savior and is not the savior to the church. God has pointed out that his followers are to be the light unto a dark world. He did not say let the dark world be a light unto his church.Ignoring God’ word only presents a far different message to the unbelieving world than the church thinks. If you want to win souls then obey God’s word.