Mimi Hadad asks:
The question becomes, will the real evangelicals please stand up? Does scripture, anywhere, rebuke women for preaching the good news? While Paul asked chattering women to ask questions of their husbands at home (1 Corinthians 14:34), or told women they may not exercise abusive authority over men in the church (1 Timothy 2:11-12), scripture celebrates the women who publish the glad tidings of Christ’s completed work on Calvary. We can support the gospel work of women with confidence, just as Paul did when he celebrated their service as prophets, evangelists, teachers, and even one who was prominent among the apostles.
Can we not give women the freedom Paul gave Junia the apostle (Romans 16:7), Priscilla who taught Apollos the way of the Lord more perfectly (Acts 18:24-26), the women prophets at Corinth (1 Corinthians 11:5), Phoebe the deacon (Romans 16:1-2), and those who labored beside him as missionaries (Romans 16:12, Philippians 4:2-3)? Friends, if we hold scripture as authoritative, let us include women to the extent Paul did.
So, friends, will the real evangelicals please stand up?