This is the conclusion of my research on this most "touchy" subject. Please read all seven posts before commenting, and I will welcome your thoughts.
Proper worship (roles) is not an insignificant matter to God. The story of King Uzziah in 2 Chronicles 26:16-21 should provide ample evidence if one takes the Bible authoritatively. Uzziah, one of those kings who “did right in the sight of the Lord”, began to think he could do whatever he wanted; burn incense at the altar thus performing the role of the priests, and God struck him with leprosy. Nor are the commands of God to be taken lightly; 2 Samuel 6:6-7 – God “strikes down” Uzzah for merely touching the ark, in attempting to catch it from falling off the cart. R. C. Sproul has remarked – perhaps for thinking his hand was cleaner than the dirt it would have fallen on. The scriptures are replete with warnings and guidance. The fact there are disagreements over scripture, should remind us that it is not the clarity of scripture that is at issue, but rather the problem always lies with ourselves.
The debate over female leadership in the church is not about who is better able to serve, preach or teach; it is more precisely over the sufficiency and utter clarity of God’s word. We are created male and female for a reason, to diminish this fact is to corrupt the very image of God and the very order He has ordained since creation. The empirical evidence of a world ignoring such divine revelation is abundant; abortion rights, homosexuality, divorce, the desire to be a single parent, teenage pregnancies, fatherless homes, and yes – supporting female church leadership is also a direct consequence of failing God’s clear directives. If the church does not confront the world with the truth of God’s word, who will? The church may be mocked by the world for obeying such archaic “male chauvinistic” hierarchies, but then again, the world does not fear God. Ecclesiastes 5:1 –“Guard your steps when you go into the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil.”
Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994), 109.