For over 2,000 years faithful churches have respected and followed bible teaching. The apostle Paul was authorized to speak for Christ. His writings are equal to a commandment of the Lord: “What I am writing to you is the Lord’s command.” (I Cor 14:37; 16:1-2)
Paul wrote: “As in all the congregations of the saints, women should keep silence in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says.” (I Cor 14:33b-34) This is Christ’s rule for women in the church assembly. “A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.” (I Tim 2:11-12). Most scholars understand these words to mean that women should not fill leadership roles in the organization and worship of the church. Men were apostles, elders, deacons and preachers.
Some sects, infected by theological liberalism, opened their leadership to women. But only in the last decade we have seen churches of Christ take this bold, defying step. A recent survey shows about 50 congregations out of the 13,000 in the USA and Canada have departed from this scripture pattern … under ½ of 1%.
You may ask for a list of those who no longer “abide in the doctrine of Christ” (2 John 9-11).