God’s word is clear: His callings, gifts and anointing for five fold ministry and general service are not reserved to any specific gender. This inspirational teaching literally burst forth out of me (it is the only way I can describe it), after reading a post on Facebook on 17th September 2016 and I believe it was inspired by the Holy Spirit; a mere summary of a vast topic which I hope enlightens as well as encourages both men and women.
Cutting into shreds the “Women are not called into church or ministry leadership” false doctrine
Are women called into church or ministry leadership as men are? In this day and age there are still people who are opposed to women preaching and being leaders in ministry. I read a Facebook post on the morning of 17th September in which a woman mentioned how she got into a heated argument with a man about this subject. I was inspired to write about this matter in a manner that made me feel like I was once again cutting the ordinance of that deceptive age old anti-Christ doctrine to shreds with the Sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Women in God ordained leadership positions:
-Deborah the prophetess/counsellor had a recognised leadership position in Israel.
-Anna was a prophetess who spent day and night interceding as she awaited the coming of the Messiah. If God felt women were not to be His ministers He would have only chosen Simeon or a man instead of Anna.
-Lydia the business woman/trader who had a prayer ministry.
-The Samaritan woman according to Josephus the Jewish Historian became a notable missionary who travelled around.
If it was not for the restrictions of the culture in ancient times, I believe more women would have risen up in the first century church to be ministers for Jesus’ strategic meeting with the Samaritan woman speaks louder than words, he was breaking many cultural restrictions I.e Jews not supposed to speak to Samaritans or even go through their land, and not supposed to speak to a woman openly the way Jesus did…
Jesus is the means through whom the new covenant (Jer. 31:31-33) to Israel was fulfilled and presented to the world at large.
31Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
32Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day [that] I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
33But this [shall be] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
If anyone reads Jer:31:31-33, is there reference to gender restrictions? There is none.
If Jesus felt he was going against the will and plan of God (remember he only did what God instructed him) he would never have allowed
1)Mary the sister of Martha to sit at his feet to listen to him, as a disciple would a “Rabbi”.
2)an entourage of women to follow him from town to village as he went about teaching and healing …
I believe these women were also disciples in the true sense of the word, taught by Jesus but they were not recognised culturally as such. You cannot follow someone around for a length of time without learning from them, especially one such as Jesus.
Was it wrong for women to be taught and amass knowledge from Jesus and risk becoming as knowledgeable as Rabbis? Obviously according to Jesus it was not.
Culture /traditions of men did not accept it, but Jesus did it anyway.
My, my, my that anti-Christ (contrary to Christ) spirit of cultural/traditional resistance to women advancing in equal measure with man as according to God’s decree is still very much alive and kicking TODAY in the church posing deceptively to be of God/Christ. It is an age old limiting spirit that is exposed and will never prevail in Jesus’ mighty name Amen.
If this biblical verse which speaks of Jesus’ purpose is really true:
“26For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
27For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
28There 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.
29And if ye [be] Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”(Gal 3:28 KJV),
then it is also true that women are also called to preach, teach and minister with the same anointing of God that is impartial or selective of any one gender (there is no “male or female” in Christ) Born again Christian Women are also called to church leadership office because they, as born again men, are also chosen by God to either be Apostles, Prophets, Teachers, Evangelists and Pastors as well as other church functions I.e deacons, administrators.
Despite some of the things Paul said e.g. that women should be quiet in church (which I believe was because within the context of that culture women were not allowed to pursue leadership positions and were also in that particular region known to be making too much noise in gatherings), which some people have used to prevent women from church leadership positions, he was careful not to make statements during his writing about giftings & callings in the book of Corinthians which would imply that he was saying that there were gender restrictions. He knew that if he did he would be lying.
It is time for people who have been falsely indoctrinated to be delivered from those false teachings and be restored to the truth of God’s word. My prayer is that multitudes who are deceived will be enlightened by God and may those who prefer to stay blinded to the truth of God’s Word be prevented by God from being obstacles to the advancement of those who are predestined by God to be His instruments in ministry, whether they are male or female. Amen!
©Deborah E.Nyamekye 17/09/2016