Questioning the Pearls: Only Male Preachers?

QuestioningthePearlsThis week we have a woman horrified by the idea of female ministers in the church and she writes to the Pearls seeking affirmation of her prejudice.

For well over a year we’ve been running a second Answering ‘Preparing To Be A Help Meet’ on Sundays, filled with questions by young ladies trying to get ready for marriage. Since we’ve run through many of the questions on their site it’s time to shift Sundays to something else, like perhaps examining the cornucopia of probably fake emails and questions that Michael and Debi Pearl of No Greater Joy post on their website and the possibly poisonous answers they give.

Read the entire question and answer here:

First the question:

Its a churchs decision that confuses me lately. We are going to have two new female pastors at our church. We did receive special newsletters from the church addressing this issue and explaining that what Paul said in the Bible was due to their cultural background.
My husband and I have gotten so much insight on parenting and Bible truth from your books and magazine.  Lately, I just finished reading the book, Me? Obey him? that Debi suggested.  And so I questioned if that should include the church family also?  Like, if a man is the head of the house, would that mean that the head of the church should be a man, too?  I am just wondering that, if the head of the church is a woman, how does she adjust her role in her family when facing her own husband who goes to the same church?

Michael’s reply:

Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. 35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

That is clear enough. Silence was the same thing in the first century as it is today. Men should not permit women to speak in the church. Women are commanded to be silent.

It points out that women are more subject to deception. But the most interesting thing is how he associates successful childbirth with subjection. A woman who is not in subjection to God in this regard is not guaranteed deliverance in childbearing.
It is not a mans responsibility to police women who would be teachers or church leaders. It is a free country and we allow most anything, but it is the responsibility of Christian men to never sit and listen to a woman minister in the church. Women can speak on a variety of subjects outside the church service; they can run a business, be president of a company or a country. They can teach on health, child training, or any other subject, but God does not permit them to take spiritual authority over men or to teach the Bible to men. That is Gods view. There are other views. Take your pick.

Is anyone surprised by any of this? The part about not being delivered in childbearing if you’re not submitting right surprised me.

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