Should women attend seminary? I don’t believe so. Seminaries’ purpose is to teach men to be pastors. Women are forbidden from being pastors. This is what Master’s Seminary states as its purpose: “The Master’s Seminary trains men for pastoral ministry—to preach the Word of God, reach the world for Christ, and teach others to do the same.” I checked out the faculty. At the top, it read, “A United Faculty of Pastor-Theologians.” All of the faculty were men.
Our church needed a pastor a few years ago. We met with the head elder, because we wanted to become members of the church. He told us that he sent out letters to many seminaries in search of a pastor. Most sent back a list of candidates which included women. There are few seminaries left that follow the biblical mandate that only men are to be pastors. The Master’s Seminary is one of them.
Why would women want to attend seminary any ways? It’s incredibly expensive. I have learned from many solid, Bible preaching/teaching men. I didn’t need to attend seminary to learn the Bible.
Many years ago, we went to a conference and listened to Michael Pearl teach through Hebrews. He is an amazing Bible teacher. I loved his teaching so much that I listened to him teach through every book of the Bible that he had on tape. No, he’s not a Pelagian as many accuse him of being. He’s not a Calvinist either but has stated that he agrees with 98 percent of what Calvinist teach. I agree. Most of my favorite preachers are Calvinists. They know and love God and His Word. It doesn’t matter to me if we don’t agree on everything. We won’t agree with any preacher 100 percent!
So there is no need for women to spend a boatload of money to go to seminary. They can learn from solid, Bible preaching male pastors and teachers. There are many on YouTube and other places. I have a list of great sermons I have listened to on my Instagram stories. And no, we don’t need to learn Greek or Hebrew to understand the Bible. There are many men who know Greek and Hebrew and have translated the Bible correctly. God will preserve His Word.
When women tell me I need to learn Greek in order to understand the Bible because they believe I am in error in what I teach, I know their sole purpose for knowing Greek is to twist Scripture to condone what they believe such as women being allowed to be preachers.
God clearly tells us that men are to be the pastors/preachers. He commands the elders in the churches to be “the husband of one wife.” God’s reasons go back to creation, so it has nothing to do with culture. Man was created first, and women are easily deceived. No, women shouldn’t be preaching in the pulpits to a church filled with women with no male accountability or authority over them. This isn’t God’s plan.
God is very specific in what He wants women teaching other women in Titus 2:3-5. From what I have seen, all of these female preachers eventually fall into false teaching and begin partnering with other false female preachers. Besides, God wants women to be keepers at home!
Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.
1 Timothy 2:11-15