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What is the biblical justification for permitting female pastors?

What is the biblical justification for allowing only male pastors?

How do churches excluding women from pastoral and teaching roles justify their stance as The Christian Way?

  • If you are willing to overlook certain passages, you could have women pastors. Aug 31 '11 at 1:51
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    @Richard There are many, many christian churches that believe only men should be pastors. I want to know how they support this idea from their christian religion (without looking to argue). How is it narrow or localised?
    – djeikyb
    Aug 31 '11 at 1:56
  • Actually, that question comes from the presupposition that being allowing female pastors is wrong. The question itself answers this question. I'll post that below.
    – Richard
    Aug 31 '11 at 2:04
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    I don't believe this is a duplicate as it asks the basis for the opposing position.
    – Narnian
    Oct 8 '14 at 14:01

1Timothy 2:12-14 (NASB) says pretty clearly that women shouldn't be pastors:

12 But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet.

13 For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve.

14 And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.


The verse I always was referred to on this subject is I Corinthians 14:34-35 (NLT)

34 Women should be silent during the church meetings. It is not proper for them to speak. They should be submissive, just as the law says.

35 If they have any questions, they should ask their husbands at home, for it is improper for women to speak in church meetings.

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