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Women in Leadership

November 20, 2008

[Disclaimer: these are thoughts I took from a sermon by Mike Householder in Des Moines.]

Why is this such a sticky topic? 

Is it Biblical? Or is it created by our society

“A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to have authority over a man; she must be silent.” 1 Timothy 2:11-12

“Women should remain silent in churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.” 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 

Seems kinda clear doesn’t it? Or maybe, just play along, these are two singular passages in which Paul is addressing a specific church in which women [new Christians to be specific] were acting up in Church. We use that passage in Corinthians as an example of women not being in leadership, but then if we’re going to take it literally for today, why do we allow women to even speak during church? Isn’t that clear too?

There are examples of women in leadership positions throughout the entire Bible. In the Old Testament Miriam and Debra are prophets. To clarify, a prophet simply means somebody who speaks the Word of God. Isn’t that exactly what a pastor does? Paul writes that Phoebe was a deacon at the end of Romans. There are countless examples that I’m sure you guys aren’t interested in, but take my word for it that there are many, many more examples of women in leadership. [If you dont want to take my word for it, that’s perfectly okay, and please let me know. I’ll show you.] 

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ.” Galatians 3:28 

Are we seriously going to exclude 50% of the population [many times in churches it’s more than that] from being in a spot of leadership? 

Think about it.

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