Wayne Grudem: Setting scripture against scripture
- The role of prophet is surely an honoured role, and a vitally important one, for God speaks through a prophet to his people. But prophets and teachers have different roles in the Bible. ...
Women were able to prophesy in both the Old Testament and the New (see 1 Corinthians 11:5) They could deliver messages from God to his people. But women could not assume the role of teacher over God's people in either the Old or New Testament (see 1 Timothy 2:12, 3:2, Titus 1:6...) page 137.
- 27Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. 29Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31But earnestly desire the higher gifts.
And I will show you a still more excellent way. ESV
To say that a prophet is a more restricted office than that of teacher counters the clear teaching of scripture. Either we believe that ALL scripture is inspired by God or we don't.
I do, however, agree wholeheartedly with this quote of Dr. Grudem's,
- Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. 2For we all stumble in many ways, and if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. James 3:1-2 ESV