1 Timothy 2:9-12: “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.”
It is quite clear that the Bible prohibits the elevation of women into the role of pastors, teachers or other positions of authority in the church.
While this does not preclude women from fulfilling certain roles within the church, such as children’s work, it does mean women ought not to hold office in the church as they are in a position of authority over male adult members of the church.
One must only look at the appointment of the deacons in the Apostolic Church, as detailed in Acts 6:1-5: “And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch”.
Note that, not only were seven men chosen, it was strictly stated in advance that only men were to be considered – “look ye out among you seven men of honest report”.
This is quite clearly a God ordained precept and one which ought to be adhered to.
However, over the past number of decades, so-called Protestant churches have opted to ignore the various sections of Scripture pertaining to the role of the woman in the supposed interests of modernity and inclusivity, two dogmas pursued today, even by professing Christians, with far greater zeal than the precepts taught within the Bible.
In fact, so far down the road has this gone, that last year it was reported that more women than men had applied for the ministry in the Church of England.
And it is in that shameful context that we recently saw the appointment of the first ever female Bishop of London, a ‘Rev’ Sarah Mullally (pictured, top).
She is not the first female bishop appointed by the Church of England, indeed this is her second bishopric, but she is by far the most senior woman in the church, and is currently the third most senior figure in the Church of England, behind only the Arch-apostate of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu.
It has been a heady rise for ‘Rev’ Sarah Mullally, she having only quit secular employment in 2004, and it is an indication of the pace with which the apostate Church of England is descending to the gutter that within four and a half years of permitting female bishops, they have one sitting as third in command in the entire church.
In Proverbs 6 we are told of a number of things which the Lord hates and considers an abomination. Verse 18 gives us two of them. They are: “An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief”.
The overthrowing of God’s ordained order is undoubtedly a “wicked imagination” and the Church of England has certainly been “swift in running to mischief” by appointing so many female bishops in such a short space of time.
Women who hold ministerial positions are flagrantly disregarding God’s Word, and it is telling that often they are among the most notorious ecumenists and compromisers in the ordained ministry.
We need only look at the truly disgraceful situation whereby ‘Rev’ Lesley Carroll, an ordained Presbyterian ‘minister’, holds the position of Deputy Chief Commissioner of the Equality Commission in Northern Ireland.
This is the organisation which has brought its repressive, anti-Christian legal action against Asher’s Bakery, simply because the bakery’s Christian owners refused to compromise their own beliefs by icing a cake with a message in support of gay marriage, a practice repugnant to the Word of God and illegal in Northern Ireland.
She has remained silent on the matter throughout the three years or since that matter first came to public attention.
‘Rev’ Lesley Carroll has, however, not remained silent in her ecumenical fervour, it is only when good is being attacked that she holds her tongue.
Another example is ‘Rev’ Christine Bradley, the ‘minister’ of Armagh Road Presbyterian Church in Portadown. She stressed her support in 2015 for gay marriage in the light of the referendum in the Republic of Ireland which favoured legalising that most anti-Christian of acts.
There are many more besides who are to the forefront of ecumenical compromise.
In fact, while researching a couple of months ago an article on the various ecumenical Good Friday walks of witness being held up and down the country, we were struck by the sheer number of women engaging enthusiastically in the apostasy and thus leading their congregations down the same broad road to destruction.
They included ‘Rev’ Anne Tolland of Newtownbreda Presbyterian Church, ‘Rev’ Maureen Hassard of Ballynafeigh Methodist Church, ‘Rev’ Elaine O’Brien of St John’s and St Ninian’s Church of Ireland, Whitehouse, Belfast, ‘Rev’ Liz Hughes of Whitehouse Presbyterian Church, ‘Rev’ Pauline Whan of Greencastle Methodist Church, ‘Rev’ Louise Monroe of Downpatrick Methodist Church and a ‘Sister’ Myrtle Morrison of St Saviour’s Church of Ireland, Craigavon.
Given that men do still significantly outnumber women in the ministry in Northern Ireland, this was a most noteworthy fact.
Also, when you see female ministers, you always notice they have their heads uncovered, unless, of course, they, like ‘Rev’ Sarah Mullally, are bedecked in their elaborate ceremonial garb.
This is despite this once again being part of God’s inspired and inerrant Word.
1 Corinthians 11:3-9: “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered. For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.”
That is pretty clear, isn’t it?
Every woman who attends church without her head suitably covered is acting in open and determined defiance of God and are dishonouring their husband, if they have one, and, most importantly, God, whom they are supposed to be there to worship.
Characters like ‘Rev’ Sarah Mullally are counted among the false prophets warned of in God’s Word. They are those who are described in 2 Timothy 3:5 as “having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away”.
And dear reader, if you are in a church which tolerates the presence of women in the pulpit or in positions of authority, we hope and pray that you will “turn away” from such and separate yourselves unto God.
And if there happens to be any women reading this who hold positions of authority or indeed act in a ministerial capacity, we would implore you to consider your ways and examine the Word of God.
While this closing verse may use the male pronoun, it is equally applicable to women.
James 4:17: “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”