ballcoach15 wrote: ↑April 10th, 2021, 6:18 am
A so called church with a woman pastor isn't really a church. It's just a building where non believers gather.
1 Corinthians 14:34-35
I beg your pardon....no actually, I don't beg your pardon. I'll just pardon your self-righteous judgement! I think we debated this some time ago, so I'll just re-post a snippet of my commentary and look forward to your response. And just so we are clear...I don't hold the fact a church is a building....as I interpret the Bible...a church is a body of believers no matter what structure they are in. The building I gather in every Sunday does not make it a church....it is the believers inside. And yes...despite your assertion.....we ARE believers. We have youth pastors, music ministers, mission ministers, and our Family Education pastor....all beautiful, Godly, WOMEN!
Previous post on topic:
"The primary meaning associated with the nature of preaching in the New Testament comes from the fact that the Greek word most frequently used to describe a preacher was that of a herald. A herald was one who announced a message, generally from the king or some other ruling authority, to those who had not heard it before. Preaching in New Testament times therefore related primarily to announcing good news. In the New Testament, the content of that good news centered around the themes of Jesus, Christ, the word, the gospel, and the kingdom."
So the Great Commission was/is gender specific? So I guess Mary Magdalene was probably not the best person for Christ to first reveal Himself to after The Resurrection....thereby leading to her spreading the Good News per His instruction?
Right...and that's where one discerns based on context, the era in which it was written, translation, etc. How do you define the church? Or a pastor? There are numerous examples where women in the Bible led, taught, or "pastored" believers in one way or another.
*Pastor*: One who feeds the flock; shepherd...pas'-ter (ro`eh; poimen; literally, a helper, or feeder of the sheep.
*Bible Tools (2020) Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology. Salem Media Group. https://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/pastor/
Was Mother Teresa not a pastor to His flock? Was my grandmother not a pastor to our family, when she led me and many others in our family and community to Christ, including two other community members even still serving as Baptist ministers. More precisely to the Bible, what about Phoebe (Romans 16:1), Lydia and Thyatira (Acts 16:15), or Nympha (Colossians 4:15)....just to name a few. Specifically, some of these women "led" churches in their home. While you assert the Bible says women cannot pastor a church, there are countless examples where they are lauded as doing just that...not a building or "institution" as it were....but the truest sense of The Church....a body of believers.
I'm not going to discount your interpretation of the Bible...that's not my place. We all have an INDIVIDUAL and PERSONAL relationship with Christ that helps us in our embrace and understanding of Scripture, as well as how we apply it to our own life. But I do believe the Bible, as i understand and embrace it, makes it clear that we are all one in Christ (Galatians 3:28). The Great Commission was applied to ALL BELIEVERS. Christ was very sensitive to the role of women and clearly demonstrated in numerous passionate accounts of how important their role was and is to His Kingdom....even in HOW they led other believers.