Regena was asked to speak at
some may wonder if such a lectureship is scriptural?
The Bible plainly teaches that the role of the woman is to be in
submission to her husband and she is not to exercise authority over a man.
1 Corinthians 11.3, “But I want you to know that the head of every man
is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.”
1 Timothy 2.11, “Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. 12
And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be
in silence.” Other passages such
as Ephesians 5 teach the woman to be in submission to her husband.
Does 1 Timothy 2 teach that a woman can not teach at all? If so, then
what do you do with the following passage. Titus
2.1, “But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: 2
that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in
patience; 3 the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not
slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things-- 4 that they
admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be
discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the
word of God may not be blasphemed.” Notice
that Paul did not tell Titus to go and teach the younger women, but to have the
older women to teach the younger women how to love their husbands, and so on.
Was it wrong for Lois and Eunice to have taught Timothy the scriptures,
see 2 Timothy 1.5? Obviously the
point made in 1 Corinthians 11.3 and 1 Timothy 2.11-12 is that the woman is not
to take authority over a man.
does this mean when it comes to teaching classes and our worship? It means that
a woman is not to teach a class where a man is present.
It does not prohibit her from asking a question or making a comment if
the teacher allows such to occur. It does mean she is to not take control of or
dominate the class. A woman is not
to take a leadership role in the worship service.
To be a song leader, lead in prayer, preach, wait on the Lord’s Table
by definition are positions of authority and leadership, therefore, a woman
could not do such if a Christian male is present.
know brethren react not to what is happening, but to what may happen in the
future. In the case of women getting
together to have a Bible study, some will see the role of women in the
denominations around us and see this as a step toward that apostasy.
I myself have warned brethren about the “natural conclusion” of some
activity or teaching. At the same
time we need to see what the Bible teaches and allows.
Can women get together to have a Bible Class?
Can they get together to pray? How
about women getting together and sing some spiritual songs?
I think most would say all of the above would be scriptural as long as
there are no men present. What if
the women decided to do two or three of the things I just mentioned? What
if they decide to sing a song, have a prayer, and then have a Bible Class?
Is it all right as long as you do only one of those, but it becomes
unscriptural because you have two or more?
if a congregation was made up of only women? Could
they meet together on the Lord’s Day and have a Bible Class and worship God? If
not, why not? Obviously if the
congregation contained men, then the men would take the leadership role. In
a congregation with no men then a woman would have to lead the class, lead in
prayer, and be the song leader. If a
male Christian visited, then such would not be permissible.
problem some would have is the purpose and location of the lectureship.
If some are having a women’s lectureship in order to “open the
door” to women taking a leading role in normal worship services, then I would
say it should not happen. However,
if the purpose is to have older women to teach the younger women, then it would
be scriptural, see Titus 2.1ff. If
this lectureship is intended to replace the time when all the members come
together to study and worship, then I would again say it would be wrong.
However, it was never intended to do so.
Some may have a problem with the lectureship being at the church
building. However, those arguing
such will need to explain why Titus 2.1ff allows women to teach other women, but
not in a church building. This
sounds very similar to those that argue against separated classes in the church
building. They maintain that Titus
2.1 can be done in the home, but not in the building.
Why? I do not know.
Older women can teach the younger women even in the church building.
ladies of this congregation meet in various homes to study the Bible.
What if the elders here decided a special class needed to be taught
dealing with Titus 2.1-5. Would it
be proper for the ladies to have their own class with a woman teacher?
Keep in mind that Paul told Titus to have the older women to teach the
younger women. Such would be scriptural as long as there were no men in the
class. -- Dennis Tucker