Can Women Teach Men In Church?
ChristiaNet.com, a large Christian portal with eight million monthly page loads, recently asked, "Can women teach men in church?" President of ChristiaNet, Bill Cooper, responded, "If Christians humbly seek God and read their Bibles, the Holy Spirit is the most important Biblical teacher."
Out of nearly 1,300 Christians surveyed, a majority, 69%, felt women teaching men in Church is Biblical. The most common response was that many women had important roles such as Deborah, Ruth and Esther. As one survey taker said, "Deborah was a prophetess and a judge over Israel." "In the last days, the Holy Spirit will be poured out on ALL flesh and teaching is a gift of the Spirit," comments one believer. Even though this group felt that women teachers are Biblical, many felt the role of pastor or elder is reserved for men only. One poll taker responded, "As long as the woman is not in a place of authority, it is Biblical. Scripture does not support women as elders or pastors."
Twenty-six percent of those surveyed thought it was not ok for women to teach men in Church. The comments from this group included, "Paul is very clear in 1 Corinthians 14:34 that, according to the Law, women are to be silent in Church." One survey taker said, "In 1 Timothy 2:11-14, Paul shows that women are not to teach or usurp authority over a man, but to be silent." Others in this group made comments such as "Jesus called 12 men to be His disciples," and "Women are to submit to their husbands." Many expressed that all are created equal, but God did create somewhat of a "chain of command" where men are in authority over women.
Only five percent of poll takers were unsure. Most said, "It depends on how one interprets what the Bible is saying. In situations where teaching is in the synagogue, Paul say it's against the Law. But in the Book of Acts, Priscilla is included when Luke describes Aquila and Priscilla teaching Apollos in their home." Another poller in this category responded, "If men in the church are not stepping up and a woman has the gift of teaching, then she should be allowed to teach."
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