Women Ministering in the Church

[Revised May 6, 2018 to incorporate excerpts reflecting harmonious thought from the 02/07/2014 article The Suppressed Cause of Feminism]

Applied to the church setting, women are often marginalized based on commonly misinterpreted passages of the Bible (1 Cor. 11:5, 14:34; 1 Tim. 2:12). These passages are misinterpreted as a result of their being lifted out of original, historical context and due to a lack of word study in the original languages and cultures, apart from “tradition-steeped translations.” Accordingly, a pendulum swing has been occurring in denominations over the past 20 years or more, which otherwise may have been avoided if churches had been biblical instead of cultural and denominational traditions. Most conservative evangelicals and fundamental evangelicals stammer at the realization Philip the Evangelist had several prophet daughters (Acts 21:9). They choke to consider a woman can be a deaconess and/or active laborer in the gospel ministry, worthy of receiving honors like the Apostle Paul gives (Acts 18:26; Rom. 16:1-3, 7; 1 Tim. 3:11-12; 1 Tim. 5:10; Phil 4:3). And, they fall down twitching to know that Jesus had ministering women traveling with him (Luke 8:1-3). Women have the Spirit too (Joel 2:28; Acts 2:14-17). The sexes are heirs together of the grace of life (1 Pet. 3:7). In the church, there is no race, class, or gender inequality (Gal. 3:28); there are only roles and responsibilities (1 Cor. 11:3-16; Titus 2:4), which means the man must love first & support/self-sacrifice like Christ–-a high calling, which reflects back the the beginning, when Adam should have loved and protected Eve self-sacrificingly instead of passively treating her like a spiritual guinea pig, so he could either watch her kip over or blame her later (Gen. 3:6-7, 12).

So, let’s be honest, Christian men. If you don’t agree with feminism and feminists, perhaps you need to own the “monster” you’ve helped make. Quit blaming the victim and start taking responsibility for protecting women and furthering their dreams & desires and “rights.” In the matter of feminism, and in most other matters of social injustice, those who point the condemning finger are often the secret cause.

I say these things while raising a few caveats. Some women have more drive and ambition than most men; and I affirm selfish ambition and “out-to-prove” attitudes are never right for anyone, but especially for women whom I observe to be generally “better” than men in social and relational graces–as if designed to be the shining tiaras of humanity (Prov. 12:4; 1 Cor. 11:7). Neither am I making void Christian arguments for the sanctity of all human life by this article. There is a difference between the feminism which is just and virtuous and the Miley Cyrus type who work toward devolving the dignity of humanity, especially the dignity of women.

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OTHER RESOURCES:

Ordination of Women: NT Wright | Jesus Creed

Women in Ministry by L. E. Maxwell – This title is a God-sent expose of both the prejudices and misunderstandings of Scriptures which touch on the role of women in the church and women themselves. The book revolutionized my understanding of the way God has used and would use women for His Kingdom’s sake. Mr. Maxwell strips away fear, repression, and uncertainty with balanced, lucid, and accurate teaching. A must read for every Pastor and every woman’s man! Sure to encourage any Christian lady toward passionate, confident service!

Women in Early Christianity | Jesus Creed

The Bible that Women Question | Jesus Creed

The Elect Lady | Jesus Creed

Lydia and Tabitha in the Bible | Biblical Archaeology

Biblical Scholars and Women in Ministry | Jesus Creed

Do Egalitarians Take the Bible Seriously? | Jesus Creed

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