I recently hosted the “Jerry Johnson Live” radio program here in Dallas, Texas. Recent news reports about Dr. Sheri Klouda’s departure from Southwestern Seminary provoked our conversation about what the Bible says about women teaching men in the church. In the midst of taking calls from listeners, I interviewed Dr. Randy Stinson, the executive director of the Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.
I spent a lot of time trying to explain Paul’s meaning in 1 Timothy 2:12. But certainly there is more to this topic than this verse and what can be covered in a one hour radio program. So I was surprised that most of the listeners agreed with the controversial position that I defended: that Paul prohibits women from teaching Christian doctrine to men. My view is that the implication of Paul’s instruction applies even to seminaries.
One caller phoned in to say that he believes Paul was “arrogant” to make pronouncements on a subject that Jesus never addressed. He said that Paul’s teaching in 1 Timothy 2:12 is fallible because Paul himself is a fallible human being. Of course, I took issue with that characterization of the Scripture, but I don’t think I convinced him to change his view.
Postscript: The Southern Baptist Texan recently surveyed the President’s of the SBC seminaries concerning their policies on hiring women to the faculty. The Texan found that “None [of the seminaries] has women teaching theology or pastoral ministries courses.” Dr. Albert Mohler says “when we were seeking to bring our hiring policies completely in line with what we believed were the rightful expectations of Southern Baptists, we did this before there was a 2000 Baptist Faith and Message. It was clear where Southern Baptists stood on this.” â€““SBC seminaries show similarities, diversity regarding female profs”- Southern Baptist Texan