Just a thought from church history.
I heard that during the persecution of the church back in like the first or second century that at one point, a female Christian priestess was arrested and martyred. If that is the case, than the early church didn't have as big of a problem with it as we do today.
First of all, you say that what you "heard" concerned a "priestess" in the "first of second century". This would seem rather spurious on its face due to the fact that even the designation/office of "priest" had to be extremely rare due to the fact that the Roman State Church had not been formed at that time. Those who held office were commonly designated by the biblical terminology, e.g., Bishop, Episcopus, Elder, Pastor.
Secondly, even if such a "priestess" existed, how does this force one to conclude that "the early church didn't have as big of a problem with it as we do today"?? <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/scratch1.gif" alt="" /> There are all kinds of heretical doctrines and practices which one can read about in history and even today. But does there existence necessarily mean that the true Church approved of them? This "logic" is rather weak, to day the least. <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />
In His Grace,