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Can Women Be Bishops

Can a woman be a bishop? Use only scriptures.

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Genesis 2:18, 20, 3:16-19 ((Eve desires to rule over Adam / 4:7, sin desires to rule over Cain), Numbers 12 (Miriam, not Aaron, gets leprosy), Deuteronomy 22:5, Isaiah 3:12-4:1, 32:9-14, Amos 4:1-4, 1Corinthians 11:1-(16), 14:33-38 "Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak," 1Timothy 2:8-15 "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." And Mathew 23:10-11, Acts 20:28, Philippians 1:1, 1Timothy 3:1-10, 12-13, Titus 1:7 (The ministry titles are masculine nouns).
---Glenn on 9/8/10


First Timothy chapter 3:2 in considering this verse ask yourself can a woman be the husband of one wife?
---mima on 3/30/07


Eloy, Where would the church be without those good christian women? In the church I attend, there was a friend of mine that also got up and walked out everytime this woman taught the adult Sunday school class. He repented and now sits and learns from her.
---Thomas on 5/11/06


Although I agree with Gods Annointed Servant Paul the Apostle, I would not say that women should not or cannot because women do, better for a woman to do the work of the Lord where the men are absent than the work to be left undone!
---Carla5754 on 5/11/06


Eloy,think about this. The verse you quoted about silence is to husbands and wives alone. The only man who has authority over the woman is her husband through Genesis 3:16. The husband,Pastor, has the only authority over her, and he gave her his blessings to preach,therefore, what she did is still in line with the Word. She was still under the authority of her husband. I don't remember seeing any verses saying a woman can't preach just the one you used says teach.
---Darlene_1 on 3/13/06




mima, I recognize your concern about men taking liberties. In my own life I have had very strong desires to minister. Since I have been divorced and remarried it is against scripture and would be wrong. Therefore, I share, I witness, I love to talk about the Lord, but I do not preach or pastor. It is not right scripturally. That is not to say people who do are bad at it. It just is not right by the Bible. Either we obey God's word to the best of our ability or we reinterpret it to suit our needs...
---mikefl on 3/8/06


There's a reason woman are not permitted to preach in church: "But I permit not a woman to teach, nor to have authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Viva. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression." I Timothy 2:12-14. Last Sunday the Pastors wife stood up to preach, and I got up and left, and will continue to do so, for the man is the head of the woman, and not vice versa; just as Christ is the head of the church.
---Eloy on 3/8/06


Mima ... #2 So literally that verse debars single men and widowers. You will no doubt say that the verse has to be interpreted to allow them (after all, Paul himself was unmarried) But if you are allowed to bend the literal meaning in that way, you have also to allow the bending of the meaning to "persons (male or female) with no more than one spouse" It is therefore unsafe to rely on that passage alone, and there are others which are clearer on the restrictions placed on women.
---alan8869_of on 3/7/06


Mima ... #1 there are many male bishops who are not husband of one wife, so neither do they fit the requirements of that passage, if you take it literally. Consider the single unmarried man, the widowed. They have no wife. The remarried widower could be said to be the husband of two wives (the departed one, and the new one)
---alan8869_of on 3/7/06


no, a woman cannot be a bishop the only teaching title given to the women in the bible was an aged woman, and they were only to teach the women
---Henry on 3/7/06




Mima: Good response; but, I'd caution others to be careful not to enquire of 'SELF". In this 21st century, we live in a time when right is considered wrong & wrong is considered right. As absurd as it is, some may say YES, a woman can be the husband...

Christians should focus our undivided attention on the Word of God (the Bible) & depend soley upon the leading of the Holy Spirit for a wholly right answer to the question.
---Leon on 3/7/06


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