A Biblical Response?

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:


Should there be Women Preachers?

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.








5 thoughts on “A Biblical Response?

  1. So Glad you are not going to make any further posts on Stephen Smith. The guy is ridiculous. He has a post entitled Baffled? from May 29th: http://pastorssmith.wordpress.com/2007/05/29/baffled/

    It is so obviously targeted at this blog and pulpit-pimps.org. The guy moans about being slandered and persecuted when all people have done is asked him to BACK UP EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE HE SUPPORTS WITH SCRIPTURE. Yet he refuses to do so and is willing to show support for those such as T.D Fakes who are unorthodox in their theology. At one point I thought maybe yourself, Melvin, Gary V etc, would be able to get through to him but I say now he is very prideful and reluctant to change.

    I would love to see him attempt to use scripture to back up his stance at least once but I don’t see it happening any time soon which really is a shame. I pray he does see the error of his ways, if not for himself, but for the good of his poor misguided sheep.

    Once again, good work philly. Loved your posts on Paula White and Joyce Meyer.


  2. Thanks Stephen,

    It appears that he IS TRYING to do better and I do honestly wish him all the best.

    Thanks again for all your support!


  3. I see that you claim to be a biblical literalist. Hmmm, I guess that means that you also interpret literally that “slaves should obey their masters.” I guess that means that you think all black people were wrong in fighting for their freedom from being enslaved by white people. How very stupid you are not to take into account the cultural context of the biblical text. However, I’m sure your views are what they are because you are a WHITE MAN!

  4. Cee,

    Much like Stephen F. Smith, you resort to name calling and making assumptions when you can’t refute the clear teachings that are being presented. Just like Stephen F. Smith, you look like an imbecile when you behave in this manner. Are you a member of his cough cough, congregation or one of the billion viewers of his website that I affectionately call Youtube East?

    I could care less what the color of Stephen F. Smith’s skin is. If he were a Martian, I would still consider him a cancer within the Body of Christ. The fact that I am a white man has nothing to do with my opinion of him as a cough cough ‘Pastor’.

    Playing the race card is simply a weak argument. The next time you come in here try and refute what I’ve written with Scripture and not some lame excuse of how whitey is picking on the black preacher.

    Have a look at what your hero has to say about spousal abuse;


    Care to comment on that Cee?

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