Appointing women as church leaders seems to be a growing trend within the Body of Christ. Women such as Paula White, Medina Pullings, Juanita Bynum Weeks and Joyce Meyer, just to name a few, are calling themselves pastors, co-pastors, evangelists and teachers and are speaking and teaching in churches worldwide. Is this biblical or man made? I will be examining this very important subject the only valid way that I know how; through the Word of God.
I’d like to begin with the following Scripture;
1Ti 3:1 Faithful is the Word: If anyone reaches out to overseership, he desires a good work.
1Ti 3:2 Then it behooves the overseer to be without reproach, husband of one wife, temperate, sensible, well-ordered, hospitable, apt at teaching,
1Ti 3:3 not a drunkard, not contentious, not greedy of ill gain, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous,
1Ti 3:4 ruling his own house well, having children in subjection with all honor.
1Ti 3:5 (For if a man does not know to rule his own house, how shall he take care of thechurch of
An officer of the church must be the husband of one wife. That means an officer of the church must be a man. There’s no gray area here. This is God’s Word and should be taken seriously. The Word of God disqualifies Meyer, White, Pullings and Weeks from their leadership roles and contradicts their claims of being “called” to ministry. Just like Eve, these ladies have been deceived.
The Apostle Paul continues on about a woman’s role in the church;
1Ti 2:9 In the same way also, I desire that women adorn themselves in decent clothing, with modesty and sensibleness, not adorned with braiding, or gold, or pearls, or costly clothing, 1Ti 2:10 but with good works, which becomes women professing godliness. 1Ti 2:11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 1Ti 2:12 But I do not allow a woman to teach, or to exercise authority over a man, but to be in silence. 1Ti 2:13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 1Ti 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. 1Ti 2:15 But she will be kept safe through childbearing, if they continue in faith and love and holiness with sensibleness.
Paul is stating how women should dress and behave in public places. They are to refrain from expensive clothes and jewelry. Godliness should be seen in how they live their lives and not on how they dress. False women teachers of today appear worldly in their dress and manner and hardly resemble the type of Godly women Paul exhorts them to be.
Women are expressly forbidden to teach the Word of God in public gatherings of the saints. They are not to be pastors, co-pastors, deacons, elders or evangelists as these are positions of authority. A woman being placed in these roles is un-biblical and shouldn’t ever occur within the Body of Christ. Any woman claiming a “calling from God” to hold office in the Body of Christ is contradicting God’s Word and is either self called or deceived by Satan.
Paul adds this for good measure;
1Co 14:34 Let your women be silent in the churches; for it is not permitted to them to speak, but to be in subjection, as the Law also says. 1Co 14:35 And if they desire to learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home; for it is a shame for a woman to speak in a church. 1Co 14:36 Or did the Word of God go out from you? Or did it reach only to you?
This includes prophecy. Women are to be silent in regards to teaching in the church. this isn’t my rule but God’s Rule. Why would Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, tell us repeatedly that women aren’t allowed to teach or hold office in the church if God called some women to teach, preach or pastor or be an evangelist? The answer is He wouldn’t.
What did Paul instruct the women of the church to do?
Tit 2:3 Let the aged women likewise be in reverent behavior, not slanderers, not enslaved by much wine, teachers of good; Tit 2:4 that they may train the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, Tit 2:5 to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, subject to their own husbands, that the Word of God may not be blasphemed.
Women are supposed to teach the young women to love their husbands and their children. Godly women are to teach other women how to be Godly and to be great examples for other women to follow. They’re supposed to teach their children about honoring God and following Christ. They are NOT supposed to be preachers, teachers, pastors or evangelists.
Paul didn’t have anything against women. He was privately instructed by Priscilla and prophesied over by Philip’s four virgin daughters. These prophesies and teachings weren’t done in public but in private. Timothy was taught the Word by his mother and grandmother privately. This is perfectly acceptable and God expects this from women.
One of the most amazing testimonies I have ever heard was by a woman. To hear of how God had changed her life and was working through her was extremely powerful and it was important for the Body to hear. This exceptional lady was used by God to reach dozens of people through her spoken testimony without teaching or preaching. This is perfectly acceptable and should be done more often.
God’s Word emphatically states that women are not to hold any leadership positions in our churches. Women are not meant to preach, teach, evangelize or prophesy in our churches or even in public gatherings of the saints. Those women who are currently claiming leadership positions in the church are going against the Word of God and must repent. Anyone who sits under these women leaders must leave these unbiblical churches immediately.
I’m ready to take some heat from this article. I’m open to hearing your point of view on this very important subject. Please, don’t offer your personal opinions but use Scripture to prove your points and to correct my error, if indeed I am in error.