Should Women Ex­er­cise Au­thor­ity in Church?

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Ken­neth Kay­man

God loves women whom he cre­ated in his im­age and also as a helper for men. Gen­e­sis 1:27 to 18. Je­sus hon­ored a woman next to a well by speak­ing with her in pub­lic, con­trary to the Jewish cus­tom at that time, even re­veal­ing to her that he was the Mes­siah. John 4: 7-26. The an­gel Gabriel in­di­cated to Mary that she was "highly favoured"and "blessed" by God. Luke 1:28. Other Scrip­tures en­cour­age the lov­ing treat­ment of women. Eph­e­sians 5:25, 28; 1 Ti­mothy 5:2, 3. Hence, women must be viewed highly, treated with love and re­spect. How­ever, where ex­er­cis­ing au­thor­ity in the Church is con­cerned, God has re­served such for men. The "woman" should "learn in si­lence;" She should not "teach, nor usurp au­thor­ity over the man," say first Ti­mothy 2:11, 12. First Corinthi­ans 14: 34 adds that "women" should "keep si­lence in the churches: for it is not per­mit­ted unto them to speak; but... to be un­der obe­di­ence." So con­cern­ing speak­ing or act­ing with au­thor­ity in the Church, the Scrip­tures are quite clear that such au­thor­ity should be ex­er­cised by men, NOT women. First Ti­mothy 3:1, 2, 12. This is God's true re­quire­ment. But we must love and re­spect women, as God and his Son do.

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