Newsletter Contents:


1.  Truth or Tradition - Editorial by Pat Joyce
2.  What's New - A list of new material posted on the Website
3.  Short Subjects - Conference, Book Recommendation, H.I.M. and Chart

 

What’s Happening
on the Web

We want to call your attention to some outstanding new articles that have recently been put up on the website.  You can always find the latest by clicking on What’s Newfound at the top of each page.

Just Say 'No' To Psycho-Babble by Leslie Johnson.  Here is an excellent short article encouraging the people of God to judge by the Word rather than "pop-psychology theories and mindless suppositions regarding gender tendencies."  Leslie, with her husband Gary, authored Does God Really Prefer Men: an Open Letter the the Church in America.

Women Arising Now by Chuck Pierce.  This article is Chapter Nine of his book The Future War of the Church.  A prophetic word for women is included which says that "despite the enemy's efforts to oppress and seduce women, we are about to see women of the Church arise and influence the world in a way they have never done before!"

Review of No Place for Abuse by Ed Shei.  Dr. Shei reviews the book  No Place for Abuse by Catherine Clark Kroeger and Nancy Nason-Clark which provides biblical and practical resources to counteract domestic violence.  To read the full dissertation, “Persuasion and Church Ministry as It Relates to Woman Abuse: An Evaluation of No Place for Abuse on the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behavior of Asbury Theological Seminarians,” click here. 

Women Speaking Justified... by Margaret Fell.   In about 1667, the Mother of Quakerism wrote from prison on why women speaking for the Lord, even in church, is justified by scripture.  This historic document uses the Word itself to prove that the silencing of women is not according to scripture.

Anna by Helen Gwilliam.  Anna is an addition to our vignettes of women in Scripture.  It is a story based on the verses that tell us of the prophetess, Anna Helen wrote this for a  family evening program during the Christmas season where each family or person was asked to contribute something.  She asked the Lord if He had something she could share,  and "Anna" came forth.

Another Look at Eve, What does the Bible Say About Her Participation in the Fall? by Jane McNally.  Mother Eve gets a bad rap.  But is it justified?  Traditional Jewish and Christian interpretations of the early chapters of Genesis have led to the heaviest blame often falling on Eve for the entrance of sin and death into the world.  Faulty interpretations of many Bible texts concerning women foster the low status, oppression, and abuse of women the world around, which is one of the greatest social evils.

Chart of Teshuqa done in color by Rebecca Snyder.  The chart showing the changes made in the translation of the Hebrew word teshuqah is critically important to understanding Genesis 3:16.  Katharine Bushnell originally did the chart in color but printing costs had made it necessary for us at GWTW to use gray tones instead.  Now the truth about the changes in translation this word through the years can be clearly seen.

 


We highly recommend the new book by Leslie Johnson with her husband Gary entitled, Does God Really Prefer Men, An Open Letter the Church in America.  Her explanation of the meaning of sonship is outstanding. To read a portion of a chapter, click here.

 

Let's Get It Right

Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

A Conference in Tulsa, OK
November
4 & 5

GWTW, represented by Pat Joyce,  will be presenting a workshop at this conference entitled :

Implementing Biblical Equality
Using the Internet

For the full conference program and registration information, click here.

Happenings at Hyatt International Ministries

"Eddie and Sue Hyatt have exciting news to share about what is happening with Hyatt International Ministries.  With thanks to many givers, H. I. M. was recently able to purchase a ministry house in Tulsa, Oklahoma, aptly called The Tulsa Ministry House.  Presently, they are searching for a location for the Christian Women's Hall of Fame.  See www.ChristianWomensHallofFame.com

 

"With thanks to a Church family in Cool, Texas on the western outskirts of Weatherford/Ft. Worth, The Texas Ministry House, previously located in Euless (mid-cities area between Dallas and Ft. Worth), has been relocated to Cool, Texas.  The great advantage of this move is that operating costs will be cut in half as the land on which The Texas Ministry House now sits is being leased to Hyatt International Ministries for $1 a year.  This move is a significant step toward facilitating the development of a strategic Bible institute to promote spiritual awakening and biblical thinking among the nations.  Both of the Hyatts have articles up on our website.  To check them out, click here  and click 'articles by author.'"

 

 

Katharine Bushnell spoke of the need for women to take their place in the divine economy.  While there is much debate as to just what that place is, we at God’s Word to Women have no doubt that God intended for men and women to work together in a full and equal partnership based on anointing and gifts not gender.  We are not feminists seeking power or control.  We are women pointing the way toward God’s desire--biblical womanhood.

 God’s plan for male and female relationship is clearly stated in the first two chapters of Genesis.  This pre-fall picture has been distorted by traditional teaching.  While remembering that “we fight not against flesh and blood but principalities and powers,” (Eph. 6:12) let’s take a look at some of the major barriers to resolution of the woman question as part of the “restoration of all things.”( Acts 3:21)    

Clearly, the resistance of various denominations and powerful ministries is formidable.  It is amazing to me that leaders, many trained in Greek and Hebrew, can be so blinded.  Even when confronted with clear, undeniable scholarship that shows the translation and interpretation errors, they hold to tradition. 

Lee Grady tells about asking a prominent theologian at a respected seminary to review something he had written about women pastors.  He knew the man did not believe women should hold pastoral office but wanted to know on what scripture he based his views.  Grady was shocked to discover that he did not base his theology on a scripture at all, but rather on his own, extra-biblical theory that “women are intellectually weaker than men and therefore are not able to teach doctrine.”
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 Paul said, “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.”  (Col. 2:8, 1 Peter 2:9)  If you look only at the words and actions of Jesus toward women during His earthly ministry, the will of God is clearly seen.  It is blatantly obvious that He rejected the traditions that marginalized women.  The fact is, His relationship with and inclusion of women was a major stumbling block to Jewish leaders.  What does Jesus’ attitude toward women say to us today?   Let us pray for scales to be removed from eyes so that truth might be seen.

 Many will say, “Oh, but there has been so much progress.”  That’s true, but it is critical that we do not take a distorted gospel into the world.  Only uncompromised truth will usher the Kingdom and bring release to the oppressed women of the world.

 Complementarianism, a major obstruction to biblical womanhood, lets women serve the church within set limits.  While this is unacceptable, it is their traditional stand on the home that is the most dangerous.  Jesus said no man can serve two masters, yet traditionalists and complementarians place the wife in a hierarchical, chain-of-command structure where the husband is looked upon as lord and priest of the home with the woman yielding to her husband’s headship rather than the Lord’s. Part of this error is based on a misunderstanding of the word head (Greek kephale) as it is used in the New Testament.[2]  Men and women makeup the royal priesthood. (1 Pet.2:9)  The same Holy Spirit dwells in both.  Jesus, alone, is Lord in and of the home. 

 The most alarming resistance to biblical womanhood comes from women themselves who say they are comfortable in the traditional church.  Many do not even realize a problem exists partly because of church structure that places ministry in the hands of the few rather than working “for the equipping of the saints (all of them) for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ . . .,”  (Eph 4:12) which results in ignorance of both denominational doctrine and the Bible.

 False traditions can be maintained more easily when people are ignorant, or where Christianity is not central to one’s daily life.  Women, who are in denominations that restrict women’s roles in the church and support a chain-of-command structure in the home, have told me they are equal partners in their marriages and have no trouble with seeing women as pastors or ministry leadership.  Either they don’t know what their denomination teaches, or they don’t care. 

 Those who take their Christianity seriously need to see that much of tradition is just that--tradition.  It is not based on accurate translation and sound Biblical doctrine. If we desire to please God, it is our responsibility to be good Bereans and search the scriptures.  

 As a new Christian, I swallowed the traditional teaching on women hook, line and sinker.  I tried with everything in me to conform to what I was taught.  But, there remained in my heart a question that could not be resolved.  How could the loving God, who saved me, consider women inferior beings unable to fully relate to Him without male supervision?   Over the years, there were hints of truth; but not until God challenged me to really seek Him for clarity did He lead me to Bushnell and beyond.  What an awesome God we serve.

 God is sounding the trumpet of freedom for His beloved daughters.  Despite strong opposition, major ministries have heard and taken up the call.  He is also preparing His hidden ones to join the battle.  What is He saying to YOU? What is YOUR place in the divine economy?  Would you commit yourself unashamedly to rightly divide the word of truth when it comes to women’s roles? Are you grounded enough in your relationship to Him on this question to stand without fear in whatever place God puts you?    Can you do it in the love of Christ without shrillness or anger, seeking only His will rather than your own? 

 The God’s Word to Women website is the result of three women answering these questions and responding to His call, drawing close to God and seeking His truth. It is packed with the answers to our questions.  He continues to grow us in His wisdom and knowledge and understanding. (Prov. 1:1-7)  He will do the same for you.  It’s His time!
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[1] J.  Lee Grady, 25 Tough Questions about Women and the Church (Lake Mary, Charisma House, 2003) p.  102.

[2] Click here for an well researched article on kephale translated "head."   

 

Check out the recommended links to sites that support   biblical equality !

 

 

GWTW CHART IN COLOR

 

We want to thank Rebecca Snyder for the work and research that she did to give us a color chart of the Hebrew word teshqua.  The chart was originally done by Katharine Bushnell for her book God's Word to Women.  It traces the use of the word from the translation "turning"  as it moved to the current translation "desire."  In the original chart the "Ten Curses of Eve" were partially blocked out by a drawing of the Bible.  Rebecca has expanded the page so that the these curses could be clearly seen.  Seeing the "Ten Curses" helps us to understand the tremendous prejudice against women that influenced translation of Genesis 3:16.  To see the chart, click here.

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