John Piper: Women Teaching Men Is 'Out of Step With Scriptures'

Theologian John Piper
Theologian John Piper (John Piper/Facebook)

John Piper created quite the internet firestorm when he said that women should not teach aspiring pastors in seminary.

In a recent blog, Piper says:

the attempt to distinguish the seminary teaching role from the pastoral teaching role in such a way that the biblical restriction to men does not apply to the seminary teaching results in a serious inconsistency. That's my argument.

The inconsistency is this: the more one succeeds in distinguishing the seminary teacher from the pastor teacher, the more one fails to provide the kind of seminary education enriched by the modeling of experienced pastor-mentors. In other words, in seeking to justify women teacher-mentors for aspiring pastors, one will be hard put to stress that they're not in the same category as pastors, and thus, as we believe, out of step with the Scriptures. ...

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Let me put it another way in the form of a question. If it is unbiblical to have women as pastors, how can it be biblical to have women who function in formal teaching and mentoring capacities to train and fit pastors for the very calling from which the mentors themselves are excluded? I don't think that works. The issue is always that inconsistency. If you strive to carve up teaching in such a way that it's suitable for women, it ceases to be suitable as seminary teaching.

Both men and women were outraged at the theologian's commentary.

But Piper did have some supporters:

 

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