If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. -Titus 1:6-9
Many churches are allowing women to be pastors and deacons. This practice is not biblical. Some people would argue that this was first century teaching and that men would not allow women to speak in the church. First century or 21st century makes no difference, we are expected to follow the Word of God.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness -2 Timothy 3:16
No where in the letters to Timothy or Titus can the qualifications be applied to a women. A woman can not be the husband of one wife (well, in some states they can, but not according to God’s Word). In the scripture above we see Paul’s instruction to Titus for bishops (that’s KJV for “pastor”). 1 Timothy chapter 3 goes more into detail about the office of pastor and deacons, so read there for a list of all the qualifications.
Now, it’s not that women aren’t capable of doing the job; it’s that God’s instruction is for men to do the job. What women can do, according to scripture, is teach other women and children. Titus 2 tells older women to teach the younger women. Timothy was also taught the things of God by his mother and grandmother.
Men are to be the head of the home and the leaders of the church as well. There are many scriptural references to this. According to scripture, because woman comes from man, man is meant to lead her.
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. 1 Corinthians 11:8-9
Here’s another example:
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 – 1 Timothy 2:12-13
Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church. 1 Corinthians 14:34-35
It’s not that women can’t speak, it’s that they are to be under the leadership and authority of their husbands.
Men, this is not to be a power trip, it’s a calling. You are to LEAD your wife and family. This is God placing a special responsibility on you and it’s to be taken seriously. In the same way, pastors and deacons are to LEAD the church. In many instances, women are made pastors and deacons because the men won’t step up and do the job they are called to do.
Now, are we going to follow God’s word, or are we going to make the rules up as we go along according to society?
Just something to think about.
Until next time…
Steven Walker Sr.
(Be sure to click the links throughout the blog, they are links to the scriptures that are being referenced.)