Dishonoring of the Role of Women Been “Over-addressed?”
A few days ago I received an e-mail from a respected friend who made the statement that what needed addressing (e.g. the dishonoring of the role of women) has now been "over-addressed,” and is now needing to swing back to the center. When I look at the mail that we get from so many of you who applaud our efforts and thank us for providing information that you needed to pursue God’s calling, or when you share heartbreak and abuse suffered in the home and in the local church, I can not agree with his evaluation. If we go further and ponder the condition of women in most of the world where they are still property and subject tohorrors that their society considers normal, I wonder at such words.
I am grateful that God has so many men who are listening to Him about His original plan for relationship between men and women with Him as the head. I pray that their numbers increase and that all of us continue to move toward His goal. We are not just talking about what happens “in the church” but about Biblical womanhood for every area of the lives of women everywhere.
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WHAT IS A "BLOOD COVENANT?”
The Covenant made through the shed blood of Jesus Christ makes it possible for all people everywhere to be forgiven their sin and to enter into a relationship with the Creator God. God then becomes to us the source of all our needs. Although initiated by God, and on His terms and conditions, it is a two-way contract, which requires, on our part, a commitment; the "I will" of our heart. Covenant is a binding agreement with God, entering into what God has done.
We want to call your attention to four articles that have recently been put up on the website.
Ancient Heresies and a Strange Greek Verb by Catherine C. Kroeger helps clear the mystery of the passage in 1 Timothy 2:12-14 that seems to say that Paul forbids women to teach or have authority over men while in other places he has mentioned with approval their teaching and leadership.
J. Lee Grady and Spirit Led Woman magazine and were kind enough to give permission to put up his outstanding article from their July issue entitled Ten Lies the Church Tells Women. It's worth your time!
With all the turmoil in society caused by the radical secular feminist and homosexual activist agendas, many wonder if championing women’s rights in the Gospel will compromise Biblical authority, weaken the church, or undermine Biblical family values. This question is explored in an article entitled Equality by Kathryn Riss.
In this excellent chapter Releasing the Life of the Word from her book Releasers of Life Mary Audrey Raycroft takes a critical look at the scriptures and traditions that have been used to limit the ministry of women.
Oh, how thrilled I am to see three mature aged women being used by the Lord. At 72 years of age, I still have a fire burning in me to be used by the Lord. Though I was in active ministry for many years, I still feel that there is more. However, my husband's serious (years long) illness, and nursing him till the last day, has changed all this. (He went to his Lord just 2 years ago after having a personal visit from the Lord a few weeks before he died.) In my life, I have felt the pain of ministry restrictions for women. It was so much pumped into us that there were too many problems with women in ministry. At a leaders' meeting for men only, it was mentioned to my husband that a woman's monthly cycle made her emotionally unstable.
Even my husband, who worked with me side by side, mentioned not so long before he left, that he could have been a hindrance to my expression in the Lord. We loved each other dearly and daily prayed and shared together, and I always did my best to always lift him up. When I would stand on the platform in our seminars, I always felt somewhat guilty that he was in the background. Praise God that many women are used in God's kingdom now.
There are many women who want to be in ministry unto the Lord, but it can be hard to know where, what and when. When I was baptized in the Holy Spirit on 17-7-1974, it changed me so drastically that I wanted to shout from the rooftops that Jesus is Lord and alive. I asked Him what I could do for Him. He showed me the story of the woman with the costly perfumed ointment. (Mark 14) I saw how this woman wanted to minister unto Him, but she could not always be in His presence. Others were doing the washing for Him and others again the cooking. She thought long and hard: "What can I do?" And then she remembered the perfume she had. That was something special, she thought. Nobody had done that before.
Oh how the disciples protested. All kind of excuses they had. And then the Lord showed me those special words among others, "she has done what she could". Vs 8. She might have wanted to do other things, perhaps be of more use, but she did what she could. The Lord then reminded me how Richard Wurmbrand in his book Was Karl Marx a Satanist? shared how, during the initiation ceremony for the third degree, the initiate into Satanism has to take the oath, "I will do always only what I will".
I then saw that, if I wanted to serve Him, I should not wait till I could do what I wanted to do (and perhaps work against God's will), but rather do "today" what I can do, even if it was only praying for people.
That has been my motto: Don't do only what you want for the Lord, but do what you can and do that willingly. Hard? Yes, at times very hard. It made me afraid at times. And I still want to do so much for Him. Have so many visions still. I am often thinking of Corry ten Boom, (I was born in Holland also) who was 80 when starting a new thing for the Lord.
Of course we shall make mistakes. But the eyes of all Christian manhood are on us! And above all: the eyes of the whole spiritual realm are on us. But greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.
Your sister in Him,
Healthy submission occurs when the submission is mutual as Paul called for in Ephesians 5:21
It all began in the Garden of Eden. As we look upon the two fallen ones, gripped by the guilt of sin, and faced with a broken relationship with the Creator God, we declare: How great was the fall of man! The consequences of disobedience are in full view, for we see Adam and Eve attempting to hide and to cover themselves with fig leaves. They had lost their covering! Created in His image after His likeness, spirit people covered in his glory, filled with His power, shining in the likeness of His person--holy, but now, they stand in a covering produced by their own hands. The candle of man, his spirit, has been snuffed out. The likeness in which they were created is tarnished, no longer holy--Ichabod! The glory of the Lord is departed! What deception to ever imagine they could provide a sufficient covering for their sin!
We see the heart of a loving God reaching down, coming to make provision for the highest of His creation. The Adamic Covenant is the covenant God made with Adam and Eve after the entrance of sin. Here they lost their relationship with God, corrupted their character, lost the dominion they had been given, and caused their children to come under the dominion of sin and death. (I Cor.15:45-49 and Romans 5:12). Their merciful Creator came to reveal His provision and to restore that which was lost. Often called the "book of beginnings," Genesis is the beginning of the covenants of a redeeming God.
What a forgiving God, coming to provide the way back to Himself! He slays the animal and makes coats of skin to cover Adam and Eve's nakedness. No man-made covering could meet the demands of a holy God. Man could never provide an acceptable covering for his sin. The blood of an innocent animal was slain, which introduces a substitutionary death to cover man's sinfulness. This covenant sacrifice was the first of all blood sacrifices for fallen man and pointed to the New Covenant sacrifice at Calvary-- the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Within the Body of Christ today a doctrine has crept in, teaching that we all need a "covering" in order to minister in our gifts and callings. The question is continually set before us," Who is your covering, and under whose authority are you?" Again, "To whom are you accountable?" Indeed, we all must be accountable, but that is specifically and initially to the Lord Jesus Christ, who causes us to walk in the light as He is in the light. Shouldn't our response be that the blood of the Lamb covers us? Men without a covering are labeled rebels having "Ahab" spirits. Likewise, women are instantly placed in the "Jezebel Camp" with all the unsubmissive, controlling, manipulative and usurping ones possessed by a Jezebel spirit. What a sad estate.
In Exodus 26:15, 29 and Exodus 36:20, 34, Moses is told to overlay (cover) (1) the boards of shittim wood in the tabernacle with pure gold. Is that not what Jesus did for us when He grafted us into Him and we became living stones in the temple of the living God? Wood is a type of humanity. The gold suggests that God covers (clothes) us with His own nature. Surely we are made partakers of His divine nature and are clothed, covered in His righteousness. When a principle is established in Scripture, why must we succumb to a doctrine of man, which Jesus hated? (Revelation 2:6,15)
When Aaron and his sons were called by God to the Levitical priesthood, they were commanded to wear white linen trunks to cover their nakedness. (Exodus 28). Now, we see the final and last priesthood, which is the Church of Jesus Christ! In Revelation 19:8, His bride is clothed and covered in fine (radiant) linen--dazzling and white, for the fine linen is. . .the righteous deeds of the saints. Ephesians 2:10 tells us these deeds (works) were prepared for us (by God Himself) to walk in before the foundation of the world was laid. Tell me, where did the idea ever come from that we need any covering other than the Lord Jesus Christ Who called, covered, confirmed, ordained, sanctified and commissioned every believer to be His representative king and priest on this earth?
One isolated passage in I Corinthians 11:5-6, which was and is based on Jewish law,
will not suffice for those who have become sons and daughters of the free woman.(2) In Galatians 4: 21, Paul asks: "Tell me, you who are bent on being under the Law, will you listen to what the Law (really) says?" Read on and savor what Calvary purchased for every blood-bought child of God! The Apostle Paul wrote the church in Corinth that he did not come to take dominion over anyone's faith (II Corinthians 1:24). Many saints have been hindered by false teachings on covering and have not been permitted to go forth into the work of the ministry. God forgive and set us on a new path of liberty in His Spirit.
God's word to Moses in Exodus 33:22 reads: "And while My glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand until I have passed by." The word cover here signifies: to cover over, to protect, defend, hedge in. God covered the tent or tabernacle (Ex. 40:34) with a cloud, which was His very Presence. In Psalm 91:4, the Lord's care, protection and love flows out as He promises to cover His people with His feathers. Psalm 105:39 tells us He spread a cloud (His presence) for a covering.
Tracing and highlighting the words cover, covered, covereth, covering in the scripture, God, the Almighty, reveals Himself as The One Who covers. Our Lord Jesus Christ is our covering, and His presence in, upon and over all believers is sufficient in every respect. The blood covering provided for every believer, whether Jew, Greek, slave, free, male or female, far surpasses the blood of bulls and goats, which only covered sin in the Old Testament. But now, the blood of Jesus does more than cover. It completely washes all our sin away.
Beloved of the Lord, male or female, we must return to Biblical foundations.
Jesus said, "And when one is fully taught, he will be like his teacher." Who do we want to be like? Do we wish to be like a person or institution that takes the place of Jesus, or to become like Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit resident within us?
Some years ago, I chose to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as my complete COVERING. May I share with you how the Lord brought me under His covering? For many years I taught Bible studies in my home and in the church. I'm sorry to say that I taught a mixture of God's Word and the doctrine of men. A deep desire to please my husband and those who were supposedly my covering brought me to the realization I was walking in a futile attempt to serve two masters.
Once I was invited to teach in a church. When I approached the pastor, who was our covering in a home Bible Study group, he saw no problem in my going provided my husband went along to be my covering. My husband said he felt no responsibility for that church and declined to go. Therefore, I told the church I could not come. Needless to say, the Spirit of God within me was deeply grieved, and I began to seek the Lord for His wisdom and light. This hunger to know truth began to expose the error and bondage in which I walked. How lovingly and gently He showed me Covenant love and that He alone is my covering.
I heard my Lord, my covering, ask clearly and distinctly, "Who called you to teach?" My response was, "Lord, You did." He replied, "Then go teach." That is exactly what I've done ever since in total liberty and joy! My soul escaped out of the snare of the fowler. I had to follow up with those to whom I had taught error through the years and ask their forgiveness. I removed a number of books and articles from my home and never embraced or taught from them again.
that He has called and overshadowed us with His mighty love, that He
alone is our covering, and that He has set us under His
holy name to give account to Him, let us walk in the liberty of the
wonderful COVERING of His presence devoid of all flesh.
1. In Hebrew, more than one word is used for "cover." The word used here is defined in Strong's Exhaustive Concordance as: fill up hollows, to cover (for clothing or secrecy), clad self, close, clothe, conceal, cover self, flee to hide, overwhelm.
2. See Galatians 4:21-31.