Role Of Women In The Church

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Short Essay on the Role of Women in the Church

            The matriarchs and coheirs of the human race have long been subdued from reaching their full potential in society and within the church. However, there are questions that must be examined in order to determine the proper role of women in the church and what subsequent service they might shoulder.
            An elder, presbyteroi, had a prominent function in the New Testament Church. They are associated with the leader of the Jerusalem church, James (Acts 11:30), they were to conduct the oversight of the church as shepherds (Acts 20:28) and as the apostles and prophets ministry began to fade they were responsible to teach and ...view middle of the document...

Chiefly among the passages lobbied against women serving in churches is 1 Timothy 2:9-15. [3] Though women appear to be charged with the fall of man and are under restrictions here clarity should be given on the type of restrictions that are not representative. First, women are free to teach their children (Prov. 6:20). Second, women should still be schoolteachers and historically this is the case. Third, due to the overwhelming blessing from above on Sunday school programs it is hard to imagine a restriction on women here. Lastly, the same goes as above in reference to women in the mission field.[4] Ephesians 5:22-33 appears to demand women as the submissive partner to their husbands. However to stop there does not do justice to the passage. When viewed in more depth this passage actually levels more responsibility on man as the reflection of Christ’s love for his wife. As Paul points to in Galatians 3:28, “both male and female” were created equally in Christ and thus any restrictions on women should also reflect on their equal gender, men.
            Though some would argue that there are restrictions on women for service in the church no such arguments should be made against workplace limitations. The fall of man has been applied to naivety of women, however this view leads to the idea of the subjugation of the female gender. As with any interpretation that strays from the creation ideal it should be resisted as any other evil since the fall.[5] Women are the bearers of life and the conduit to which God brought about the birth of our Lord (Lk. 1:31-32), how could we restrict their profession?

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