The Hesitant Nature of Women in Ministry
The assumed role of women in context of religion has been a topic of much controversy within many denominations and congregations throughout history. Even with the advancement of women in secular society, women have still been prohibited from occupying pastoral roles in various religious denominations. Women have long been regarded as the backbone of the church community, but their extensive and significant contributions are made as lay leaders, not as religious heads of churches. In Baptist Churches for example, women function as evangelists, missionaries, teachers, and choir directors. Due to the significant and fundamental contributions that women have played in bringing people to Christ one can
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And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church” (KJV). In these scriptures I would agree with the Conservative Baptist viewpoint that it is explicitly stated that women are prohibited from “by law” from even speaking within the church. However, there appears to be much room left for interpretation which causes one to reason that this was an establishment and time period within this Greece-Roman culture where it was necessary to construct commandments in an attempt to regulate the church and maintain order. Not to mention that if one were to take this scripture literally in its truest form; one would deny women the right to even speak within the church, which would only depict the absurdity of such a belief. From the unembellished and literal belief in the bible arise incontestable illogicalities. It is terribly nonsensical to believe in the literal meaning of this scripture, thereby denying the civil equality of men and women within the church. After all, would the church turn away a woman with a question and send her home to ask her husband? What about a single or widowed woman; what are they to do?
In 1 Corinthians 14:27 “If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by