Is it Permissible for Women to Teach Men in the Church?

Posted by Matt Postiff March 15, 2016 on Matt Postiff's Blog under Bible Texts 

I read 1 Timothy 2:12 yesterday and today and a slightly different thought struck me in relation to a church problem that I encountered in an overseas missions context.

Some women have taken it upon themselves to become pastors and teachers in churches. This verse forbids that because the basic idea of it and the following is that God has not designed for women to have such authority.

Some men have said that if they permit a woman to teach or lead a service "under the men's authority" then it is OK.

But if Paul were in their shoes, he would say, "I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man."

Men who do that would do well to consider that they are violating the apostolic example. Paul is showing how we ought to behave in the church (1 Tim. 3:15). If Paul would not permit a woman to teach or have authority over men, how can we?

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