In today’s ever-changing culture, there is confusion and a lack of conviction concerning the role of women in the local church. Even though the Bible speaks plainly, some tend to doubt the authority of God’s Word on this subject. Alistair Begg reminds us that Scripture is always relevant, must always be trusted, and should be our ultimate source of truth.
Authority in the Church
We live in a culture that displays an increasing contempt for authority of all kinds. Contemporary ideas and attitudes are light years away from what the bible has to say. In these stories we learn that God’s plan for leadership in the church is not that one individual should dominate the next -- autocracy. Nor is it one man, one vote -- democracy. It is certainly not ‘every man for himself’ -- anarchy.
Instead the biblical pattern is ‘servant leadership’ -- a plurality of godly men responsible ‘for’ not ‘to’ the congregation. This is not a matter of marginal importance. The church cannot and does not make progress beyond the spiritual maturity and sensitivity of its leaders.