Male leadership in the Creation account
- Adam was formed first. 2:7
- Adam was employed by God, not Eve. 2:15
- Adam received God’s commandment. 2:17
- Adam received a helper; he was not the helper. 2:18
- Adam named Eve. 2:23
- Adam is mentioned as the active agent in the new home. 2:24
- Adam is always mentioned first or he alone is mentioned. 2:25; 3:8, 22, 24
- Adam receives a heavier punishment than Eve. 3:17-19
- Adam names his wife again. 3:20
Male leadership in the OT
- God speaks much more about men and to men than women. Fathers are referenced 517 times in Scripture; mothers 9 times; men 1,652; women 188 times. Son 4,863; daughter 567.
- Scripture calls Jehovah the God of the patriarchs 17 times, but never the God of the matriarchs.
- All the priests were men.
- All the judges except one were men.
- All the kings were men.
- All the writers of Scripture were men.
Male leadership in the NT
- God is the Father.
- Jesus is the Son.
- The Holy Spirit is masculine. John 16:13
- All the angels are referred to as men including Satan. Rev. 12:7
- All the apostles were men.
- All the deacons and evangelists in the church were men.
- God forbids women from being pastors. 1 Tim. 2:11-14; 3:2
- Women are forbidden from speaking in tongues in the church. 1 Cor. 14:34
- Men are expected to be able to teach their wives. 1 Cor. 14:35
- Men bear responsibility for raising their children. Eph. 6:4
- Sin is passed through men, not women. Rom. 5:12
- The leadership and submission within the Trinity illustrates the leadership and submission within society. 1 Cor. 11:3
- The man is specifically called the head. 1 Cor. 11:3
- The Holy Spirit instructs women repeatedly to submit which implies that men must lead. Eph. 5:22; Col. 3:18; 1 Pet. 3:1-6
- As men relate to their wives, they picture Christ’s relationship to the church. Eph. 5:32
Male leadership in history, biology, and psychology
- Men have usually been the leaders of society throughout all cultures and all time periods.
- Men have usually been the leaders of the church throughout all cultures over 2,000 years.
- Men are generally stronger physically.
- Motherhood usually discourages women from being leaders outside the influence they have on their children.
- Men usually have more ambition and willingness to take risks.
- Both Scripture and nature reveal God created men to be the leaders in home, church, and society.