Our memory is often quite short sighted. We tend to accept as gospel truth the idea that women have never lead or taught in church, in the Bible, or in history. An examination of scripture and history provides quite a challenge to this notion. From the Old Testament and the New Testament through the early church through the medieval church through the reformation through the present day, we do find women serving faithfully in teaching/preaching capacities. When we confront these past realities, we often balk (like Jimothy here) and just say that regardless of what may have been the case, men are the only ones allowed to teach/preach/lead now.
What does it mean when churches today are more strict about women’s roles than the early church?
If Jimothy is right, and it’s just men now, on what basis was this change made?