Re: Were we always against women in ministry

There’s actually a larger historical pattern at work: moments in church history which tended to be charismatic-type have been more open to women preachers (e.g. Montanism, Anabaptist (at least some forms, perhaps more recent, I’m not entirely clear on this one) Holiness, Pentecostalism), whereas more institutional-type have been less open (Catholicism/Orthodoxy, magisterial Protestants). People have gone different ways with this, but it’s interesting to note, anyway. (It also seems to map up with the texts that speak about these issues: 1 Cor. with its discussion of the universality of spiritual gifting also mentions women praying and prophesying, while 1 Tim with its strong focus on institutional order and tradition has (in)famous passage Ben mentioned.)