I would like to take a few moments of your time if you don’t mind and share a few things I learned concerning Women and the role that they had and currently have within the Church.
Let me give you the back story first…
Years ago, when I began a different Journey with God, I went into the relationship under the conditions that he would bless me with truth. A deeper truth. I wanted Wisdom.
I told God I would not blindly follow anything…
I earnestly began praying for and seeking deeper knowledge.
And per our agreement…I was blessed. And in turn, I hope that my words bless you.
I, like many people, grew up hearing that Women should not be Preachers. I would always hear the scripture about how Women should be quiet in the Church and be submissive.
This bothered and confused me for many years. Especially when I heard a Woman preaching. I thought it was Rare and Brave and they were speaking truth, but it conflicted with what I had always heard to be the truth when I was growing up.
So I questioned God about it…
“If you sent Christ here to be a Mediator for the human beings, to “Die for our sins”…and your main goal is to “Awaken” your “Children” and bring them closer to you…What kind of marketing campaign would exclude Women? Why would it matter whether Man or Woman was speaking on your behalf? This makes no logical sense to me….”
I prayed for Wisdom on the subject…
and this is what happened next…
One night,my Wife and I went to ‘Borders Book Store’ and as I was walking by the religious aisle; a book caught my eye…
“Misquoting Jesus, Who changed the Bible and why”…by Bart D.Ehrman
Wow, this is exactly what I have been dwelling on…
This book can hold some truth…but I ended up not buying it.
Some time went by and the Book was still heavy on my heart…
That is how God works, with me at least.
He will keep something heavy on my spirit until I do what he is leading me to do.
I went back and got the book…and discovered why my Spirit was leading me to get it.
Let me paraphrase some of what I learned from the book concerning Women.
I learned that women often had important, high profile and public roles. Also within the ministry of Christ.
27For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Gal. 3:27-28 (KJV)
Women appear to have been as active as the man was in prophesying and praying during weekly fellowship.
1 Corinthians 11
Some churches preached and believed in equality and the women had leadership duties.
Other churches preached that women should remain as servants to the man and their roles in their churches were minimal, along with their voice.
In documents found written after Paul’s death that were linked with Paul’s churches, they have seen arguments over the roles of women.
The men became active in keeping the role of a woman in all churches, to a minimal.
I learned a majority of Modern Scholars are convinced Paul did not write 1 Timothy. This kind of nonsense happened at times from what I have read.
Since a certain author already had a following, another writer would write what they believed was “truth” and mix it in or just completely leave out the original work. They then would share the writings under the name of the more famous and respected writer. So in the case of 1 Timothy, They believe a second-generation follower wrote it, in Paul’s name.
11Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.12But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.13For Adam was first formed, then Eve.14And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.15Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.
1 Tim. 2:11-15 (KJV)
Scholars also feel that based on different amounts of evidence they have, Paul did not pen 1 Cor 14: 34-35. They feel that this was a scribal alteration.
1 Corinthians 14:34-35 (KJV)
34Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law.35And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
In addition, they tried to remove the only place in the New Testament where an Apostle was mentioned, who was a Woman.
Paul speaks of a woman named Junia. However, Some English Bible translators still refer to the apostle as a man who is named Junias… Wild Right?
So thanks to the views of the “man” who added this into scripture while he was copying sacred text, women had to suffer oppression in the church, at home and in Public.
And this type of behavior still exists and these beliefs are still firmly held.
Many women out there have great ideas and blessings to share and power within them placed there by God but they are suppressed.
I am speaking on “Religious” women. Women who hold their tongue out of fear of backlash from the Church or out of fear of the consequences that will come from the Husband or family. They have all this wealth they keep buried and locked.
They live a life of secret inner turmoil because the beliefs that are strongly held over words written and programmed into them to be the law of the land.
I am here to tell you to do your research. You are way more important to this world then you have been taught to believe.
God does not want YOU to be a silent ROBOT. You have your own mind and spirit and purpose. A purpose that should be able to stand beside the purpose that has been given to your Man. The two of you should be in alignment. Not one superior over the other. We ALL have a role to play in this life and we are ALL connected and affect each other. You are FREE to do your part. Read the history. dig deeper.
You know about the ‘Gospel Of Mary’?
5) Peter said to Mary, Sister we know that the Savior loved you more than the rest of woman.
6) Tell us the words of the Savior which you remember which you know, but we do not, nor have we heard them.
7) Mary answered and said, What is hidden from you I will proclaim to you.
8) And she began to speak to them these words: I, she said, I saw the Lord in a vision and I said to Him, Lord I saw you today in a vision. He answered and said to me,
9) Blessed are you that you did not waver at the sight of Me. For where the mind is there is the treasure.
10) I said to Him, Lord, how does he who sees the vision see it, through the soul or through the spirit?
11) The Savior answered and said, He does not see through the soul nor through the spirit, but the mind that is between the two that is what sees the vision and it is […]
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Ever heard of Thecla?
She was a Saint in the early Church. She is held in high esteem. Very high esteem.
Probably never heard of her though, right? Me either till I began to dig.
Walking with God is way deeper than Church on Sundays followed by the buffet and football.
There are many layers. You seek…you know the rest.
This was important for me to share with the Women.
As I said, I started questioning things and when I read all of that in Mr.Ehrman’s book, it confirmed what was taking place in my spirit and I wanted to share what I legally could.
I wanted to enlighten those ignorant to facts, just as I have been enlightened.
Do not ever let a man tell you that you cannot worship or speak your knowledge on Christ.
If you feel it within, Step out boldly!
This is important. The World is in a transitional period and we need all the strong leaders available. God does not care about race or gender. He cares about compassion and doing what is right.
If you are content with your life the way it is, or you do not agree or believe what I am telling you..no probs. Best of luck and keep doing what you been doing.
But if you have had a feeling in your spirit and you are ready for other levels, I encourage you to pray for Wisdom and get to looking deeper. You are here for a specific reason. Seek it out.
Be free to be who you were placed here to be.