Are Men Restricted?
This is question #3 of a 10 question debate between Mike Seaver and Cheryl Schatz on the issue of women in ministry. The discussion will take the form of five questions posed by Cheryl Schatz with answers by Mike Seaver and then five questions posed by Mike Seaver with answers by Cheryl Schatz. Each question and answer session will be followed up in the next post by one response each from both Mike and Cheryl. Links to the questions and the responses will be at the bottom of this post.
#3 Question by Cheryl Schatz:
Does God have a “law” that forbids men from listening to a woman teach the Bible? If so, then where is this law given to men? If not, why not? Why would it be a sin for a woman to teach the Bible but not an equal sin for a man to allow her to teach him? Also if men are not allowed to listen to a woman teach, then how will they be able to correct her errors? Are women the only ones that men cannot listen to their teaching and cannot correct their errors because they cannot listen for fear of being taught?
#3 Answer by Mike Seaver:
Great question! I think based on my view of 1Timothy 2:12, just like a woman should not teach or exercise authority over a man (and I’m saying teach or exercise authority by teaching the Bible) I think a man should equally not place himself under the authority of a woman’s teaching. I would agree that this would be equally going against Scripture. If a woman is not preaching sermons, then a man has no need to evaluate them because they do not happen. If the woman is teaching other women, then she can be evaluated by the other ladies. This happens all the time in my church. We have very gifted ladies who teach and very gifted ladies who can evaluate. My wife has a seminary masters degree…she is good at both teaching and evaluating other ladies. She also gives me tons of helpful feedback about my own messages (a lot like Pricilla with Apollos).
In the next post, Cheryl will respond to Mike’s answer and Mike will have the last word on this question as he gives the rejoinder to Cheryl’s response. The next post will go online August 19th.