Why Arguments Against Women in Ministry Aren’t Biblical by Ben Witherington
I would ask that you visit the Patheos blog post I am linking you to. It’s very long but a good read. I am only providing some excerpts from that page here on my blog.
Why Arguments Against Women in Ministry Aren’t Biblical by Ben Witherington, June 2015, on Patheos
….Never mind that the Bible does not have categories like ‘senior pastor’ or ‘pulpit minister’, the NT has been used over and over again to justify the suppression of women in ministry— and as I was to discover through years of research and study, without Biblical justification.
…So in this post I am going to deal with the usual objections to women in ministry, one by one.
….1) Women can’t be ministers, because only males can be priests offering the sacrifice of the Mass etc.
The root problem with this argument is that the NT is perfectly clear that apostles, prophets, teachers, evangelists, elders, deacons ARE NOT PRIESTS IN THE NT.
There is no need for a separate order of priests in the NT because Christ’s sacrifice made obsolete the entire OT sacerdotal system of priests, temples and sacrifices.