Women ministers in the church is a source of deep conflict
among Christians. The article below is in favor of women ministers and sites
many good scriptures confirming the ministry of women. Christian
women out number men in active church participation. Women tithe, sing in
the choir, teach Sunday School, and love the Lord Jesus Christ with all their
hearts. Jesus never told a woman to be silent in the scriptures.
Jesus protected women from the harshness of the law and spoke to women with
compassion and healing. Jesus Christ was a radical in His kind and open
treatment of women.
This Article was taken from Trumpet Wind email
On "The Elect Lady"...
from Ralph Beamish (Another man speaking up for women ministers.)
I have been looking again at this question and then these reports show up on the
mailing list from others confirming what I believe scripture teaches.
My current study has been on :
2 John1:1 ¶ The elder unto the elect <1588> lady <2959> and her
children , whom I love in the truth and not I only, but also all they that have
known the truth
1588 eklektov eklektos ek-lek-tos' from 1586; TDNT-4:181,505; adj AV-elect 16,
chosen 7; 23 1) picked out, chosen
1a) chosen by God,
1a3) choice, select, i.e. the best of its kind or class,
excellence preeminent: applied to certain individual
2959 Kuria Kuria koo-ree'-ah
from 2962; TDNT-3:1095,486; n f AV-lady 2; 2 1) a Christian woman to whom the
second Epistle of John is addressed
translators haven't had the guts to translate this word which is the feminine
form of KURIOS
2962 kuriov kurios koo'-ree-os
from kuros (supremacy); TDNT-3:1039,486; n m AV-Lord 667, lord 54, master 11,
sir 6, Sir 6, misc 4; 748 1) he to whom a person or thing belongs, about which
power of deciding; master, lord
1a) the possessor and disposer of a thing
1a1) the owner; one who has control of the person, the master
1a2) in the state: the sovereign, prince, chief, the Roman emperor
1b) is a title of honour expressive of respect and reverence,
with which servants greet their master
1c) this title is given to: God, the Messiah
John addresses her as the chosen lord, or leader and it is obvious further on
that she is in charge of a church that meets in her house. He assigns her
responsibility for keeping the false apostle/prophets/teachers out of her house
church. Now if she isn't the pastor/leader of the church, what is she? Only a
willingly blind man WON'T see.
be being blessed and being a blessing Ralph
What Does the Bible Say About Women Preachers? by Pastor Keith A. Smith
1. There is not one Scripture in the Bible that forbids women from preaching,
but on the contrary, there are many verses that encourage both men and women to
preach the Gospel.
2. The Bible teaches that God is not a respecter of persons, and He will use any
and all who will yield to Him, regardless of race, age, or sex.
Galatians 3:28 - "...neither male nor female...for ye are all one in Christ
Acts 10:34 - "...God is no respecter of persons...."
Moses said in Numbers 11:29, "Would God that all the Lord's people were
prophets, and that the Lord would put His spirit upon them!"
The crying need of the hour is for more laborers. It is a trick of the enemy to
try to down rate thousands of our faithful laborers just because they were born
3. The Great Commission, Mark 16:15, "Preach the Gospel," is to ALL
believers, and to all the church of Jesus Christ. The command to "preach
the Gospel" is to both male and female.
4. It is an undeniable fact that God has called and anointed thousands of women
to preach the Gospel. The Full Gospel organizations
teaching, evangelizing, pastoring, and doing
mission work with the signs following their ministry. God is using them for the
salvation of the lost, deliverance from sin, gifts of the Spirit, and infilling
of the Holy Spirit.
The Bible says, "Touch not mine anointed and do my prophets no harm."
And may we be reminded of the Scripture in Acts 5:39, "If it be of God, ye
cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God."
When someone says, "God does not call women to preach," it is like
saying that God does not baptize with the Holy Spirit today. We know better,
because we have witnessed and experienced it with our own ears and eyes.
I would be afraid to condemn women preachers, lest I would be found to be
fighting against God, and to be committing the vile sin of attributing the works
of the Holy Spirit to the devil.
5. Women preachers are a fulfillment of Bible Prophecy and another sign of
Christ's soon return to earth (Joel 2:28; Acts 2:17-18).
6. The Bible declares that women will prophesy: 1 Cor. 11:5, "For every
woman that prayeth or prophesieth...."
Both the Hebrew (Nebrah), and Greek (Proph) used for prophetess means (female
preacher). (See Young's Concordance, Pg. 780.)
The word "Prophet" means a public expounder.
The word "Prophesy" means to speak forth, or flow forth. The Bible
says in 1 Cor. 14:3, "But he that prophesieth speaketh unto MEN to
edification, and exhortation and comfort."
The dictionary says, prophesy is "to speak under divine inspiration...to
Therefore we learn from the original translation, from the Bible interpretation,
and from the dictionary, that to prophesy means more than to tell the future,
but it is to speak publicly about the past, present, or future. It is to preach
under the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
The Old and New Testament prophets and
prophetesses were preachers of God's Word.
Even if the words prophet and preacher could be separated, how could anyone
prophesy to bring exhortation, comfort and edification to the church, if she
were forbidden to speak in church and was to keep silent?
Would God inspire and anoint someone to do something that was wrong and
* (There is a difference between a prophet, and the gift of prophecy.)
7. God called and used women preachers in the Old Testament.
a. DEBORAH - Judges 4:4-5. Deborah was a Judge for both civil and criminal
cases. The children of Israel came to her for judgment. She was the chief ruler
of Israel for 40 years, giving orders to the Generals and all the army. She did
the work of an evangelist, prophetess, Judge, and a preacher. God gave her
authority over the mighty (Judges 5:13).
b. MIRIAM - Exodus 15:20; Numbers 12:1; Micah 6:4. She was a Prophetess and a
Song Leader in Israel.
c. HULDAH - 2 Kings 22:14. Five men went to Sister Huldah and communed with her.
She spoke to a congregation of men concerning the book of the Law. A female
preached to a man's congregation, and her message was taken to the nation and
produced a revival.
d. MAHER-SHALAL-HASH-BAZ'S MOTHER - Isaiah 8:3. She was a prophetess.
8. God called and used women preachers in the New Testament.
a. The first message of the Resurrection of Christ was spoken by women to a
group of men.
b. Anna - Luke 2:36-38. She must have prophesied in church, because she did not
depart from the temple.
c. Phillip had 4 daughters who prophesied. Acts 21:9.
d. Priscilla assisted Paul in his revival meeting and even taught Apollos in the
way of the Lord more perfectly.
e. 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.
9. There is no sound reason why a woman or man should not preach the Gospel.
There is a desperate need in the church for more workers. Laborers are few, and
God will use any and all who will go for Him. Some say God will not use a woman
to preach, because "The woman was deceived," but remember Romans 5:12:
"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world." It seems to
indicate that Adam was just as guilty as Eve in the fall of man. If anyone
should be kept from preaching because of sin, it would be Adam. But God does not
forbid anyone from preaching, because of Adam's or Eve's sin.
10. 1 Cor. 14: 34-35 does not say anything about women preachers. If Paul
intended this verse as a general rule to bar all women from speaking in church,
then they cannot teach Sunday School, testify, pray, prophesy, sing, or even get
saved, and this would contradict the rest of the Bible (Acts 2:4; Acts 2:16-18).
Paul was rather dealing with a particular problem in the church. Women were not
educated as were the men in that day; therefore the women would talk back and
forth to their husbands in church and ask questions concerning the sermon. Paul
said, "If they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home;
for it is a shame for women to speak in the church." If they want to talk
things over let them wait until they get home. This rule is still good for the
church today, where people are talking and causing confusion in the church
service. They should not speak in church. (Not in the back of the church either
before or after services.)
If a woman cannot speak in church, then she cannot speak in prayer meeting,
young people's service, etc., for who can deny that Sunday School and Prayer
meeting, and Youth work are parts of church? Christ's Church is not a building,
but rather it is found where two or three are gathered together in His name,
whether at a street meeting, in a tent, a home, church, classroom or anywhere
11. 1 Timothy 2:12 is not a blanket rule for all women of all churches. If it
were, then the women could not speak at all, for the same verse that tells them
not to teach also tells them to be silent.
If all women had to keep silent in church, then that would be promoting
disobedience to God, for they could not prophesy, pray, testify, sing, exhort,
do personal work, or even get saved.
Whenever an interpretation to a verse contradicts the rest of the teaching of
the Bible, we know this interpretation is incorrect, for the Holy Spirit will
never contradict His own Word.
This is the chief verse that is used to oppose women preaching and yet it says
nothing about preaching, nor does it say anything about a public worship or
church service. But, on the contrary, this verse is giving instructions to wives
as to how they were to conduct themselves in regard to their husband. Paul says
in 1 Cor. 14:35, "And if they will LEARN anything, let them ask their
husbands at home." Now he states in 1 Tim. 2:12 that the woman should learn
in silence, and should not usurp authority over the man. Paul is dealing with
more of a home problem than a church problem.
This verse still applies to us today. It is wrong for a woman to usurp authority
over her husband (in church, home, or any place else) as was the case in Paul's
day. She should not try to teach him or speak words that would cause discord and
confusion, but should rather be silent and in subjection to her husband.
It is also to be understood that if anyone, whether man or woman, is usurping
authority over the God-given leadership of the church, she or he is to be
silent, and not to teach, or act in such a way that would create discord in the
12. Some have used Titus 1:6-7, "If any be blameless, the husband of one
wife, having faithful children...", but there is a difference between a
preacher and a bishop. For I was an Evangelist and now am a Pastor, but I am not
a Bishop (Overseer), and most Pastors are not.
If God called a single man with no children to be a Bishop, as Paul was, surely
this verse is not opposed to it, nor would this scripture oppose a woman Bishop
if she was called of God for the work, as was Deborah.
What this verse does teach is that a person who is to be a Bishop must not have
two living companions, either husbands or wives.
The Bible often speaks of "man" when it refers to both men and and
women inclusively. The word "mankind" also includes both men and
women. For an example of this word usage see 1 Cor. 13:1 - "Though I speak
with the tongues of MEN and angels...." This word "MEN" includes
women as well, for we do not have one language for men and another for women.
13. To condemn women preachers and women church workers is a serious offense,
because God has stamped His approval on them by His Spirit over and over again,
and who is man to fight against the Spirit of God?
To condemn women preachers and women church workers is in a sense to claim they
are doing wrong and committing sin...and all those who support them and listen
to them are having a part in that sin.
For anyone to do this, he must condemn approximately 99% of all the
Spirit-filled believers and the vast majority of all of Christianity.
"Of a truth, I perceive that God is no respecter of persons..." (Acts
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subscription at NOTE FROM PAM CLARK http://www.prophetic.net:
It's no secret that there are many in the Body of Christ who struggle with the
thought and nuances of women in ministry. The problem really comes down to
feeling a threat of one's identity being stolen and we must guard our own, but
we do that in the light of Christ's revelation of who we are in Him and how we
are to be. God does not force His revelation on people against their will,
unless He consumes them with His Presence, but He gives us a choice as to what
we will (choose) to believe.
God's revelation is always radical to the natural mind. To put someone else down
at the expense of their beliefs is not God's way. But we can reason, God says!
(Is. 1:18) People who don't want to receive comforts in Christ from these
articles won't. But for those who are struggling with what they know inside is
right, may these two posts be a help to you.
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