What I don’t understand more than anything, given the assumptions that men are designed to lead and women are designed to help them out of the spot light, is why were such rules ever instituted if it is the same spirit that inspires all gifts?
It reminds me a lot of how Romans talks about dying to the flesh. In Romans 13:8-14, Paul talks about the role self control plays in fulfilling the law of grace through love. He continues in Romans 14:1-12, discussinf how Christians are called to lead no person to stumbling in debating what constitutes worship, so long as all glory goes to God, given that God will judge. In 1st Corinthians 10:23-33, Paul talks about the role of flexibility in proclaiming the gospel, acknowledging that no two people see God exactly the same, and furthering his argument that giving God glory through are actions is more important than judging who acts on his behalf.
Only after all this does Paul discuss spiritual gifts, in 1st Corinthians 12. That makes sense, given that the source of every spiritual gift and all of creation is love. Paul illustrates the way of love in 1st Corinthians 13, in order to clarify th work if the Holy Spirit from the work of the enemy.
In Revelation, as John describes his prophecy, again and again is thr notion of temovingw golden lampstands threatened as due punishment for those who pervert Gods word, misrepresenting it for their own gain. Although God is judge, people are given explicit warnings of how to discern disobedience in the words sent to the seven different churches, in Revelation 2-3:22. These are generally based on the ten commandments, like not committing adultery, and illustrate God’s ability to do whatever the hell he wants.
All this being said, if women leaders in the church desire to proclaim the gospel, what exactly does it hurt to have them leading there? In Philippians 1:18, Paul writes that his goal in writing his letters and his lifestyle is that the gospel be proclaimed. That makes sense, given that God will judge all people according to his sovereignty. If people are able to discern that a person’s faith is genuine by way of the Holy Spirit, does anyone really have authority to choose who does or does not promote the name of Jesus?
It feels like several things may have happened, in all this. Either the body of Christ is unable to discern the Holy Spirit from false inspriration, and prematurely judges people’s callings before it is able to entertain the notion that women may be equally called to evangelize as men, or stewardship has become so small of a priority that no one really cares and little care is taken to represent faith honestly in the first place.
If a person has genuine faith given in grace, it should not be up to other humans to negate that, but to upbuild that gift in a way that would inspire greater fruits of the spirit, instead of diminishing from it. If all gifts come from God, if a person recieves a blessing, how does it become our right to limit how they share that blessing? If all gifts are meant to be used to the glory of God, why is it our perogative who God chooses to speak, so long as they speak with discernment? I really just don’t understand.