Women Teachers

Introduction: 1 Timothy 2:12 places a restriction on women who would teach. 1 Corinthians 14:23 and verse 34 show us it is when the whole church comes together.

God gave women the ability to teach. Philip had four virgin daughters that "prophesied," meaning to teach in a miraculous way. But they were not to use this gift in the assembly.

When Aquila and Priscilla heard Apollos teaching in the synagogue in Ephesus and realized he needed further instruction, they took him aside and taught him more accurately. Priscilla could not teach him in the assembly of the synagogue.

Older women are commanded to "...teach younger women [not men] to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children..." (Titus 2:3-5).

"God who at various times and in different manners spoke in time past unto the fathers [not mothers] by the prophets..." (Hebrews 1:1).

When you read the New Testament you find that all of the apostles were men, all of the elders were men, all of the evangelists and preachers were men. This is in perfect harmony with everything taught in the New Testament concerning women teachers.

Yes, God has given women the command and ability to teach, but not in the assembly (2 Corinthians 14:23, 34), nor in a class situation where she is taking the leading role over men (1 Timothy 2:12). "For Adam was first formed then Eve, and Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression."

Also, man is the head of woman (1 Corinthians 11:3). Wives are to "be subject to their husbands in everything" (Ephesians 5:24). This arrangement is not based on the customs of the first century, but on the divine command of God.

Let us not be displeased with God's arrangement; let us work with God that He may be glorified. Miriam, Moses' sister, was displeased with God's arrangement of Moses being the spokesman. She rebelled and God smote her with leprosy.

Roy Dunavin

West-Ark Church of Christ, Fort Smith, AR

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