Wade Burleson has commented on Irving Bible Church’s decision to allow women to preach the gospel to the congregation on a Sunday morning and the attacks that this church has experienced because of this decision. Wade writes:
I shiver when I hear my fellow evangelicals call a church that asks a woman to preach the gospel on Sunday morning a church of “grave moral concern.” WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT FEMALE PASTORS!
The idea that a woman teaching or preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ is a “grave moral concern” shows us how far the church has fallen from the place of accepting one another as brothers and sisters in Christ who have gifts given for the benefit of “one another”. Is not the “grave moral concern” rather an issue of saying that “I” (a man speaking) do not need “a woman” teacher?
1 Corinthians 12:21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”
Why is it that scripture says we “cannot say” something that we do say? The scripture says that we do not have permission to say that women preachers and women teachers are not needed by some in the body of Christ. When we reject God’s gifts merely because of the package that they are housed in, we are rejecting the Lord Jesus in this area. Jesus is responsible for assigning the gifts. If he did not want a female to teach a male the gospel, then Jesus should have created a list of female gifts which list would not include teaching. Then it would be easy for men to disregard something that doesn’t exist. When are we going to stop saying what scripture has forbidden us to say? Saying “I” do not need you and your God-given gift should be treated as a serious moral concern.