Lady Pastors? Not According To The Scriptures!!!

Lady Pastors? Not According To The Scriptures!!!

Lady Pastors? Not According to the Scriptures!!!

T.G.I.F., it’s another day for the word to be delivered to its readers. Lord I pray you give unto your people the spirit of revelation, wisdom and understanding in the knowledge of you that all glory might be yours in Jesus name. Amen, Hallelujah! Hope you had a good week?

I will use this scripture in Ephesians as my main text. Ephesians 4:11-12

“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:”

Before I begin on this very controversial topic, I would love to crave your indulgence and employ you by the mercies of God to be patient and prayerfully consider the points I will be making regardless your belief and inclination. Or else this will amount to a “humongously” incongruous exercise of great futility. Change very often meets some form of resistance when it’s meant to relocate and recreate the entrenched. Thank you for your comprehension.

 

First of all, let me state this fact. Women are under-appreciated and under-utilized in the local assembly.  There are many gifted women who definitely can do a better job at preaching and teaching than many men.  However, it’s not the “gift” that is the issue, but God’s order and calling.  What do the scriptures say?  We cannot come to God’s word with a social agenda and make it fit into all our whims and caprices.  Instead, we must allow it change us in every way we need it and adapt to what it says.

 

I am not going to beat about the bush here. I will say it like it is. Now, what do I mean by “Not According To The Scriptures?” I am categorically saying that women cannot be Pastors, nor occupy that office in whatever way or form, at least not according to the scriptures. I know some “big men of God” do it in “their” churches, but does that make it right scripturally?

 

Like I said earlier, please hear me out. Most times we Christians do things not necessarily because we found any example in the scriptures but because we erroneously think it is right to do so. Maybe, a mentor we greatly respect did it or is doing it and so we go ahead to emulate the same thing. We think “It must be alright if he did it”.

This write up is not intended to undermine anyone in any way. The intent and purposes here are strictly informative for scripture says in Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”

It is prayerfully believed that the scripture in Isaiah 55: 11 which says“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” will come to fruition in the life of anyone concerned that reads this. As children of the Most High God you are admonished to Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2Timothy 2:15 No one will do it for you. It is strictly YOUR responsibility.

 

Often times we mix up the voices in our head for the voice of the Spirit of God. I mean no disrespect. I am just saying it like it is.

Sometimes we even say “it is the 21st century. We believe in liberalism, it is the New Age. God understands. Women should not be suppressed after all. What a man can do……” you know how it goes. Absolutely no disrespect meant. Jesus and He only must be our example.

 

So, let’s get this on. Just a few questions:

  • What does the word “Pastor” mean?
  • How do you get to be a Pastor?
  • What are the qualifications of a Pastor?
  • What are the roles of a Pastor?
  • How does this office fit into God’s government?

The answers are not in any chronological order. Out of the many pointers, the most outstanding scripture on this issue is found in the book of Ephesians 4:11-12 “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ”

 

Let me categorically state this. All these fivefold ministry offices are strictly within the confines of divinity. He chooses and calls whoever He wills into any of these offices. It is not an office by popular votes, neither by political appointment nor by the whim and caprice of any man or group of men in the name of “committee”.

The Pastoral office is one of the fivefold ministry offices given to perfect the saints. The word translated “pastor” in this Scripture is the Greek word poimen, (pronounced poy-mane’ ) which also means shepherd or supervisor. This word is one of only two ministry offices given by God that are grammatically masculine nouns with no feminine equivalent – the other word being Apostle. Each of the other offices is neutral in gender and applicable to both sexes (Evangelist, Teacher) or has specific masculine or feminine uses (Prophet – male, Prophetess – female). There is no such thing as a ‘Pastoress’ or an ‘Apostless’. In other words – there are no female Pastors or female Apostles! Even, grammatically.

 

A woman can perfectly fit into any of the other three offices namely the Prophet, Evangelist or the Teacher as long as they are called of God. If I know nothing at all of God, I know this. God never changes and He can NEVER go against His word for anything or anyone.

The whole idea behind this distinction is clear when you examine the functions of these offices. Apostles are messengers sent by Christ to make disciples of the nations and to lay the foundation for local church congregations.

 

Do not forget this, Jesus never had a woman Apostle nor can we find any woman Pastor in the scriptures. I must add, there is no such thing as a child pastor either.

Why so? That is because the Pastoral role is patterned after the role of Jesus to the Church as our Chief Shepherd (the head Pastor if you please) (1Peter 5:4) “And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away”

Jesus is not a woman, you know that. Just like a Shepherd, a Pastor is to feed, direct, heal, and protect the sheep (Jeremiah 3:15, And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding”. Jeremiah 23:1-2 “Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD. …thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: …”

 

The issue at hand is the title “PASTOR”

As a woman minister you cannot arrogate that title to yourself nor occupy the office. It is exclusively a man’s office. Like I said before, I believe women are under utilized in most local assemblies. Some women can be gifted orators. But that which is revealed in the scriptures must not be altered. God cannot change just as His words are immutable. It has nothing to do with anti-feminism.

 

Like I said before, Jesus is not a woman. I know you already know that. Just like a Shepherd, a Pastor is to feed, direct, heal, and protect the sheep. I shared (Jeremiah 3:15,) with you, saying PASTORS are meant to … feed you with knowledge and understanding” They are to be the leaders of the flock. It is leadership that is at stake here nothing else.

 

We cannot and must not change that role for any reason. In the New Testament there are five different words that are used in reference to the pastor’s office: Bishop, Overseer, Pastor, Elder, and Shepherd. The job of these roles are in two ways – as Shepherds and Bishops 1Peter 2:25 “For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls” (That is Jesus)

A shepherd guides and nurtures while a Bishop oversees the development of the flock. To fulfill the responsibilities of nurturing and overseeing the flock, a Pastor is equipped with a rod and a staff

Psalm 23:1 & 4 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” V4 “…for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me A rod to discipline and correct and a staff to nurture and nudge in the right direction. The Shepherd, Bishop, Pastor and Overseer all have the same role.

The qualifications of a Pastor are clearly and boldly delineated in 1Timothy 3:2-4 it states, “A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife…” “…One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity”

 

We see here that the PASTOR in this role must be “the husband of one wife”. This clearly disqualifies any woman or child from functioning in this role. Women are wives not husbands and a child is a child, still growing. How come Jesus never took to ministry at the age of twelve? Where do we see a single woman pastor in scripture? Debatable you might say. But we see the reason for God making this distinction in 1 Timothy 3:5, “For if A MAN (Not a woman or a Child) know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?”

 

This is administration. This is how to organize and run a church. A candidate for the Pastoral office must first prove himself to God by demonstrating the ability to lead his household. Since we know that the man (not a child, not a woman) is the head of his family, this again eliminates the possibility of women or children serving as Pastor.  It is all about HEADSHIP

1 Corinthians. 11:3 “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God”

1 Corinthians. 11:7-9, 7 “For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man”

Ephesians 5:33, “Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband

1 Timothy 2:12 “But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence”

 

In summing up all the scriptures above, they end in two words: Authority Structure. God put the man in charge. The Greek word translated “woman” in the scripture references above is the word gune (pronounced goo-nay’) it means a WIFE.

Just as God has appointed man as the head of the individual family units, God has also appointed the man to lead the local assembly, the family of God. Right from the garden of Eden, with the first Adam. So why would the roles of the representatives of the Last Adam –Jesus be different? Pastors represent Jesus here on earth.

 

There are many “objections” to this view though. They say women can take on that title of a PASTOR. What about Galatians 3:28? They ask:

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus

 

This verse is often used to support the idea that women can hold a pastoral office because there is neither male nor female in Christ.” The argument states that if we are all equal, then women can be Pastors.

 

Unfortunately, those who use this verse this way, fail to see the context in which it was written. You just cannot pick out a singular scripture to defend any doctrinal stand, talk more of what has become a controversial doctrinal postulation without the context in which it was written.  If you back up a bit to Galatians. 3: 23 it talks about being under the Law “before faith came” and how we were brought closer to Jesus and have become sons of God by faith.  We are no longer under law, but grace and we are “Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (v. 29).

The context of this verse in Galatians 3:28 is salvation. The point is that we are all saved by God’s grace according to the promise of God and that it doesn’t matter who you are, Jew, Greek, slave, free, male, or female. All are saved the same way, by grace.  In that, there is neither male nor female. God is no respecter of persons in this case.

 

This Galatians 3:28 verse is not talking about Church structure nor administration.  It is talking about salvation in Christ. That is the context. It cannot be used to support women as pastors because that is not what it is talking about.  Instead, to find out about church structure and leadership, you need to dig up scriptures that talk about it: 1 Timothy 2:12-13 and Titus 1:5-7

You ask, what about those women in the mission field? So, what about them? They are very well placed, doing the work of an evangelist. They may be the only ones in the vicinity who can “teach” the scriptures to the new converts. There is nothing wrong with that. I am talking about a proper church structure. The head must be a called man of God. You cannot call yourself to the office of a pastor no matter how much zeal or burden you may have for lost souls.

 

First, we need to distinguish between authority and structure in the church on the one hand, as distinct from gifts and ministry. In the New Testament the church of God is not a disorganized mob. It has form. It has structure. It has hierarchy. It has differentiated roles. And this goes back to the One who said, “I will build MY church.” Matthew 16:18. It is Christ’s church, not ours. He showed us what “materials” he wanted for the structure of the building. He appointed and trained the first leaders in the church – the twelve Apostles. And here is the point to which I specifically want to draw your attention: they were all men. Did He forget there was another gender that He created? Of course not!!!

Let me reiterate this, it is God’s order not the making of any man. He cannot call you to go against His order. God cannot go against His word, you know that. That is the way He made it. Psalm 138:2 says “I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”

 

1          There is the argument that Paul restricts women from teaching because in the first century, women were mostly uneducated, really? But 1 Timothy 2:11-14 says nothing about educational status. If education was the qualification for ministry, then majority of Jesus’ disciples wouldn’t have qualified.

 

2          Another common objection is that Paul is only referring to husbands and wives, not men and women in general, because the Greek word translated woman there is GUNE (pronounced goo-nay’) and the one for husbands is aner, (pronounced an’-ayr). True, the Greek words in the passage refers primarily to husbands and wives; however, the basic meaning of the words refers to men and women in general.

If you back up a few verses, the same Greek words are used in verses 8-10. So I ask, are husbands the only ones to lift “up holy hands (in prayer) without wrath and doubting.” (verse 8)? “In like manner also, that women (Gune) adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women (Gune) professing godliness) with good works.” Are wives the only ones to dress modestly, have good deeds, and worship God (verses 9-10)? What about the unmarried? Of course not, the context of Verses 8-10 clearly refers to all men and women, not only husbands and wives. There is nothing in the context that would indicate a restriction to husbands and wives. In verses 11-14. “Let the woman (Gune) learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman (Gune) to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, (ANER -Husband), but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve.” It is a matter of Headship, Authority Structure. This is not undermining the woman. God made it so.

 

3          Yet another point raised to support women as Pastors is in relation to women who held positions of leadership in the Bible, specifically Miriam, Deborah, and Huldah in the Old Testament. This objection fails to note some significant factors. First, Deborah was the only female judge among 13 male judges. Huldah was the only female prophet among dozens of male prophets mentioned in the Bible. Miriam’s only connection to leadership was being the sister of Moses and Aaron. The two most prominent women in the times of the Kings were Athaliah and Jezebel, hardly a prototype of Godly women.

 

But most importantly, the authority of women in the Old Testament is not relevant to this issue. The book of 1 Timothy and the other Pastoral Epistles present a Totally New Pattern for The Church—the body of Christ.The difference is clearer than seven up” for that paradigm involves the authority structure for A totally DIFFERENT ENTITY, the church, not for the nation of Israel or any other Old Testament entity.

Similar arguments are made using Priscilla and Phoebe in the New Testament. In Acts 18, Priscilla and Aquila are presented as faithful ministers for Christ. Priscilla’s name is mentioned first, perhaps indicating that she was more “prominent” in ministry than her husband. However, Priscilla is nowhere described as participating in a ministry activity that contradicts 1 Timothy 2:11-14. Priscilla and Aquila brought Apollos into their home and they both discipled him, explaining the Word of God to him more accurately (Acts 18:26).

In Romans 16:1, Phoebe is considered a “deaconess” The Greek word translated “servant” there is diakonos,  (pronounced dee-ak’-on-os)  it means deaconess. That does not indicate that Phoebe was a teacher in the church.

“Able to teach”husband of one wife,” “a man whose children believe,” and men worthy of respect.” are given as qualifications for Elders, Bishops and Deacons but not deaconess (1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:6-9) Clearly the indication is that these qualifications refer to men not women or children. In addition, in 1 Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:6-9, masculine pronouns are used exclusively to refer to Elders, Bishops  and Deacons.

The structure of 1 Timothy 2:11-14 makes the reason perfectly clear. Notice, 1 Timothy 2:13 begins with “For” and gives the reason for Paul’s statement in verses 11-12. But really, why should women not teach or have authority over men? Simple, it’s because Adam was created first, then Eve. Eve was created to be a “helper” for Adam Genesis 2:18. This order of creation has universal application in the family (Ephesians 5:22-33) and the church. The fact that Eve was deceived is also given as a reason for women not serving as pastors or having spiritual authority over men, Verse 14.

This leads some to believe that women should not teach because they are more easily deceived. Though that may be correct, but that concept is debatable. If that was the reason, how come it did not stop God from allowing older women to teach children (who are impressionistic and easily deceived) and other women (who are supposedly more easily deceived)? Titus 2:3-4. That is not what the text says. Women are not to teach men or have Spiritual Authority over men because Eve was deceived. As a result, God gave man the primary teaching authority -in the church.
Being a Pastor means to be in Authority, you cannot change God’s order. Satan understands authority structure and where there is such imbalance, it is an invitation to spiritual confusion and chaos. Yes, God is merciful and long suffering but He is the consuming Fire. That does not mean hell fire though, no. You are a delivered daughter of Zion

 

God is a God of order and balance.  He has established order within the family thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee (Genesis. 3:16; “…the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God” 1 Corinthians. 11:3

 

There is an order of creation. We as children of God are to maintain and protect that which God had put in place not join the “children of disobedience” Ephesians 2:2 to “pervert the right ways of the Lord” Acts 13:10.

The church did not exist in the Old Testament so there is nothing on her administration you can get from it. Paul revealed the mystery of the Christ and His Church in Ephesians 5. The book of 1 Timothy and the other Pastoral Epistles present The New Pattern for The Church—the body of Christ. The authority structure for The Church

There is an order arranged by God see Ephesians 5:22-24, Colossians. 3:18-21, 1 Timothy. 2:11-14; 1 Corinthians. 11:8-9.

Even within the Godhead there is an order, a hierarchy.  The Father sent the Son “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me” (John 6:38) and both the Father and the Son sent the Holy Spirit (John 14:26; 15:26) It is clear that God is a God of order and structure.

 

I said this before, in creation, God made Adam first and then Eve to be his helper.  This is the order of creation.  It is this order that Paul mentioned in 1 Timothy. 2:11-14 “Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not 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.” when speaking of authority.  Being a Pastor is to be in the place of authority.  Therefore, within the church, for a woman to be a Pastor, she would be in authority over men in the church which contradicts what Paul says in 1 Timothy 2:11-14.

 

But Doesn’t This Teaching Belittle Women?

No, it does not. Male leadership does not belittle women.  Jesus was given His authority by God the Father (Matthew 28:18). He was sent by God (John 6:38). He said the Father was greater than He (John 14:28).  Did this belittle Jesus?  Of course not, women are of great value in the church and need to be used more and more according to the gifts given them. Does the wife’s submission to the husband mean that she is less than the husband, less important, or belittled?  That will be preposterous; not having a place of spiritual leadership in the church does not mean a woman is less of a person, less important to God, or inferior. But in spiritual matters of the church, God has set up an order the same way he set one up in the family.   The chain of command is first God or Jesus >The Man> The Wife> The Children.

 

The local assembly is a representation, the microcosm of Jesus and His Bride –the Church here on earth. God cannot put a woman at the top when Jesus is The Man, The last Adam. God has ordained that only men are to serve in positions of Spiritual Teaching Authority in the Church – The Office Of The Pastor. YES, A WOMAN CAN MOUNT THE PULPIT TO TEACH IF THE PRESIDING PASTOR AUTHORISES IT. This is not because men are necessarily better teachers, or because women are inferior or less intelligent. No, not so. It is simply the way God designed the church to function. Men are to set the example in spiritual leadership—in their lives and through their words. Women are to take a less authoritative role. Women are encouraged to teach other women (Titus 2:3-5). The Bible also does not restrict women from teaching children. The only activity women are restricted from is teaching or having spiritual authority over men. This logically would preclude women from serving as pastors to men. This does not make women less important, by any means, but rather gives them a ministry focus more in agreement with God’s plan and His gifts to them.

You say “but in heaven there is neither male nor female” true. That is because the church would have united with the head, Jesus. There will be no more need for procreation, so no marriages. But while we are still here physical on earth as His body, the authority structure must be respected and maintained the way God made it from the beginning

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The reason God makes these distinctions between the sexes is because the government of God is patriarchal. God is the Father of all spirits. He is the whole (Hebrew ‘iysh, pronounced eesh) we are a part (Hebrew ‘ishshah, pronounced ish-shaw’) of Him.

The man represents God as the head – the “whole, a complete man as an individual or a male person” as in Genesis. 2:23 “And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman (‘ishshah), because she was taken out of Man (‘iysh) The Hebrew word ‘iysh (pronounced eesh) means A part of the whole and a part can never be THE WHOLE. It may try, but it will always be a part just like the church will always be a part of Jesus and not Jesus as the head.

Right from the creation of Adam, God has continued to establish his authority in men. If you checked out the election of Abraham, you will see that God favored Abraham because he was a patriarch who had his house in order Genesis 18:18-19 “… For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD…”

God has not only established a patriarchal order of authority, clearly He expects us to respect, obey and operate in it.

 

I know it takes a lot to admit an error especially if you have been in the limelight. But God respects and honors a humble and repentant heart. After all it is not about us, it is all about the Lord Jesus. If we say we are serving Him, it must be in line with scriptures; His terms and conditions not ours.

Your experience does not count. If we don’t go it His way like I said at the beginning of this topic, it will amount to a “humongously” incongruous exercise of great futility. At the end of it all, I want to believe we all want to hear “…Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” Matthew 25:21

Emphatically, I say again. This can never be over stated, I will reiterate it, shout it from the house tops. The office of the PASTOR is strictly an office for a man not for a child or a woman. Unless the scriptures are not your final authority then you may go it your way so you could have a worldview or fit into modernity and not Christianity.

It is all right if you call yourself a Teacher, Evangelist or whatever else but please leave that title P-A-S-T-O-R if you are a woman, it is meant for the men, God made it so.

 

In conclusion, Hosea 4:6 tells us “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge…” Not that they lack anointing or are prayer less but “LACK OF KNOWLEDGE” The proper knowledge of God

So in closing I ask again, can or should a woman occupy the office of a pastor? I say emphatically NO, not according to the scriptures!

The choice is yours. I have delivered the message and you are no more ignorant. As for me, I rest my case.

God bless you

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