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454. Can women be church leaders?
Yes, they can.
Priscilla was a servant of the church.
Priscilla ... expounded unto him the way of God. Acts 18:26
Phoebe was a deaconess.
I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the
church. Romans 16:1
And Junia was an apostle.
(I commend you to our sister Phoebe, a deaconess of the church. The
Revised Standard Version)
Junia ... of note among the apostles Romans 16:7
No, they cannot.
They cannot speak, teach, or have authority over men.
Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted
unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as
also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask
their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the
church. 1 Corinthians 14:34-35
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. 1 Timothy 2:11-12
- "Junia" (Romans 16:7)
- Some translators were so upset at the idea of a woman apostle that they replaced "Junia" with "Junias." The problem with
this is that although "Junia" was a common woman's name at that time, there is no evidence for "Junias" as a man's name.
Bart D. Ehrman, Misquoting Jesus (2005),
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