On more than several occasions, I have been asked to share my thoughts on women Pastors. The question is normally presented to me in a straightforward manner and goes something like this, “Edwin, is it biblical for women to be Pastors of a church?” In a straightforward response, I always say, “No, the Bible gives no warrant for women to be Pastors/undershepherds of God’s Church.”
It’s been my experience, that about this time, after clearly giving the individual the answer they did not want to hear they become argumentative and give me a lecture on how I am being way to narrow minded, which is often followed up by them scolding me for holding God back from doing a great work among women who have been “called” by God to Pastors. But is that true? Are people who believe a woman should not be a Pastor of a Church being narrow-minded? Are these people “holding God back” from doing something great through women Pastors? Or are these people being faithful to the consistent teaching of scripture? I hold to the latter.
There is no doubt that there are countless women who have been gifted by God in the area of communication. Along with being tender and loving, while at the same time strong and confident, many are convinced that those qualities equate to being a Shepherd of God’s flock, regardless of gender. However, at the end of the day the child of God is bound by the word of God, and as a result, must submit to the scriptures as the final authority over their lives. This submission to the word of God must take place in the believer’s life even if it conflicts with their own desires.
In other words, if the bible does not permit a women to have authority over a man (1 Tim. 2:12-13) and a gifted, well-spoken women believes that God has “shown her” she is to be a Pastor over God’s people; then her desire to shepherd the flock of God is an act of rebellion against God’s final word spoken from the scriptures. As Christians, who have been purchased by the blood of Christ and are now slaves to righteousness, we have been called to bring all our feelings, personal impressions, internal desires, and future hopes and dreams to the foot of God’s word and yield to His final authority. And in the case of women being Pastors, God has been extremely clear. The answer is No.
I agree 100% with Matt Slick, the writer for CARM.org who, without reservation, said the following,“The Bible tells us that women are not to teach or exercise authority over men, for it was Adam who was created first (1 Tim. 2:12-13). Furthermore, the pastor is an elder, and elders are supposed to be the husband of one wife (Titus 1:5-7)…in order for a church to uphold a woman pastor, it must disregard and/or reinterpret the Scriptures. In order to do this, there must first be a weak biblical worldview where the Bible is not considered final and authoritative. With that kind of thinking, the Bible is subjected to political correctness, experiences, and desires of people.” Women Pastors-Biblical Worldview
The truth is, there is a variety of task to do; callings to walk in, and responsibilities to be faithful over among God’s people within the Body of Christ. Furthermore, there are is plenty of work to do, as each of us has been given the impossible/possible task of making disciples of all the Nations (Matt. 28:18-20).
However, the calling of an under Shepherd over God’s House has not been given to women but to men who meet the biblical qualifications found in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and in Titus 1:5-9. Who, in the spirit of James 3:1 are called to count the cost of being a spokesman on God’s behalf, “knowing that we (they) shall receive the greater condemnation.