Are Women Allowed To Preach?

Q. Thanks so much for all that you do. What does Scripture say about women preaching? There are so many women in the “pulpit ” right now-especially on so called Christian television. The ones I have witnessed are all so loud and seem to scream a lot.

A. In 1 Timothy 2:12 Paul wrote. “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.” Some read that to mean that women shouldn’t be teaching men or be in positions of authority over them, but that teaching other women is OK.

I confess, I’ve heard some very good woman teachers, and have encouraged some to exercise their teaching gifts, but always under the supervision of a male pastor. I have a problem with women in a senior pastor’s role. Not because of any inherent lack of ability, but because I don’t think the Lord designed things that way. But like it is with men, there are a lot of women teaching who aren’t properly prepared and have no business in front of a group of any kind. Sounds like you’ve run across some of them.

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