Female Preachers – Is it Biblical for Females to Preach?
Female preachers are in evidence in many churches. But is it Biblical for females to preach? That is a question being dealt with by many of the Baptist denomination faithful today. There are, in my opinion, some who are “stretching” the terms “prophesying” and “preaching” to make them the same, equal, or, to say what they want them to mean. After doing a little research on the internet regarding the subject, as evidenced below, I went to, in my opinion, the authority on the subject – the Holy Bible.
The Bible speaks in very explicit language concerning this subject. In my opinion, the current and previous efforts to take exception to the explicit prohibitions and consequences, presented below from the Bible, indicates a lack of objective truth concerning the subject. This leads to concern about other compromising treatment of Biblical instruction. It is hard to understand why those who ignore the explicit language below, seemingly have no restraint from accepting those Biblical passages where understanding depends on interpretation of vague scripture.
The New Testament designates only two offices within the church: elders (also called bishops, pastors or shepherds in Scripture) and deacons (Phil. 1:1). Reference “The Jeremiah Study Bible, NKJV, page 1496, and The Office of Deacon, Acts 6:1-7.
How do prophesying and preaching Differ?
The following is one answer from a source on the internet:
My understanding is that prophecy is not identical to preaching, but involves both forthtelling and foretelling. The reason women may prophesy but not teach or preach to men is that the message that the prophet gets from God is not filtered through the interpretive process—that is, it is directly mediated by the Spirit. Hence, in effect, prophecies are ‘tamper-proof,’ whereas teaching is not (cf. 1 Tim 2:12-14). From: What is the Difference Between Prophesying and Preaching? | Bible.org
The Holy Bible Answers the Question
4For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
5So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
6Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
7Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
8Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
9Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
10Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
Romans 12:4-10, KJV
But I Suffer Not a Woman to Teach
12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. 1 Timothy 2:12-14, KJV.
What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it. Deuteronomy 12:32, KJV.
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. Revelation 22:19, KJV.
Are Female Preachers Biblical?
Preaching and Prophecy – My Observation
Prophecy; event oriented
Preaching; process oriented
To me, the answer to the question of whether or not females should preach is very explicitly answered above, taken from the Holy Bible.