Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Women and Children's Sermons
1 Cor. 14:33-35 (ESV) For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints,  the women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says.  If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.
Paul rounds out his talk on the use of tongues in worship saying God is not a God of confusion but of peace. But he continues referring to all churches, trying to promote unity among them in what they do. One thing that was causing division was the practice of women teaching in the service. Paul here forbids this practice. Today women's ordination is common in many so called churches. It is contrary to scripture and should be avoided. It erodes our testimony concerning the word of God.But recently I have noticed a more insidious practise in many LCMS congregations, that is also a violation of this passage. That is the practice of women giving children's sermons. The Bible does not say that women can't be pastors. It excludes them from that office because they are forbidded to speak during the divine service. Speaking is the job of the pastor. He should be doing the children's sermon. The Bible says they are to be silent in the churches, that it is shameful for them to speak in church. He isn't talking about women singing hymns, or joining with the congregation in the liturgy. He is speaking about teaching, giving sermons. Every pastor knows that the children's sermon is for the edification of all present. We should not be putting women in this shameful position.