Got Questions? FAQs
Women answering Men
By S. Michael Houdmann, Got Questions Ministries
In the thirteen-year history of GotQuestions.org, we have received over 450,000 questions. Approximately 65 percent of the questions have been submitted by men (although only around 50 percent of questioners indicate if they are male or female). We currently have around 250 volunteers who assist us in answering the questions we receive, 72 percent of whom are men. But, even with a majority of the questions being submitted by men, and with a majority of our volunteer question answerers being men, there still have been tens of thousands of questions submitted by men and answered by women.
For some (albeit a small minority), this is a problem. They claim that since 1 Timothy 2:11-12 says women should not teach or exercise authority over men, women should not be answering questions submitted by men. Answering a question is, in their minds, teaching. At GotQuestions.org, we don't see it that way. Here's why:
We view 1 Timothy 2:11-12 as describing the pastoral/shepherding role. For a detailed explanation, please see this article: "Women pastors / preachers? What does the Bible say about women in ministry?"
Teaching and exercising spiritual authority are the primary functions of a pastor/shepherd. Further, the book of 1 Timothy is a letter from the apostle Paul to Timothy, who was serving as the pastor of a church. The context, then, of 1 Timothy 2:11-12, is the church. Women are not to serve in the pastor/shepherd role in local churches.
GotQuestions.org is not a church. While our question answerers definitely do teach in their answers, in no sense do they exercise spiritual authority over the questioners. A person submitting a question to us and us providing an answer is nothing more than one person seeking to assist another person in understanding what the Bible says about a spiritually-related issue. Are women not allowed to give men advice? Are women not allowed to help men understand what a certain Bible verse means or what the next strange cult believes?
Some of our female question answerers only want to answer questions from women. If a questioner wants his/her question answered by a man/woman, all he/she has to do is indicate that in his/her question. Generally speaking, we try to have questions submitted by men answered by men, especially if the question is counseling related.
At the same time, we absolutely reject the idea that a woman answering a question submitted by a man in any way violates 1 Timothy 2:11-12.
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