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Can a Woman serve as “Pastor”?

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You know I suspect with this name this might be somebody from Africa or one of these countries. It sounds kind of like that.

And in the African culture you know women don’t have the ability to do a lot of things. And even in the U.S. And really among religious people there has been a rejection of women doing certain things such as being a pastor.

I was raised with that same doctrine. And I was told that a woman could only teach young children. That a woman couldn’t teach a man and that it is from 1 Timothy 2.

I believe that is a total misunderstanding of these verses.

Look carefully at this in first Timothy chapter 2 verse 11 to 13. It says, Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve.”

Then he and people have taken that and says that right there, “it just clearly says that she’s not supposed to teach a man.” That’s not what this says. It says, “I suffer not a woman to teach nor to usurp.”

The word ‘usurp’ means to take violently or to take by force authority over the man, not over men. It is talking about one man.

Matter of fact:

You find in the law that Miriam was a prophetess. You find that Deborah was a prophetess and even a general, led men out and fought a war. [Keep listening to Pastor Andrew Wommack in the video]

Recommended Resource:

Why Can’t A Woman Preach, Teach, Pastor Or Be An Apostle?
by Dr. Rick Gillespie-Mobley (Author)

Why Can’t A Woman Preach, Teach, Pastor, Or Be An Apostle may just cause you to rethink some of the ideas you have about women and the church. The role of women in the church has divided sections of the Body of Christ for centuries. After we peel away our culture and our bias, what do we actually find in the Bible about the role of women and the positions they have held? This book is going to take you through a journey that will cause you to consider whether or not you have looked closely enough at the topic and come to the right conclusion about Women in ministry. The chapters in the book include “Interpreting The Bible”, “God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit And Women”, “For We Are All One In Christ”, “What About Women Ministers”, “Does The Bible List Any Women Pastors”, “Could A Woman Be An Apostle”, “Should Women Be Silent”, “Can A Woman Meet The Qualifications For An Overseer Or Bishop”, and “What About 1 Timothy Chapter Two”. Dr. Rick Gillespie-Mobley has written this book in such a way for the average Christian to read it and understand the difficult passages in the bible which deals with women in ministry. You will be equipped with tools for understanding the Scriptures that will allow you to handle other controversial topics. As much as possible, the book allows for you to see the Word of God for what it actually says. The foundation of the book is built upon Galatians 3:26-29 (NASB) 26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 7 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.

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