No room for women

Ordaining women as pastors is always a hot button, and one most Baptists will jump all over.  They seem to think that if we admit that God calls women pastors, then all women will want to be a pastor, and there will be no job for them.  So they dance all around the scriptures and gives meaning where there is no meaning.

One Pastor wrote me a letter last year in which he quoted Dr. Al Mohler:

“The arguments used in support of the ordination of women require the dismissal or “reinterpretation” of specific biblical texts which disallow women in the  teaching office. The same is true of arguments for the ordination of divorced persons–and for homosexuals.”

This was my reply to him:

I read what Dr. Mohler said.  It appears that he is concerned about “liberation” in terms of women, divorced persons, homosexuals.  It categories women as sin.  A sin is something that is a choice of an individual.  Jesus told us constantly through his parables that we had choices to make.  But you did not choose to be male and I did not choose to be female.  Therefore, being female is no sin, and being male is no grace.

  • We do not say that we will never hire a young man to be a pastor because some are addicted to internet pornography.
  • A former pastor of mine is in prison for molesting his granddaughters, but we do not say that we will not hire older men to be pastors because some have molested young women. 
  • A pastor of a large church in Houston made homosexual advances toward a member of his congregation, but we do not say that we will not hire men to be pastors because some might be homosexual.
  • There are societal ills that mankind will always have to deal with.  Churches have to deal with them within their congregations.  But we don’t kick out one half of the world’s population because some might sin.  If we did, we would have no pastors.

Pastor, look at Jesus.  Read Matthew 23.  We have taught that lesson in Sunday school many times, and felt smug because Jesus was calling the Jews hypocrites, blind guides, snakes and vipers, and we picked out the sin they were committing. 

But as every pastor knows, scripture is given for reproof, and for learning. 

We should learn from these scriptures and glance in the mirror, and see ourselves when Jesus is condemning the Pharisees because they have chosen the strict letter of the law over the people.  He told them that they had already decided that they would break the law of the Sabbath and pull an animal out of the ditch – but they would not dare to break one of their precious laws when it came to human beings.  I see that we are doing the same thing when it comes to women in ministry.

I was interviewed Wednesday by a former co-worker who is writing her dissertation on Christian Women in Leadership.  I told her that Baptists seem to think that all women will claim they are called to pastor, or to be a deacon, and that scares them to death. 

For the record.  I do not want to be a pastor. I do not want to be a deacon. 

I just want to be able to walk into my church and not feel that my church holds it against me that I am a woman.

What visible and or written affirmation do you want from your church or denomination that proves you are equal?  Have you asked them for it?  I do, and you should, too.

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About bwebaptistwomenforequality

Shirley Taylor writes with humor and common sense, challenging the church body to reclaim equality for Christian women.
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5 Responses to No room for women

  1. Lydia says:

    “I read what Dr. Mohler said. It appears that he is concerned about “liberation” in terms of women, divorced persons, homosexuals. It categories women as sin.”

    They always bring up homosexuals when women pastors are mentioned. Forgetting of course, that patriarchal cultures were rampent with homosexuality. Still are.

    And yes, in doing the above, they equate being a woman with sin

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  2. Paula says:

    Excellent points.

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  3. Kristen says:

    What about their dismissal and reinterpretation of the passage that says there was a female apostle named Junia who was “outstanding” among the other apostles?

    Throughout church history, men have dismissed, reinterpreted, and even fudged the translation to either make Junia a male, “Junias,” or to say she was only “noted BY the apostles” rather than being “outstanding AMONG them.”

    They are Pharisees indeed, when they act as if it’s a terrible thing to dismiss or reinterpret passages, and they do the very same thing themselves. Hypocrites and blind guides.

    The question is not whether passages are reinterpreted. The question is whether the passage was correctly interpreted to start with.

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  4. Lydia says:

    Another problem is that these people follow men instead of Christ. What difference does it make what Mohler, Piper or Grudem say?

    What does the entire scope of scripture say? Jesus said that He would leave us with the BEST TEACHER: The Holy Spirit. Therefore, all believers have the ability to become theologians. And they should be Bereans!

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  5. Sonnet says:

    “The question is not whether passages are reinterpreted. The question is whether the passage was correctly interpreted to start with.”

    Right on, sister!

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