Influential pastor Max Lucado weighed in on the debate about women preachers after John MacArthur, a well-known pastor in California, recently dismissed them as being unbiblical.
Lucado “grieved” over MacArthur’s “derisive” comments, which included telling popular author Beth Moore to “go home.”
“Are we, white, male, aged leaders of the church, listening? Are we heeding the message of our sisters in Christ?” Lucado said on his website.
“Listening to our astute and capable female Bible teachers? Listening to their longing to minister from a feminine perspective? Listening to their willingness to lend their intellect, energy and passion to the cause of Christ? What wealth of wisdom they bring!”
Last week during the Truth Matters Conference at Grace Community Church, MacArthur took part in a panel discussion and was asked to give a “pithy” response to a word mentioned by the moderator. The word given was “Beth Moore,” to which MacArthur replied, “Go home.”
He then elaborated and said, “There is no case that can be made biblically for a woman preacher. Period. Paragraph. End of discussion.”
Later, MacArthur added, “Just because you have the skill to sell jewelry on the TV sales channel doesn’t mean you should be preaching.”
He also denounced the #MeToo movement, arguing that it “is the culture reclaiming ground in the church.”
“The primary effort in feminism is not equality. They don’t want equality,” he argued. “That’s why 99 percent of plumbers are men. They don’t want equal power to be a plumber. They want to be senators, preachers, congressmen, president. The power structure in a university, they want power, not equality and this is the highest location they can ascend to that power in the evangelical church and overturn what is clearly scriptural. So I think this is feminism gone to church. This is why we can’t let the culture exegete the Bible.”
In his response to the controversial comments, Lucado said, “The bride of Christ is sighing.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Sheryl Lynn