The role of single women in the mission field was debated this past weekend as Pastor John Piper sought to provide a biblical response to the somewhat contentious issue.
Pictured: John Piper, pastor for Preaching and Vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church, speaks during a panel discussion as Michael Oh, founder of CBI Japan, looks on. (Photo: Desiring God via The Christian Post)
Piper, one of the most influential theologians in the country, acknowledged that the number of women in the mission field is huge and that they fill all kinds of missionary roles. All of those roles would be appropriate, he said, as long as they do not involve her in the role of an elder.
“What the Bible calls for is men to lead the church and lead the home. Men should be the elders (authoritative teachers) in the church and men should be the heads in their home,” he started out saying at the Desiring God national conference in Minneapolis on Saturday.
“I don’t think it would be appropriate for a woman to be an elder on a mission field,” he contended.
“I don’t think it’s inappropriate for her to fill all kinds of missionary roles that don’t involve her in the role of an elder. I don’t think that would exclude evangelism, sharing her faith and hundreds of other kinds of support roles.”
Piper, pastor for Preaching and Vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church, was on stage with four other speakers who were described as complementarians – those who see men and women as equal in dignity and worth but believe men and women have differing yet complementary roles.
Source: Lillian Kwon | Christian Post