Women in Ministry

Can a woman minister?

The answer appears to be No!

However, this is incorrect as I will show belove.

According to the following verse all are equal in the spiritual realm.

Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Aramaean*, neither Servant nor Free person, neither male nor female, for all of you are one in Yeshua The Messiah.

Also, The Holy Spirit fell on both men and women at Pentecost anointing them both for ministry.  This alone should show women are equal to men spiritually and should be able to do anything they can do in a church or assembly.

The Didache, which is what Jesus taught the apostles to teach the gentiles does not mention the ‘inferiority’ of women to men in Church services.  The later Syrian version is a corruption with additions by men that add things Jesus did not teach,

Now for the problem verses.

I examine only the books Paul is believed to have written as books by others using his name were not taught about things by Jesus so Paul is the one to look at for the teachings of Jesus on this matter.

1Co 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. 

1Co 14:34 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 1l:3

We are told in 1 Peter 2:25 that Jesus is our head (Bishop) and in the passage following it is shown that headship is only domestic *1 Per 3:1-6). So 1 Cor 11:3 must agree with it.

In 1 Peter 3 a Woman is married to non-Christian but in 1 Cor there are two Christians married.  Does this make a difference?

No! The woman obeys Christ in marrying her husband and He is her steward obeying Christ in this.  So, their first allegiance is to Jesus and when there is a problem they should be consulting Him so that they Know what The Holy Spirit says Jesus wants done.

The husband is steward of the wife and is responsible to Jesus for what he does.

So the problem of headship should never arise as both should be guided by The Holy Spirit but that does not stop the stewardship responsibility of each spouse toward the other.

1 Cor 14:34

Paul refers to silence being a requirement of The Mosaic Law.  This worship to referred was in the Temple and The Synagogue.  These no longer apply to Christianity so are not relevant.  This is why The Temple was removed and the early Christians worshiped in houses and not a synagogue.

We need to look at the role of women in the New Testament where they are treated as spiritually equal to men.  Jesus also treated women as equal to men  .On this basis Jesus implied they can do anything a man is allowed to do in a church.

If this was not the case they could not minister spiritually as a couple as God desires them to minister as their complimentary gifts and character help each other in ministering.

The first requirement is that their house is in order to show they are disciplined and obedient to Jesus.

The second requirement is that a woman is not to minister to a man.  Note, man not men.  This avoids the danger of a relationship building with a man who is not their spouse. This is why a couple need to be in a ministry so they can minister individually to the same sex and not get caught up in any problems ministering to a single person of the opposite sex.

This is why the older women are to train the younger women and not men do it.

So stifle the gifts of a women and lose something precious in your ministry.

WIM

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