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Are Women allowed to preach according to the Bible?

A much debated issue among Christians is whether women are allowed to preach in the church or not. Most women, of course, want to believe that it is allowed. Otherwise they would feel unfairly treated. Especially today, when emancipation is on the rise, women want to believe that there is no difference between men and women. But who really determines that? Shouldn’t it be God who lays down all the rules and guides us on how to behave? As it is often the case, the Bible is very clear on this subject.

It is God’s Command that women should not preach in front of the church

According to the Bible, women are generally not allowed to preach or teach in the church because they should submit to their husbands and be quiet. If there is anything they want to learn, they can ask their husbands at home and be taught by them. Paul even emphasizes that this is a COMMANDMENT OF GOD and not just his own thoughts.

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.

What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant. (1 Corinthians 14:34-38)

Preaching in the church is reserved for men

God ordained that the man should be above the woman (compare Genesis 3:16 ). This is the natural order that God intended for humans. Women should not put themselves on the frontline or even preach, but submit according to the divine order. The Bible is clear that men should teach and women should submit to them.

Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 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. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety. (1 Timothy 2:11-15)

Women should preach primarily through their exemplary behavior

The way women preach consists primarily of setting a good example to others and in exemplifying God’s will in the best possible way. Everyone should know from their appearance and behavior that they are holy and belong to God. Women should first and foremost be a good example to others and thus teach others to lead a God-pleasing life. This role is by no means less important than that of the men who preach.

The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. (Titus 2:3-5)

Likewise, ye 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; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. (1 Peter 3:1-2)

Are women allowed to preach in the church? Conclusion

So according to God’s will, women in the church are not allowed to preach or teach. I hope that the women who read these passages will give a serious thought to this issue instead of shooting through the roof. I didn’t write the Bible and tell people what to do and what not. We are only confirming what is written in the Bible. Whoever truly loves God will gladly conform to his will. Are women allowed to preach? The bible says no! For all others, Paul’s perfect conclusion applies. “But if someone wants to disobey it, he may disobey it.” In the end, every woman who defies this commandment and goes on preaching, has to face God on her own.

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.

What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant. (1 Corinthians 14:34-38)

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