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Why does Paul forbid women to preach to men?

By Elizabeth Prata

Complementarianism is undergoing an all-out assault from everywhere but especially even the conservative quarters of the church. Complementarianism is the understanding from the word of God that men and women were made two distinct sexes, that marriage is one man and one woman, and that men and women have equal but different roles to fulfill under God and for the church. This includes women being restricted from operating in roles He assigned to men, such as pastor or teacher of men. The man has authority in the church and in the home, the women/wives are to be gladly submissive to this position, serving in other equally valued roles. Here is a more thorough summary of complementarianism (and egalitarianism) at the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.

I hold to the complementarian position.

This biblical stance is unpacked in a 3-minute video below, which explains it very well. The answer to the question in the title of this essay (Why does Paul forbid women to preach to men?) has more ramifications than you’d think. Huge implications. Far from being a secondary or tertiary issue, this issue strikes at the heart of the created order. Please enjoy the video.

Why Does Paul Forbid Women to Preach to Men? (1 Timothy 2:12) from WordBoard on Vimeo.


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2 thoughts on “Why does Paul forbid women to preach to men?

  1. Thank you for this, sister! I’m deeply grieved by the refusal to obey Scripture. Unfortunately there are some who take complimentarianism so far as to surpass Scripture. That causes a massive swing in the other direction. I don’t understand that, when Scripture is so clear.

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