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Is It Scriptural that Women should Minister in Public (or in ‘Church’) Just Like Men do?
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TRUTHFULLY, WHAT DOES GOD HIMSELF SAY ABOUT WOMEN IN MINISTRY?
Despite the dreadful, continuous sin of misogyny, (the hatred and abuse of women,) God does not hate and abuse females. God did not exclude females from His New Testament Covenant, written in the blood of Jesus, or from the gifts and calling of the Holy Spirit, as some verses, seemingly written by Paul, suggest.
Whether God calls females into ministry is an easy question to answer by merely studying God’s Word in context. The New Testament outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost became the fulfillment of God's Old Testament promise, “It shall come to pass in the last days, [during Jesus’ New Testament dispensation, under the New Covenant, written in the blood of Jesus Christ for all true believers from all nations, because there is no more Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female… but all are one in Christ Jesus,] that I will pour out of My Spirit on all [truly believing] flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men [and of course your young women] shall see visions; your old men [and of course your old women] shall dream dreams...
“And on My menservants and on My maidservants, I will pour out My Spirit in those days, and they shall prophesy [or minister My Gospel and the Truth of My Whole Word to the whole world…]" (Acts 2:17-18)
What do God’s handmaidens or maidservants do? The same as what menservants do. As female servants they are God’s instruments to bring His Gospel to the world as evangelists, to plant new congregations as apostles, to make known His will and counsel as prophets, to guide and protect His people as pastors, and to remind His people of all that Jesus commanded as teachers, (Eph. 4:11-13.)
If this were not true, why would God pour out His Spirit on His daughters and handmaidens? Strong’s Concordance, no. 5650 and 8198: “Men and maidservants are men and women [servant] slaves, (humble servants or ministers) as members of [the same spiritual] household.”
Menservants and maidservants are willing male and female ministering members of the same body, (Eph. 4:11.) However, under the incredible sin of male patriarchy, which governed the entire pagan world and crept into Judaism and New Covenant assemblies too, terrible distortions of Scripture proliferated over the centuries to condone the oppression of women on all spheres of life - in Jesus’ ministry especially.
Oh, I can hear those unrepentant misogynists now, “You are twisting the Scriptures and ignoring everything Paul has said because, as all women who try to teach God’s Word, you have the spirit of Jezebel in you! Go read what Paul said about women like you who do not know their place! Women are not even allowed to open their mouths in public!”
Well, according to the truth of Scripture, the misogynist ‘spirit of Jezebel’ dogma is another ‘neat’ piece of male witchcraft, which has nothing to do with women per say, or female teachers and preachers in the Kingdom of God - just read this whole passage in Rev. 2 in context. In fact, misogynist male witches have the spirit of Jezebel in them, according to the truth of God’s Word, for they “call themselves prophets, but they teach and seduce God’s servants” to follow false doctrine and to cling to Christianized, pagan norms and forms. All false teaching in the traditional church, both in Catholicism and in Protestantism, originated from, and was carried forth by men not women! The women who spread fallacies in churches such as in Seventh Day Adventism, are merely embroidering on the false doctrines of their male supremacists. Thus, false church dogma that really originated from women are nearly non-existent!
THE TRUTH IS IN THE CONTEXT OF ALL SCRIPTURE, AS ALWAYS
To get to the Scriptural truth of the role of women in ministry, (as in everything else in this world,) one needs to study the Bible with the entire context of Scripture in mind. The devil is always in the details.
The entire context of Scripture applies to the following questions: How does a particular verse, chapter, epistle, or book relate to the rest of Scripture? For example, Was it written in the Old or the New Testament, (does it pertain to the Old Hebrew nation, or to New Covenant believers?) How did the particular book or epistle fit into the historical customs and mind-sets of the writers, and most importantly, how is it relevant to the overall truth of New Testament Scripture?
The traditional dress-codes, customs, and conventional beliefs of 1st century Hebrews and Gentiles, (those believers from non-Hebrew nations,) cannot be forced upon the 21st century, born again body of Christ, (1 Tim. 2:15; 1 Cor. 11:5.) For instance: replacing the traditional, 1st century wearing of a veil with the wearing of a hat is simply ridiculous, (1 Cor. 11:10-16.)
We must remember that God did not dictate the Bible world-for-word. All true Scripture was inspired by the Holy Spirit and filtered into our modern Bibles through the minds of men, polluted by traditional misogyny, and also misogynist Roman Catholic and masonic Protestant translators of the Bible. While no one can obliterate the Truth, Jesus Himself, The Word of God, these men did write some of their false dogmas into Scripture, as Jesus Himself warned. In Mark 7:13 Jesus warned, “[You have made] the Word of God of no effect through your tradition, which you have handed down. And many such [evil] things you do.”
Jesus’ true Gospel proclaims that every human on earth should be saved through personal faith in Him, and we all remain saved by constant obedience to His Moral Law of Love, (1 Jn. 1:12-13; 13:34; Mt. 7:7-27.) Every believer must know that all sincere believers together, (despite their race, culture, status, or gender on a physical level, )are “the [spiritual] children of God through their faith in Jesus.”
Paul also wrote, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, slave nor free, male nor female, for you all one in Christ Jesus. And if you [all] are Christ’s, then we are Abraham’s [believing, spiritual] seed, and [spiritual] heirs according to the promise [of the Gospel — Jn. 1:11-13; Gal. 4:6.]”
MISOGYNISTS DELIBERATELY CONFUSE AND BLEND GOD’S CREATION PRINCIPLES
As always, the truth is in the context of the whole Bible, if interpreted from the viewpoint of the New Testament Covenant in Christ, (Heb. 8:13.) For example, when the Pharisees confronted Jesus with verses from their Scriptures (the Old Testament) on divorce for just any reason, not just on the grounds of adultery, which effectively breaks the marriage covenant allowing a ‘third party’ between “the two who became one flesh” in marriage, He answered, “Because of the hardness of your hearts Moses [Old Testament Law] allowed you… But from the beginning [in Eden] it was not so…” (Mt. 19:3-10.)
Jesus referred the Pharisees to His unchangeable Creation principles, before sinful practices and mindsets polluted people’s minds, and they twisted God’s Word to justify their sin.
Misogynists deliberately blend God’s Universal Plan for male and female to manage creation together, with God’s Specific Plan for Marriage Partners, subjecting all women to all men on all levels of life
“In the beginning” is therefore a good place to start in our search for “all truth” about female ministers in the Kingdom of Christ.
· In Gen. 1:27-28, God made known His Universal Plan for male and female humanity. It is written, “God created [humanity] In His Own image... Male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, [both male and female] and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply… [your talents in general, Mt. 25:14-30, and physically in marriage, not making children irresponsibly, but care for your family as husband and wife. Together, you must also] subdue the earth [or manage My creation as equals…] Have dominion. [manage and protect] the fish… birds… and every living thing that moves on the earth.”
· In Gen. 2:18-24, God also explained His Specific Plan for the marriage covenant. He created a wife for Adam so that he should not be alone. A female helper comparable to Adam, [or equal in their humanity and spiritually before God;] “joint heirs in Christ,” (Rom. 8:17.) It was for this purpose, (to have a Godly family,) that God instituted the marriage covenant, saying that when the “two become one flesh in marriage,” they shall [both] “leave [their] parents…” (Mal. 2:13-16.)
The woman was created female for her “own” husband, just as the man was created male for his “own” wife. Managing the earth together as males and females, have nothing to do with the marriage covenant, where the husband is the spiritual “head” or loving, Godly provider and protector of his “own” wife and family, (Eph. 5:25-28; Gen. 2:15.; 23-24.)
Confusing God’s calling and authority for both male and female to manage His creation as equals, with His private marriage covenant between a husband and his own wife, (the symbol of Christ and His bride,) is where all misogyny originated. This deliberate mistake keeps the whole pagan world, Judaism, Christianity, and even born again believers in Christ enslaved to unscriptural male supremacy.
Disobedience to God’s Universal Plan for males and females to manage the “earth” together as equals, (Gen. 1:27-28,) led to the sin of worldwide misogyny: the hatred and terrible oppression of women in all societies and on all levels of life – especially in religions such as Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, which gathered their misogynist beliefs from the unscriptural practices of the Old Hebrew patriarchs.
Despite the many misogynist passages in the Bible, women are not subject to all men in general; never was and never will be. Wives are subject to the Godly leadership of their "own" good husbands, who love them in deed and truth, and whom they can respect. That’s it. Beyond their marriage covenant, women are men’s equals in managing secular and religious life, (Gen. 1:26-27.)
WHY DOES THE BIBLE SPEAK ONLY ABOUT MALE PASTORS, BISHOPS, (which do not even exist but was written into Scripture by the Roman Catholic papacy,) AND SO FORTH?
Since the fall in Eden until this day, it has been a men’s world. That is why, because Eve displace her complete loyalty from God to her husband, God warned her in Eden that “he shall rule [sinfully, oppressively, and violently] over you,” (Gen. 3:16.) Women were (and still are) viewed as mere possessions, workers, breeding machines, and sex and other slaves. Jesus’ full atonement in the place of women, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in women were, (and mostly still are) therefore inconceivable in the corrupted minds of sin-infected, misogynist men.
There is not one contextual, truly God-breathed verse in the Bible that subjects women to all men in general. For every verse that commands wives to submit to the Godly leadership of their “own” husbands in the marriage relationship, there is another that commands husbands to “love, honor” and cherish their “own” wives - which has nothing to do with other men, the church, the true body of Christ, or life in general.
Still, it is true that when the Spirit called elders, He apparently did not call females. Not because God forgot that He “poured out His Spirit on His daughters and His handmaidens.” Probably, because He knew that during that prejudiced, extremely chauvinist age, the public office of elder (actually elderly, not the hierarchical, male supremist structure of the church system,) would have been filled with unnecessary hardship and conflict for His spiritual “handmaidens.” It can also be that the men in charge simply refused to obey the Spirit, even if He did appoint women. After all, they were just ordinary human beings, brought up in a world, diseased with religious misogyny.
If we look at the misogynist passages that were apparently written by Paul, it is also clear why, when he taught on leadership in 1 Tim. 3, he did not “allow women to the church post” of elder. Although some see 1 Tim. 3:11 as a concession to allow women to “the office” of deacon, others believe Paul was only referring to the wives of elders, for in his religious, male-dominated world, female elders would have been completely unacceptable.
While God appointed “Deborah as judge over the whole of Israel” during an utterly dark, Old Testament time, Christ called only male apostles during His ministry on earth, (Judges 5:7.) This proves that we cannot explain the Theocratic decisions of God. But logically, it seems that practicality motivated Jesus’ decision.
The man Jesus Christ was a bachelor. During this extremely conservative age, it would have been socially unacceptable for Him to travel, and closely associate with women; unnecessarily hindering the spreading of the Gospel. And after His ascension, it would have been just as unacceptable for female apostles to journey everywhere to plant congregations throughout the known world, (1 Tim. 3:7; 1 Cor. 4:9; Col. 3:16; 4:5.)
Apparently, by the grace of God, Paul did not cling to his discriminative views — if these were really the mindsets of the Scriptural Paul.
Phoebe is a good example of a “handmaiden” or as Paul called her, “a servant of the body of Christ,” (Rom. 16:1-3.) From this passage, it is clear that she was a female teacher, evangelist, or pastor. Apparently her name means ‘a radiant minister’. Phoebe supported, helped and stood by Paul and the other elders, and he commanded the assemblies to “receive and assist her in whatsoever business she has need of.”
In Acts 18:26, Priscilla and her husband Aquila “explained to Appolos the way of God more perfectly.” Here Priscilla taught the Word of God to another man. She could not have done this if God did not grant her His gifts, anointing, and knowledge to do so.
And above all, a spiritual platform of authority from which to speak.
MISOGYNISTS FORGET THAT JESUS’ WHOLE BODY IS A SPIRITUAL WOMAN: THE BRIDE OF CHRIST
The whole spiritual body of Christ or actually, the ecclesia or ‘called out assembly,’ is a [spiritual] woman: the bride of Christ. Therefore, all the members of the bride “must submit to one another [in everything true, good and Godly,” (Eph. 5:21.) This also applies to men, who remain the love-heads of their own wives in their own families, but lose that position in the congregation to be the bride in conjunction with all the women. While God created male and female for the cause of their own family, men and women in Christ’s true body are all children of God individually and they form His bride as a whole, (Gal. 3:26-28; Lu. 20:34.) In the same way, spiritually, race, class and gender do not exist in Jesus’ body or in heaven.
The truth is that the male-and-female bride of Christ lives under God’s universal plan, the management of life in general, where men and women manage His creation and kingdom as equals on a spiritual level, (Gen. 1:26-27.)
Yet, religious discrimination against woman is so deeply rooted that even the Bible is stuffed with misogyny. For believers who made the writers of the Bible into icons, this might be an unforgivable statement. Yet it seems that the writers of the Bible, quite human for their time, sometimes forgot that the bride of Christ is a spiritual woman where physical gender does not exist. For instance: in instructions to the entire body of Christ, the apostles mention only males. If God wrote down every single word of the Bible Himself, as some believe, did He also forget about women, and His calling of women as His maidservants? Definitely not. Everything the Spirit inspired had to filter to paper through the writers’ personal perceptions, mind-sets and religious notions.
PAUL THE MISOGYNIST, OR PAUL THE ADVOCATE OF COMPLETE SPIRITUL FREEDOM IN CHRIST?
It is really strange to find that even Paul dreadfully discriminated against women in Scripture. Was Paul confused about the truth of Jesus’ New Covenant Gospel for both genders, or did Bible translators force him to exhibit severely unstable, misogynist behavior to bring believers back to tradition, and legalist Judaist culture? We must remember that it was Paul who commanded in 1 Ths. 5:21-22, “Test all things [verses from the Bible as well,] hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of [distorted and unscriptural] evil.”
Can the Paul who wrote that there is no race, gender and social status in the spiritual body of Christ because true believers are “all one in Him,” (Gal. 3:28,) be the same Paul who wrote that women must be silent in the assemblies and let their own husbands teach them? (1 Cor. 14:34-35.) Did Paul forget that at Pentecost, God’s Old Testament Prophecy in Joel was fulfilled when “It came to pass… that He poured out of His Spirit on all [believing] flesh, and His sons and daughters prophesy… see visions… dream dreams? And on His menservants and on His maidservants, He poured out His Spirit… and they prophesy…?” (Acts 2:17-18.)
Even stranger, can it really be Paul who alleged, “A man must not cover his head when he prays or prophecies, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man… (1 Cor. 11:7-9.) Man was not created for the woman but the woman for the man…” Was Paul alleging that man was originally created for other man, like pederast patriarchs believe? Or was Paul disobediently ignoring God’s original commandment for male and female to manage secular life (the whole earth) together, to submit all women to all men on all levels of life? Could Paul really refer a legalistic, so-called ‘symbol of authority because of the angels’ such as a veil, (hats were unheard of in his day,) and short and long hair to the spiritual authority of true, born again believers in Christ? In reality, Paul’s whole life in Christ was a fight against ceremonial Judaist and other legalism, and cultural and ceremonial law, (Gal. 2:20-21.)
In the context of the whole New Testament, these strange passages, supposedly written by Paul, are completely against the blood-covenant of Jesus in the place of all personally believing humanity, (Jn. 3:16.) These passages so contradict the overall Gospel of salvation for every person on earth, (Jew, Greek, slave, free, male and female,) that sane believers must reject the notion that it is really Paul speaking here.
“SHOULD ALL WOMEN HAVE A MALE ‘HEAD;’ EVEN IF IT’S A STRANGE MAN LIKE THE PASTOR?”
Paul apparently commanded 1 Cor. 11:7-3 , “...The head of every man is Christ, the head of [every] woman is man...” This is very strange and uncontextual, to say the least. The context is that Paul was not referring to the marriage covenant where the husband is the spiritual ‘head’ of his ‘own’ wife, but to the general assemblies of believers. The full Gospel of Jesus Christ declares that He [Alone] is the “Head of [His entire believing] body,” (Col. 1:18,) “which is one, but has many members, (1 Cor. 12:12-31.) For by One Spirit we were all baptized into one body — whether Jews or Greeks [male or female,] and have been made to drink into One Spirit…” Jn. 1:12-13, “[For] as many as received Him [personally,] to them [all] He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His Name; who were born, not of blood, or the will of man, but of God.”
Still, in 1 Cor. 11:4-15, Paul apparently proceeds in what looks like pure religious legalism, “Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonours [Christ.] But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered, dishonors her [husband…]”