We here at Theology Today have been blessed periodically with the presence of one Stephen F. Smith, pastor of a COGIC church in Collierville Tennessee. I, and many others, have continually asked Stephen to back up his beliefs with Scripture. At long last, Stephen offers this Scriptural response to my question “Why do you believe that women should hold office within the Body of Christ”. Here is his response:
May 27, 2007 at 2:36 pm · Filed under Should a Woman Preach?, Should Women Preach, Woman Preacher, women preachers Preach Stephen.Com will continue to post clips of women preachers! This has got me my share of attacks, yet as a preacher I am not intimidated by the idea of women preachers. God is definetely using some of the female persuasion in many great ways in this hour! Why is there so much opposition to female preachers? Should one’s call be negated just because of one’s sex? Women have advanced in the marketplace, but have they advanced in the House of God? Some women can preach most men to shame! If some men were not so insecure in their own callings, they would not feel the need to attack the scores of Godly women that preach the gospel so greatly! I am sorry I guess I was supposed to say, that a woman’s place is in the kitchen, in the home, in the pews, or at the offering table right? That is sheer foolishness! Continue to preach my sisters! This brother is not intimidated and I will definitely celebrate you when you excel! Continue to pursue God with excellence my Sisters of the Word!Your Brother in Christ,Pastor Stephen F. Smith
Hmmm. Are we supposed to accept this teaching because a Pastor says so? John states;
1Jo 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but try the spirits to see if they are of God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
How do we try the Spirits? Paul tells us exactly how to do this;
2Ti 3:16 Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness.
2Ti 3:17 That the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work.
Stephen F. Smith doesn’t leave us much more then his opinion about women preachers. I know I’ve beaten this issue to death, but let’s do as Paul advises and look to see what the Scriptures say about women preachers.
1Ti 2:9 In like manner, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefastness and sobriety; not with braided hair, and gold or pearls or costly raiment;
1Ti 2:10 but (which becometh women professing godliness) through good works.
1Ti 2:11 Let a woman learn in quietness with all subjection.
1Ti 2:12 But I permit not a woman to teach, nor to have dominion over a man, but to be in quietness.
1Ti 2:13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve;
1Ti 2:14 and Adam was not beguiled, but the woman being beguiled hath fallen into transgression:
1Ti 2:15 but she shall be saved through her child-bearing, if they continue in faith and love and sanctification with sobriety.
Paul says that women aren’t permitted to teach. That’s what the role of an officer within the
Body of Christ is required to do (1Timothy 3:1-13). For more biblical reasons as to why I
believe the way that I do, please see here.
Stephen would consider this a “malicious attack”. It appears that anyone who questions his
‘opinions’ are attacking him. We are required to “test all spirits” and when we do, Stephen considers them attacks. I hope he doesn’t believe that his opinion is above the Word of God but it appears that he believes that it is.
Let’s continue with more quotes from Stephens teaching on women preachers.
“Why is there so much opposition to female preachers? Should one’s call be negated just because of one’s sex”?
The bible clearly teaches against female preachers. I would think that’s why there’s opposition to it. There are still some of us that actually consider what the bible says and attempt to obey it.
“Women have advanced in the marketplace, but have they advanced in the House of God”?
The bible clearly states that we are not to conform to this world (Romans 12:2) so why is this man teaching that’s its ok to do this? Women have advanced only because they and those who allowed this to happen have been deceived just like Eve.
“If some men were not so insecure in their own callings, they would not feel the need to attack the scores of Godly women that preach the gospel so greatly”!
I would suggest that anyone who speaks out against false doctrine is very secure in ones calling and is prepared both theologically and spiritually to do so. It’s a shame that so many don’t have the knowledge or the courage to do the same.
This will be Theology Today’s last posting about Stephen F. Smith. We now have more than enough information about this pastor for people to be warned that exposing oneself or their loved ones to this mans ministry may not be in their best interest.