Unfortunately, the liberal rebellious influences of the current culture have had an impact on attitudes toward leadership in the assembly. Since the 60's with the rise of the radical leftist movement, our culture has suffered through the so called "women's liberation movement." This influence has been felt in circles of faith in a negative sense. There has been a consistent push to give women authority in the realm of teaching authority in the assembly. As a result of this leftist and liberal influence women serve as priests, pastors, preachers, elders, deacons, evangelists, Bible class teachers, "clergy persons" and every other imaginable position. In spite of these liberal influences, we must remember that our responsibility is to the Word of YHWH and not to the social pressures of an increasingly anti-messiah society. Those who find themselves in disobedience to the gospel on judgment day will suffer the eternal consequences of rebellion (II Thess 1:8-9).
In this article we note the responsibility of the woman to teach, as it is outlined in YHWH's word. It needs to be emphasized that women are responsible for teaching the Word as surely as are men but there are specific restrictions to women.
Where is a woman allowed to teach? She may teach in a private, informal capacity. Who may a woman teach? In this private, informal capacity a woman may teach:
1. A man - Acts 18:26.. whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.
2. A child - Timothy was taught the scriptures as a child by his mother and grandmother (II Tim 3:15).
3. Another woman - Titus 2:3-4. Older women are instructed to teach the younger.
In summation of these Biblical instructions we find a woman may teach in a private, informal setting. In this setting she may teach men, women and children. It is important to note that WHERE A WOMAN MAY TEACH SHE MAY TEACH ANYONE. The brethren who have disgressed to the class system of teaching find themselves in a spiritual dilemma on this point. The class system does not fit the requirements for women to teach. Their classes are neither private nor informal. A woman MAY NOT TEACH in the assembly, or in any other public capacity. "Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence" (I Tim 2:11:12). This verse teaches that in the learning process for the woman she is to "learn in silence." In the teaching process, we learn, "I suffer not a woman to teach."
In a closer look we discover two prohibitions for women. "I suffer not a woman to teach," this clause is an independent clause making a definite statement. A woman is forbidden to teach.She is also forbidden to "usurp authority over the man." These are independent ideas connected by the word "nor." The verse does not say, I suffer not a woman to teach over the man, thus implying that if the man (elders) gave her the authority it would be all right for her to teach.
The admonition for women to be silent in the assembly is further sustained in the letter to the Corinthians. "Let your women keep silence in the assemblies: for it is "not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in assembly." (I Cor 14:34-35).
Again, the lesson is that the women are to remain silent in reference to teaching "in the assembly." Silence is an easy word to understand, you probably already know the definition. It means "to keep silence, hold one's peace," (Thayer p. 574). The same word for "silence" used in verse 34 is also used in verse 28 in reference to "tongue speakers." "If there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the assembly," (v.28).
The reasoning is obvious, if no one could interpret, the "tongue speaker" was to 'keep silence, hold his peace." The word means the same thing for the woman, she is to "keep silent, hold her piece."
If it hasn't already happened, within the next few years you will see women taking the leadership of the more liberal assemblies. This is a natural evolution from women teaching in the classrooms. Once the gate is opened to one innovation there is no closing it. We may "wrest the scriptures unto our own destruction" but we will never cause them to allow women to teach in a public capacity.