GUEST: TRAVIS ALLEN, Senior Pastor, Grace Church, Greeley, CO
Last week, we discussed how well-known Evangelical pastor Rick Warren and the church he leads—Saddleback—had, for the first time, ordained three women to be pastors. Warren called it an historic night and prefaced his message by saying everything they do is based on Scripture.
The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, a pastor in Ephesus: “I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet. For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve. And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression” (1 Timothy 2:12-14). In the following chapter, Paul spells out that the pastoral role is reserved for men.
Because we’ve already seen the consequences of churches ordaining women and the inexorable march toward theological liberalism it guarantees, we titled last week’s program: Why Rick Warren Ordaining Three Female Pastors Assures Evangelicalism’s Doom. No doubt many other Evangelical churches will follow suit.
This weekend, we’ll finish laying the foundation for the differing roles God established for men and women in the church and home. Then, Pastor Travis Allen of Grace Church in Greeley, CO will join us to answer what roles women can serve the church and what leads to Christian leaders compromising on the clear teaching of Scripture.