A popular lady Bible teacher has recently stirred up controversy, by revealing she's been preaching at the Sunday service of a church. But why do most Bible-believing churches oppose women preachers? A few comments below:
1. I don't at all oppose women preaching. The Holy Spirit gives the gift of teaching to some women. We need more talented, doctrinally-reliable female Bible teachers.
I support women getting their M.Divs from conservative seminaries. I also don't think these limitations apply outside the boundaries of organized Christianity. For example, there are no categorical Biblical limits on women in business, or civil service, or women serving in elective office.
What I oppose is women preaching to men (and by men, I mean males twenty years or older, based on some OT examples where God drew a line of accountability at that age).
2. I oppose women teaching or preaching to men because I believe the Bible says they should not do this (1st Timothy 2:12-14, 1 Corinthians 14:34).
Insulting me with reviling accusations like, "You're afraid of strong women", or "You're just a backward misogynist" reveals pride and immaturity. It's sinful to revile people who disagree with you. Insults are a cover-up for not being able to defend your opinion.
3. It's wrong to limit Bible rules of conduct to "local cultural attitudes" or "local issues", without evidence in the passage that limited, local issues were the reason why an apostle gave a teaching.
This approach to the Bible is like uncorking a deadly virus that will spread out of control and destroy everything. You could justify every form of immorality by attributing the NT teachings against them to (imaginary) "local cultural attitudes" or "local issues." You have to prove that local or limited factors played into a given teaching. You can't just assert it.
4. Men and women having different ministry or family roles in no way diminishes the woman's innate value. That claim is an attack on the Trinity.
Each member of the Trinity is equally God, and at the same time the Father sent the Son to redeem, the Son died to redeem, and the Spirit applies what the Son accomplished. The Spirit did not send the Son, the Father did not die on the cross, and the Son did not pour Himself out on the day of Pentecost. Yet all three members of the Trinity are equal.
In the same way, men and women are equally made in God's image, and Christian men and women are equally children of God. But God has ordained differences of responsibility between them.
5. God didn't give us the Bible to support feminism. He gave us the Bible to stand over feminism and judge it, just as the Bible judges every other carnal "-ism" of this ignorant, fallen world. God is not a water-boy for feminist egalitarianism or Vision Forum/Botkin-style patriarchy.
6. Teaching and preaching to men is an elder/pastor/overseer ministry, and elders can only be male (1 Timothy 3).
7. The lady preacher of whom I was thinking has defended herself by saying the church's all-male board invited her to preach. But being invited by an all-male board to preach to a congregation doesn't make it okay. Since the Bible says that women shouldn't preach to men at all, then the all-male board was wrong to invite her.