I was recently having a conversation with someone, and this came up:
I think his [the Church’s pastor] ‘spiritual maturity’ line is no so much hostile as it is a belief that we should be willing to accept any teaching from the word, provided it lines up with the word
Essentially, the reference is this: anyone should be able to teach in Church — man or woman — if they are spiritually mature and all of the Christians in the congregation should be accepting of it. This pastor unfortunately did not heed the Scriptures forbidding women from this in 1 Timothy 2.
Such a line sounds good on the surface, but it’s not true. In fact, it is very much like the ‘equality’ schtick in feminism and liberalism.
For example, if a wife is “spiritually mature” or even “more spiritually mature” than her husband (e.g. unbelieving husband) should she be the leader in her marriage? Surely not. 1 Peter 3 speaks to wives to submit to their unbelieving husbands to obey God and win their husbands through their chaste and respectful behavior and gentle and quiet spirit.
A woman can have the same message as a man, but it will be taken differently. For example, a mother’s criticism of behavior comes off much differently than a father’s. Then there is simply the fact of nature that women cannot teach men to be men (see: single mothers)… no matter how much she knows about men and know what men are supposed to do. She just simply isn’t a man. It will never come off as right — it will always come off as nagging or similar. From the mouth of a woman is simply different than from the mouth of a man.
For perhaps that reason the revelation of God’s primary identity in the NT is a Father to us, why Jesus came as a man, and why He only took men as apostles. A woman could not teach the things Paul wrote to Timothy and Titus in order to teach them to be men of God.
Women are only forbidden from positions of leadership in the Scriptures namely:
- Apostles (church planting),
- Leadership in the form of pastorate and teaching, and
There are many different positions and spiritual gifts, listed in the Scriptures: Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, 1 Corinthians 12:28, Ephesians 4:11, and 1 Peter 4:11 lists all of the spiritual gifts. They are:
- Word of wisdom
- Word of knowledge
- Gifts of healings
- Distinguishing between spirits
- Interpretation of tongues
- Kinds of healings
- Whoever speaks
- Whoever renders service
Additional positions are:
Yet women covet mainly positions of leadership in the Church.
Leadership in the Church is not based on human merit or ability (aside from things not to do such as in 1 Timothy 3) but by positional calling. Women are not called to be in the positions of leadership either in a marriage or the Church. Perhaps because of some of the qualities I mentioned before.
I would be very wary of going to any Church that has women “pastors” or other leadership or allows women into the pulpit for any sort of teaching. Teaching being namely “This is what the Scriptures mean, and this is how we should live because of that.”