“There is neither Jew nor Greek, bond nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28, emphasis mine).
(This post is mainly for the purpose of providing the links at the bottom.)
When women are banned from speaking in church gatherings (or are bound by some less strict and obvious ways, such as not allowing women to preach), it is merely because some men have interpreted the scriptures to mean that they should be quiet.
Yet, properly understood in their historical context, the scriptures were actually an incredibly empowering document for women, especially at the time when and for the culture in which they were initially written. Whatever “limiting passages” such men like to quote mean, they cannot in any way overturn the New Covenant or contradict the entire thrust of the New Testament. The idea that women are excluded from speaking in church gatherings is a catastrophic breach of the reality that has done away with earthly distinctions and treats both men and women as co-priests in God’s kingdom.
The message communicated by silencing sisters in the church meetings is that men cannot learn anything from or be ministered to by women. (Sounds a bit crazy when it’s put like that, eh?) When women who have a great spiritual contribution to make are restricted from speaking in the gatherings of the church, the body suffers for it.
We need you, ladies. The whole church needs you.
You are significant.
You are important.
You’re contribution is necessary.
Reimagining a Woman’s Role in the Church
God’s View of a Woman
Rethinking Women in Ministry
Women In Ministry
MALE CHAUVINISTIC CHRISTIANITY: A FRONTAL ASSAULT
Women’s Service in the Church: The Biblical Basis
God’s Most Amazing Creation (Part 1) by Kris Vallotton