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Woman in church (Marry women)

Women and God's plan

The only difference between women and men is our roll in procreation and parenthood. Therefore, our differences are physical and social, not spiritual.

Proverbs 31 lift up our spirits and make us want to be just as the virtuous woman.  We are so exited, and then, we expect even better things from our Lord Jesus and his wonderful plan of salvation.

But then, we find 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 and 1 Timothy 2:9-12.  We can’t talk in the church, not even ask.  We can’t teach.  We need to dress in certain way were certain things are prohibited.

We get all depressed and think, may the old testament work better for women?   Should we rather go back to the law, become Jews and refuse to accept the grace? But hey, one moment!  Paul is citing the law. “34 women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says.”

Why women should continue under the law while men enjoy the freedom of the grace?

Our Lord Jesus came to preach a spiritual kingdom where even slaves are made free.  Where to serve God is not longer a burden but a joy and a choice.

Man can follow what God put on their hearts, but women should follow the law and men rules?  If God calls, should we say:  No Lord, I should allow my husband to go instead of me,  because Paul said that the law said so.

I remember these two women in church saying between themselves that they do not believe a woman should be a pastor.  Well, if God did not call you.  You should not be a pastor, but do not take least all those women who carry the burden by the grace of God and have to fight the opposition, everyday.

My first pastor was a woman.  She handle a large congregation.  That was my first evangelical church, and I am still a believer.  And I know many other people who were also blessed through her ministry.

The scripture says in Deuteronomy 25:4 “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.”

Proverbs 31

15 She gets up while it is still dark;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her servant girls.

— She is a leader —

16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

— She is a decision maker —

23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.

— She brings honor to her husband —

26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

—  She is not only allowed to speak, but her intelligence is
appreciated —

27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.

— She is hard-worker and determined —

28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:

—  Everyone in the family loves her and appreciates her —

1 Corinthians 14:34-35
34 women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. 35 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.

1 Timothy 2:9-12

9I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, 10but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.

11A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. 12I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.

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If anyone has the intention of exercising power over anyone through ministry, such a person should never minister in the church of The Lord.

If anyone wants to be over the others, such has to turn into the servant of everyone. This is what Jesus says.

Should a woman teach? This is a very polemical theme nowadays. The Didascalia is one of the non-canonical books. It gives us a more detailed explanation of what Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 14:34, and 1 Timothy 2:12. It seems that the widows were uneducated and not suitable to give an acceptable response about doctrines and issues on concerning punishment and reward, and the kingdom of the name of Christ and other subjects. This commands also applies to the layman. The idea seems to be to stop the Gospel from getting corrupted and misunderstood by the gentiles and new believers.

The widows were allow to speak about non-complex subjects such as concerning righteousness and faith in God.

Ministry is service, responsibility, sacrifice. You don’t preach to be honored, but to honor God. When you honor God, you are not seeking for recognition of any kind, but to do the will of God even if that represents to fight discrimination at your own church. The greatest ministers that history recognizes were killed, went to jail, and did not enjoy much reverence.

God called prophets when his people were in sin, to bring them back to repentance. Most of the time, kings hated the ministers of God, because their words were not pleasant.

Men of God who are sent by God are rarely welcome. There is no advantage on being a minister other than spiritual, and this is by the faith in God.

Let’s serve God with a pure heart and clean conscious  not seeking to please ourselves but to The Lord.

It’s a bigger issue to stop bad workers who offend the ministry with their actions than discriminating women preachers. As a good Christian, our main concern should be make sure that the ministers are bringing God’s message. If the message is good, let’s receive it. Let’s not judge, let God be the judge. Remember that we are not under the low of men but under the grace of God in Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.

Pray to God over everything and watch for the fruits. A good tree will produce good fruits and a bad one, will produce bad fruits. The good preacher or minister will conduct in a good way according to the word of God. If a particular woman is a vessel of honor in the house of the Lord, why to disturb her? There is nothing in the bible that says that to be a woman is a sin. Nothing clearly says that women are unworthy of preaching the gospel of Jesus which is mean to be preached by testimonies. It says that Paul did not allowed women to teach or exercise power over men.

We all know that Paul often says this is from the Lord or this is from me. He made sure that the church understood that he was not speaking by the Lord all the time, but rather as a men experienced in the faith of Jesus Christ.

If you have something to testify about the wonders of God, you can preach in faith that God is wonderful and righteous.

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