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Summary: Explodes the myth that women shouldn’t preach.

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LONG BEFORE I BECAME INVOLVED IN MINISTRY OR, REALLY HAD AN INTEREST IN SPIRITUAL THINGS... I WAS VERY KEENLY AWARE THAT IN CHURCH CIRCLES, THERE SEEMED TO BE SOMETHING NOT EXACTLY ACCEPTABLE ABOUT WOMEN PREACHERS. AS I GOT SAVED AND WAS CALLED TO THE MINISTRY MYSELF, I DISCOVERED SOME INTERESTING THINGS ABOUT THIS SITUATION . I WANT TO SHARE THEM WITH YOU TODAY AS WE LOOK AT “WOMEN IN THE PULPIT”

IF I MENTION THE NAMES OF EVANGELIST PROPHETESS JUANITA BYNUM OR REV. JACKIE MCCULLOUGH --- YOUR RESPONSE MIGHT BE “OH YES, THOSE ARE MY GIRLS, I JUST LOVE THEIR TEACHING AND PREACHING".

IF YOU TURN ON YOUR TELEVISIONS, MOST ANY TIME, YOU CAN SEE DR. BRIDGETT HILLIARD OR MINISTERS JOYCE MEYER OR MARILYN HICKEY TEACHING AND PREACHING GODS WORD TO HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF EAGER AND HUNGRY CHRISTIAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS.

MOST OF YOU ACCEPT IT AS NORMAL TO HAVE READY ACCESS TO THESE AND OTHER MIGHTY WOMEN OF GOD. BUT THE POINT OF TODAY’S MESSAGE IS TO PUBLICIZE THE FACT THAT THESE PLATFORMS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR THESE AND OTHER WOMEN, TO PREACH THE GOSPEL, HAVE NOT ALWAYS BEEN THERE AND, IN MANY CHURCHES, STILL ARE NOT THERE TODAY. WOMEN HAVE NOT ALWAYS BEEN ALLOWED OR WELCOMED OR WANTED IN THE PULPITS OF CHURCHES - BOTH FOREIGN AND IN AMERICA.

MY FIRST ENCOUNTER WITH THIS WAS AS A YOUNG ADULT. ONE SUNDAY AFTERNOON I ENCOUNTERED AN OLDER SISTER AND ASKED IF SHE WERE GOING TO ATTEND THE AFTERNOON SERVICE TO HEAR THE PASTORS WIFE (WHO WAS A MINISTER ALSO) SPEAK. THE SISTER REPLIED...’NO, I AIN’T STUDIN’ HEARING NO WOMAN PREACHER’. I WASN’T SURE EXACTLY WHAT THE PROBLEM WAS BUT, I WAS SURE THERE MUST BE SOMETHING WRONG WITH WOMEN PREACHERS.

MY MOST RECENT ENCOUNTER WITH THIS RESISTANCE TO WOMEN PREACHERS HAPPENED AT A WOMEN’S DAY SERVICE THAT I ATTENDED. THE GUEST SPEAKER WAS A MINISTER. SHE WAS NOT ALLOWED THE COURTESY OF THE PULPIT AND SO SHE SPOKE FROM A ROSTRUM ON THE FLOOR. AFTER HER WONDERFUL MESSAGE, THE PASTOR GOT UP, COMMENTED COURTEOUSLY ON HER MESSAGE - (AS ONE DOES CHILDREN AFTER AN EASTER OR CHRISTMAS PROGRAM) - THEN HE PROCEEDED TO PREACH ANOTHER ENTIRE SERMON. I FELT A BIT INSULTED FOR MY THE LADY MINISTER.

AND SO I BEGAN TO SERIOUSLY WONDER WHY THESE FEMALE MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL WERE TREATED LIKE SECOND CLASS CITIZENS OF THE KINGDOM. AS I BEGAN TO RESEARCH THE MATTER AND QUESTION FOLKS. I QUICKLY FOUND SOME ANSWERS. A LARGE PART OF THE PREJUDICE WAS BASED ON A COUPLE OF SCRIPTURES.

I CORINTH 14:34 “LET YOUR WOMEN KEEP SILENCE IN THE CHURCHES; FOR IT IS NOT PERMITTED UNTO THEM TO SPEAK: 35 AND IF THEY WILL LEARN ANYTHING, LET THEM ASK THEIR HUSBANDS AT HOME;

I TIMOTHY 2:11-12 LET THE WOMAN LEARN IN SILENCE WITH ALL SUBJECTION 12 BUT I SUFFER NOT A WOMAN TO TEACH NOR TO USURP AUTHORITY OVER THE MAN, BUT TO BE IN SILENCE.

IT’S AMAZING, ALL THE THINGS PAUL TAUGHT ,THAT CHURCH FOLK HAVE IGNORED BUT, THEY DECIDE TO LATCH ON TO THESE SCRIPTURES THAT SEEM TO DENY WOMEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO PREACH ,AND HOLD ON TO THEM FOR DEAR LIFE.

LET ME POINT OUT TWO CRITICAL THINGS THAT PEOPLE DIDN’T TAKE THE TIME TO DO BEFORE THEY WENT ABOUT RESTRAINING WOMEN FROM GOD’S PULPITS.


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Brenda Kerr

commented on Jun 25, 2017

Brother Williams: This is the best explanation yet. Thank you. Brenda Kerr

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