Sunday, November 22, 2015

Men Make Better Pastors

All Christians who believe the Bible will affirm that the office of elder {Pastors are simply the elders who labor in preaching and teaching} is limited to men. We affirm this because the Bible says it with greater clarity than almost anything else.

However, as we affirm this truth, we often make the mistake of giving too much ground. Given what Scripture says, we should not affirm that a woman would make a fine pastor, but we can't do that because Scripture does not permit us to do it. She would not make a fine pastor.

The reason for this is very straightforward: a woman would make a terrible pastor because she would exercise her pastoral duties without the aid of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit will not empower us to do what the Spirit has explicitly commanded us not to do. In short: men make better pastors because faithful, qualified men are empowered by the Spirit to do the Spirit's work. {Tim Dukeman on Facebook}

There are many good women Bible teachers. I have no problem with women teaching the Word of God for even Paul wrote to Timothy how his faith was taught to him by his mother and grandmother {2 Timothy 1:5}. We must be women of the Word and know Truth so we can pass it down to the next generation.

However, I do have a big problem with women who stand behind podiums in churches and teach the Word to men since this is strictly forbidden. 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. And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church {1 Corinthians 14:34, 35}. 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 {1 Timothy 2:11, 12}.

Men are to be the leaders and preachers in the church! This is how God ordained it and we must obey it. If you go to a church with women preachers and teachers of men, I encourage you to find another church who obeys the Word of God. We must fear God and take His Word seriously, women! It’s not something we want to fool around with. I would NEVER feel comfortable teaching in a church service or a Bible study where men were present since I know this is not my role.

***The picture I used is John MacArthur. He has been faithfully preaching the Word for many years. In fact, I went to his church once in a while when I was in high school, a long time ago. He is one of the very best expositors of the Bible today. If you want to listen to his sermons, go HERE.