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The Biblical doctrine of the headship of man disqualifies a woman for civil office.  The Bible explicitly states that the man has headship over the woman, and that this headship is not based on cultural factors, or even the fall; rather, it is based on the created order established by God Himself (Gen. 2:7, 2:18-24; 1 Tim. 2:13; 1 Cor. 11:3, 8-9).  God has decreed that the order of authority be as follows: God-Christ-Man-Woman.  Each one in this “chain of command” is under the headship (i.e., authority) of the one preceding him or her.  By implication and command, man has headship in the state as well as church and family (1 Cor. 11:3; Exo. 18:21).  To claim that man has headship in the church and family but not the state is confusing and inconsistent with the order God established at creation and revealed in the Bible.  That a woman is the best qualified candidate is not an acceptable reason to support a woman to be a civil ruler any more than it is an acceptable reason to have woman rule as an elder in the church or over her husband in the family.

- William Einwechter, Should Christians Support a Woman for the Office of Civil Magistrate? (July 8, 2004), at http://www.visionforumministries.org/issues/ballot_box/should_christians_support_a_wo.aspx.