Relevance-Sort By Book Order Bible Verses About Women Preachers Let the woman learn in solitude, completely submissive. (Continue reading...) — 1 Timothy 2:12 But I do not allow a woman to educate or assume power over a man; I only allow her to stay silent. She was made for man, not man for her. She was given freedom as part of his responsibility, not freedom from it. For this reason, she should remain quiet in public...
Many Christians believe that the Bible forbids women from serving as pastors. Many people consider 1 Timothy 2:12 to be the pivotal verse: "I do not authorize a woman to teach or exert authority over a male; rather, she is to stay silent" (ESV throughout). However, other verses make it clear that women can serve in leadership positions within the church. For example, Peter's mother-in-law was a leader among the apostles (Luke 4:38), and Paul encouraged the Ephesian elders to exercise care in choosing men for important positions within the church (Acts 20:28).
In fact, there are several passages that explicitly state that women can serve in leadership positions within the church. For example, Deuteronomy 21:10-14 states that a woman who lives with a man must never be placed in authority over him. But the text also says that if this woman bears children while living with her husband then she can re-enter society and lead others again. In addition, 1 Corinthians 11:3 states that God has appointed women to serve as leaders in the church. Finally, 1 Timothy 2:12 cannot be interpreted as prohibiting all forms of female leadership because it specifically mentions teaching and ruling over males. It may be that in the early church, all leadership roles were filled by men, so the New Testament authors included this general statement to cover any future developments.
The Bible does make mention of when women should be permitted to speak, and one reading of 1 Corinthians says Paul intended for women to "keep silent" in church. However, this is not a command but rather an advice that has been misinterpreted by some Christians over time.
In the New Testament, there are several passages where women are mentioned as being able to speak in church: First Corinthians 11:5 states that women should be silent in church; however, this verse has been interpreted by some Christians as saying that women should not teach in church classes or lead worship. Instead, they believe men should do these things for them. There is no clear indication in this passage that Paul was commenting on how women should conduct themselves in church services generally. Rather, he was probably just giving advice about how loud they should sing during worship times.
In Timothy 2:15-16, it is written that women should pray and prophesy in church. This doesn't mean that all women must be allowed to pray and preach, but it does mean that women can participate in prayer and prophecy meetings.
In addition to these passages, there are also verses that seem to indicate that women should keep quiet in church including 1 Peter 3:1 and 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13.
The Bible makes it plain that preaching and teaching in the church is a male role. I do not allow a woman to instruct or exercise control over a male; instead, she must keep silent. 2:12 It just doesn't get much clearer than that...
In fact, the Bible says that women were created for men to lead them. They are meant to help their husbands rise up day by day. Eph. 5:22-24 And God has assigned to each man his own gift of faith, so that no one can assign or claim someone's gift. For even if we should claim to know what special gift the Lord has given to each person, we would still be wrong. Gal. 3:26-27 So then, as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Here was a world where women were silenced and excluded from leadership. But the Bible breaks down these barriers and gives women equal access to leadership roles. In fact, it says that they were created for this purpose!
Preaching is one such role. It is a task that belongs to men alone. A woman cannot teach or exercise authority over a man; instead, she must keep silent. 2:12 This also applies to leaders who claim to have a prophetic spirit; they are only exercising an authority given to them by God.
1 Timothy 2:12.
However, the Spirit of God has often chosen women to preach sermons and teach classes. In addition, there are many pastors who have their own staff members who serve as preachers and teachers. These individuals may be men or women. The only requirement is that they be called by the Lord to this task.
Again, the Bible makes it clear that the office of priest belongs to men alone. "No woman shall take her husband's place at the altar," says the apostle Paul. "Instead, let each man lead his wife into marriage, and each wife her husband." 1 Corinthians 11:3-5.
This does not mean that women cannot pray or preach. They can, but not as priestess or pastor. Only men are allowed to hold these positions.
1 Timothy 2:12 is a New Testament text from the pastoral letter of the same name, which is typically credited to the Apostle Paul. The King James Version version is commonly used: "But I permit not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over a man, but to be silent."
In the Old Testament, women were usually seen as responsible for creating harmony in their homes by not arguing with their husbands or causing discord (see Eph 5:33). In other words, they should keep themselves calm and quiet.
Some modern translations, such as the NIV and NKJV, retain the word "quiet" when describing how a woman should act within her home. However, these translations include an explanation that the phrase should be understood in light of ancient Hebrew culture where men held authority. For example, the NIV states, "Women should be quiet and submissive, unable to argue with their husbands" (1 Tim 2:11). The New King James Version goes further to say, "Nor should they [wives] show wantonness, as some do, who should be rather called slaves to lust than wives, since even though they are married, yet they remain under their masters' control."
Based on this passage alone, many Christians believe that women should be kept "within bounds" at home because it's acceptable for them to be submissive to their husbands.
"I do not allow a woman to instruct or exercise control over a male; she must remain silent" (1 Timothy 2:11-12). There is no doubt that the Apostle Paul prohibits women from occupying the primary role of authoritative theological teaching in the Ephesian church. However, he also makes it clear that this prohibition does not extend to every female pastor or teacher as there are several other examples in the New Testament where women are mentioned as leaders.
Other passages that have been used by some Christians to support their view that God intends for women to be pastors include 1 Peter 3:7 and 1 Timothy 2:12-15. These texts must be interpreted within the context of their original purpose which is to defend the integrity of episcopal authority against those who may have attempted to usurp this role through an inappropriate candidate. As we have seen, this did not involve preaching or teaching since angels and other men were also prohibited from doing so.
It is important to understand that Paul's statement in 1 Timothy 2:12-15 was written with reference to the situation in Ephesus at the time. During Jesus' earthly ministry, God often sent women to preach the gospel (Luke 8:1-3; 13:10-17; 21:8-14) and Paul himself had ordained seven women in the Ephesian church office of deacon (Acts 20:17).