segunda-feira, 26 de março de 2018

Can women be pastors?

Translated from my Portuguese post:

http://religiao-filosofia.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/por-que-mulheres-nao-podem-ser-pastoras.html

This short post in which I expose my position on the ministry of women in the Church was elaborated with the help of this website below:

http://www.cpadnews.com.br/blog/cirozibordi/apologetica-crista/134/why-women-can-be-pastoras.html

Why did not the Lord first formed the woman, and then took one of her ribs to formed the man?

The answer to this question is as follows:

Because God is Sovereign and decided to prioritize man Genesis 2:7,22.

Genesis 2:7,22

7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

22 And of the rib that the Lord God took of the man, he formed a woman, and brought it to Adam.

In Christianity there is no room for machismo and feminism, but Man and Woman must know what the divine principle of priority means.

Machismo adopts the principle of superiority and considers the woman inferior to the man, while feminism diminish the authority of the man.

In the Body of Christ, there is room for both sexes as long as they recognize, in the light of the Scriptures, their position.

Many Christian men need to reconsider their views on women, who, over the centuries have been discriminated.

Authoritarian husbands, who consider themselves superior to their wives, should know that according to the Bible, the relationship between man and woman must be one of mutual respect.

And many sisters in Christ were to accept the doctrine of God about the submission to the husband and fall under the authority of Man in the Church, instead of falling into the doctrine of feminist egalitarianism.

The Bible states in Ephesians 5:24-25:

Ephesians 5:24-25:

24 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so also let women be subject to their husbands in everything

25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself up for her.

The Bible does not support feminist egalitarianism, but neither does it endorse machismo. The term "weaker vessel" in 1 Peter 3: 7 was not used as a synonym for inferiority. It denotes that the woman is more fragile, more sensitive and, therefore, must be loved and honored by her husband Ephesians 5: 25-29.

1 Peter 3:7

7 Likewise, ye husbands, cohabit with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as the weaker vessel; as being your co-heirs of the grace of life; so that your prayers are not hindered.

Ephesians 5: 24-30.

24 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so also let women be subject to their husbands in everything.

25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself up for her,

26 That he might sanctify her, and purify her with the washing of water by the word,

27 To present to himself a glorious church, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but holy and blameless.

28 So husbands ought to love their own wives, as to their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

29 For no man hated his own flesh; but nourishes and sustains it, as the Lord also does to the church;

30 For we are members of his body, his flesh, and his bones.

I repeat: the principle that God adopted was that of Priority, not that of Superiority.

And the principle of priority also applies to the exercise of the ministry.

Those who do not accept the biblical principle of priority will inevitably embrace "doctrines of men," such as feminist egalitarianism.

Some theologians, by not finding in the Scriptures clear passages in defensive of the feminine ministry as a Pastor or Elder of the Church, have affirmed that Paul was against to the women, by reason of its pharisaic formation.

If Paul was a sexist, what about Jesus, who chose twelve men to compose the ministry of the rising church?

Was Jesus wrong?

Did Jesus have any ties to Pharisees or Sadducees of his day?

The Bible clearly says that the Lord "called to himself those whom he desired" Mark 3: 13-19 Why did he not call some women to be among his apostles? Why did not you call six couples, for example?

Mark 3:13-19

13 And he went up into the mount, and called for himself those whom he desired; and came to him.

14 And he named twelve that they should be with him, and command them to preach,

15 And that they might have the power to heal sickness and cast out devils:

16 To Simon, whom he called the name of Peter,

17 And to James the son of Zebedee, and to John the brother of James, whom he named Boanerges, which means: Children of thunder;

18 And to Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Canaanite,

19 And to Judas Iscariot, who delivered him up.

In the choice of the first deacons the apostles said, "Choose then, brethren, from among you seven men." Acts 6: 1-3.

Acts 6:1-3

1 Now in those days, as the number of the disciples grew, there was a murmuring of the Greeks against the Hebrews, because their widows were despised in the daily ministry.

2 And the twelve called together the multitude of the disciples, and said, It is not reasonable for us to forsake the word of God, and serve the tables.

3 Choose, then, brethren, among you, seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and of wisdom, whom we have appointed over this important business.

Certainly sisters in the Church can and should serve the tables and care for the needy within the Church. But these 7 men were chosen to have a leading position in this work done within the Church, which was particularly important in those times.

We also see that in the first council, 52 AD (52 years after Christ) the course of the church was traced by men Acts 15: 1-31.

Acts 15:1-2

1 Then some who had come down from Judea taught the brothers thus: If you are not circumcised according to the use of Moses, you can not be saved.

2 When Paul and Barnabas had no small quarrel and strife against them, it was decided that Paul and Barnabas and some of them would go up to Jerusalem, the apostles, and the elders, on that question.

In the Bible there is no reference to women exercising pastoral activities.

Some ask 'and the women who are on the mission field giving their lives for the work of God'?

Can they not exercise the pastorate? "

It is clear that rules always have their exceptions and these women in the first stage of missionary activity carry out top leadership functions.

But this is only until the Church is established, for when it is governed by men, missionary women in obedience to the Bible must withdraw from these leadership functions.

That is why we should not use these exceptional situations to adopt generalizations that compromise the teaching of the Holy Scriptures on this subject.

CONCLUSION OF THE SUBJECT:

My conclusion is this: I think the Bible is very clear in 4 points:

1. The Woman should not be a Pastor in a Church.

2. The Woman should not be an Elder in a Church.

3. The Woman should not be part of the group of preachers who have the responsibility of weekly preaching or teaching the congregation.

4. The Woman should be submissive to the husband who is the head of the couple.

I think these are the 4 main points that constitute the heart or center of the question of woman's position in the Church and in the family.

There is, of course, a broader context around this core (these four points), in which churches should be free to establish what women should and should not exercise as ministries or functions within the Church and in the family, in feminism.

However, always try to observe the principle of the priority that God gave to Man and the principle of mutual respect between Man and Woman established by God.

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