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Women Pastors, Bishops, Prophets and Even Apostle?

April 8, 2012

God created the sexes, no matter what any man may attempt to do, even making the news with some distorted reality getting a sex change – a man cannot have a baby. Even our DNA is distinctly male and female, changing the outside cover does not change what is within.

Church leadership likewise by men is also a God given role and for the head of the home – if you believe the Bible God’s Word and Truth there can be no compromise in the same way. If you believe the Bible you are to follow it as the God provided measure. God gave how we “do church” that so many today chide, ignore and pervert. While some men clearly lack in the leadership area does not change the unalterable Word of God. So reversing the baby question, is it fair that women cannot be the head of the home or the church? The answer should be the question, who are you to question God? The Word says,

1Ti 3:1-7 (KJV) “This [is] a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.  A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)  Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.”

How many times is the masculine referred? The Apostle Paul is making the high qualifications for the office of bishop crystal, it must be a man with a number of other qualifications too. There are at least 16 qualifications just from these verses:

  1. You must be a man
  2. He must be blameless
  3. Has only one wife
  4. Vigilant
  5. Sober (consider other scripture of sober mindedness)
  6. Behaves well
  7. Hospitable
  8. A teacher
  9. Not given to wine
  10. Not a striker (angry man)
  11. Not greedy
  12. patient
  13. Not a brawler
  14. Not covetous
  15. Rules well over his own home children in subjection (proper in line with other scripture)
  16. Not a novice

Is a Bishop a Pastor? Yes, the Strongs Concordance states the office Bishop as below. Some would argue the King James translators added something to make the office of Bishop to put a man in power over others. This accusation of the translators is baseless and subterfuge as I will show, a Bishop is connected to other scriptures and with the masculine gender you would have to redefine God who is referred in the masculine from Genesis to Revelation. The design is masculine but it is not to say God did not have an equally important purpose for the feminine. However, changing the roles is a perversion of scripture as much as it is a perversion for a human to have a sex change – it is sin.

A Bishop in the Strongs:
1984 επισκοπη episkope ep-is-kop-ay’ from 1980; TDNT-2:606,244; {See TDNT 250} n f
AV-visitation 2, bishoprick 1, office of a bishop 1; 4

1) investigation, inspection, visitation 1a) that act by which God looks into and searches out the ways, deeds character, of men, in order to adjudge them their lot accordingly, whether joyous or sad 1b) oversight 1b1) overseership, office, charge, the office of an elder 1b2) the overseer or presiding officers of a Christian church

The Strongs also makes it clear not only is the Bishop a male but one who is at the least betrothed of a marrying age and experienced.

Many of the arguments to promote a woman into a position of leadership comes out of feeling frustrated, perhaps even in tears that they belong in a leadership position. These feelings may be justified when we are under poor leadership or when we are ourselves not in God’s will. We all feel frustrations in our lives, this writer included and we all make mistakes. The danger is when we move based on our own wisdom because as it is with women becoming pastors/leaders of men in the Church – you violate God’s Word to do so.

Here are list of arguments I hear to justify and support a woman leader of men:

-          I lead through my husband
-          I feel called by God to be a pastor/prophet/bishop/apostle and have prayed long and hard
-          God uses women when men fail (usually pointing to Deborah in the Old Testament)
-          The Apostle Paul was addressing cultural issues of his times these are no more applicable for today than the slave and to who they serve.
-          Junia was a female Apostle pointing to Romans 16:7 (a vague reference at best proves nothing when you must contradict other scripture to apply it)

As for Junia, Romans 16:7 says, “Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellowprisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.” – Unless you are also implying a female Junia was in jail together with the Apostle Paul where they interacted, and ignoring the Paul’s statement he is not calling them apostles but men of note. It is a long reach to a female “Apostle Junia.”

The misguided reasoning above does not negate the qualifications it must be a man for pastor and leadership of men. Again for Junia, it is unproven this is even a female but just someone of note that was in Christ before Paul – nothing more. Using this sort of vague reference shows the level these female pastor supporters will go to prop up their doctrine.

Comparable to the many teachings from the Emergent Church (or liberal or postmodern) the root of the problem is covered up back to the original sin in the Garden of Eden, not that Adam was any less culpable it was Eve who was deceived first but the lie of Satan (the subtle serpent) contradicted God in Genesis 3:4 telling Eve “…Ye shall not surely die…” Today we have God’s Word in the Bible and if you believe it, the inescapable references at the start of this article state plainly without conflicting verses, or vagueness – that God established not only roles for the sexes but Adam was deceived by Eve.

1 Timothy 2:11-15 “Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. 15  Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.”

The chapter then connects with the qualifications for a Bishop in chapter 3, making the conclusion for us with scripture supporting scriptures. The doctrine of a man only being a Bishop is sound, for a woman to take that role is unsound. The references used to support woman church leadership fail to eliminate the questions presented by scriptures. Those promoting women in church leadership use fallacious reasoning, vague references and worse do so for ulterior motives demonstrated in those who are trying to redefine the God ordained roles in the emergent type churches.

For More on BDM Site: What The Bible Says About The Role of Women

 

 

 

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