I’ve been thinking so much about the subject of women in ministry lately. A lot of discussion has been going on at denny burks blog between complimentarians and egalitarians. It’s very hard for me to learn there as most people don’t come to learn, they come to enforce their opinions on others which is so difficult to read. I unfortunately have found that the egalitarians among them are much more gracious and personal in their talking than the comps.
Anyways, I’m really trying to figure out just what complimentarians believe. I know they believe that women can’t teach, but where is the line? There seem to be huge inconsistencies within the church. Churches often preach, teach, and quote Scripture that says women should be silent in church (1 Corinthians 14:34) and not be allowed to teach (1 Timothy 2:12). Yet, the very same church will affirm a woman’s right to teach Bible studies, Sunday school, children’s classes, speak on mission trips, seminars, and also lead the music. I don’t understand this.
If women can’t teach in your theology, so be it. But at least be consistent with it. Or tell me why a woman cannot teach a man who is 19 in a congregation, but can teach a 17 year old in Sunday school, when for Paul, men where from the age of 13 and up. And why can the very same woman who is not allowed to teach men in her home church can go on a missions trip and teach men in a foreign country. I’d love to be enlightened. I do want to follow up this post with a biblical explanation for why I believe women can teach and minister in the church. But for know my point is that women should be taken care of, strengthened, built up and their gifts used for the glory of Christ.