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Why women shouldn’t be pastors, bishops

Can women be pastors? No! Many women say, “God called me to be a preacher, teacher, to become pastor and to own a Church”.

No He did not and Scripture clearly proves it! God never called you to do anything that contradicts His WORD.

The Bible is clear on this issue. The office, role, function, and title of pastor are reserved only for biblically qualified men. Let’s look at the Scripture.

This is essential groundwork for the discussion because as we turn to Paul’s first letter to Timothy and look at the qualifications for an overseer (1st Timothy 3:1-7), we know we’re looking at the office of pastor, bishop, and shepherd.

The context of 1st Timothy can’t be overlooked in this conversation. Paul says in no uncertain terms why he wrote this first of two letters to Timothy. “I hope to come to you soon,” the Apostle tells his protege, “but I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth” (1st Timothy 3:14-15). Paul’s letter was written to a young pastor with the intention of instructing him on how the church should be ordered. He wants Timothy to know what kind of church he should build, and there is nothing more important, in terms of the church’s organizational structure, than who is qualified to lead. Given that this is the context of 1st Timothy, and that Scripture is binding on the church throughout all ages, we are to conclude that these instructions are for local assemblies today.

When we look at the qualifications for an overseer (1st Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9), there are several indicators that the office is reserved for men only. First, the overseer must be “the husband of one wife.” Women can’t be husbands. Only men can be husbands. This seems obvious, but then again, our culture has warped language in many odd ways in recent years. Second, he must manage his own household well. In Paul’s mind, men are the head of the family. It would be unfathomable for Paul that women would take this role upon themselves. Finally, the overseer must be “able to teach”—that is, teach the Bible to the church. To Titus, Paul wrote, “He,” the overseer, “must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it” (Titus 1:9). So, the pastor must be able to teach fellow believers the Word of God.

Herein lies the major problem for women pastors. In 1st Timothy 2:12, Paul said, “I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet” (c.f. 1 Cor. 14:33-35). This passage makes it impossible for women to hold the office of pastor because it strictly prohibits women from teaching and taking spiritual authority over men in the church, which are the two most basic and important functions of the pastoral role. Pastors must be able to teach (1 Tim. 3:2), and they are called to rule with authority (1 Tim. 5:17). Women are prohibited from doing both. Therefore, women cannot possibly meet the biblical qualifications to be a pastor. If they can’t meet the qualifications, they cannot be a pastor in God’s church according to Scripture.

This would mean any church that hires a woman to be its pastor is defying the Word of God. Paul was an apostle. He spoke for Christ. Therefore, he spoke the words of Christ. And if He spoke the words of Christ, 1st Timothy 2:12 and other relevant passages are the words of God Himself.

Some churches may not knowingly defy the Word of God. They install women as pastors because they don’t see any problem in doing so. That’s because they either don’t know what the Bible teaches on the subject or have believed one of the many false, alternative positions on this subject.

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