Should Women Exercise Authority in Church?
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.