People can tell you something and cite a source, but that doesn’t mean that source actually says what they are telling you it says.
In doing some research on the topic of female pastors and looking at the supposedly Biblical arguments made for it, I came across a site where the writer made this statement:
“In the Old Testament we see numerous women in leadership roles over men, thus confirming Genesis 1. Witness Deborah (Judges 4 and 5), one of the judges over the people of Israel– women and men. Witness the leadership role of Miriam (Exod 15:20-21), Huldah (2 Kgs 22:13-14; 2 Chr 34:22-28), Esther, and others (e.g., Exod 38:8; 1 Sam 2:22; 2 Kings 8:1-6; Ps 68:11; Jer 31:22).”
This writer cites all these passages as if they supported his statement about women being in numerous leadership roles over men. You can find these supposedly supportive passages below (though, don’t take my word for it, go look them up yourself in your own Bible). Read them and tell me if you see numerous examples of women in leadership over men, because I don’t. What I see are women leading women, women answering questions asked by men, women serving, women gathering near the tabernacle, women being used, women pleading for help, and women speaking good news, etc.
Go check it out yourself, and make sure what I’m saying is true.
Don’t just trust that a source says what a speaker, author, or teacher, etc. tells you it says unless you have looked it up for yourself. People can be trying to deceive you, and they will use even the Bible to do it.
Exodus 15:20 “Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took the timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.” (NKJV)
2 Kings 22:13-15 “Go, inquire of the LORD for me, for the people and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that has been found; for great is the wrath of the LORD that is aroused against us, because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.” So Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Achbor, Shaphan, and Asaiah went to Huldah the prophetess… And they spoke with her. Then she said to them, “Thus says the LORD God of Israel, ‘Tell the man who sent you to Me,…” (NKJV)
Exodus 38:8 “He made the laver of bronze and its base of bronze, from the bronze mirrors of the serving women who assembled at the door of the tabernacle of meeting.” (NKJV)
1 Samuel 2:22 “Now Eli was very old; and he heard everything his sons did to all Israel, and how they lay with the women who assembled at the door of the tabernacle of meeting.” (NKJV)
2 Kings 8:1-6 Then Elisha spoke to the woman whose son he had restored to life, saying, “Arise and go, you and your household, and stay wherever you can; for the LORD has called for a famine, and furthermore, it will come upon the land for seven years.” So the woman arose and did according to the saying of the man of God, and she went with her household and dwelt in the land of the Philistines seven years. It came to pass, at the end of seven years, that the woman returned from the land of the Philistines; and she went to make an appeal to the king for her house and for her land. Then the king talked with Gehazi, the servant of the man of God, saying, “Tell me, please, all the great things Elisha has done.” Now it happened, as he was telling the king how he had restored the dead to life, that there was the woman whose son he had restored to life, appealing to the king for her house and for her land. And Gehazi said, “My lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son whom Elisha restored to life.” And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed a certain officer for her, saying, “Restore all that was hers, and all the proceeds of the field from the day that she left the land until now.” (NKJV)
Psalms 68:11 “The Lord gives the command; the women who proclaim the good tidings are a great host:” (NASB)
Jerimaih 31:22 “How long will you go here and there, O faithless daughter? For the LORD has created a new thing in the earth—a woman will encompass a man.” (NASB)
Jer 31:22 “How long will you wander, unfaithful Daughter Israel? The LORD will create a new thing on earth— the woman will return to the man.” (NIV)
And for the record, Esther was in fear for her life and humbly came to her husband, the king, pleading for her life and the lives of her people. This isn’t leadership; this is submission and intercession.
Challenge: Just because someone says the Bible says something, doesn’t mean they are actually telling you the truth. Check the source.
Acts 17:11 “[Those in Berea] were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.” (NKJV)