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We (Barbara, Gay and Pat of God's Word to Women) are pleased to be able to put up Chapter 11 from God's Gals by Gerald McCray. Gerald contacted us a few years ago asking permission to use our website as a resource, a real complement. He also wanted to use some of the articles by Kathryn and Richard Riss, so we put him in contact with Kathryn who wound up editing his book. We are delighted that he mentions our friendship on his acknowledgments page.

About the Author

Gerald McCray was ordained a deacon in the Baptist church in 1994 following a five year training program. In 1995, Gerald received his minister's license from the Baptist church. You can say that he has come full circle. The author spent his first fifteen years in the Baptist church.

Eight months before his sixteenth Birthday, Gerald had an encounter with the realization that he needed to come into a right relationship with God. After coming to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ's death on the cross and having received Jesus as his personal savior, Gerald's family began exposing him to other denominations of the Christian faith.

Between his age fifteen conversion and now Gerald has been involved, to varying degrees, with denominations such as Pentecostal, Fundamental, AME, Deliverance, Assemblies Of God, Church of God in Christ, and others. The institutional oppression by religion of the Woman Believer has bothered Gerald for years. He has engaged in its debate in favor of doing what is right for years. He says that he always knew in his heart that the practice of excluding the woman from significant leadership roles in ministry was wrong and now he has the research to prove it. His research has taken on the form of a book. God's Gals-A Woman's Place Is In The Ministry-Case Closed! Is the title.

To their credit, the recent appointment of a woman Bishop in the AME organization is very heartening. However, the denouncement by the Southern Baptist organization of women as pastors and ministry leaders is proof that this book is still desperately needed. The woman has suffered and endured heinous inequities at the hand of the government, politicians, and other male dominated institutions. The one place on this earth where the woman, and anyone for that fact, should be able to secure social asylum is in God's house. Sadly, the church, the final bastion of liberty, has done a great disservice to the woman, the Woman Believer, and the world by suppressing her God-given gifts.

Gerald is the proud Daddy of three and the husband of one Wife at a time (An inside joke with my sister Pastor Gwendolyn Grant). The author attributes part of the motivation for doing this book is the gifts that he sees at work in his wife Desire’. Gerald also says that in another time his mother may have done mighty exploits in ministry leadership. The maternal instinct in many ways makes the woman a natural teacher and pastor of sorts. We need to see leadership titles such as pastor from the attributes perspective rather than the stereotypical gender perspective. Gerald says that he believes that everyone has something inside them that they need to share with the world whether it be a song, a poem, a book, a random act of kindness, or the like. We just need to resist the common temptation of lethargic apathy. The names Martin Luther King Junior, Mozart, or Clara Barton would mean nothing to us if these people had not shared with the world what was in their hearts.

This book can be purchased from www.barnesandnoble.com or www.amazon.com


by Gerald McCray


"All truth, in the long run, is only common sense clarified." Thomas H. Huxley.

GOD be praised! Of course Huxley, teacher and biologist as well as the most fervent disciple of Charles Darwin, was speaking to the issue of evolution. His statement, however, rings loud and true. I pray that clarifying Paul's intended instructions regarding women teachers satisfies your God-given common sense. Sensitive people knew all along, by virtue of common sense and spiritual reason, that oppression was wrong but were haunted by scriptures that oppressors used to make their point. On the surface, these scriptures were difficult to deal with in defending God's right to choose whom He will to accomplish His purpose.[1]

The Church did Satan's work for him by keeping the woman believer underfoot while he laughed and mocked us for our feeble-mindedness.[2] I wonder what countless numbers of women remain estranged from God because they see the oppression and exclusion of their gender in God's house.

How sensible is it to think that the God of Heaven and earth who is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34), has new mercies awaiting us each and every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23), and who keeps covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations (Deuteronomy 7:9) would sanction the oppression of His child - the woman believer? The compound term "thousand generations" denotes a completion of time. Forever.

His love also provides for and promises an unending covenant (contract) (Psalms 105:10). This is a contract that brings freedom, not oppression (Galatians 5:1). Isn't it irrational to think that God who changes not (Malachi 3:6) would breach His contract? (Titus 1:2) Let us look at a scripture in which Jesus taught the disciples how to pray and instructed them to view God's actions through common sense.

“If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children; how much more shall your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” [3]

When Matthew recounts Jesus' statement here in the seventh chapter of his gospel he quotes Jesus as having said, "If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!"[4] Even at the times our children disobey or display stubbornness through delayed obedience we fathers are looking for ways to bless them. To give them good things. Isn't it common sense to think that our Heavenly Father is the blueprint for earthly fathers?[5]

Yes, common sense! This chapter is for those “children” who will hastily rush to refute any argument that favors woman-led ministry and the findings and precepts this work has presented. The apostle John refers to followers of God as "children" eleven times in 1st John, three times in 2nd John, and once in 3rd John. St. John also refers to the followers of Satan’s ministry to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10) as his “children” in 1ST John 3:10. Whose children are so anxious to rule over the other's children? Whose children are we?

The preceding arguments supporting the validity of woman-led ministry (Teacher is a position of authority) have been academic, scriptural, and have involved a call for spiritual maturity. This chapter, however, will make an argument that appeals to reason. A few of the definitions of reason according to The American Heritage Dictionary are:

1) The capacity for logical, rational, and analytic thought; intelligence

2) Good judgment; sound sense

3) A normal mental state; sanity.

You will need to exercise these characteristics in order to negotiate the logic behind my argument.

When I first began the research for this work, which I initially assumed would take the form of a lengthy essay, my approach was going to take an objective look at the arguments from both sides. I proposed to share the pros and cons of each position and allow the essay to lead each reader to his/her own well informed conclusion. Mind you, I felt all along in my heart of hearts that the traditional train of thought and scripture interpretation used to assert that God doesn't approve of women's leadership, in ministry or otherwise, was wrong.

Still, I wanted to be fair, balanced, and objective. The more I researched this subject the research was not only helping to form the essay but gave voice to that knowing I had in my heart that my Heavenly Father wouldn't sanction the ungodly treatment the woman believer has endured in the name of religion. The controversy finally made sense to me once I understood the root of the issue. Now, I will share with you my theology regarding the partially redeemed woman.

The fact that a work of this nature is necessary deeply saddens me. My position regarding the partially redeemed woman is based on simple theology. The term "theology" in its technical nomenclature means [Theo] “God” [ology] “study.” The study of God. Professional students of God have come to be known as theologians -- people who think deeply about God pondering His existence, personality, and intentions. Synonyms for the word "theology" include divinity, religion, faith, belief, scripture, dogma, belief system, convictions, and creed according to the New American Heritage Dictionary.

In a loose sense, all people think about God and have there own "picture" of Him, what He is to them and what they mean to Him, and thus are theologians. Some people think of God as a jerk who is unhappy with anything we do and will make us suffer at His whim.[6] Some people think of God as some fickle sovereign who has the power to do us good but picks and chooses His favorites to bless and others to test.[7] Approaching God with an if-you-will or if-it-be-your-will request teaches us that. It also speaks of how little we invest in getting to know our Heavenly Father. It goes without saying that we are timid in regard to God because we don't really know Him. Because of how we "see" Him. Therefore, when I say “my theology” or “your theology,” I am simply referring to the particular way you or I see God and how we think He sees us.

First, let's take a look at God from a scriptural viewpoint and compare that to the practice of oppressing women in God's house. God says of those who belong to Him through the covenant of faith, "I will remember their sins and iniquities no more."[8] Isn't this a curious statement by God of Himself? God will not hold our sins against us. But why? How? Because Jesus agreed to pay the price to give all of us a peaceful and confident relationship with the Heavenly Father.

…How then can we be saved? All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. No one calls on your name or strives to lay hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us and made us waste away because of our sins. [9]

Our sin nature separated us from God. His holy nature automatically destroys sin so God kept a safe distance from us not because He wanted to but to keep us alive until a bridge could be built across the canyon that kept us away from each other. God's own son through the unimaginably abject violence He suffered during His passion built that bridge. The beating, abuse, torment, the brutality of the cross, and finally punishment in Hell satisfied the requirements of God's holy nature. The Heavenly Father judged His son so He would not have to judge us. If He judged us, the least we would get is an eternal punishment in Hell's fiery flames.[10] Jesus not only died our deaths on the cross but suffered our eternal punishment of Hell in a weekend's time.[11]

In the Levitical ceremonies of sin sacrifice the person who sinned presented to the High Priest a substitute for his trespass or violation of God's rules. The animal would be killed in place of the one who sinned to satisfy the requirement. The High Priest only inspected the sacrifice not the presenter. The substitute had to meet the requirements of purity to be accepted. If the substitute is accepted, then sinner was declared righteous. Only until the next violation. The scriptures tell us in the book of Hebrews that the use of animals was temporary because their blood could only cover sin but not eradicate it completely.

A permanent substitute was needed. A blood sacrifice that would more than cover sin. Jesus, as the Lamb of God, is the perfect, pure, sinless substitute who willingly gave Himself up for a sin substitute for the sins of the whole world. And now, for those who accept what Jesus did to not cover our sins but to erase our sin nature and the want to or will to sin, God doesn't have to look at us when we approach Him. He looks at Jesus, the substitute, sitting at His right hand and declares us righteous. Finally, we have peace with God. Being in His presence is no longer dangerous to us because of the eternal nature of our sacrifice's blood. Jesus' eternal blood cleanses eternally. Our sin nature can be replaced once and for all if we allow the substitute into our lives. Otherwise, we will have to face God on the basis of our own goodness which is, at best, is like putting a thousand dollar garment on a pig covered in fresh mud.

Please understand that God still has to judge some of us. Those who decide to reject what Jesus did for them leading to the cross, dying viciously on the cross, and enduring an eternal punishment all to erase our sin nature will have to meet God without the benefit of Jesus standing between them and God. They will have to rely on their own righteousness or goodness. The sad truth, as communicated in the 64th chapter of Isaiah, is our very best of goodness and righteous deeds at best are nothing more than filthy rags.[12] Why you ask? Because the rags only cover the stench of sin which has not been washed away by accepting Jesus' work of atonement. Deeds are religion. Righteousness is a relationship of peace.

I will remember their sins no more? That is a powerful and comforting promise. According the its context, “they” refers to those with whom God has made His covenant; specifically, “each one” and “all.” Does “all” mean “all,” or only “those who aren’t female”? Did Jesus suffer all He did for us to discriminate and exclude? Does God mean that He will forget the sins of the man, including his many sins against women, but will remember the sins of the woman and hold them against her? Why else would she be shackled and restrained when it comes to exercising her Ministry Gifts? The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The God who is no respecter of persons would not sanction these oppressive things that religion has done to the woman in His name, would He?

Scriptural theology says of God's forgiveness in the 103rd division of Psalms, "As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our [sin] from us." (Verse 12) "Us" means all of us, including Woman -- the Man with the Womb. When God first created their spirits, the Word of God says that the Lord called their name Adam (Genesis 5:2). There is a whole new direction theology could take with that statement, but the point is their equality. They were equally human, in equal relationship with God, and fell from grace equally. It stands to theological reason that the redemption of the Man is equal to the redemption of the Woman. If the Man were redeemed to the point of Ministry Freedom, wouldn't this no-respecter-of-persons God have redeemed the Woman equally? Wouldn't He? I think He is especially compassionate enough to have done so. Psalms 78:38, 86:16, 111:4, 112:4, and 145:8 each attest that our God is "full of compassion."

The 103rd Chapter of Psalms goes on to say of The One True and Living God, "Like as a father [is especially compassionate to] his children, so the Lord [is especially compassionate to] them that [reverence] him." (verse 13) Do you think that would make Him compassionate enough to build up His child rather than tear down, tear apart, degrade, humiliate, and subjugate her, as the Man's theology of the partially redeemed Woman has done?

For the 17th verse to say, "…the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children…" in concert with the previous verses draws a picture of God that is completely contrary to the one you get from believing that He would sanction the oppression of His beloved child -- the Woman Believer. Also, when I think of how God says of HIMSELF in Malachi 3:6, "…I am the Lord, I change not," and how Galatians 5:1 admonishes us to, " Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free," I must conclude that the oppression of the woman believer in excluding her from significant leadership roles is not an act of God! What's bothered me so much about this issue over the years is the point that I hope this chapter has made thus far. With all we know about God,

  • His Goodness
    (Exodus 18:19, 34:6, Psalms 21:3, 23:6, 27:13, 33:5, 52:1, 107:8, Romans 2:4)
  • His Compassion
    (II Kings 13:23, II Chronicles 30:9, Psalms 86:15, 145:8, Micah 7:19, Matthew 14:14, Romans 9:15)
  • His Mercy
    (Romans 4:8, Zechariah 3:9, Jeremiah 31:34, Psalms 32:5, 130:4, Acts 5:31, 26:18, John 3:16-17)
  • His Justice
    (II Chronicles 19:7, Psalms 103:6, Proverbs 16:11, Isaiah 45:21, Zephaniah 3:5, Romans 2:2)

where in HELL did this theology of the partially redeemed Woman come from? Maybe the answer is in the question. The answer is also in the scriptures. In Zechariah 3:1, the prophet Zechariah tells of a vision from God where he sees Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. Now, there is an interesting theology twist. The mere fact that Satan has audience with God at the same time that a believer does is a daunting thought. Just as in Jesus' parable of the wheat and the tares, Zechariah's vision brings home the fact that evil is present practically everywhere even in God's presence. The word that was translated "resist" is actually spelled s-a-t-a-n. The Accuser no doubt initiated the evil that resulted in the Woman Believer being oppressed and spiritually shackled. Why did the Church agree to do Satan's work for him? Well, NO MORE!

Remember that Satan's destruction foretold in the Genesis 3:15 by God involves two instruments that He plans to use to care it out. The Woman and Her Seed. Every since Eden there has been a campaign to keep the woman under thumb and subservient but not by God. Satan so feared God's promise to use the woman to destroy him that he convinced the man, governments, religious hierarchy, and the like to suppress her. Revelation 12:12 cries woes and warns the inhabitants of the earth that Satan will come with great wrath because he knows his time is short. In verse 13 it tells why his time is short. The woman has given birth… Pastors, Catechizers, Professors, Seminaries, we have to finally release our women to give birth to Satan's destruction



[1] Exodus 33:19 And he said, "I will make all my goodness pass before you, and will proclaim before you my name `The LORD'; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.

Romans 9:15-16 For he says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion." So it depends not upon man's will or exertion, but upon God's mercy. RSV

[2] Eph 4:17-20 So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. 20 But you did not learn Christ in this way, NASU

[3] Luke 11:11-13 KJV

[4] Matthew 7:11 RSV

[5] Hebrews 12:9-10 Besides this, we have had earthly fathers to discipline us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? RSV

[6] John 9:2 And his disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" RSV

[7] Matthew 8:2 and behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, if you will, you can make me clean." RSV

[8] Hebrews 8:12, 10:17

[9] Isaiah 64:5-7 NIV

[10] 2nd Thess. 1:7-8 …the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. NASU

[11] Acts 2:25, 27 David speaks concerning …the Lord …thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. KJV

[12] Isaiah 64:6


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