The Church Needs to Quit Chaining Women

May 23, 2013

Friends,
All who believe and promote the doctrine that women cannot be church leaders need to do an honest study of it. Here is an excellent article to begin with (the first paragraph I’ve pasted in) and I’d encourage everyone to read many more articles there, as I did yesterday.

http://newlife.id.au/equality-and-gender-issues/new-testament-women-church-leaders/

“New Testament Women Church Leaders

For most of the Church’s history, in most Christian denominations and movements, women have been denied the privilege of serving as leaders. This prohibition is due to the understanding of just one or two verses in the New Testament which do not seem to allow women to have a ministry which involves public speaking (1 Cor 14:34), or which involves teaching a man (1 Tim 2:12).[1] There are however, several women mentioned in the New Testament who did function as church leaders. Even though these women are mentioned briefly, they do serve as valid Biblical precedents which call into question the widespread and persistent belief that the Bible teaches that church leaders can only be males.”

It is truly heart-breaking that the church, which should be leading the world in the fight for gender equality, is often a huge part of the problem instead! This is not the way of Christ Jesus, for He has instructed us that we are not to exercise authority over each other as the world does. (Mark 10:42-44)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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