One of the biggest barriers that I faced in my faith was that I had heard and read the restrictions of women within the church. For years, I let it hold me back in reading the Bible because I couldn't see past those few verses that restricted women and told them to submit to their husbands. But thanks be to God that He didn't give up on me. He sent me a wonderful husband with whom I have been with for more than 16 years now and shares my views on the equality of women. God led us to a church where I became a Sunday School teacher and my husband is my helper. He tells me often that he learns more from me in that children's class than he ever learned in the adult class and has continued to help me over the past 3 years. And through teaching, I have learned more about the life, death, and resurrection of Christ which deepened my understanding that He broke barriers that restricted women and exalted them in ways that were unheard of during that time. Even Paul who wrote the controversial statements acknowledges and gives praises to numerous women with authoritative statuses which ultimately led me to believe that those specific instructions were as culturally relative as other barely mentioned verses like-women not braiding their hair, wearing jewelry, praying with a head covering, greeting each other with a holy kiss, etc. There will always be people who disagree on this situation just as there will always be people who disagree on any part of scripture that separate us into many denominations. There will also be people that disagree that Jesus was the Messiah or that God even exists at all. But, in my experiences and understanding of the Bible and mostly through the Holy Spirit, I personally feel that Gender, Race, Social Status..None of that matters to God. As long as you accept Jesus as your Savior and are following what He calls you to do, you will not disappoint Him and you will have peace with your understanding. Jesus loves us all enough that He took our place on the cross. He broke the mold in showing us that those tedious laws that separate us, can rightfully be broken if necessary if we are following the greatest commandment-Love One Another.
If women want to preach in a church, they should be allowed to do so. We live in a free country with no restriction on religion, and all people should be able to express themselves as they please. If someone doesn't want to hear what the women have to say, the can simply leave the church.
Oh my goodness! Should women be allowed to vote? We are no longer second class citizens. It's absurd that we actually have to justify our stance. Men don't have to justify their existence...But women do? Oh my goodness...Will we ever get beyond discrimination of the sexes? All people are created equal. All should be able to pursue whatever calling or profession they are called to do.
i feel as though they should preach because for one there is absoulutely no scripture or any where in the bible that says that a women can't preach because women are just as anoited when men preach as well and god's uses all his children to preach boy or girl women or men
People don't realize that the bible is as political as it is religious. We can't assume that the authors of the bible were these unbiased men who had nothing to gain or lose by writing what they did. I do believe in God, but I also know that the authors of the book were likely sexist among other things, so why would they support women leading?
Yes, women should preach in church. Men have dominated religion and it is time to let women take equal roles. There is no reason that sermons should be prepared and delivered solely by men. Women are just as capable of preparing and delivering a meaningful, passionate sermon as men. As it was when women began the fight for the right to vote, they now have to fight to be heard in church.
Certainly women should be allowed to preach in church, provided that they attain the same religious education as their male counterparts. As God says, we are ALL made in his image and likeness, and we should not discriminate against anyone from having an equal voice in the propagation of the faith.
Women are just as much a part of God's creation as men. As such, they should hold equal sway over what happens in a church service, no matter what the denomination. Women should be allowed to be Catholic priests. Women should be ordained ministers, bishops and clergy in protestant religions as well. There is no place for a male-dominated hierarchy in the modern church.
We need to forget the opinion that its all about equality. The Bible states what it states. Men and Women have different roles, its not to say that women are valued less at all. God is not one person but one entity of three, The Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. All three have different roles, none "higher" than the other but without all three life would not work as well as it does. We as people intrinsically identify with status being who is seen most or we see upfront in church it seems. Look at how we compare with others but one of the commandments states "though shalt not covet thy neighbours house"Id say that is applicable here. Without all the roles that we play as some people are called to do different things, some to teach some to serve. Who is greater the preacher or the servant? Jesus led by example and washed his disciples feet showing even though he is God the Son no job was beneath him and showed us that we are all equal in our different roles. So in seeing people upfront are we just coveting their position? I feel Women are doing that.Instead of stopping and seeing the beautiful part they play. Men cannot bear children, do they then complain how unfair that is and how unequal it is? Nope. Why is childbirth so painful? Im sorry but thats because Eve took the fruit. It says in the Bible, go read it in Genesis. No sex is superior despite what we as people seem to see as things that may or may not make us "superior". In Gods eyes we are all equal and he loves us as such. He does not show more love for those that preach and teach if anything he shows in his actions that those servant roles are as necessary and as important or in our terms as "superior" , I argue that just because people are up front teaching does not make them "superior" at all this is a false complex within our mindset. If people stopped and we grateful more for what they have and look to help others as we are called to do, But what Christ said and DID then we would be a lot happier.
The bible says that leadership in the church is male. God designed us differently. Just as the church submits to the leadership of Christ, so wives are to submit to their husbands. This is why Paul says in Timothy that women are not allowed to take leadership in the church, because it causes them to step outside of their submissive role. In today's world this sounds almost obscene. But as Christians we don't follow the world. Instead we follow God's design for the family and the church.
1 Timothy 2:12-15 "But I suffer a woman not to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. 15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety."
"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. " (1 Tim. 2:11-14).
"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." (1 Cor. 14:34)
I'm assuming that this question is asking if women should preach and Catholic church and to that the answer depends completely on the congregation. As a private entity, religions reserve the right to establish their own rules and principles. If a church says that a woman is not allowed to preach, they are not allowed to preach. If you're not OK with that, go find another religion. The Church alone reserves the right to say what is and isn't allowed in their religion and religious establishments.
1 Corinthians 14:34 clearly states that women should remain silent in church. This does not mean that women can not speak at church, rather it means they should not be the ones to teach the congregation. This falls in line with the headship arrangement found in the bible. Rather than being demeaning to women, it is really loving. The man takes the lead when it comes to instructing spiritually because he cares for and provides for the needs of his wife.