Women Church Leaders?

Jesus Creed | 11/18/2019 | Staff
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Formerly, the view that women may not fulfil these leadership roles rested on a belief that women were in a subordinate position and inherently unfit for leadership, either because this was how God created them or because of the fall. This belief is no longer regarded as consistent with Scripture… While there are differences between individual evangelical complementarian scholars, broadly speaking the restriction on women’s leadership now appears to rest on one of more of six pillars.

the restriction on women’s speaking in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35;

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Paul’s restriction on women in 1 Timothy 2:11-15, in particular verse 12;

Jesus’ choice of twelve male apostles;

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only men were permitted to be Old Testament priests of the Lord;

a view of male headship derived from Genesis 2, interpreted in the light of certain New Testament texts, especially 1 Corinthians 11:3;

Qualifications - Elders - Timothy - Titus - 6-9

the qualifications for elders set out in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9.

Barrett concludes that these pillars are flimsy. One can examine the scholarship on #s 1 and 2 and quickly learn that Paul’s own practices and the Bible’s own witness to women in leadership and speaking and prophesying require — if consistency is desired — that...
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