Apostle TJ expresses his viewpoints as led by the Spirit (and backed with scriptures) on the relevance of women in ministry.
After watching a YouTube video (see below) about when John MacArthur tells Beth Moore (who is a powerful woman of God, Evangelist and Author) to “Go Home”, likens her preaching style to a “TV jewerly salesperson” and further expresses his thoughts on how the ‘church is caving in to women preachers’…it makes one wonder why some Christians think women are not allowed to preach and voice the word of God to His people? Furthermore, why do some men view women in ministry as insignificant, despite them being used by God to do exploits for His glory?
Read more to find out Apostle TJ’s thoughts on the matter. We pray that it encourages all women in ministry to step out and be bold to showcase God’s glory! And if God has called you into ministry, but you’re having doubts, think you’re not good enough or worried about the opinions of man…we pray that after reading Apostle TJ’s points, that the spirit of fear, oppression of perspectives from man and doubt will be casted out! In Jesus name. Amen.
“I usually don’t get involved in every battle because I have my focus in the gospel but as one who God has entrusted to serve, raise and commission leaders; I find what John MacArthur has done here to be completely inspired by the devil.
I am so blessed by the amazing women of God in our ministry and beyond. I truly wonder what we would be able to do without their ministry and diligence. We will not let the devil use the confused men make you feel like you don’t belong to the ministry. We would never ever allow it.
Women of God are phenomenal and we have many of them in NE Alliance and NE Churches. You have an amazing capacity that can only be attributed to God’s grace and glory. Your voice, your preaching and teaching matters and is so relevant.
Never let the enemy take that away from you. The devil completely fears women because they are doing major damage to hell.
John MacArthur is confused about many things even the gifts of the Spirit and fivefold ministry he is confused about. Confused people can twist anything to suit their own agenda by ignoring revelation and clear principles of bible interpretation.”
Can women occupy positions of authority and teach? YES!!!
“And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.” – Luke 2:36-38 ESV
Jesus was preceded by the ministry of a powerful prophetess and intercessor known as Anna. She played such a crucial role in her ministry regarding the first coming of Christ. Apollos was one of the greatest church leaders, was taught and upgraded in understanding by Priscilla and her husband.
The scriptures that are used to justify women not leading and teaching are used in the context of marriage and to address marriage dynamics within a specific time to a particular congregation.
Take the scripture below as an example, if you take it as an all-round principle single woman have no provision to learn or ask questions. Also, it will mean that as a spiritual leader woman can’t ask me questions because their husbands are exclusively supposed to teach them. What’s my job then?
“the women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.” – 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 ESV
So, we would have to look at the context of the scripture to find out what category of women Paul is referring to. Clearly, he is dealing with marital issues in the scripture. It’s obvious that on the basis of other scriptures God doesn’t want women to keep quiet and it’s not a shame for them to speak.
“The Lord gives the word; the women who announce the news are a great host:” – Psalms 68:11 ESV
“The Lord gave the command, and many women carried the news:” – Psalms 68:11
“The Lord speaks; many, many women spread the good news.” – Psalms 68:11 NET
Women are phenomenal communicators and God’s word acknowledges their grace!
And for you to be a communicator you have to be able to understand. Women have the ability to both communicate and understand the mind of God.
Would not make sense for God to ask all women to keep quiet at church when they are gifted and instrumental to his plan.
So, we know that Paul isn’t saying that it’s a shame for all women to speak in church. He was dealing with a situation in a local congregation or a situation peculiar to a time frame. Don’t forget that the epistles were both situational and doctrinal. You cannot separate the history and situation from the doctrine!
These are letters and letters have objectives…
“After all of this I will pour out my Spirit on all kinds of people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your elderly will have revelatory dreams; your young men will see prophetic visions. Even on male and female servants I will pour out my Spirit in those days.” – Joel 2:28-29 NET
The word prophesy is also a word that means to preach. Prophecy could be inspired preaching or teaching. It’s what we now call prophetic teaching or preaching.
“And His gifts were [varied; He Himself appointed and gave men to us] some to be apostles (special messengers), some prophets (inspired preachers and expounders), some evangelists (preachers of the Gospel, traveling missionaries), some pastors (shepherds of His flock) and teachers.” – Ephesians 4:11
Prophets in amplified – inspired preachers and expounders.
“Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy”…“On the morrow we left there and came to Caesarea; and we went into the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the Seven [first deacons], and stayed with him. And he had four maiden daughters who had the gift of prophecy.”- Acts 21:8-9
There is enough scripture to see that women leading is not against the plan of God.
The spirit behind Paul’s writing is honour in marriage. Simply because of their gift or leadership position, wives should not dishonour the spiritual leadership of their husbands. To me that was his emphasis and his instructions were rebukes to manage a situation as opposed to absolute doctrinal standard.
“Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured [to death], refusing to accept release [offered on the condition of denying their faith], so that they would be resurrected to a better life;” – Hebrews 11:35 AMP
Scripture cannot oppose scripture, in the mouth of two or three every witness is established. Once again we fully celebrate you women of God and don’t be silent. We need your contribution in the faith. Wow, we need your faith!!”
Ladies…we hope that you have been encouraged by Apostle TJ’s points as he perflectly describes and explains the importance, relevance and power of women of God.
If you want to a gain further biblical insight and not a traditional view of women – then we encourage you to read this eBook, “Women in Ministry” written by George Akalonu