There are many roles for women in the ministry, like teaching children for instance (boys up to the age of 15 years) as well as other women. The role of a woman just isn’t that of a Pastor-Teacher.
There is a huge difference between getting people saved by the preaching of the gospel and standing and teaching them from a pulpit and calling oneself a Pastor and having AUTHORITY over men.
One can measure the Baptist tendencies in some who go to the extreme of forbidding women to wear jeans, pants or shorts, or even forbid women to cut their hair. Bottom-line: One cannot dictate another person’s personal preferences.
Their version of women keeping silent in the church also adds up to women keeping silent when abuse (emotional, spiritual, mental or physical) rears its ugly head and women are expected to submit to that too since it is dished out by their husbands….
Once upon a time there was (and still is) a Baptist preacher who claims God has nothing to say about a husband being physically abusive to his wife. He claims, the Bible is silent on the matter, yet legally speaking, Family Law calls it “family violence”….. and God has plenty to say about violence…… look it up….. what some Baptist pastors condone, God hates.
Generally speaking, a women is saved IN childbirth (not by it) from the cruelty and evil of the world. Her role is to bear children, but at the same token, she is definitely not saved from the world in being in an abusive marriage either. Which brings me back to the Baptist minister or ministers who see divorce as the unpardonable sin and excommunicate those from their Assemblies for not towing the line in submitting to their abusive husbands. (Such excommunication of course, being a blessing).
Divorce is a big deal in Baptist Assemblies because they kow-tow to Israel’s levitical law. Put bluntly, they are religionists who are trying very hard to please God by their own performance.
Today, in the 21st century, when there are no men to do the teaching (as is the case in certain cities, towns and countries), a woman can teach men up to a certain point, that is…. meaning once the men are competent, she chooses the strongest one (doctrinally speaking) and he takes over the reins from her.
It makes me wonder how come some Baptist Right Dividers (identified as such due to their beliefs) call all women who spread the gospel of God’s grace, “teachers”. “How come there are so many women teachers these days?”, they ask…. not realising the difference…
It is the calling of each and every single Saint, male and female to spread the good news. Hypothetically speaking, if there aren’t any saved men in China to preach the gospel, only saved women, are they to keep silent? How would men in China, for that matter, be saved then?
I find it strange how Baptists still expect most women in this day and age, in this current economic environment to be stay at home moms and wives, and in so doing put women on a tremendous guilt trip for holding down a job and helping to support their families.
If one’s family was starving and in need of basic necessities, would you as a woman still prefer to be a stay at home mom, or would you look for a job?
I’m of the opinion that 1 Timothy 2:12-15 are the verses abusive men twist and use to put women down.
“How to shut a woman up and make her tow the line in one easy step” : 1 Timothy 2:12-15, ripped out of context, of course. As far as they’re concerned, women are not allowed to have an opinion or disagree with their husbands on certain issues apart from the ministry.
I might sound like a feminist, but I am far from being one, if anything, I am a realist.
It would be nice though, to be 100% in line with God’s word concerning one’s Christian service as a woman, but life on this planet in the 21st century regrettably dictates otherwise…. so….. suck it up buttercup.