I’m not a big fan of women in leadership of the church. As a matter of fact, neither did all of the apostles, the whole of the old and New Testament, 2,000 years of church orthodoxy, not to mention Jesus Christ himself, find reason to have women in positions of church leadership. But, I’m just an old guy with old fashioned ideas.
The modern church has now evolved past all that patriarchal thinking. A lot of Paul’s teachings need to be discarded because they were relevant to the culture he lived in, but totally inapplicable to today’s culture. If we are to have a positive influence on our society, we need to be conformed to their values. God forbid that we should ever question woman’s rights in the church and not ensure equal female representation on leadership teams. That would send out a clear message that the church was meant to actually follow the sexist patriarchal views of the bible.
A modern church will have adopted one of the new inclusive bible versions that neutralize any sexist references. God knew that the bible would be written by fallible men, and he/she never meant it to be taken literally.
I’m sure that by now god must have changed his/her mind about some of the ridged biblical principles, and would allow us alter them to fit the views of society. It seems like it would be the only right for a loving benevolent god to do.
After all, old guys like me are simply not sufficiently enlightened to any new ideas. We still believe in the sovereignty of God expressed through His holy scriptures.