John MacArthur: “Deacon is a word that can refer to a man or a woman.”

By Adam Brown –

At the 2010 Shepherds’ Conference, John MacArthur was asked the question, “What does the Bible say about deaconesses?”

MacArthur’s answer was that deacon is a word that can refer to a man or a woman. While his understanding of deacon is slightly different than Southshore’s understanding of deacon (see Southshore’s interpretation of 1 Timothy 3:8-13 here), MacArthur makes the point that there is no reason to limit the role of “deacon” to men.

To hear his full answer, watch this video:

 

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