Rebellion Against God – Condemning Woman Pastors

Does God Ordain Women?

Both the Hebrew (Nebrah), and Greek (Proph) used for prophetess means female preacher. (See Young’s Concordance, Pg. 780.)

I am not going to reiterate what I wrote in the 4 Article Series on Women as Pastors.

Galatians 3:28 “…neither male nor female…for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”

Acts 10:34 “…God is no respecter of persons….”

There is not one Scripture in the Greek Text that forbids women from preaching, but many verses encourage both men and women to preach the Gospel. We will address these in another section of this series.
Acts 2:18, “And on my servants and on my handmaidens, I will pour out in those days of my (God’s) Spirit; and they (the servants) shall prophesy.” This is taken from the Old Testament, Joel 2:28-32.

We shouldn’t be asking whether the church should let women be pastors. We should look at the bible and follow God (and Paul’s) example. Not only does God ordain women as pastors, and into leadership, but it is clear that we are not suppose to oppose our leaders, men or women.

Many people leave a church when a woman becomes pastors. Partially they leave because of their ignorance. Sometimes they abandoned the church where God placed them because of pride and arrogance. It is interesting that this type of rebellion is exactly the same type of arrogance and rebellion the group of newly converted women showed in 1 Timothy which caused Paul to tell women who were ‘learning’ to remain quiet.

The Dangers of Condemning a Woman Pastor

I need to preface this section of the article. Not every woman/man is trained well enough to hold the position of pastor. Not everyone is called of God to be a pastor. Many people today are getting correspondence ordinations through unrecognized and no-denomination organizations that are preaching blatant lies. The problem is, they do it out of lack of understanding and training. I believe these are the women who are ‘still learning’ that Paul instructed to be quiet.

However, in the Old and New Testament, the Reformation, the Holiness Movement, and other places in history we see women who are baptized with the Holy Spirit receive the gift of being a pastor/prophetess/elder. These three often refer to the same calling, to preach and lead the children of God. It is of these women that the following verses apply.

The Bible says, “Touch not mine anointed and do my prophets no harm.” And may Acts 5:39, “If it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.”

Phebe – Romans 16:1-2. Paul commended Phebe to the Church at Rome and requested that they assist her in her business. She was one of Paul’s assistants in the work of the Lord and delivered the Book of Romans to the people from the hand of Paul.

In both Matt 16:19, and Matt.18:18, Jesus has given to the apostils the following authority.

Matt 16:19, Jesus said, “I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

Matt.18:18-19, Jesus said to the apostils, “Verily I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them.”

John 20:22-23, “And when He (Jesus) had said this, He breathed on them (the disciples) and saith unto them, receive ye the Holy Ghost; Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain they are retained.”

Luke 2:36, “Anna a prophetess.”

Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth”

Women were baptized with the Holy Spirit on that first day. Why didn’t Jesus specifically order that they be left behind?

Jesus told his followers to “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” John 1: 19. Why didn’t Jesus state that he only meant the male followers?

John 1:20 “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” This commandment was to everyone who followed God. No one doubts this, despite the use of the word ‘teach’ which also means ‘preach.’

Let us take a look at the 2 verses that seem to be anti Woman Pastor verses

1 Cor.14:34-35, “Let a woman keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.”

1 Tim.2:11-12, “Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, not to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.”

We’ve already discussed these verses using the theological and Greek translations – which give a very different meaning. But not everyone is willing to accept the fact that their old version bibles were not translated well. So let’s look at these verses again.

Learn – both these verses have one word in common. Women should learn quietly. I don’t think that anyone can argue this. It is rude to interrupt the instructor and pastor. In fact, in today’s church, no one interrupts the pastor.

Law – in Corinthians, it was against the law for a woman to speak publicly, in some places. In others, where Artemis was worshiped, women had special status over men.

usurp authority – obedience – both of these words mean that a woman should be arrogant, proud, rude, or be aggressive. And, as we learn in the New Testament, a person who has an intimate relationship with God displays the fruits of the spirit including humility, gentleness, and love. Again, this does not apply to a woman who is ready to assume the role of pastor.

Silence – 2271. Greek is, hesuchia. Quiet, tranquility, stillness, as in quiet life. Again, we see that she is to be modest, and gentle, not loud or boisterous, not appearing as the women of the world appear.

1 Cor.11:5, “But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven (like a prostitute that would shave her head.)

Let us take a closer look at this. Why would Paul teach that a woman teachers (prphesieth) should cover their head if they are not suppose to speak or teach in public? Why would Paul work with at least 5 women pastors, and one woman apostles if he believed that all women should not preach or teach?
Women as Pastors Series

The Dangers of Hypocritical (Pick and Choose) Doctrines

I know the word hypocrite is rather harsh but think of it. None of us would read Matthew 5:29-30 and cut their leg and arm off, or poke out their eye because they went and watched a secular movie in the theater. We want to ‘pick and chose’ what verses to take literally, or what apply to us. This is exactly the type of religious dogma that Jesus hated when He walked the earth.

Yet we will take 2 verses out of context, which, no matter how you look at them, do not preach that God is against women as pastors, while there are several verses that

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