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Should Women Be Allowed to Preach?

Should women be allowed to speak in church?

If Paul meant that women could never speak in church, that would be a contradiction to his own words. (1 Corinthian 14:34-35, NIV; 1 Corinthians 11:5, NIV) Paul was dealing with outburst from women, possibly usurping and undermining their husband’s authority.

Paul addressed this by stating ‘if you have questions, ask your husband at home.’” Paul not only addresses women speaking in church, but speaking in tongues and prophesying. (1 Corinthians 14:27-28a, NIV; 1 Corinthians 14:29-31a, NIV)

The undertone of the whole message was that the church service would be descent and in order. God is a God of order, not confusion. There are times to speak up, and there are times to be quiet.

God’s Design (1 Timothy 2:11-15, NIV)

This text, along with many others in scripture, is an admonition to realign to God’s design, His original intent, that got messed up in the garden. The design is that the husband would lead his wife in the fear of God, and that the wife would come alongside him as his helper and submit to his leadership as he submits to the Lord.

Young boys and young men are no longer taught to honor and respect women. Young men are no longer taught to live a life in submission to God and lead by example.

It is not the preaching of this message that produces toxic masculinity, it is the lack of this message being preached that produces toxic masculinity.

Should women be allowed to preach in church? (1 Timothy 2:11-12, NIV)

Yes, women are allowed to preach, but there are biblical boundaries and liberties in regards to preaching. God by His design has limited women from exercising governmental authority over a man within the church.

A woman should not be in the role of lead pastor. A woman should not determine the direction of the church. A woman should not be the one who establishes the doctrine of the house.

Through scripture, we believe that the male has been given spiritual authority over the church and the household. For a woman to be in position and hold that type of authority, that would be assuming authority over man. In the right time and right place women could preach under the covering of their spiritual authority without usurping a man’s governmental authority.