Your Question # 25
[#25] How should I refer to a woman who is a pastor and preacher? Should I automatically leave the community where women can be pastors? Should I reject any teaching that comes from the lips of such a woman? Should I attend the church or move out of the community entirely?
Thank you, great question. We are obviously living in a time when roles are becoming blurred in our liberal, 'tolerate everything' society. First let me answer how you should treat a woman who is called a pastor.....respectfully!
I don't believe you should openly reject all teaching that comes from a woman pastor, especially if they are reading from God's Word. God's word is true no matter from where it comes, errors come from those who give their own twist of interpretation to it.
I believe the Bible does teach that men (only) should pastor a church. The principle goes back to the garden of Eden. Man was created first and given a holy responsibility to lead the family. He is protector, provider, and is responsible to lead the family in worship. Now both husband and wife, are equal in every sense, but we are speaking of authority, not position.
I thank God that when men fail in the responsibility to lead their family in worship and service to God in a local church, that many mothers step up and take the children to church. They also, unfortunately fill positions in churches where the men should be taking the lead.
The Bible says clearly that men should preach and pastor the church, that a woman is NOT to usurp authority over the man. God's word is not open to the 'times we live in'. It is as relevent today as if it were written to us this morning. We need to be careful about bending the Word of God to fit the political times.
Some Scripture refs: 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; Also in Old Testament there is no record of any woman leading or having a position in the Priesthood. While there may have been women who spoke 'prophetically', they are rare.
The New Testament does not ever record a woman who was a pastor, yet many women served faithfully in roles and support in the community.
I can't tell you to move out of your community or even to leave your church. If I may speak personally, I am a pastor, but if I were not, I would not ever join a church with a woman pastor. What you must do is between you and the Lord, so I urge you to seek what that Bible says, pray, and then make your decision.
Hope this helps.