NOTE FROM JERRY ]
love, appreciate and respect those who have
believed and taught differently. My burden
'here' is not to 'cast a negative reflection'
against any Christian brother or sister or any
Christian 'group.' My burden is to share my best
and trust the conclusion with the Holy Spirit,
who is our teacher.
would like to encourage you to consider whether
the Word of God is given to ALL "Mankind" with
the same equality. The woman, coming from the
very being of Adam at the command of God, became
part of all "Mankind." Inviting the Spirit of
God…by His Word, I am trusting Him to open the
hearts and understanding of many concerning this
issue, which I believe, needs to be addressed
within the Body of Christ. I trust, you agree…or
we begin, please consider with me the neutrality
of gender concerning God's concept of male
and/or female. The word "Man" is always used as
a "neuter Gender" referring to both male and/or
female in the Bible. The word "man" or "mankind"
is applicable to ALL humanity, male and female
according to the inspired Word of God. You will
never find God differentiating between the two
"Mankind!" May we begin?
3:2-4, "Jesus answered and said unto him,
Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a MAN be
born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.
Nicodemus saith unto Him, How can a MAN be born
again when he is old?" Does this scripture
exclude WOMEN? Can MEN only be born again? Why
didn't our Lord make a distinction here? Why
didn't He include the word WOMEN also as one who
could be born again?
Some may have already 'thrown me over the dump,'
and others of you may be just 'about too!' BUT!
I 'beg you' to just 'hold on' a little
Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore if any MAN be in
Christ, HE is a new creature: old things are
passed away; behold, all things are become new."
Can a WOMEN be in Christ? Are not WOMEN also
made new creatures in Christ?
Corinthians 5:11, "Knowing therefore the terror
of the Lord, we persuade MEN." Do we not also
Corinthians 9:7, "Every MAN according as HE
purposeth in HIS heart, so let HIM give, not
grudgingly, or of necessity: For God loveth a
cheerful giver." Is not a WOMAN to give unto God
also as SHE purposeth in HER heart? Is SHE
excluded from being a cheerful giver?
Romans 6:6, "Knowing this,
that our old MAN is crucified with Him, that the
body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth
we should not serve sin." Isn't a WOMAN
crucified with Christ, that HER body of sin
might also be destroyed? Do not WOMEN also share
in this experience?
Romans 7:24, "O wretched
MAN that I am! Who shall deliver me from the
body of this death?" Is not the WOMAN faced with
this same dilemma? Doesn't a WOMAN need
deliverance from the body of this death?
Romans 8:14, "For as many
are led by the Spirit of God, they are the SONS
of God." How about the WOMAN? Is SHE not also to
be led by the Spirit of God? Can SHE be a
DAUGHTER of God? Does God only have SONS and no
3:18-19, "HE that believeth on Him is not
condemned: but HE that believeth not is
condemned already, because HE hath not believed
in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And
this is the condemnation, that light has come
into the world, and MEN loved darkness rather
than light, because their deeds were evil." How
about SHE that believeth? How about the WOMEN
who loved the darkness because their deeds were
3:36, "HE that believeth on the Son of God hath
everlasting life: and HE that believeth not the
Son shall not see life: but the wrath of God
abideth on HIM." Is a WOMAN denied everlasting
life because the scripture does not say, SHE?
Does the wrath of God abide only on the MEN?
John 3:1-3, "Behold what manner of love the
Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be
called the SONS of God…Beloved, now are we the
SONS of God, and it doth not yet appear what we
shall be…And every MAN that hath this hope in
HIM purifieth HIMSELF even as He is pure." Isn't
the same manner of love from the Father bestowed
upon the DAUGHTERS? Are not the WOMEN included
in this hope?
Surely we can answer; Yes!
Yes! Yes! to all the previously mentioned
questions concerning the woman's place in God's
scheme of faith. Search the scriptures…you will
NEVER find anywhere that God differentiates
between the male and female. He has always
referred to both genders as "Mankind." All these
scriptures and multitudes of others, affirm the
truth of the neutrality and equality that God
places upon the "male and female" of His
Apostle Paul wrote: "For ye are ALL the children
of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 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." (Galatians
they originated in traditional religion?
Corinthians 14:34-35, "Let your women keep
silence in the church; for it is not permitted
unto them to speak; for 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 a woman
to speak in the church."
Timothy 2:11-12, "Let the women learn in silence
with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to
teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but
be in silence."
If we would take these scriptures out of their
context, this might 'virtually eliminate' the
work of the church on earth! Think with me a
moment, look around in any given congregation; I
believe you will find that the WOMEN outnumber
the men seated in the pews. Listen, and I
believe you will hear more WOMEN'S voices
singing in worship.
into the Sunday school rooms (especially the
babies through the Jr. High children) and you
will find that WOMEN again outnumber the men in
being the "care givers." Remember…the scripture
said, "Let your women keep silence in the
church." How could this be? It appears that the
male gender has usurped the privilege of
'picking and choosing" the jobs that WOMEN are
qualified to do within the various
denominational churches. It appears that the
more "menial" tasks are "permitted" the women.
There seems to be no problem with women
cleaning, cooking, and bodily serving in the
Considering the spiritual
realm, some denominations "permit" women to
teach the children, but not the adults! What is
the difference? Didn't the scripture say, "I
suffer not a women to teach." I do not read in
that scripture where an age is mentioned!
Wouldn't you think that the children would need
to be guarded from any unscriptural procedure,
more than the adults? Aren't children more
vulnerable than the adults?
appears…the confusion goes on…Other
denominations "permit" women to be members of
certain boards, but disqualify them to be on
others. Some denominations "permit" women to be
a Sunday school Superintendent, others say, No!
Perhaps this confusion is coming from MAN'S
private interpretation, apart from the Holy
you find this 'picking and choosing" in the
scriptures? I don't. If the WOMEN were to be
silenced in the church, who would carry on in
all these activities that have been delegated to
them seemingly by default(?) Would there be
enough men to volunteer?
we find contradiction in the infallible Word of
Now…If, these so-called
negative scriptures under consideration, were
the ONLY ones mentioned concerning a WOMEN'S
"Job description" in the church, we would gladly
concede. However, this is not the case.
we read the letter to the Corinthian church, we
find this same Apostle Paul now giving
instructions to WOMEN as to how they should
appear when they were praying or prophesying
(isn't that preaching?) in the church.
Corinthians 11:4-5a "Every man praying or
prophesying, having his head covered,
dishonoureth his head. But every WOMAN that
prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered
dishonoureth her head."
same Apostle Paul visited the house of one
called Phillip, an evangelist who had four
daughters, which did prophesy. As it is
21:8-9, "And the next day we that were of Paul's
company departed, and came to Caesarea: and we
entered into the house of Phillip the
evangelist, which was one of the seven; and
abode with him. And the same man had FOUR
DAUGHTERS, virgins, which did PROPHESY."
read of no reproof from Paul about these
daughters preaching the Word of God. If, in
fact, God were displeased about these daughters
preaching the Word of God, surely under the
inspiration of the Holy Spirit, this apostle
would have expressed some form of reproof or
Please consider another
recorded experience concerning a women's station
in the church…
18: 24-26, "And a certain Jew named Apollos,
born at Alexandria, and eloquent man, and mighty
in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. This man was
instructed in the way of the Lord; and being
fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught
diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only
the baptism of John. And he began to speak
boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and
PRICILLA had heard, THEY took him unto THEM, and
expounded unto him the way of God more
Remember! We have the
scriptures that say, "But I suffer not a woman
to teach, nor usurp authority over a man." Yet!
Here is a WOMAN by the name of PRICILLA, who
with her husband, "Expounded to Apollos (a MAN)
the way of God more perfectly." There is no
record of Apollos rejecting HER instruction or
that he felt that she had "usurped authority"
over him. Evidently Apollos received this
instruction and profited by it for it is written
in the following verses (27-28), "And when he
was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren
wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him:
who when he was come, helped them much which had
believed through grace. For he mightily
convinced that Jews, and that publicly, showing
by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ."
this commendation that the apostle Paul wrote
concerning a WOMAN PASTOR at the church, which
was at Cenchrae…
Romans 16:1-2, "I commend
unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of
the church which is at Cenchrae: that ye
receiver HER in the lord, as becometh saints,
and that ye assist HER in the Lord in whatsoever
businss SHE hath need of you: for SHE has been a
succourer of many, and of myself also."
Brother Paul clearly
commends these believers into the PASTORIAL care
of Phebe. He instructs them to receive her in
that calling in the Lord. He requests that they
should "assist her" in the business of the
Would you like to deny
'this' commendation? Well! Would you agree that
many traditional views do? I wonder if Jesus'
words might apply 'here:' "Your traditions have
made void the Word of God." Perhaps 'this
concept' has caused a VOID in the Body of
Christ, for many women have been denied the
exercise of the hope of their calling(?) Did you
notice that Paul does not refer to Phebe as
"Reverend Phebe?" He speaks of her as a
"Servant." I believe there is only One who is
worthy to be called Reverend. God Himself!
Perhaps we all know that the title of Reverend
is a traditional term, which grew out of the
apostasy. Many denominations have followed 'this
practice.' I wonder if 'they' realize it is 'a
way' of exalting 'clergy' above 'laity.' I don't
think you will find this self-exaltation
anywhere in the scriptures.
'Sorting This All Out!'
Let's return now to those
seemingly "negative" scriptures and do our best
to read them in their proper context…The apostle
Paul was referring to a Jewish ordinance, when
he wrote, "Let your women keep silence in the
church." In the Jewish synagogues, women were
never permitted to teach, speak, or even ask
questions! Why was that? It was because MEN had
usurped the position of honor in reading and
studying the scriptures. The Scribes and
Pharisees had written the Jewish Talmud, which
denied the WOMAN this privilege! God did not
inspire the Jewish Talmud!
Apostle Paul has written: "If they will learn
anything, let them ask their husbands at home."
Why were they told to do that? It was because
the women were causing a disturbance in the
assembly by asking questions. They were acting
out of order, for they did not know the
scriptures as the men did. They wanted to know
about God also.
Clark, one of the most recognized historians and
theologians of the Christian Judeo faith, gives
this understanding in his commentary…
was permitted to any man to ask questions, to
object, altercate, attempt to refute in the
synagogue; but this liberty was not afforded to
the women. Paul confirms this in reference to
the Christian church. He orders them to keep
silence; if they wished to learn anything, le
them ask their husband at home, because it was
perfectly indecorous for women to be contending
with men in the public assembly on points of
doctrine, cases of conscience etc. But this by
no means intimated that when a woman received
any particular influence (calling) from God to
enable her to teach, she was to ignore that
influence; on the contrary, SHE WAS TO OBEY IT."
did Paul confirm this ordinance within the
Christian assembly? It was for the same reason
that had been prevalent in the Jewish
synagogues! The WOMEN were still in ignorance of
the scriptures, having never had the opportunity
to be a part of the learning fellowship. Paul
was instructing them to "Ask their husbands at
home," because they were still causing a
disturbance and acting out of order.
Clark's comments speak in harmony with the
scriptures, as he relates the same "Hope of the
woman's calling," as the Apostle Paul has done.
Let us return to the conclusion of Clark's
the Apostle Paul opposes here is the women's
question, finding fault, disputing in the
Christian church, as the Jewish MEN were
permitted to do (because they knew the
scriptures) in their synagogues together with
the attempts to usurp the authority over the men
by setting up their opposition to them, for the
Apostle has in view especially acts of
disobedience, arrogance etc…of which no woman
would be guilty of, who was under the influence
of the Spirit of God."
could be more clearly understood than this
these truths were accepted, this understanding
would eliminate all the confusion concerning the
issue being addressed! What more can we say? For
time would fail us, to tell of God's calling
upon all the WOMEN throughout recorded history
of the Old and New Testaments!
There was Miriam…"And
Miriam the PROPHETESS the sister of Aaron, took
a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went
out after her with timbrels and with dances."
There was Deborah…"And
Deborah, a PROPHETESS, the wife of Lapidoth, SHE
JUDGED ISRAEL at that time. And she dwelt under
the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and
bethel in mount Ephriam and the CHILDREN OF
ISRAEL CAME UP TO HER FOR JUDGEMENT." (judges
There was Noadia…"My God,
think thou upon Tobiah and Sanballat according
to their works, and on the PROPHETESS Noadiah,
and the rest of the prophets, that would have
put me in fear." (Neh. 6:14)
Amazing, as it may seem to
the male gender, God chose a WOMAN to bring the
greatest announcement that the world would ever
There was Anna…"And there
was one Anna, a PROPHETESS, the daughter of
Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a
great age, and had lived with an husband seven
years from her virginity; And she was a widow of
about fourscore and four years, which departed
not from the temple, but served God with
fastings and prayers night and day. And she
coming in that instant (Mary and Joseph's
entrance with the baby Jesus) gave thanks
likewise unto the Lord, and spoke of him to all
of them that looked for redemption in
Jerusalem." (Luke 2:36-38)
Samaritan WOMAN went back to her people and
'preached a citywide revival,' after meeting
Jesus at the well, according to John's record.
Magdalene, a WOMAN was last at the cross. (Mark
WOMAN…was first at the tomb! (John 20:1)
WOMAN…was first to proclaim the Resurrection!
Clarion Scripture to End ALL Controversy
it shall come to pass in the last days; saith
God, I will pour our my Spirit upon all flesh;
and you sons and YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY."
believe, the day of Pentecost should have
settled all the "questioning" concerning God's
acceptance of both male and female gender as
equal! The blessed Holy Spirit is the Giver of
every gift and gives some apostles, some
prophets and some teachers etc…and makes NO
difference. Why then, do MEN (and even some
women) not accept this assurance? Needless to
say, again, His Word does not contradict itself!
it not very clear that Divine gifts come from
the Creator to WOMEN the same as they do to MEN!
One need only turn to Paul's Corinthian letter
to find this admonishment…"Now concerning
spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you
to be ignorant…" He goes on to explain in verse
27, "Now ye are the body of Christ, and members
in particular. And God hath set some in the
church, first apostles, secondarily prophets,
thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then
gifts of healing, helps governments etc." We do
not find a difference made as to a WOMAN or a
MAN being "set in the church" by the Holy
Spirit. May I reiterate this admonition…My
BRETHREN, please do not be "ignorant" concerning
the spiritual gifts.
is not concerned about whose voice He speaks
through, as long as He has called them for this
intended purpose. When God's anger was kindled
against the Prophet Balaam, He chose to use the
mouth of an ass to correct this MALE Prophet!
Surely in God's sight, a
WOMAN would be placed in a more accepted station
than an ass to speak His Word. Please forgive my
'reference,' but you know what? It's true,
anyhow! (BIG SMILE!)
"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." (Galatians 3:28). [Selected]