There are now 24 states with 69 congregations of the Lord’s church that allow women to preach and teach in direct opposition to God’s plan. Those six churches in Tennessee that have registered as gender inclusive are 4th Avenue, Franklin; Maury Hill in Columbia; Otter Creek in Brentwood; Stones River in Murfreesboro; Sycamore View in Memphis, and Woodmont Hills in Nashville.
Their rambling and out-of-context argument goes something like this: We are all priests, both men and women, and; therefore, equal to enter into the presence of God. We are all ministers and as such equal to do what our spiritual gifts determine. The Spirit has given speaking gifts to women, and God is no distinguisher of persons to tell a woman she cannot use her gifts.
What does the Bible have to say on this subject? God’s wisdom is far above the wisdom of radical feminism where this movement had its beginning. Liberal elders follow along in disobedience to God as did Nadab and Abihu
The Bible warns us about those who would distort the word of God, that those who are “unlearned and unstable wrestle the scriptures, unto their own destruction” (II Peter 3:16).
There is not any direct account in all of the New Testament of any woman preaching! The Bible is very clear and specific on this issue that women are not permitted by God’s authority to preach, wait on the Lord’s table, lead prayers, lead singing or in any way usurp authority over the man. “Let a woman learn in quietness with all subjection. But I “permit not a woman to teach nor to have dominion over a man, but to be in quietness” (I Tim. 2:11-13). (Quietness -- Greek noun, hesychia, means stillness. From Greek verb , hesuchago, which means refrain from speech, hold one’s peace, be quiet)
What does the scripture mean here? She is to serve the Lord in a spirit of quietness (hesuchago) and submissiveness. Why? In consequence to Eve’s sin, there would be hardship in bearing children, and her husband would rule over her in the home and in the church (Genesis 3:16).
God’s plan has made the leadership of the church and leaders in worship to be male which includes elders, deacons, and preachers. Why? This was God’s punishment to Eve, because she seized the leadership role to be first in disobeying God and then tempting Adam to sin! “For Adam was first formed, then Eve, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression” (I Tim. 2:13-14). She became the leader and led Adam into sin rather than following him into righteousness. God’s sentence upon Eve doesn’t imply lesser worth, intelligence or ability. The fact that women are not authorized to preach or teach publicly does not suggest inferiority or a second-class status in the church, but it is simply God’s plan.
The radical feminists in our society today spew hate with passages in the New Testament which teach the wife’s submission to her husband (Eph. 5:22; I Cor. 14:34). The radical feminist activists see the gender-based role distinctions in the Bible as being oppressive and unfair to women. Their pursuit for equality has evolved into a pursuit for sameness in the church also. The goal of radical feminists is to redefine the structure of the home, family and the church. Christian women should follow God’s plan and learn in a spirit of quietness and submissiveness in worship without being disruptive, arguing, grumbling, griping and complaining.