Does God care for women as much as He does men? Yes! Women are as significant to the home, church, and society as men are. In Christ, women enjoy equality in spiritual position and blessings before God as men do. This does not mean that there is to be no difference in men and women in their appearance and responsibilities. There is the reality that needs to be obvious in the Bride and society today: Men and women were obviously created by God differently!
KNOWING HER RIGHTFUL POSITION
Men and women were created for different roles. The Bible affirms that men are to be the leaders in the home, church, and state. Women were not created to rule these divine institutions; men were. Even the five-fold ministry of Ephesians 4:11 was so designed in the Scriptures for men, and not for women. In the beginning, man and woman were co-equal in their position before God. But when Eve fell in transgression when she listened to the upright creature, the covenant was changed. The woman was now to be under subjection unto the man as evident in the succeeding scriptures:
I TIMOTHY 2:14-15 - "And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety."
GENESIS 3:16 -"Unto the woman He said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire [shall be] to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee."
EPHESIANS 5:22-24 - "Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so [let] the wives [be] to their own husbands in every thing."
The prophet Isaiah was condemning Israel when he said that women ruled over them (Isa. 3:12). The prophet Eliyah was also condemning Ahab because his pagan wife Jezebel was overpowering him. Samson was turned out of the will of Yahweh because he listened to the dictates of Delilah. And Adam himself failed God because of listening to his wife Eve. In the church, according to the Bible, no woman is qualified to be a pastor or in any other leadership position over men. Who says that? God Himself said it through His New Testament mouthpiece, the Apostle Paul.
1 Timothy 2:11-15 clearly states: "Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety."
1 Corinthians 14:34-37 states: "Let your women 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 any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church."
Let's approach this very controversial subject with a mind that's open to the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
How could a woman possibly be a pastor of a church when she is forbidden to teach or to have any authority over men? Women can only become pastors if churches willfully and openly reject the Bible's teaching. Unfortunately, churches today, even the Pentecostals, are often infected by worldly temperament. Women Liberation has invaded the churches. Thus, the rebellion of women in the world is provoking similar problems in the churches, and we find women desiring and demanding leadership roles in many churches.
WOMEN IN THE 5-FOLD MINISTRY?
The MAIN ISSUE can be summarized as follows: "Can a Woman be ordained to the pastoral ministry?" If you believe the Bible, the answer is a solid NO! The Bible speaks very obvious on this subject leaving no room for speculation and confusion, or even, debate. The problem is that churches today too often are looking to sources other than the Bible to justify their vain convictions. The result is an intoxication of ideas that reject the authority of Scripture.
Women may serve in the church in various capacities as long as those capacities do not violate the principles of authority and order of the Word of God. Women may be in spiritual authority over other women and children but not over men. We do not negate the fact that there are many women that have great abilities. But it is important to remember that this issue has nothing to do with worth or ability. It has everything to do with order and authority. God has placed the family unit, and the very Church Itself, in proper order.
1 Corinthians 14:40 states, "Let all things be done decently and in order." Hebrews 13:17 "Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you."
Women may serve with great results in the church however not as Pastors, Elders or Deacons. Christ chose twelve men to be the foundational leaders of His Church, and the apostles were bid to choose seven men also to be deacons. To ordain women as Pastors/Elders/Deacons is a violation of the Word of God and due to either a lack of scriptural understanding, or simply an attempt to make the Bible say what meets man's carnal desire. We must not allow cultural pressure or political correctness to dictate to the Church its authority structure. Since the qualifications listed in 1 Timothy 3 also state that a deacon must be "the husband of one wife" (1Tim. 3:2), it is therefore clear that the office of a deacon should be held by males.
A very important scripture concerning who is to be an Elder or Pastor is the following one; 1 Timothy 3:4-5 "One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)" This passage clearly links the authority of a man in his home to the authority of men in the Church. It is clear that God also put men in charge of His Church. God has established his authority structure and has clearly place men in leadership over women.
Here are a few doctrinal issues and nuggets concerning "WOMEN PREACHERS", as gleaned from some of the sermons of Brother William Branham. Many people have rejected "The Message" entirely because they feel that Bro. Branham was a "woman hater" or that he preached against women. This is not true! He taught against the Jezebel spirit that was rising up and that has overtaken many today.
WOMEN CAN SING, TESTIFY, SPEAK IN TONGUES, PROPHESY, BUT NOT TO PREACH
"The question was if the woman has got a gift of tongues and she wants to speak, I believe that when that time comes on, she has a right to speak out in the gift of tongues, but not to preach or to usurp any authority over men. When she's a preacher, of course she is over men."
"One wanted to know if it was wrong for women to testify, or to sing, or give messages in tongue, interpretate the messages, or prophecy in the church. No, it isn't wrong; it's a--as long as it comes in the place in order. See? The church is in order, and only when... The real, true way to do it is for those who speak with tongues and things or messages are given before the message from the pulpit, never during that time; 'cause the Holy Spirit's moving just from one place at a time, as Paul spoke of there. But women are gifted with prophecy, and gifted with tongues and interpretations, and everything but being preachers. They're not to be preachers. They're forbidden to preach in the churches (That's right.), take the place, or be a teacher, or anything in the church. But as far as gifts, the woman has all those, can occupy one or any of those nine spiritual gifts according to I Corinthians 12, and is under no bondage that her message should not come forth in its place."
A WOMAN MUST NOT INVADE THE PULPIT
"Like Eve you walked out and went on your own. You got the vote. You took men's jobs. You left off being females. You ought to repent and come back to God. And if all this wasn't bad enough, a whole lot of you took the idea that you could invade the pulpits and the church offices that God reserved for men and for men only. Oh, I touched a sore spot then didn't I? Well, show me one place in the Bible that God ever ordained any woman to preach or take authority over a man, and I will apologize for what I have said. You can't find that I am wrong. I am right, for I stand with the Word and in the Word. If you were Spiritually rich you would know that is true. There is nothing true but the Word. Paul said, "I suffer not a woman to teach nor to usurp authority over the man." You can't possibly take a place amongst the five-fold ministry of Ephesians 4 and not take authority over men. Sister, you had better listen to that Word. It was not the Spirit of God manifesting in a Spirit-filled life that told you to preach because the Spirit and the Word are ONE. They say the same thing. Somebody made a mistake. Somebody was fooled. Wake up before it is too late. Satan fooled Eve, your mother; he is fooling the daughters now. May God help you."
THE WOMAN , NOT THE MAN, WAS DECEIVED IN THE GARDEN
"She (Eve) persuaded him (Adam) out of the will of God and caused him to do something that he should not have done, and, by it, caused death to the whole human race. That's why the Bible forbids her to teach, or to preach, or to handle God's Word, in any manner. I know, sister, many of you say, "The Lord called me to preach." I'm not going to argue with you. But I'm going to tell you, the Word says you not to do it. "She shall not teach, or usurp any authority, but to be in silence." "Well," you say, "the Lord told me to do it." I don't doubt that one bit. Did you hear my Message the other night about Baalam? Balaam got the first, straight-cut decision of God, "Don't do it." But he kept on fooling around till finally God told him to go do it. God might permit you to preach. I don't say He didn't. But it's not according to His original Word and plan. "For she is to be under obedience, as also saith the law." It's true. Therefore, she's not supposed to do it."
SHE SHALL BE SAVED IN CHILDBEARING
"Oh, don't you see, that's why Paul said a woman should never preach the Gospel. She was--she was in the... She was the one that was deceived. "I suffer not a woman to teach or to usurp any authority, but to be in silence. (See?) For--for Adam was first formed and then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived, her being in the transgression." Said, "Notwithstanding, now, she's not lost; she shall be saved in childbearing (if she's got a husband), and so forth; she continues on in faith and sobriety and all holiness with such, she'll be saved. But never permit one to teach or to usurp authority." See? Paul said, "Don't you do it." Said, "Now, I think I have the mind of the Lord," he said. They said, "Why, the... Why, the prophets over there prophesied and told us that we should preach."
"He said, "What? Came the Word of God out of you, and came it to you only? If any man thinks himself to be a spiritual or a prophet, let him acknowledge that what I say is the commandments of the Lord." See? That's right. He knowed what he was talking about. But said, "If he be ignorant, just let him be ignorant. That's all. See? If he won't listen to it, well, just let him go on; he's headed right straight down to the gully. See, but just go ahead." But there, them two spirits... Reason... Like they got women on the police forces, out on the streets. That's a disgrace to the American flag to put them mothers out there on the street and tens of thousands of men without a job. Why, it's a woman's nation; it's a women's place; a woman will take over. It's woman worship. It's that Catholic dogmatic spirit, worshipping a woman for a god. Here's that just... It's just setting right. Don't you see the setup?"
"There's nothing that God could've give a man any sweeter than a wife, a real wife. But when she gets anything beyond that, she's--she's out. That's exactly. God never intend women to work in any these places and to do them kind of things like that. Them women, you're--they're to have children and raise their children. They're all little preachers, every one of them, but they have their own pastoral at home with their kiddies, bringing up their children. All right."
A REAL WOMAN IS A JEWEL
"So, but now, a good woman is a jewel in a man's crown. She should be honored. She... My mother's a woman, my wife is, and they're lovely. And I've got thousands of Christian Sisters who I highly respect. But if--if they can respect what God made them, a motherhood and a real queen, that's all right. She's one of the best things that God could give a man, was a wife. Besides salvation, a wife is the best thing if she is a good wife. But if she isn't, Solomon said, "A good woman is a jewel in a man's crown, but a--an ornery one or no-good one is water in his blood." And that's right, it's the worst thing could happen. So a good woman... If you've got a good wife, brother, you ought to respect her with the highest. That's right, you should do that. A real woman! And, children, if you've got a real mother that stays home and tries to take care of you, keeping your clothes clean, sends you to school, teaching you about Jesus, you should honor that sweet old mother with all that's in you. You should respect that woman, yes, sir, because she's a real mother."
BEING A "DOMINATING FEMALE" IS ANTI-CHRIST
"Now a woman is NOT meant to have an iron disposition. She is, according to the Holy Scripture, to be submissive to the male. That is commanded of her. Woman who is truly female, all female, will be of that disposition. Not a door mat. No real male makes a female a door mat. But she will want to be under authority and not rule over the male, for he is the head of the house. If she breaks that image that God made for her, she is perverted. Any male that lets the woman take authority has also broken that image and he is perverted. That is why a woman CANNOT WEAR THAT WHICH PERTAINETH TO A MAN (Deut. 22:5) OR CUT HER HAIR (1 Cor. 11:6, 15). She is never to wear garments that pertain to a male or cut her hair. When she does she is intruding into the male domain taking authority and perverting herself. And when a woman invades the pulpit which it is COMMANDED SHE MUST NOT DO, she shows what spirit she is of. Being a dominating female is antichrist and the seeds of the Roman Catholic Church are in her though she may deny this ever so vehemently. But when it COMES TO THE WORD, Let God be true and every man's word a lie. Amen."
Feminism is of the Devil. One subject you'll never hear a woman preacher preach about is feminism. As with the Homosexual Movement, the Feminist Movement has changed the Word of God into a lie, "Who changed the truth of God into a lie" (Romans 1:25). Feminists have even fabricated their own Feminist Theology. This is rebellion against God. Women are Scripturally forbidden to be pastors, preachers or leaders over men in any capacity. The average woman today is a feminist in her philosophies. This is tragic and a curse upon America. This is why the sin of abortion is commonplace. This is why the sin of divorce is so prevalent. One sin begets another.
Women have equal human rights, are of equal worth, and are not inferior to men in any way; BUT, woman do not have a right to usurp authority over men. Feminism DEMANDS equality in the area of authority, and cries "inequality" if they don't get it. This is what Lucifer said in Isaiah 14:14... "I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High." Lucifer just wanted EQUALITY, wanting to be "like" the most high. Feminists claim they are simply asking for equality, to be "like" men in authority. Today, America is infested with women in authoritative power positions, and America is going to Hell because of it. Homosexuality is commonplace, abortion has become completely shameless, pornography is considered normal, divorce is highly encouraged nowadays, etc. Sin! Sin! Sin! Feminism is a Trojan Horse sin, that brings with it a slew of godlessness and woeful evils. Feminism and the Word of God are DIAMETRICALLY opposed to each other!
One of the best worst examples of Christian Feministhood is Catherine Booth (wife of Salvation Army founder, William Booth). According to her biography, Catherine Booth was an avowed feminist. The Bible says, "For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft" (1st Samuel 15:23). Feminism is a horrible sin! Catherine Booth objected to the idea that women are the "weaker sex," which according to the Holy Bible they are (1st Peter 3:7). Booth was a staunch feminist, who publicly criticized her husband, yoked together with unbelievers, and shamed the name of Christ. She was a disgrace to the name of Christ.
It was not until 1860 that Catherine first started to preach. One day in Gateshead Bethseda Chapel, a strange compulsion seized her and she felt she must rise and speak. Later she recalled how an inner voice taunted her: "You will look like a fool and have nothing to say". Catherine decided that this was the Devil's voice: "That's just the point," she retorted, "I have never yet been willing to be a fool for Christ. Now I will be one." It was the Devil's voice alright, that seized her and compelled her to rise and speak, because the Bible states... "But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence" (1st Timothy 2:12). Catherine Booth, and rebellious women preachers today like Melissa Scott, Joyce Meyer, Paula White & Juanita Bynum have twisted the Scriptures in an attempt to justify their rebellion. God calls men to preach, NOT women. Say what you will, feminism is rebellion and it has infested many of our churches and homes today. Feminism is WRONG!!!
When we study the Bible, the issue is not one of equality, but of roles. The Bible teaches an equality of men and women. Both men and women: Are made in the image of God, Have dominion over the earth & Are joint heirs in Christ.
The Bible clearly teaches a distinction in the roles of men and women.
The early leaders in the feminist movement recognized this.
After their views became more accepted, others have tried to interpret the Bible to fit their views.
We read in 1st Peter 3:1-5... "Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price." A woman is to have a "meek and quiet spirit" at all times.
There is nothing "meek" about feminism. The dictionary defines "meek" as being "Humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness; very docile." Feminism is not humble in any way; but is clamorous and demanding... "A foolish woman is clamourous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing" (Proverb 9:13). The dictionary defines "clamorous" as "Conspicuously and offensively loud; given to vehement outcry." Is there a more offensive group given to vehement outcry than feminists? I think not. The National Organization of Women (NOW) ought to be called The National Organization of Witches, because 1st Samuel 15:23 equates rebellion with the sin of witchcraft. Feminism is an act of rebellion against a Holy God. Women are commanded to submit to, and obey, their own husband.
Women preachers are FALSE preachers! A woman preacher cannot obey 1st Peter 3:5, i.e., to have a meek and QUIET spirit, when she is preaching with authority from a pulpit. Melissa Scott is a false prophet and is a good example of why women shouldn't be preachers. Boy, she can dazzle the crowds with her profound knowledge (so it seems), but the audience has no idea what she's talking about because she's rambling on incoherently. To watch her preach such utter nonsense with a man's authority is repulsive.
Don't forget that Eve was the one who was deceived, not Adam. We read in 1st Timothy 2:11-14, "Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression."
The Bible gives 2 reasons why women are not to preach, teach or lead men. The fact that God created Adam first is significant. The woman was created FOR the man. Like it or not, no woman will be happy until she is serving a man, i.e., her husband. Thus, men cannot lead if women are getting in the way. The modern idea of a husband and wife both working jobs, and hiring a stranger to raise their kids is insanity. 1st Timothy 5:14 stresses the importance of women being at home. A woman's place is in the home.
The Bible makes an issue of the fact that Eve, the first woman, was deceived by Satan. This is significant. Say what you will, women are more vulnerable to deceptions than are men. "The spiritual life of a nation, city, town, school, church, or home never rises any higher than the spiritual life of women." -Dr. R.G. Lee
Women posses the greatest power in this world, the power of influence; but when women usurp authority over men to do so, their influence becomes one of evil feminism and rebellion.
Many will use Galatians 3:28: "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." This has nothing to do with preaching. We ARE all equal in Christ. There are no Big "I's" or little "You's". Though we are all equal, we have our God ordained positions. We need to accept this fact. Are all prophets? Are all preachers? Are all apostles? Are all teachers? The answer is NO. Each person has his or her respective place in the Body of Christ and neither one is to venture out beyond that.
God has never ordained women preachers in His church. All the ministers in the Five-fold Ministry of God are men. Because the Woman strayed outside the Word in the Garden of Eden when she was deceived by the Serpent, God had to put her in her designated place in the church. Churches which hearken to the Satanic voice of Jezebel and allow women in their midst to preach and teach the Word of God are actually blinded by Satan to the Truth. Surely, they are in for a rough time that lies just ahead.
Dear friends, please don't take this wrong. If you are to be in the Bride of Christ, then you MUST be in full subjection to the WORD. For Christ is the WORD. We know many will disagree with this article; but the truth must be proclaimed. Many women preachers think that God is pleased with their actions because their "ministries" are prospering and spreading. You must remember, "it rains on the just as well as the unjust".
Don't get the idea that we are teaching a "Male Dominate" theology. Any man who abuses his authority is not a true man. A man should NEVER abuse his wife physically, verbally or mentally. The woman IS NOT to be run over. A true man of God treats his wife with love & respect. A true woman of God recognizes & accepts her respectful place; not only in the world, but in the Body of Christ as well. Dear sisters, please don't let the spirit of Jezebel get upon you. If you are determined to do your "own" thing, you will be blinded by the conceit of your own carnality and will never come to the knowledge of the truth. Open your mind to the leadership of the Holy Spirit of God; He will guide you into all truth. AMEN.