As Spurgeon cried with deep insight: “Once a church or individual Christian gets on the downgrade, momentum takes over, recovery is unusual.” And there our modern church is found falling away in profound decadency with most churches having “ICHABOD” written on their doors.
The issue of Women Preachers is just one of the symptoms of this malaise of the church and so from all sides the word now used is “Post Christian Era”. But here we are dealing with this “cancer” of women preachers in the church. The Bible speaks too clearly on this subject for there to be any confusion. The problem is that churches too often are looking to sources other than the Bible for guidance; indeed they are fully steeped in the tenets of secularism. God loves women as much as He does men. Women are as important to the home, church, and society as men are. In Jesus Christ, women enjoy the same access to salvation and blessings before God as men do. This does not mean, though, there is no difference in men and women in their appearance and roles. There is a basic truth, which needs to be restated in the church and society today: Men and women are different and are not interchangeable!
Men and women were made for different roles. The New Testament affirms that men are to be the leaders in the home, church, and state. Women were not created to rule these divine institutions; men were. The prophet Isaiah was condemning Israel when he said women ruled over them (Isa 3:12). In the church (and in society), according to the Bible, no woman is qualified to be a pastor or a deacon or in any other leadership position over men for the simple fact that God has made her a woman. Who says that? God says!
“Let the woman learn in silence, with all subjection. But I do not allow a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, was in the transgression” (1Ti 2:11-14).
“Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak: but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also says the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church. What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord” (1Co 14:34-37).
How could a woman possibly be a preacher when she is forbidden to teach or to have any authority over men? Women can only be preachers if they openly disobey the Bible’s teaching. Note, furthermore: “if they will learn any thing” which further strengthen the fact that they cannot teach.
Further, the Lord Jesus Christ appointed no female apostles, nor He personally instructed women. All of them were men. The standards for pastors apply strictly to men. Only a man can be the “husband of one wife” and can “rule his own house well” (1Ti 3:2,4; Tit 1:6). ( above quote by aymon de albatrus)
Below is one of the best reads I have read, please follow the link below to read full article, that deals with women in the church, it was written in 1559 and remains just as relevant today as in the days gone by. I often find myself in discussion with other women on social media concerning the matter of women as pastors/leaders in the church. More often I am frowned upon by undiscerning women than not , about my strong conviction against any form of women usurping authority over men in the church. I echo the words from the quote above “Women can only be preachers if they openly disobey the Bible’s teaching” . If we as women make a study of Scripture it becomes clear there is only one truth. By digging into the existence of women in the church as teachers, we only need to read what Paul clearly taught in the NT. The influence of Feminism has been immense over many, many ages and women wanting gender equality, it has been fought and won by those who follow the lie that Feminism teaches. Sadly it has had a detrimental effect in the visible church today, to the extend that there is a genderless Bible that is also gaining popularity in the churches that chooses to follow secular humanism rather than the written Word of God. We are sure heading toward a genderless society , as secular humanism is pushing more and more for gender equality in the name of humanism. The Bible is clear that a man and a woman differs and have different roles.
“Tertullian, in his book of Women’s Apparel, after he has shown many causes why gorgeous apparel is abominable and odious in a woman, adds these words, speaking as it were to every woman by name: “Do you not know,” says he, “that you are Eve. The sentence of God lives and is effectual against this kind; and in this world, of necessity it is, that the punishment also live. You are the port and gate of the devil. You are the first transgressor of God’s law. You did persuade and easily deceive him whom the devil durst not assault. For your merit (that is, for your death), it behooved the Son of God to suffer the death; and does it yet abide in your mind to deck you above your skin coats?”
Augustine, in his twenty-second book written Against Faustus, proves that a woman ought to serve her husband as unto God, affirming that in nothing has woman equal power with man, saving that neither of both have power over their own bodies. By which he would plainly conclude, that woman ought never to pretend nor thirst for that power and authority which are due to man. For so he does explain himself in another place, affirming that woman ought to be repressed and bridled betimes, if she aspires to any dominion; alleging that it is dangerous and perilous to suffer her to proceed, although it is in temporal and corporeal things. And thereto he adds these words: “God sees not for a time, neither is there any new thing in his sight and knowledge:” meaning thereby, that what God has seen in one woman (as concerning dominion and bearing of authority) the same he sees in all; and what he has forbidden to one, the same he also forbids to all. And this most evidently yet in another place he writes, moving this question, “How can woman be the image of God, seeing (says he) she is subject to man, and has none authority, neither to teach, neither to be witness, neither to judge, much less to rule or bear empire?” These are the very words of Augustine, of which it is evident that this godly writer does not only agree with Tertullian, before recited, but also with the former sentence of the Law, which takes from woman not only all authority amongst men, but also every office appertaining to man. ” (A quote from ,the First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women)
Extracted from: Selected Writings of John Knox: Public Epistles, Treatises, and Expositions to the Year 1559
The First Blast of the Trumpet is, perhaps, Knox’s most famous and controversial work. In the twentieth century, few people have read the book, and still fewer have made an attempt to understand the reformer’s position.
For Knox, the teaching of scripture alone is sufficient to prove that women should not bear rule over men. The testimony of scripture is so plain, he wrote, that “to add anything were superfluous, were it not that the world is almost now come to that blindness, that whatsoever pleases not the princes and the multitude, the same is rejected as doctrine newly forged, and is condemned for heresy” (p. 390).
Knox knew that his 16th-century opponents expected citations from classical and patristic sources. Therefore, the reformer takes aim at both the position and polemical methods of his critics by quoting some of the stoutest comments imaginable, refuting the government of women. Whether Knox personally joins with the ancient authors in every detail is immaterial; by numerous references to antiquity, the reformer demonstrates that there is a venerable history of opposition to the rule of women. Still, Knox points out that his main argument, even if stripped of the patristic citations, is fundamentally based upon the authoritative word of God. “For as I depend not upon the determinations of men, so I think my cause no weaker, albeit their authority is denied unto me; provided that God by his revealed will, and manifest word, stands plain and evident on my side” (p. 400).
Contemporary readers should also recall that, when Knox speaks of “nature,” he is often making reference to human nature. Even so, he states, “this part of nature is not my most sure foundation” (p. 385). Again, his principal concern is with the revealed will of God, written in the Bible.
The treatise was published in Geneva in 1558. As indicated in the preface, the work was published anonymously. The author wished to conceal his identity, until he had issued two more blasts, intending to disclose his name with the publication of the Third Blast. The reformer’s plan to write two sequels remained unfulfilled, although he later published a summary of the contents which he proposed to treat in the Second Blast. The summary of the Second Blast was appended originally to his Appellation (1558), but readers will find this summary following the First Blast in the present volume (pages 435-36).
Read the First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women HERE !!
Here below follows some very edifying links provided to me by Dr. Reg Barrow, President, STILL WATERS REVIVAL BOOKS , Serving Christians Worldwide (In Over 100 Countries) For 28+ Years
History & Impact of Women Preachers & Feminism http://ow.ly/buiuV (FREE MP3).
Author’s Summary: Feminism sprung out of the reinforcement of women preachers reinforced by John Wesley, Charles Finney, The Nazarines, The Pilgrim Holiness, The Quakers, D.L Moody, The Salvation Army just to name a few. Mason, William Penn were also prominent in spreading the Quaker version of the gospel. John Wesley’s mother would not conform and started being the worship leader. She circumvented her husband’s spiritual headship of the home. Mary Fletcher preached to crowds of 2-3 thousand people at the encouragement of John Wesley. Adam Clark supported the ordination of women. They called those who tried to uphold the Bible and Paul regarding the exclusion of Women from the pulpits bigots just like the homosexuals call those today who speak out against their ordination.
The Public Preaching of Women http://ow.ly/bugvP.
The Female Preacher by Ralph Erskine http://ow.ly/bugwL.
Antichrist’s Strategy: Manhattan Declaration by R.C. Sproul, John MacArthur, James White (Alpha & Omega Ministries), Richard Bennett (Berean Beacon), et al.
Why Psychology & Psychiatry Are Anti-Christian by Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dr. John MacArthur, Dr. Richard Ganz, Dr. Reg Barrow, et al. (Free Christian Resources)
Women’s Rights Women by R.L. Dabney http://ow.ly/bugub.
Paul on Women Speaking in the Church by B.B. Warfield http://ow.ly/bugy3.
God’s View of Women Preachers http://ow.ly/bugyI.
Free Videos and MP3s By Dr. Voddie Baucham On the Sovereignty of God, Christ’s Resurrection, Total Depravity, Homeschooling, Apologetics, the Gospel, Psychology, Culture, Feminism, Toleration, and Why God Is Good & Bad Things Happen
Many free MP3s on Feminism
Mothers Sermons – SermonAudio.com http://ow.ly/fxhIi
Many free sermons for Women http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?keyword=female
Godless Public Education by Dr. Reg Barrow http://ow.ly/8Zuds.
“Public schools are, today, cesspools of Satanism.” – Brian Schwertley at http://ow.ly/araI8 in the free MP3 sermon “Hymns and Heretics: The Dangers of Uninspired Hymnody.”
Birth Control: The Biblical & Historic Protestant Position by Greg Price http://ow.ly/9IGyY (Free MP3) & http://ow.ly/aWwNl (Free PDF).
FREE PDF: Birth Control: The Biblical And Historic Protestant Position by Greg Price http://ow.ly/aWwNl.
THE BIBLE & BIRTH CONTROL: FREE RESOURCES http://ow.ly/9IF7z.
The Bible and Birth Control (5 Free MP3s) http://ow.ly/bQBuz.
Why Christians Fail to Value Babies (& Concerning Birth Control, Abortion, etc.) by Kevin Swanson Interviewing Doug Phillips, President of Vision Forum (Free MP3) http://ow.ly/9IF2p.
FREE MP3: Planned Parenthood: The Legacy of Death and Immorality by Brian Schwertley http://ow.ly/ajaEk.
Free MP3s by Charles Spurgeon On Justification By Faith Alone, Prayer and Assurance
Free: God’s Sovereignty, Man’s Responsibility
Much more: http://www.puritandownloads.com/newsletters/
yes I agree that men and only men should hold the position of paster,there has to many good reasons why the church lacks power today, one of the others I believe is lack of commitment to one and other, we need to draw near to one and other as family and encourage each other as we draw near to Jesus.