Thursday, September 20, 2007
The Immutability of God vs. Women Preachers
All these women charlatans listed above are Word Of Faith teachers and preach another gospel. That other than the Gospel we've received from Our Lord Jesus the Christ. *****************
Today we have homosexual preachers, fornicating preachers, adulterous preachers, legalized murder(abortion), so called Christian co-habitation and the like. These all are sin and they stem from a lack of reverence and adherence to the Holiness of God.
Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
This can easily be a difficult topic to address, so let us establish one rule before we begin. This is the rule-We will submit to Sola scriptura alone. This means Scripture alone. Defined: that the Bible as God's written word is self-authenticating, clear to the rational reader, its own interpreter and sufficient of itself to be the final authority of True Christian doctrine.
The Doctrine of the Immutability of God defined: The immutability of God says that He does not change and this is clearly taught throughout Scripture in countless passages.
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Mal 3:6 “For I the Lord do not change.
To quote C.H. Spurgeon:
“When Christ in past years did gird himself with mortal clay, the essence of his divinity was not changed; flesh did not become God, nor did God become flesh by a real actual change of nature; the two were united in hypostatical union, but the Godhead was still the same. It was the same when he was a babe in the manger, as it was when he stretched the curtains of heaven; it was the same God that hung upon the cross, and whose blood flowed down in a purple river, the self-same God that holds the world upon his everlasting shoulders, and bears in his hands the keys of death and hell. He never has been changed in his essence, not even by his incarnation; he remains everlastingly, eternally, the one unchanging God, the Father of lights, with whom there is no variableness, neither the shadow of a change.”
1 Timothy 2:11 Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve; 14 and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.
1 Timothy 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
1 Corinthians 14:34 Let your women be silent in the churches, for it is not allowed to them to speak, but to be in subjection, as also the Law says. 35 But if they desire to learn anything, let them question their husbands at home; for it is a shame for a woman to speak in a church. 36 Or did the Word of God go out from you? Or did it reach only to you?"
I too was under the impression that women could hold the office of what is spoke of in
Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.
I was wrong. I let the culture misconstrue my views of the Bible. I realize the closer I get to the Lord Jesus Christ and learn about Him in the entirety of His truth: I see my depravity and seek earnestly to be like Him regardless of what the world or the so called apostate church thinks of me. With my gift of grace, faith, and salvation I have become a slave to Him and have subjected myself to the His revealed will through the Holy Scriptures.
Let’s get some basics before we get to the meat of this topic. What is Hermeneutics? Defined: The theory and methodology of interpretation, especially of scriptural text. Every good Bible student should become acquainted with this term. This becomes important when we look at the text in the New Testament regarding the order of the church. All of the words used in the passage listed are masculine nouns and therefore cannot be filled by any woman. I love women! Believe it or not my wife is one. With all that said we still have to be obedient to scripture regardless the time we are in. God and His Word does not change with the seasons and did not change with the women’s movement in the 1960’s.
Please don’t insult my intelligence or yours by saying Miriam, Deborah, Huldah, Priscilla, Phoebe, etc. Yes I know there were women prophetesses in the New Testament but they still were to follow the order of the church and you will never see them teaching with authority over men. I see so many people try to say it was the culture. What is Paul’s reasoning behind this? Maybe Paul had a hard heart towards the opposite gender? Wrong! If that is the case what else do we lump into that category and proclaim it was just for that time era? God’s Word transcends time. I know many women who are very gifted in teaching, but their gifting does not supersede the precepts we have set forth from the revealed will of God in scripture. Women can teach in the proper setting as stated in Titus 2. The question no Christian should ever ask is “how much scripture can I disobey and still be ok?” The obvious answer is that we give all our effort to become like Christ and show his glory since we are the church and will one day be His spotless bride.
I’ve heard the common objection is that Paul only restricted the Ephesian women from teaching. They will say Paul was speaking of the false god Artemis where women were the authority in the worship but Paul mentions nothing to this effect and we cannot draw a solid ounce of proof to hold that faulty position. There are three words in the Greek that speak on this role in which they can only be filled by a man.
A comparison of the passages listed in this article you will see that the terms overseer, bishop, shepherd, pastor, elder, presbyter, and ruler, are synonymous and interchangeable. They are simply different words for the same thing.
1) episkopos means overseer or bishop
2) poimen means shepherd or pastor
3) presbuteros means elder
Is this something new that I am bringing to the light? No of course not. We have stepped so far away from Biblical truth when we hear it; it sounds strange or uncommon. I know this first hand from experience. When I first heard this, of course my eyebrows raised and I thought it to be foreign and could not possibly be true. With all the Jezebels we see in the pulpit Paula White, Juanita Bynum, Joyce Meyer, Marilyn Hickey, and Joni Lamb. We have to stand firm on the Word of God regardless of the times. In our day we have men and women alike calling themselves Apostles, Bishops, Evangelist, Prophets, Master Prophets with Cheese, Double Prophet Jr’s and I’m sure they will come up with something more sensational than the latter.
Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Some of us have not come anywhere near what Paul is speaking about in the passages written in Romans but we have already separated our self from the adherence to the revealed will of God through his scriptures because it does not fit into our flawed and selfish interpretation of scripture. The theological definition for sin: Lack of conformity to the revealed will of God through the refusal of the creature to be related to the Creator by faith.
How can we say we love him and refuse to obey his commands?
1 John 5:1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. 4 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?