Hi. I’m Wes White and welcome to another program of Bible Q&A on cgi.org. We have a question from someone who asks, “Was the apostle Paul anti-woman?”
In short, the answer is that Paul absolutely was not anti-woman. Let’s look at what the Bible tells us about Paul. When we look at the writings of Paul, the first thing we find is that women labored side by side with Paul.
Philippians 4:3 tells us.
“And I entreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with my other fellow laborers, whose names are in the book of life.”
It's clear that Paul was giving equal recognition to the women who served the Church.
When some say that Paul was anti-women, they ignore his greetings and commendations to women in Romans 16.
1-- I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea.
2-- That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you. For she had been a succourer of many, and of myself also.
3-- Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus
4-- Who have for my life laid down their own necks--unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles...
6-- Greet Mary, who bestowed much labor on us...
12-- Salute Tryphena and Tryphosa, who labor in the Lord. Salute the beloved Persis, which labored much in the Lord…
15-- Salute Philologus, and Julia, Nereus, and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints which are with them.
Paul was NOT anti-woman. Paul used women as he preached the Gospel. Romans 16 is a “Who's Who” of men and women who labored together for the Lord. Women were an important part of Paul’s ministry. Paul did not exclude women from participating in church affairs.
There are so many places in Scripture that show women played extremely important roles in the Temple and the Tabernacle in the New Testament. We find a woman playing a pivotal role in turning the nation of Israel back to God. Chances are good that you haven’t heard of this women. Chances are what the Bible says about women is not what you think. You need to request our message that’s entitled, The Role of Women in the Church.
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We’ll see you next time on Bible Q&A at cgi.org. In the meantime, please keep reading your Bible. And please keep asking questions.