Should Churches Have Women Preachers?
Many religious denominations have women who fill the role of preachers and elders. It is becoming increasingly popular. While this may be very popular, the question that needs to be resolved is, what does the Bible teach about this? While politically incorrect, the answer from God’s word is clear. Divine revelation says, "Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says." (1 Corinthians 14:34).
Likewise Paul under the guidance of the Holy Spirit wrote, “Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived fell into transgression (1 Timothy 2:11-14). This passage forbids women filling public roles of leadership in the church and also gives the reasons why.
It is not a matter of men repressing women and forbidding them to fill such roles simply because of tradition or chauvinism. It ultimately comes down to a respect for divine authority. Likewise, even the apostles were not the ones to decide in these matters. They did not preach their own will but were guided by the Holy Spirit who searched the mind of God to reveal His holy will (2 Peter 1:20-21). The only question is will we accept and follow the will of God?