By: Victor T. Stephens

"People often claim to hunger for truth, but seldom like the taste when it's served up."

~ George R.R. Martin

In today's modern church age, there is an increasing number of women who are holding pastoral positions. However, did God appoint women to preach and teach, or should only men hold the positions of leadership in the Church?


This question is one of the most hotly contested issues among professing Christians. In this article, we will carefully examine what the Word of God says about women's role in the Church; as well as the numerous arguments which advocates of women pastors employ to support their positions. 

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Table of Contents


After The Fall: The Beginning of the Battle of the Sexes

The Devaluation of Women Throughout History

A Brief History of Women's Ordination

Biblical Context of 1 Timothy 2:11-14 and 1 Corinthians 14:34-37

Opposing Arguments

Deborah the Judge

Women Lacked Education

Restricted to Ephesian Women

Restricted to Husbands and Wives

A Temporary Command

Definition of "Authority"

Paul was Prejudiced against Women

Uncertainty of 1 Timothy 2:11-14 and 1 Corinthians 14:34-37

Anna was a Preacher

Priscilla was a Pastor

Philip's daughters were leaders in the church

Phoebe was a preacher

Euodia and Syntche were leaders in the church


First Timothy 2:11-15 was written about a particular woman

Second John 1:1 is addressed to a church and its woman pastor

Paul authorized women to be preachers in Galatians 3:28


The exclusion of women from the pastoral position is comparable to slavery

Jesus did not ordain women preachers on account of the culture during His time

The new Priesthood of Believers

No women pastors, then no Gentile pastors!

Junia was an apostle

If women are restricted from teaching, does this mean they can't wear braided hair and jewelry?

The meeting at the well between Jesus and the Samaritan woman

Some New Testament passages were not written by Paul

Submission for women existed only as a result of the fall

In the New Testament, male headship does not indicate authority

The Church in Thyatira

Most of the books of the New Testament were removed or altered

The Holy Spirit revealed to me that I should teach

The Nag Hammadi Library

First Corinthians 14:26 proves that women may teach in the church assembly

First Timothy 3:1-5 proves that some of Paul's commands was cultural

Scripture is not always "Cut and dry"

Jesus and Women



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