Women Must Be Silent In Church?
1 Timothy 2:11 says:
Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness.
So, according to the Bible, a woman is supposed to sit in church and be quiet, right? She’s supposed to keep her mouth shut and leave the talking to the men.
Yeah… good luck with that, honey.
I love you, sweetie!
All right, so that’s not the meaning of that verse. Rather, it goes with the full instruction that follows:
I do not permit a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, rather, she is to remain quiet. (1 Timothy 2:12)
The context here is church leadership (1 Timothy 2:11-3:13), which continues on into chapter three. Basically, a woman can’t be a pastor or an elder in a church. That’s no less controversial, but it’s what the Bible says. And, this instruction is universal to all people, in all cultures, at all times. It’s not exclusive to the time period in which the Apostle Paul was writing this. (1 Timothy 2:11-15)
How do we know that?
Because Paul, exercising his authority as an apostle, goes all the way back to Adam and Eve with his explanation.
For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. (1 Timothy 2:14)
So, because Adam was formed first, and because Eve was deceived by the serpent, a woman is prohibited from being an authority in the church. She can teach children, she can teach other women, and she can lead others to Christ. Priscilla did that for Apollos along with her husband, Aquila.
But, she can’t be a pastor.
Any church that appoints a woman as a pastor would be in Biblical disobedience. There are other ways a woman can find Godly fulfillment that a man cannot. But, the authority in the church is commanded for men to step up and lead.
… and that’s when we understand the text.