If a church has deaconesses...

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A commenter says he's OK with women deacons and I responded:

Maybe, but if so they must never teach or exercise authority over men and this must be said publicly so the souls in the pews suffering under our culture's sexual rebellion are not confused or discouraged. Something such as the following might be placed permanently on the church's web site, published in the bulletin soliciting officer nominations, or appended to the list of officer qualifications. In our wicked day any church with deaconesses should say something like this each year in the...

congregational meeting just prior to the election/confirmation of officers:

In our congregation, we have deacons and deaconesses. Deacons are male and, while principally an office of service, they do at times need to exercise their authority as officers of Christ's Church and they do so over both men and women. On the other hand, deaconesses being women, they are limited to teaching and exercising authority over women, and never men. This is due to God's Order of Creation and the prohibition written by God into His very design of male and female in the Garden of Eden which we are told in 1Timothy 2:12-14 means that women are not to teach and exercise authority over men.

Our deaconesses hold an office of service and faithfully discharge their service to the entire body of believers. But if teaching or the exercise of authority is a necessary part of that service and it is a man needing to be taught or governed, they look to the male deacons, the elders, or the pastor to do that work.

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and big lots of grandchildren.

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