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Supporting The Call Of Women In The Ministry
Pimp Preacher.com New Orleans Bureau 06/16/2011
It is said that if you ever want to rile up a group of Professional Pastors then all you really have to do is stand in support of a Woman Preacher. Why so much hatred towards a member of the Body of Christ for preaching the same Gospel? It’s as if she was preaching that Jesus was only a Prophet or some other ridiculous New Age concept, the outrage is totally unwarranted.
For the record I would like to state it early and quickly that I am 100% in favor of a woman preaching the Salvation, Repentance, Redemption, Charity, and Love of Christ. All of the before mentioned is considered the essentials of the gospel or shall I say, The Good News.
From what you have learned about the character of Christ, do you really think he would send a woman to hell for teling people about his goodness?
The audacity of one Christian to tell another Christian that God did not call them to Preach! The audacity of one Christian to tell another Christian that God can only speak to men! Who are you to put God in your own little box? The prohibition of woman in ministry is not only bigotry, but also a very poor representation of our Lord and Savior.
If we really take a closer look at Christ then we will begin to see his position on women serving in roles of authority and ministry.
Women in Christ's Genealogy
Matthew included five women in his genealogy of Christ. This is notable since it was not customary for Jews to include women in their records.
Even more remarkable is the fact that Matthew included some women who had disreputable histories. The five women included were: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary.
Tamar: Genesis 38:6-30
Tamar was the daughter-in-law of Judah. She was a childless widow, who was given to her brother-in-law after her husband's death. By this marriage, her offspring would continue the name and inheritance of the deceased. Such a union was later called a Leverite marriage (Deut 25:5-6).
Unfortunately, Tamar's brother-in-law refused to have proper intercourse with her. God killed him for this. Afterwards, Judah would not give Tamar to any of his other sons.
So Tamar disguised herself as a harlot and seduced Judah. Through him, she became the mother of Perez.
Rahab: Joshua 2:1-24
Rahab was a harlot who lived in Jericho. She hid the spies of Joshua. Because of this, the Israelites spared her life when they conquered Jericho. She later became the wife of Salmon, and the mother of Boaz. Rahab's faith was later commended (Heb 11:30-31).
Ruth: Ruth 1:1-4:22
Ruth was a foreigner from the land of Moab. She was the widow of a Jew. Her mother-in-law, Naomi, also lived in Moab. Naomi journeyed to Israel after her family died. Ruth's devotion was extraordinary. She left her own country to follow Naomi.
While in Israel, Ruth was married to Boaz, one of Naomi's relatives. Ruth later became the mother of Obed, the grandfather of David the King.
Bathsheba: 2 Samuel 11:1-27
Bathsheba was the wife of Uriah the Hittite, who was a soldier in the army of King David. She and David had an adulterous affair. When David discovered Bathsheba was pregnant, he tried to cover it up by summoning Uriah home from war, hoping that Uriah would have intercourse with his wife. Uriah came home to Jerusalem, but refused to lay with Bathsheba as long as the armies of Israel were at war. So, David sent Uriah back into battle, with orders that Uriah should be withdrawn from when the fighting became fierce. After Uriah was slain in this manner, David took Bathsheba as his own wife. God punished them for this by killing their first child. Bathsheba later became the mother of Solomon.
Mary: Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 1:26-56
Mary was the mother of Jesus and the wife of Joseph. She was a virgin when Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Here Comes The Woman
The scriptures in the New Testament drives home the point that Christ never had an issue with women in ministry. All throughout Matthew, Luke, and John we see the presence of women working in very close proximity to Christ. If our Lord had an issue with women how difficult would it have been for him to ask one for the 12 disciples to remove them from his sight?
The answer is very obvious, with that fact in mind we see Christ welcoming the participation of women into the foundation of his ministry.
Matthew 26:6-13 Jesus Anointed at Bethany
6While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, 7a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. 8When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. 9“This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.” 10Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 11The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. 12When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 13I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
Christ was very appreciative of Mary Magdalene expensive gift and her pure love for him. While the men were jostling for position and stature, it is the woman that really displays a form of worship that is pleasing to God. This is the reason I believe that Christ revealed himself to Mary Magdalene first before any of the other Disciples, she captured his heart first and foremost. She listened to him, she adored him, and she waited for him when all others sought to hide themselves.
I am not making this comparison to place any gender in a higher position than the other, for Gal 3:28 says “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” Mary Magdalene was loyal and generous. She is listed among women who helped support Jesus' ministry from their own funds.
Our Lord Christ Jesus demonstrated his love for those considered to be the least in Matthew 28:1-10. Through Mary, Christ humbled the disciples in allowing a woman (who was thought of as unfit) to deliver the first sermon after the resurrection of our Lord. A sermon simply titled - He has risen!
This action of our Lord is a direct connection to Gal 3:28 and confirms that 1 Timothy 2:1-15 has been totally taken out of context with the scriptural and historical climate of the ministry of Timothy.
God Loves You TOO!
Does the scripture present contradictions when it comes to women in ministry? Yes, if you follow the off base teachings of John MacArthur.
MacArthur’s teachings can lead one to walk away with the impression that God only values men and never really had a true purpose for women outside of being barefoot and pregnant.
The truth of the matter is God has always used woman to further the mission of the ministry. In the Old Testament God called Deborah (Jdg 4:4 And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time).
In the New Testament God called Phebe who even Paul admitted had outranked him seniority and leadership as recorded in Romans 16:1-2 (I COMMEND unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea: That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also).
The key word in Romans 16:1-2 is “Succourer” which is defined in the Greek as:
Succourer (Greek: prostatis) a feminine form of prostates, denotes "a protectress, patroness"; it is used metaphorically of Phoebe in Rom. 16:2. It is a word of dignity, evidently chosen instead of others which might have been used (see e.g. under HELPER), and indicates the high esteem with which she was regarded, as one who had been a protectress of many.
Strong's Complete Dictionary of Bible Words states that the Greek word for succourer, prostatis, is a feminine word derived from proistemi, which means to preside, to practice, maintain, be over, rule [Strong's 4368, 4291].
In other words, she served the ministry as a Pastor of many including Paul, so how could Paul be against women Pastors if he was in fact taught by one? The truth is Paul didn’t have an issue with woman in leadership as many Complementarian Pastors so arrogantly proclaim, Paul actually valued women in leadership.
Clarification of 1 Timothy 2: 9-15
1 Timothy 2:9-15
9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
It becomes very obvious that Paul is shifting in between a singular and plural use of the word woman.
When Paul is addressing women as a whole he continues the plural use of the word women as indicated in v.9 &10.
Here are two more examples of the correct singular use of the word “woman” in a descriptive context.
“And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years” Mark 5:25
“There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.” John 4:7
You will see very clearly that 1 Timothy 2:9-15 is not addressing women as a whole but only the behavior of one woman as recorded in v. 11 & 12.
11Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
Paul had charged this one particular woman with being a false teacher which was causing issues for Timothy who was a very young Pastor at the time (please see 2 Timothy 1:6-7). Paul was actually trying to defuse a power struggle from a distance between his young son in the ministry and one very outspoken woman who was considered out of submission even to her own husband.
“But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor usurp authority over the man but be in silence” was not referring to all men, but to Timothy who had lost all control over his congregation, and this overbearing woman.
Once Paul began to spread the Gospel of Christ, many newly converted Jews were not accustomed to their new freedom granted under grace. Even women, who spent the majority of their married lives inside of their own homes, were now very active in public places of worship.Now both women and men were free in Christ, and history has proven that any emancipated people will struggle adjusting to their newly received liberties. Such is the case in Timothy’s congregation; he is now dealing with the issue of a lack of “decency and in order.”
Paul’s belief was that this “woman” was one of the ones who acted ignorantly and in Paul’s words that she *will* be saved "if" (from verse 15). This verse shows us the confidence that God was going to show this woman mercy, just as he showed Paul mercy at the time that Paul was acting in ignorance and unbelief.
1 Corinthians 14:33-35 states, "As in all the congregations of the saints, women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church."
At first glance, this seems to be a blanket command that women are not allowed to speak at all in the church. However, 1 Corinthians 11:5 mentions women praying and prophesying in the church and does not condemn it. Therefore, 1 Corinthians 14:33-35 must not be an absolute command for women to always be silent in church.
The context of this passage, and much of 1 Corinthians, is the order and structure of the church. The Corinthian church was noted for the chaos and lack of order that was rampant in that assembly (v. 33). If women were involved in deciding whether a prophecy was truly from God, they would be disobeying what the Bible says in 1 Timothy 2:11-12. Therefore, during this time in biblical history Paul tells women to be silent when tongues and prophecy are being interpreted so that they will not be disobeying God’s Word, therefore allowing for the opportunity to learn.
Why Trouble Ye The Woman?
To not allow women to have a vital role in ministry is to disqualify over half of the Body of Christ.
I am not professionally or spiritually qualified to tell a woman that she can’t preach the gospel of our Lord.
Who am I to tell her that God has not called her to the ministry? God has demonstrated all throughout scripture that he values the participation of the woman just as much as the man, for there is truly no difference.
Here is a perfect quote from a member of the revolution speak out against the Gospel of Bigotry:
"We as Christians should be the loudest voice for justice and mercy, we should be the loudest voice in ensuring that women around the world give their voices wings, we cannot do this when our churches are run by elder boards that are 100% male, when the person “up front” is always male and when 99% of what goes on in the church is ultimate determined by those “lucky” enough to be born with reproductive organs on the outside. In the best case scenario, those men will at least pay attention to the women in their congregations, the Sunday School teachers, the wives of the leaders, the singers, etc. But more often than not, churches are crippled by losing the input, leadership and gifts of half of their population."
To my fellow Sisters in the Gospel of our Lord, I proclaim that you are free in Christ to do what he has called you to do. The only people who will not welcome you to the fight against the devil are those who are intimidated by your intellect.
Preach with a passion for Christ that will tear down walls of division and the doctrines of hate. If God has given you a unique calling then preach it in a unique way.
You are under no pressure to preach as you see other men preaching (with all the theatrics and whooping), but preach out of your own unique character and your gift of interpretation. It's ok to be a woman with a mic and a bible without trying to be T. D. Jakes
If God can use a bush, frogs, and lions, it also safe to say that he can use you. Don’t let a bunch of arrogant bull headed men deter you from preaching the gospel of charity, compassion, repentance, and Love. Fear only Christ who has power over your soul, all other opinions are irrelevant.
If God has called you to the ministry then you better preach the Gospel like it’s your last day on earth, because it may as well be. To those of you who hold literally to the King James Version of the scriptures and you still don't believe that a woman has a right to minister the gospel then please allow me to introduce you to the current head of the Canon of the KJV. Jane Hedges Canon of Westminster - The Church Of England!!!!!
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
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