There is such a miss understanding when it comes to women and ministry. Still 2000 years after the cross, it appears that the Blood of Jesus can deliver anyone, but the woman from second class citizenship. For the past 20 years, I have had the wonderful joy and privilege to be touched by the ministry of women, that I made it a goal of mine to train them equally. Long before this was even popular or talked about, I was teaching, training and ordaining women. There is a most important gift and treasure that is found in a women that for way too long has stayed in hiding do to the religious male dominate church. I feel that I am qualified for this topic for the reason stated above, but also because Kathy and I have a single woman as our Senior Associate Leader.
When God saves someone from their sins, He shows no partiality to them. The fact that are a man or a woman, has no real consequence to Him. Sin is the same and causes the same harm to each of us. So therefore, in His wisdom, He also has made the effects of His righteousness to have the same effect on the sinner, male or female. The day of women not being able to teach in the church, minister the gospel, or leading a congregation needs to be put in the proper context of the cross. In the Garden, man and woman were both given dominion equally. Woman, was not submissive to man, be a co-laborer with Him in the assignment given to them in Genesis 1:26-28.
Many would say that women cannot teach men, but I would have to refer you to several woman past and present and see if you are willing to learn anything from them. Kathryn Kuhlman, Aimee Semple McPherson and Maria Woodworth-Etter are some of the great women of the past 200 years. Maria for instance was used by the Holy Spirit in several new revelations and moves of God. Today we have giants like Heidi Baker, Joyce Meyers and Marylin Hickey to just name a few. Which one of these would you refuse to learn from? Now before you answer, let me caution you. We must honor the vessel that God is using regardless of our prejudice and misgivings. Honor is what this whole thing is about.
If we don’t learn to honor the women in our lives, how do we honor the Spirit? For if the Spirit of the Lord is upon these women, then to reject them is to reject the Spirit. To reject the Spirit is to reject the Lord, to reject the Lord is to reject the Father. That is not a path I want to take. Women offer a side that most men don’t. My wife for instance brings so much to the our house, ministry and Church, that without her, there would need to be ten people to make of for her absence.
For so long the Church has been dominated by men and women have been reduced to the back scenes or the announcements. This does not mean we need to force women to the front, it just means don’t resist the Spirit when He is doing it. At the same time, that also means that the same standards of character and behavior apply to both sexes for leadership. Neither men nor women should be promoted to early. However, with that said, when they meet the requirements they should be given place. At Torch Bearers Church, I have always put effort in this, seeing the great gift that the Lord bestows on them.
So, let us all be willing to recognize what the Lord is doing and work to co-labor with Him in accomplishing His will. If we do this, we will find that it is both pleasing to the Holy Spirit and to the Body.