Several weeks after publicly criticizing well-known Christian author and speaker Beth Moore, John MacArthur once again weighed in on the issue of women in church leadership, warning that “empowering women makes weak men” and “weak men make everybody vulnerable to danger.”
“Today, I want to address a very important issue that has been stirred up on the internet with me kind of in the middle of it,” the pastor of Grace Community Church in California told his congregation in an hour-long message delivered Sunday.
“I do not like to give short answers. I don’t like to get put in a position to do that, because I feel like that just escalates confusion, so I want to take the opportunity to address the issue of women preachers this morning and to give you a more thorough answer from the Word of God on this very, very important subject.”
MacArthur was referring to a controversy that erupted mid-October when he publicly told Bible teacher Beth Moore to “Go home” when questioned regarding his thoughts about her.
The 80-year-old pastor then followed that up with: “There is no case that can be made biblically for a woman preacher. Period. Paragraph. End of discussion.”
In his message Sunday, MacArthur continued the discussion by arguing that Scripture exhibits “no lack of clarity” regarding the role of women within the church. But despite this, it has become a “monstrous” issue of late. He cited various Bible verses, including 1 Corinthians 14:35, which reads in part: “it is improper for women to speak in church meetings.”
“Women are to maintain submission to men in all churches in all times,” MacArthur maintained. “Women pastors and women preachers are the most obvious evidence of churches rebelling against the Bible … Women who pastor and women who preach in the church are a disgrace and openly reflect opposition to the clear command of the Word of God. This is flagrant disobedience.”
MacArthur argued that 1 Corinthians 14:34, which reads: “Women should remain silent in the churches,” shouldn’t be “hard to understand.”
“You don’t say anything,” he stressed, later adding: “Women need to get themselves under control and realize they are not to speak in a church.”
The pastor then referred to Isaiah 3, where the Lord promised judgment on the sinful women of Judah as a consequence of their rebellion against Him. MacArthur suggested that when women take up places of authority in society, it leaves men weakened and the level of vulnerability “keeps escalating.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett