In marriage, both man and a woman make one union. In the family, both man and woman are the parents of their children. In the church, both man and woman are added to the church in the exact same way. What do these biblical facts have in common? This will be answered in the conclusion of this lesson.
The Preacher’s Work
First, the Bible defines each work. An evangelist publicly proclaims the gospel of Jesus Christ. An evangelist is a preacher or minister of the gospel and here is his work: “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. But watch in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry” (2 Tim. 4:1-5).
Paul was an Apostle and “a preacher” especially dedicated to teaching the Gentiles (1 Tim. 2:7). An evangelist may travel from place to place at times; he also may remain with the same church for several years, teaching “publicly” and “house to house” (Acts 20:20,31).
The Pastor’s Work
The pastor’s work is entirely different. A pastor is a shepherd of God’s people viewed as sheep. He is also called an elder because of his spiritual maturity and a bishop because he oversees the local church. Pastor (or shepherd), elder (or presbyter), and bishop (or overseer) refer to the same person doing the same work (Acts 20:17, 28; Tit. 1:5, 7). This work involves overseeing and managing all the affairs of a local church:
“Take heed to yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he has purchased with his own blood” (Acts 20:28). “Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind” (1 Pet. 5:2).
The unique work of a pastor is not publicly proclaiming the gospel as a preacher. False religions confuse the roles of pastor and preacher. Each local church must have a plurality of pastors, never a one-man pastor (Acts 14:23; M. 1:5).
What About Women?
God’s Word teaches men, not women, to serve as pastors in a local church and as preachers of the gospel. Christ as head of his church forbade women to take the roles of leaders in the church. Christ commanded, “Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I do not allow a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence” (1 Tim. 2:11-12).
Women are not to preach when the church is gathered to gather, nor are they to preach or teach the Word of God outside of the assembly. In fact, a woman was not even allowed to teach her alien husband the Word of God. “Likewise, you wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives” (1 Pet 3:1). Paul gave this commandment, “And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Tim 2:2).
The scriptures never once mentioned women pastors. Only men were commanded to lead the church. The scriptures never once mentioned women preachers, teachers, or evangelists. A woman’s role was defined specifically in the scripture and aged women were commanded to teach only this to other married women: “Older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things — that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed” (Tit 2:3-5). Paul commanded: “I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully” (1 Tim 5:14). “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing” (Eph 5:22-24).
A pastor must be a male: “the husband of one wife … one that rules well his own house” (1 Tim. 3:1-7). No woman can obey God’s word as a preacher/teacher or as a pastor/leader in a local church. If the church you attend allows you to lead the congregation you attend in any way, shape, or form, you are in a false religion. If the congregation you attend allows you to teach little children or women when the church is assembled, you are attending a false religion.
Do You Attend A Denomination?
If you attend a church which is very similar to a denomination, you are in a false religion. If you have women preachers, so do denominations. If you have women teaching other women and children in the church, so do denominations. If you have women pastors, deacons, or leaders of any kind, so do denominations. If you have women asking questions during bible studies, so do denominations.
If the church you attend are considering instrumental music, so do denominations. If the church you attend are considering women song leaders, so do denominations. If the church you attend allow women to read the announcements, so do denominations. If the church you attend allows women to lead prayer, so do denominations. If the church you attend allows women to wait on the Lord’s supper, so do denominations.
Conclusion: (In marriage, both man and a woman make one union. In the family, both man and woman are the parents of their children. In the church, both man and woman are added to the church in the exact same way. What do these biblical facts have in common?) Women had their proper role in each one. In the marriage, woman was the help meet to her husband and was subject to her husband in everything. In the family, though both are parents, the husband is the head of his wife and their children, and both are under his authority. In the church, both men and women are Christians, but the man was given the role to preach, teach, and to lead. Women were to remain silent in the churches.
Yet, without faithful women who voluntarily submit to their husband, the church cannot have qualified pastors or deacons (1 Tim 3:1-13). The same also apply to preachers; for if the preacher’s wife does not submit to her husband and/or have faithful children, what congregation would want to adhere to his words? After all, a preacher must teach a woman’s role in the family and in the church. If the preacher’s wife doesn’t submit to him, why would other women of the congregation submit to their husband?
Remember, the words of Paul to the Corinthian church about the leadership God ordained: “But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God” (1 Cor 11:3). This was true then, now, and forever will be as long as this earth shall stand.