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the Lord for His men who have heard the heart of God through the
Spirit and are speaking “release to the captives and recovery of
sight to the blind!” The following are just a few. GLORY!
"When Jesus raised Lazarus from
the dead, his friend came out from the tomb alive but still
bound up in the burial shroud. Jesus told those standing around
to loose him and let him go free. Lazarus needed someone’s help
to free him. Multiplied thousands of women today are alive in
Jesus but still tied up by the burial shroud of human tradition
– tradition that says they are second-class citizens – and
cultural ideas that tell them they cannot carry out the highest
callings of God’s kingdom."
Founder, Youth with a Mission
“It’s time we stop spreading these insulting ideas and quit
using the Bible to hold omen hostage to a male-centered
religious agenda. Jesus Christ came to save, sanctify and
empower us all—male and female—for Spirit directed
ministry. Nowhere in His Word does He endorse the idea that
women are inferior to men or that the spiritual gifts and
callings of the Holy Spirit are conferred only upon males.
Yet for centuries the church has taught godly women that they
must quench the holy fire of God that burns within them. As a
result, half the labor force in the church has been sidelined
and devalued. And while women have been disqualified from the
game and sent to the bench, we men have arrogantly told our
sisters in Christ that this is God’s perfect plan.
J. Lee Grady
Editor, Chrisma Magazine
10 Lies the Church Tells Women.
“What can we say about
Jesus’ attitude toward women? It was positive, liberating and
accepting. …He accepted women as capable and fully equal with
men in all thing. He closed the door to the Old Covenant and
ushered in a New covenant wherein there is neither Jew nor
Greek, male nor female, only oneness in Christ. He set the
captives free, both men and women, from all the bondages of sin,
the curse and religion…nowhere does the bible from Genesis to
maps forbid any woman from serving God in any capacity He calls
and prepares her to fulfill.”
Teacher, Missionary, Author
Who Said Women Can’t Teach?
One of Satan’s greatest fears has to do with
women... Women need to discover this truth. The devil knows that
God does not lie —what God promises always comes to pass. This
is why Satan has spent centuries belittling women and weaving a
web of lies into a formidable worldwide network of oppression to
hold them down. He knows that when women find out who they
really are, his evil kingdom will come to an abrupt end. He
cannot afford to have women walking upright. He desperately
needs to keep them down. But Satan cannot do this forever. The
Scriptures tell us that the day is fast approaching when God
will lift women up and release masses of them into ministry.
Psalm 68:11 declares that at a strategic time God will give a
command, and a company of women who proclaim the Good News will
defeat His enemies.
Women God’s Secret Weapon
There might never have
been a feminist movement in this county if the church had been
true to Jesus’ teaching about women. The New Testament has
only a couple of passages, which are traditionally used to put
down women. Properly understood in their cultural context, and
properly translated from the Greek neither of them restricts a
woman’s role in the church and home…Christian leaders who have
an investment in traditional teaching have difficulty accepting
Author, Evangelist, Historian
2000 Years of Charismatic Christianity
We want to call
your attention to some new articles that have recently been put
up on the website. You can always find the latest by clicking
on “What’s New” found at the top of each page.
Testimony of Marli Spieker
Marli is executive director of Project
Hannah a ministry of Trans World Radio, that is reaching out
with compassion and hope to suffering women across the globe
living in spiritual darkness. These are exciting words that you
don't want to miss.
of Catherine Clark Kroeger
Catherine tells what
led her to write I Suffer Not a Woman, Rethinking 1 Timothy
2:11-15 in Light of Ancient Evidence.
The Challenges of Intimacy,"
by Richard Barnor. This is chapter
five of Divine Intimacy—An Invitation to Passionate Love.
Richard stirs up the reader to recognize that Adam and Eve's
condition of nakedness didn't need to bring shame because it
speaks of intimacy. Because Adam and Eve initially possessed
God's unconditional love, transparency--the ability to be the
real you--was the result.
Youth With a Mission
is planning Connexity 2002, the first
international YWAM gathering on global
will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from the 2nd to the 5th
of September 2002.
Connexity 2002 is intended to be a one-time Youth With A Mission
Conference, connecting generations, genders and nations. It is
not an exclusive women's event but is for everyone who desires
to see a greater release of women within YWAM and beyond.
Connexity 2002 aims to celebrate the nature and the purposes of
women with a view to greater release and equipping by:
1. inspiring and encouraging
individuals to reach their potential with God.
2. exploring God's purposes together, and reconciling how the
female identity can work out those purposes within today's
3. examining the global community of women, highlighting their
suffering and unique concerns (such as prostitution, HIV/AIDS,
Anyone who shares these concerns is
welcome. We invite you to come and be part of shaping and
contributing to the outcome. Please, you can visit our web-site:
you can also meet the core team)
God’s Word to Women is supporting
this conference. If you would also like to help,
contact Director of Operations, Teresa Bird (firstname.lastname@example.org).
New release by
has finished her book, From Bondage to Blessing, The
Redemption, Restoration and Release of God’s Women. We have
had her first chapter, “A Symphony of Discordant Notes,” up for
quite some time now. From Bondage to
presents a panoramic view of
woman's journey into bondage and shows how God has intervened to
bring redemption, restoration and release into her destiny.
This book is a "must read" for anyone who has questions
regarding the role of women in the church.
Fuchsia Pickett wrote: “I have read, studied, searched and
listened to many share and teach on the subject of women in
ministry, but I have not found anyone who has exceeded Dee
Alei’s writing in addressing the issue, enabling us to find the
truth about women direct from the heart of God.”
If you would like to order a copy, you may do so for $12 by
going to the website, clicking “What’s New,”
find the article and click on “order
SERVE AS PASTORS?
By Barbara Collins
When God desires
to express Himself and His nature through someone, He
sovereignly calls them unto Himself. To hear the call of God
and to be ignited with a passion to serve Him causes the
response to be generated entirely out of love. Although I
served as a co-pastor for two and one-half years, God never
called me to be a pastor. I did hear His call to teach and
preach His Word and responded to Him years ago. To answer the
call of God is not to respond in service to Him but in
relationship to and intimacy with Him. He’s the one, first of
all, that is to be satisfied, and not us as we serve, nor the
people we serve. Satisfaction, however, filters all the way
faithfulness to our relationship with Him may cause us to put
aside some of the “work” we do and some of the associations we
make because relationship with Him is not only the main thing,
it is the only thing in the end. That relationship evolves into
our total and absolute dependence upon Him whereupon we are
truly saved and finally able to enter into the fullness of the
destiny He has for our lives. When the Lord called me to
preach, He quickened to me in various ways I Corinthians 9:16.
It frightened me. I knew He hadn’t forgotten that I
am a woman. New King James
says it this way: “For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing
to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I
do not preach the gospel.” The word “necessity” simply means
that preaching the gospel is not something one does because they
believe they have an affinity for doing so or because
some one appointed
them, but a divine compulsion brings forth the preaching.
Since teaching is the primary call upon my life, preaching
interweaves itself into the teaching. When I began teaching,
the Lord reminded me that my sufficiency was anchored in Him.
What I lacked in being equipped, He would provide through His
enabling grace. Would God have called me to teach and preach if
that call was contrary to His Word? NO! Did I misunderstand
what He was saying about being set apart for the gospel? NO!
When we look at the qualifications for bishops and deacons in I.
Timothy 3:10, Paul included women. In verse 1, the word “man”
is used for someone seeking the office of bishop.
However, the Greek word used is tis, a neuter word
meaning male or female. Had Paul wanted to communicate that
this office was to be limited to the male gender, he would have
used the word andron which specifies male only. In verse
11, the word for “likewise” is hosautos in the Greek.
“Likewise” joins the whole list of qualifications of
bishops/elders with deacons and with women here in v. 11.
Notice in the King James how the translators chose the
word “wives,” whereas Amplified uses the word “women.”
In his book, Who Says Women Can’t Teach, Charles Trombley
rejects the use of “wives,” stating
that “some commentators say Paul gives additional requirements
for the bishops’ and deacons’ wives. Since there isn’t a
definite article in the sentence construction, nor is the
possessive case used, this suggestion must be rejected.”
(p. 195.) “Women,” then, is
the correct translation. For an insightful article on “Women
Pastors in the Early Church” by
Kathryn Riss, go to
www.godswordtowomen.org/pastors.htm and examine the lives of
Mary, the mother of John Mark, Chloe, Lydia and others."
illustrate misplaced zeal for doctrinal purity, Southern
Baptists issued a prohibition against women pastors and altered
their Baptist Faith and Message in the year 2000.
Recently, their International Mission Board has made a
requirement of missionaries overseas to sign this revised
document. The Japan Baptist “Convention leadership has
continued to express outrage that missionary colleagues have
been asked as Baptists to sign any creed and especially one that
discounts the calling and service of women called by God as
pastors. In contrast to the concerted effort to exclude
women from the pastorate in the U.S., Japanese churches have
continued to recognize God’s call and to educate women for
ministry. SBC missionary women, both those ordained and
those who choose to serve as church planters in a functional
pastoral role, find that the Convention and the churches in
Japan are open to their service and leadership.” (Press
Release, Lydia Barrow-Hankins, June 3, 2002)
We’re not trying to single out Southern Baptists. Because I grew up as a Southern
Baptist, I remain more sensitive to what is happening in that
denomination than others. What God is after is not just the
release of His women but men, too, whose giftings have been
neutralized by the clergy-laity system. The hierarchal system
has robbed the church of much talent and giftings that could
have benefited and increased the Kingdom. Certainly, the Church
is propelled at half-steam in those churches that ignore the
callings and giftings of women.
In her classic book,
God’s Word to Women, Katherine Bushnell says, “Judaism
commingled with paganism born in the ‘days of mingling’ (the
time between the O. T. and the N. T.) and placed the badge of
inferiority and servility upon woman.” Why did this scripture
twisting occur? The Jews were simply attempting to reconcile O.
T. teachings with the customs of the Jews mixed with some Greek
“Originally, woman had her place in the regular Tabernacle
services, either as priestess or Levite,” which “is now conceded
by Bible scholars, as proved by the technical term used in Ex.
38:8 and I. Samuel 2:22, translated ‘serving women. . .’
Ancient versions followed suit in purposely mistranslating the
word as ‘assembled’ or ‘prayed’ or ‘thronged’ but
really meaning ‘served’ as the R. V. rightly renders it. This
illustration of women ministering at the door of the Tabernacle
had become so odious that it was willfully mistranslated and is
just one of many instances of falsely erected barriers against
women’s service. The Council of Laodicea of the 4th
century declared, “Women may not go to the altar.” In the
beginning of this present millennium, little has changed; for
the altar is where the pulpit is. To a woman, the altar basically is a place of
repentance, rededication and rejoicing rather than a place of
Bushnell maintains that
the Church has often told woman. . .that Paul commanded her to
“keep silence in the churches.” Is
this one statement by Paul some kind of scriptural “law” to
silence women? If so, what do we do with hundreds of other
“laws” in the Old Testament which open the mouths of women?
What do we do with “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,” or
simply “Praise ye the Lord” (repeated some 100 times in the
Psalms alone)? Some believe that
the attempt to shut women up in service and speech lies at the
base of the doctrine of silence and subordination for women,
which was the pretext for her original exclusion from service at
Lord hates the doctrine of the Nicolaitans (control over
people), and He’s getting ready to break the spirit of control
to smithereens! Women, are you ready? It really doesn’t matter
what you’re called. “Pastor” is only mentioned one time in the
entire New Testament and is better thought of as a participle
rather than a noun. “Pastoring” is something that the
entire Body does rather than the responsibility being
concentrated in one or a few persons. What matters is that the
gospel is preached in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.
David’s prophetic psalm will surely come to pass. “The Lord
gives the command; the women who proclaim the good tidings are a
great host. . .” (Ps. 68:11, NAS).
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