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I just don't understand why people see this as an issue - the above verses from the bible are clear on this and those who are supposed to be leading the church should not ignore the very book they should believe and teach (this goes for many points such as homosexuality, abortion, divorce etc). The church has bent over double to accommodate secular society and it’s when we reach a point where they decide not to put something through (by way of political voting anomalies) everyone is up in arms. I don’t expect non-Christians to understand (with all due respect) but the bible clearly explains the structure of leadership of the church, i.e. Christ is head, man is subject to Christ, women subject to husband, Christ subject to God (read 1 Corinthians 11). It is no wonder the church looks hypocritical and out of touch when it cannot shun these new age ideas and actually get on with the job in hand, spreading the whole Gospel of Jesus Christ on the earth. Please don’t get me wrong, Godly women are the backbone of any church, they just should not lead it. Some people have to get over thinking it's a case of the bible being sexist or out of touch. It’s when we realise that whether man or woman, all Christians have a role to play in the church structure – these roles are most effective when the right person is in the right job. By way of note - there is a distinct difference between a woman preaching and a woman teaching/leading. I do not see the bible saying a woman can’t preach.