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Does the Bible allow women to hold the church office of "deacon"?
Does the Bible allow women to hold the church office of "deacon"/"deaconess"?
Some versions translate
as saying "... our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church ...", which proves she was authorized to hold that position, under the principle of "approved example".
John Calvin believed that the order of Nuns, which the Catholic church had started, was begun by Paul’s orders in
1 Timothy 5
is written to “the elect lady and her children” (which many think are the Christians who met in her house).
1 Timothy 2:11-12
only forbids women from roles of spiritual authority such as elders (including what we modernly call pastors). The role of deacon is not an authoritative role, therefore a woman can serve in that position.
In the history of the church,
there were female deaconess (Schaff, Bk 3, ChpV, §52)
, until the Vth century in the West, and the XIIth century in the East, recognized and organized by church councils since the apostolic ages.
Philip’s daughters prophesied, which implies some authority -- and Paul stayed at his house.
The bible doesn't differentiate between social groups, be it gender or race.
Aquila and Priscilla worked as a team to house Christians, to teach them the meaning of prophesy, and more that we have never heard about.
1 Timothy 3:10-11
, verse 10 mentions deacons and then verse 11 says, "Likewise, their wives ...", implying deacons must be men.
1 Timothy 3:12
is usually translated like, "Let deacons be the husband of one wife ...", which implies that all deacons would have to be men.
The position in the Bible that is described is the lay position of deaconess. The lay position of deaconess is distinct from the position of ordained deacon.
: Eve was created to complete Adam, to help him.
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