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Go Therefore…Is for Both Male and Female

Beth Moore: “I Surrendered Not to the Calling of a Man. I Surrendered to the Calling of God.”

“Hi po. What are your thoughts about women preachers? Accordingly…it is not biblical that a woman should preach? Got this text inquiry at 3:48AM of Sunday while i was sleeping and coming from someone who is so attached to me. She’s one of our employee-teachers then, she’s somewhat a spiritual daughter, she’s a colleague in radio broadcasting, she’s a writer in my weekly newspaper/ quarterly magazine , she’s a sunday school teacher, she’s my wedding daughter and I officiated her marriage.

Actually, i already posted an answer to something like this months ago in response to the twice postings of a pastor friend saying there’s no biblical word “pastora.” Of course, because pastora is not an English word but we have pastor which has not been defined as to whether male or female. Same to apostle, evangelist, teacher, prophet.

“There’s neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, “nor is there male and female for we are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). Accordingly, the Apostle Paul wrote the book of Galatians to addressed the Christian Churches that were disturbed by the Judaizing faction within the early Christian Church.  Judaizing by the way, is the adoption of the Jews character which involve the practice of patriarch culture, which is a social system in which men hold primary power even in leadership.  It is my belief that Galatians 3:28 comes from the Holy Spirit to teach equality between genders “There’s neither male nor female for we are all one in Christ Jesus.”  

My desire to rewrite about the same subject was triggered because of a very recent embarassment done to American Evangelist, Book Author, and is considered the most popular Bible teacher in America Beth Moore. The shame was done by a prominent evangelical pastor and radio commentator someone whom I model as a book author. I would not be mentioning how the public mockery was made but Beth Moore’s reply was a class, “I Did Not Surrender to a Calling of a Man. I Surrendered to a Calling of God.”

Anyway, let me start with a quote from the founder of the world’s largest Christian Church Dr. Paul Yonggi Cho: “It breaks my heart at what you have done to your women. You hold them back and relegate them to rather insignificant places of ministry instead of setting them free to minister. It is no wonder Christianity is struggling in your country. You go in spiritual battle with one hand tied behind your back.” These words were uttered at a pastors conference a few years ago in Seoul Korea.

Likewise, in an another pastors conference held in Baguio City by the Conservative Baptists Association of the Philippines (CBAP), where the Greenhills Christian Fellowship is a leading Church member, a couple of expected pastors from Mindanao were represented by wives who after their husband pastors were either killed or missing, they decided to stand up and continue themselves the preaching of God’s Word and Church leadership in their God entrusted place since every male in their respective Church place was afraid to do so, accordingly. Can we apply Luke 19:40 here? Jesus speaking,”I tell you, “If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out” (NIV).

I talked about Anna in my initial explanation using (Luke 2:36, 37, 38 “And she coming in that instant gave thanks unto the Lord, and spake of Him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.” Simply means, Anna has been talking about the Lord to all of them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.” Is this not preaching?

Surely, you know that it was Mary Magdalene who first preached the good news to the disciples that Christ Jesus has risen and is alive and is going ahead to Galilee (Matthew 28:6-10). That was not an accident but a clear example of “neither male nor female.” In fact, the male apostles got afraid and hide earlier except John and only the females with the other Marys stayed while Jesus was suffering and dying at the cross.

What a male hypocrisy not to recognize a biblical exemplification of women’s leadership!    

Actually, there are two writings of Paul that seemingly devalue women in the Church which may be the reasons for the confusion: One is 1 Corinthians 14:34-35, “…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.”

Next is 1 Timothy 2:11-14, “A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. “I” do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.”

Is it not that Paul was declaring the rules for speaking in tongues during a church worship service in the earlier verse of 1 Cor. 14 and he’s saying that women should not be speaking in tongues while the church worship service is on-going? Or, women as women verses 34-35 were designed to prohibit nuisance idle chatter from the women.

Meanwhile, on 1 Timothy 2:11-14, Adam knew exactly what he was doing when he ate the forbidden fruit while Eve was deceived. Which is worse? Being deceived or intentionally and willfully disobey the expressed Word of God?  I am asking this after I heard and watched a video saying a woman is easily deceived, hence, a poor leader. Again, which is worse, Eve who was deceived to do what is wrong or Adam who was not deceived so remains in his right mind but still committed what was wrong?

Have you noticed the word “I” of the apostle Paul? Let’s check too his writing in 1 Cor. 7:10-14, “To the married i give this command (“not” I, but the Lord…v12, “To the rest i say this (I, “not the Lord”):… In 1 Timothy 2:12, “I” do not permit…, am i seeing Paul himself as a man speaking (opinion)?

Where is the Spirit led writing of Paul? “In the Lord, however, woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. But everything comes from God” (1 Corinthians 11:11-12). I strongly believe Paul is conflicting himself (his opinion  versus God’s Word). “In the Lord, woman is not independent of man, nor is a man independent of woman. For as woman came from man, so also man is born of a woman. But everything comes from God” (1 Corinthians 11:11-12).   

If someone accepted the gospel of salvation through the preaching of a woman what does it make?

Let me end with the command of Christ Jesus to all as stated in Matthew 28:19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples among all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I Am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Were these words uttered addressed only to the men not including the women present?

Conclusion: There are 5 gift of leaderships which are apostles, pastors, evangelists, teachers and prophets and are given by Christ Jesus Himself who teaches equality since creation of man and woman in His image “Imago Dei” God meant that both are equal without one being inferior to the other. The fact that man was created first does not make woman less important. Rather both should complement each other. “In the Lord, woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman: For as woman came from man, so is man born of a woman. But everything comes from God” (! Cor. 11:11-13).

Go back to the readings above of the I instruction of Paul which say, “I” “I not the Lord” “not I but the Lord” which are in 1 Cor. 7:10-14.

The “I” do not permit in 1 Timothy 2:12 is understandably coming from a Jew who has a tradition of man living superior to woman. Proof of this is the genealogy of Jesus in the book of Matthew and Luke. The generation or genealogy of Jesus through Joseph is easy while that of Mary involves a little help from the Holy Spirit. Why? Because in the said genealogy only names of male personalities can be read simply because of Israel’s patriarch culture.

When the gift of apostles, pastors, evangelists, teachers and prophets were given by the Lord there was no mention of gender of leadership: However, “Neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor male and female for we are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28).

The story of Huldah, the prophet(ess) is a nice biblical example how she led and guided the sheeps to the right understanding of God’s Word.

Both Jeremiah and Zephaniah were active as prophets during this time. Yet it was Huldah who was consulted when the king instructed the priests to “inquire of the LORD” as to the meaning of the scroll (the Book of the Law) that had been found during the work of restoration and cleaning in the temple.

It was significant that with the number of prophets living in Jerusalem at that time, the priest Hilkiah and the rest of the king’s advisors turned to a woman for a word from God. This nullifies the reasoning some use to suggest that God only uses women for such ministry when no men are available. Obviously, whether in a private audience or in the presence of the congregation, God used Huldah to bear testimony and deliver a message from him to the high priest and to the king (2 Kings 22:14-20)

The regard for Huldah’s own integrity and authority as a woman of God made her validation of the recently discovered Book of the Law all that was required for immediate action on the part of the king. Her message was not her own, but from the Lord. The fact that the phrase “This is what the LORD says . . .” is repeated three times in her short prophecy emphasizes that Huldah understood her responsibility and opportunity to be a channel through whom God delivered his Word (2 Kings 22:15-17, 19).

Anna of Luke 2:36,37,38), yet was a prophetess, was already pastoring those all who looked for redemption in Jerusalem. What’s in a name? A prophet proclaims the will of the Lord. Anna did not stop from seeing about the coming Messiah, she preached about Him and she pastored them as life goes on in the temple then. She kept talking about the Lord continuously.

Another was Deborrah, a judge and a prophet who excelled in leading and teaching: (Judges 2:16, 4:5).

Finally, there were instances in which the Bible portrays female leadership at critical moments are not just acknowledgments that women were present or filled out the scene. In each case, they proved instrumental in moving the history of Christianity forward, and what they did had an enormous influence upon subsequent events. Leadership by males proved inadequate for a new era; another kind of governance was called for, and it was done by women. Their stories illustrate vividly what Paul meant when he asked his congregation at Corinth to look around and see if they could find among themselves “the wise” and “the strong” of this world. Paul concluded, “God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong” (1 Cor 1:27).

By the way, the women I mentioned who represented their missing and dead husband pastors were officially but “silently” recognized as pastors of those churchess in Mindanao. On the other hand, the Bible teaching ministry of Beth Moore is growing tremendously. What name shall we call these prople joining her ministry? Are they not a “Church?”

A rose by any name smells like a rose,  and still is a rose. God has biblically exemplifies Men and Women leadership both in words and action.

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  1. Being a Preacher, Pastor nor a leader does not have to be men only. It says “Go and preach the Gospel” in the Bible, no mentioning of any gender. So I don’t see anything wrong for women to be Preachers, Pastors nor leaders. It’s for everyone that believes in God and accepted Him as their Lord and Savior.

  2. I believe that in the beginning of creation, when God made man and woman in His image, “Imago Dei” He meant that both are equal without one being inferior to the other. The fact that man was created first does not make woman less important. Rather both should compliment each other. ‘In the Lord, woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent to woman: For as woman came from man, so is also man is born of a woman. But everything comes from God” (1 Cor. 11:11-13).

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