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IT’S A “GOD THING”
By Pat Joyce
The reason this article was written is
because we thought you might like to know how this website got
began to write I asked the Lord what to call it, and came up
with "It's a God Thing." A little while later I called Gay to
get her input on how we developed our relationship with Barbara;
and she said, "I don't know; it's a God thing." What a neat
confirmation that it really is!
November of 1996, Gay attended a women’s conference at
Eaglemount Church in Lewisville, a suburb of Dallas where
Barbara was a speaker. Between sessions, Barbara overheard Gay
of the speakers if she had read
God’s Word to Women
by Katherine Bushnell.
(Four years ago few people had heard of this book as it
was only available from Ray Munson who had discovered it and had
it privately republished.)
Barbara immediately broke off her conversation, went to Gay and
asked intently, “ Where did you get that book!”
that it was sent to her by a friend a couple of years ago, but
she had only read it that past summer after her friend Pat
borrowed it. She related that
I had called her long distance numerous times every day for a
week to read portions to her.
I refused to give the book back, but I ordered her a new copy.
An immediate bonding in the Spirit
took place between Barbara and Gay.
Some months later Barbara did a retreat called “Gender
Benders,” and I got to meet her.
Over the next year we saw each other at a few times at
conferences—we can’t remember just how it happened.
God things are like that, but with each meeting the ties
deepened, and the “team” began to emerge.
One day Barbara called with a proposition.
God’s Word to Women was being republished and she
had been offered the opportunity to purchase 1,000 copies.
She asked if we would like to partner with her in the
venture. Obviously, the answer
was an enthusiastic yes!
A website had
been in the discussion stage; but with the acquisition of the
books, it became a priority. God had prepared the way. Gay
once owned a Christian bookstore, Barbara had taught grammar and
composition during her time at Fountain Gate College, and I had
a writing background and had just learned to do websites.
this newsletter we celebrate two years
ministry through the God’s Word to Women website. God continues
to link us with others who are writing and ministering in this
area. What a joy and privilege it is to be part of a “God
In March, Revival Net (IRN News Digest, Tony Black,
put out a call for people who would like to help them expand
their focus, making it more evangelistic. They plan to slowly
phase out Revival Net into a new domain called Open Heaven.
They were looking for webmasters to develop new areas including
articles, mission, and prayer.
Barbara, Gay and I agreed that we should offer to take a portion
of “articles” to address women’s issues. They responded by
adding a women’s section to their format and asking me, as
webmaster, to develop it. Naturally, Barbara and Gay will be
helping. There are few guidelines except to keep in
international in scope and non-commercial.
A draft of
the first page is up and can be viewed at
. I plan to have the site active in early August. We welcome
your help in looking for outstanding articles or information on
the following categories:
Any help you can give on locating outstanding
material in any of these areas would be greatly appreciated
–Articles on relating to God. They’ll range from finding Him as
Savior to knowing Him as Lord—basic through mature levels with
Relationship – Articles on relating to family, spouse,
friends, authority, work, church, the world—anyplace that we
believe we need to help people to see that a calling from God
can, but does not necessarily, mean being ordained.
We also need to address traditional limitations put on
women by the church and the world.
Does God actually call women into the five-fold ministry?
How is it confirmed?
Abuse—Since this site
is to be international in scope it would provide a place to
report and inform on atrocities, and target them for prayer as
well as expose the abuse problems of the developed nations. As
I understand it, few Christian sites are covering this
area—information comes mostly from radical feminist groups.
I am looking for a volunteer who would be willing to keep
up with Lars Widerberg's Intercessors Network and send me all
material pertaining specifically to women.
Conferences—A place to list conferences, seminars or
workshops of particular interest to women.
They could be those that have a broader scope, but
contain sessions that are of interest.
Again, we need an international menu, so those of you
from outside and inside the US—HELP.
Links—There are more and more fantastic websites with a
wealth of information and counsel.
Send your favorites--ones that relate to women and that
you know are sound.
needs to go in the prophecy section, but I am going to see if we
can get them to make women a subtopic. Then, we can see
what God is currently saying. If you know of a good word,
please send it to me or directly to the prophecy page. (www.openheaven.com/prophecy
) I think it would be excellent to see
what kind of pattern we get on an international basis.
GOD'S WORD TO WOMEN IN THE 21st CENTURY
Bible Teaching & Eye-Opening Studies
from Revival History
by Drs. Eddie & Susan Hyatt
Area August 25-26, 2000
What does the Bible REALLY say about
women in Leadership?
Why does so much of the Church teach
the subjugation of women?
What did Jesus teach about women and
about women in ministry and
God's Word to
Women is sponsoring it's first seminar.
Sue and Eddie Hyatt will present
Women and the Church based on Sue's
In the Spirit We’re Equal and
used in conjunction with her course
manual, The Spirit, The Bible and
Women. They address the critical
and timely issues that Christians need
to know about women's place in God's
economy. This is a "not to be
missed...life changing experience" for
both men and women.
"I am in
awe of the truth you speak, the research
you have done, and the excellence with
which you write," Marilyn Hickey.
information and a map
Note: An offering will be received
Images of Revival
Riss has been a wonderful contributor to
the God's Word to Women website. You
can take a look at her work under the
History section. She and her husband,
Richard, have written a book, Images
of Revival, which we highly
recommend. They examine the many images
of revivals that have occurred
throughout the years. God's moves upon
His people are exciting and sometimes
unexpected. Learn how revival could come
to your community!
To understand Southern Baptists' recent prohibition
against women pastors, one must first understand the root cause, which
is embedded in their view of the relationship between husband and wife.
In the Religion section of The Dallas Morning News, June 20,
1998, an article on "Wifely Submission" reports that Southern Baptists
bolster their position on "God deciding to create a 'helper' for
Adam." What is a "helper?" Since Adam even needed a helper shows us
that he needed more than he was in himself.
The traditional Jewish
interpretation quoted in the article is right on--the combined Hebrew
word meaning "a helper who stands opposite but on the same level with a
sense of equivalence that is often lost in translation." Adam's
counterpart, then, is not identical but complementary, offering mutual
support through companionship. Woman's role as helper does not mean she
is an inferior assistant created for man's comfort, pleasure and use.
Nowhere in the creation account do we see man ruling over woman, and
woman living out the idea that she was created to serve her husband.
The man ruling over the woman was a consequence of sin but was removed
at the Cross. (Gen. 3:16) In the beginning, man and woman were
co-workers and co-regents ruling together. That truth holds under the
Old Covenant as well as the New.
national group of Southern Baptists, some 15 million members, added an
amendment last year to the family life section of the 1963 Baptist Faith
and Message. That amendment calls upon the wife
to "submit graciously to the servant leadership of her
husband even as the church willingly submits to
the headship of Christ." To truly understand this statement on
submission, the meaning of “head” as Paul intended in Eph 5:21-33 is
vital. “Head,” as used in this passage, doesn’t
over" or "superior rank," but rather it means "source of life" that
nourishes and enables. As Christ is the enabler of the church, so the
husband is to enable and bring to completion all that his wife is meant
to be. The husband is to nourish and cherish his wife as he does his
own body, even as Christ nourishes and cherishes the church (v. 29).
For an amplification of headship in the New Testament, see God's Word
to Women, by Katherine Bushnell, p. 128-136.
concept of sacrificial self-giving so that a spouse can achieve full
potential has been the role traditionally given to the wife. Here Paul
gives it to the husband." (Who Says
a Woman Can't Teach? by Charles Trombley, p. 131.) Self-giving
involves mutual submission (v. 21) as the husband learns how to yield to
and become one with his wife. As her head, he has the source of
strength to make or break her. The wife submits to her husband "as unto
the Lord." Likewise, the husband submits to her and God's desire for
her. Baptists should clarify their understanding of "head" for women
who have husbands with a carnal mindset who exercise a heavy hand of
authority and superiority over their wives to the standpoint of, and
sometimes including, abuse rather than expressing themselves as "servant
A distorted view
of male-female, man-woman, and husband-wife relationships will always
relegate woman to a secondary and inferior position. In present-day
restoration, God doesn't want us to return to the fallen state of Gen.
3:16 where the husband is ruling over his wife. Rather, He wants to
restore us to the place of our being co-laborers and co-rulers with Him
over the universe, fish, and birds, but never over one another. Nowhere
in the New Testament is the husband instructed to rule his wife. As
co-equals in the household, the husband and wife share jointly in that
Since the Apostle Paul gets the
blame for restricting women from serving as pastors, his words need to
be closely examined in light of the whole of his teachings as well as in
the context and cultural atmosphere in which they were written to
determine what Paul really meant. Long
ago, when the hierarchical leadership model was adopted; the ministry of
laymen and laywomen disappeared and paralyzed the ministry of the Body.
Since many today are members of churches that have been organized
beyond the New Testament pattern, countless individual gift ministries
either lie dormant or are seldom used. God hates the doctrine of the
Nicolaitans, which represents the whole clergy/laity system.
What happened to
women's ministry following its glorious initiation in the early church
as women were delivered from
traditions as well as the Gnostic heresy which included male
superiority? Women’s ministry
all but disappeared along with the decline of Christianity in general in
the first few centuries when apostasy crept in, which included the
doctrine of a select priesthood. Women were ordained as deacons in the
early church. By the third century, they were being called
"deaconesses," and their ministry was looked upon as something less than
a male deacon. Charles Trombley said the progressive decline of women's
status and acceptance in the church reached a peak in the fifth century
when "the church's mistrust and misunderstanding of women was complete;
the women were back in bondage again."
(Ibid, p. 207)
"The elect lady," to whom II John is
addressed, was indeed a church leader. The term "elect" was used to
designate the overseer (bishop/elder) of a church. Most scholars agree
that in the early church, there were no differences between episkopos
(bishop) and presbuteros (presbyter or elder). Both words
describe the same office. For an insightful article on women pastors,
www.godswordtowomen.org and click "History," then "Women Pastors"
to read an article by Kathryn Riss about other women who fulfilled the
role of pastor such as Chloe, Lydia, Nympha, and Priscilla.
The release of women into their God-ordained ministries is vital to the
life of the Body of Christ. If Paul is correct in saying that no
distinction exists between male and female because we are all one in
Christ Jesus, then the wall of male dominance, superiority, and
exclusive right to eldership must come down along with all of our other
prejudices toward other races and denominations. The Body of Christ
will never reach that full stature, maturity, and completion until all
members, including women, make their own unique contribution to that
completion of His personality in His Body. (Ephesians 4:13, Amp.)
of the release of women in the Church has given rise to the warped
women's liberation and feminist movement.
Jessie Penn-Lewis in her book, The Magna Charta of Woman,
originally published in 1919, wrote: "God's time has come for the
emancipation of women, but it will be woe to the world and a terrible
loss to the Church if they are not won for Christ and for His service.
For it is certain that if Christ does not get hold of the women
today, the devil will." She concluded
by saying that it will be woe to the "serpent" and to his kingdom when
the women he has so oppressed and persecuted lay hold of the fact of his
utter defeat at Calvary and in the power of their triumphant Christ turn
upon their foe in assurance of victory. (p. 103) When will women's
emancipation come? When the Church
recognizes that the Spirit of the Lord doesn't operate by gender but by
anointing, release will come.
can women have a part in carrying and speaking the gospel since they're
supposed to be silent in the Church? Is the scripture in Acts 2:17,
which quotes Joel 2:28-29, inerrant? --And it shall come to pass
in the last days, says God, I will pour out of My Spirit on all
flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy.
. . Or, is it ignored when it doesn't fit into our theology box about
women? God's prophetic word in Psalms 68:11 is yet to come to
pass: "The Lord gave the word; great was the company of those who
proclaimed it." (NKJV) "The Lord gives the word; (of power); the
women who bear and publish the news are a great host."
(Amplified) Did David's prophetic psalm miss the mark, or is it God's
desire to restore woman to her before-the-fall condition? How can women
publish, proclaim, preach, or teach the gospel to anyone except children
and other women without "usurping authority" according to traditional
The prohibition of women pastors by Southern Baptists
challenges us all to dig into God's Word as well as the history of the
first few centuries, examining statements of early church fathers to
gain clarification. All Christians, including women, need to pray and
ask the Holy Spirit for His interpretation of controversial scriptures
concerning women rather than relying on the prejudices and biased
opinions that have been passed down through the centuries in a spirit of
patriarchy that is anti-women. Then, a hastening of the fulfillment of
Psalm 68:11 will be possible.
coming! Don't you hear them marching? It's that great company of women
that the Lord is assembling to bear and to publish the good news. If
you're a man, do you rightfully acknowledge the freedom in Christ by His
blood that women have to carry and minister the gospel as well as their
freedom from the bondage of Christian traditions that have been humanly
interpreted? If you're a woman, let the Lord know that you don't want
to be left out. Ask Him to wash you of all the false concepts about who
you are and what you can and cannot do and to give you His divine
ability to rightly divide the word of truth. Further, ask Him to propel
you into the destiny that He has ordained for you.
"The church in many ways is a sort of potter's field, where the
gifts of women,
as so many strangers, are buried.
How long, O Lord, how long
before man shall roll away the stone
that we may see a resurrection."
Phoebe Palmer in her work
"The Promise of the Father" written in 1869