WOMEN IN MINISTRY
(Did God call women to preach, or not? Now, the truth is given!)
written by, Apostle E. L. Gales
Chief Apostle and Presiding Bishop of the 'Pentecostal Holiness Church Of Christ, Inc. ®'
The Lord just placed in upon my heart to address one the most controversial topics in the church today. In fact, in my initial message as a preacher it was the very thing I began preaching about, and also the very first thing that I addressed in the first message that I preached on television as the church I Pastor went on the air. I have preached this in many churches, and now I will dissect it here.
The topic? Women preachers and women in ministry. Much has been said about this in churches, on TV, online, on YouTube, in the newspapers, books, magazines, etc… It is time that the TRUTH is presented!
The first thing I want to do is ask a question to every woman who has said that she was called to ministry, and to those men who also believe in women preachers. Can you show me ONE, just ONE Scripture in the Word of God where a woman PREACHED? I’ll answer that for you. NO! Get your Bibles and dictionaries. Like my oldest nephew says, “I’m about to take y’all to flight school!”
One of the things I am most known for saying in the pulpits is, “If the Bible don’t back you up, you need to shut up!” Let the Book talk today. And let’s expose the lies and the liars!
ALL scripture – not some, not most, not certain ones, not only the NT, not just what you like – ALL scripture is given by inspiration of GOD! Like it or not, ALL of it comes from GOD (not the opinions of Paul, Moses, Jeremiah, Mark, John, Joshua, Matthew, etc..). That the MAN of God (not WOMAN) may be perfect.
So as soon as you begin to deny that ANY scripture was not from God, or claim that person ‘X’ wrote this or that, you make yourself a liar and deceive yourself! And we see mention here of the MAN of God, and no mention of a WOMAN.
It’s funny how people stopped quoting these scriptures here. God said that He DOES NOT CHANGE, and we see that Jesus is THE SAME…. EVERYDAY. So the question is if we see NO women preachers in the Old Testament, and do not see where Jesus called or chose any women to PREACH, then if either God or Jesus were to do so now then they would be liars. Anyone who believes a woman is called to preach is the liar!
Those liars who call themselves women preachers, and those who believe their lies, love to point to Deborah. Notice how the Bible says that Deborah SANG, not PREACHED! Notice how Deborah told the kings and princes to give her their ears and she will SING, and NOT that she would PREACH! Notice how God tells Deborah to awake, awake, and UTTER A SONG – NOT utter the Word of God – but tells BARAK to lead the people, NOT Deborah! Notice Deborah was called a prophetess – not a preacher, minister, elder, pastor, priest, bishop, evangelist, or teacher! AND, notice how Deborah says that she arose a MOTHER – again, not a preacher or pastor or priest or bishop or anything else!
The following are definitions from the Webster dictionary:
Main Entry: preach
1: to deliver a sermon 2: to urge acceptance or abandonment of an idea or course of action; specifically : to exhort in an officious or tiresome manner
Main Entry: proph·et
1: one who utters divinely inspired revelations 3: one who foretells future events: predictor
Main Entry: proph·et·ess
1: a woman who is a prophet
Main Entry: 2judge
1: one who judges:
a: a public official authorized to decide questions brought before a court
Look at these definitions. It is CLEAR that a preacher, a prophet, and prophetess are totally different calling/gifts, and a judge is again totally different!
So, are you really going to pass off the lie that Deborah judging made her a PREACHER? The scripture says that THE SAINTS shall JUDGE! Does this make EVERY SAVED PERSON a PREACHER? NO! No scripture says we are ALL preachers!
NO, Miriam WAS NOT a preacher! The Word said, like Deborah sang and uttered a song, that she took the WOMEN (she didn’t lead the men or a man) and danced and played music!
NO, Hildah also DID NOT preach! She was a PROPHETESS, and she DID prophecy of what was going to happen to the people who disobeyed God – she told them of the bad things to come upon them. But she DID NOT use scripture, nor teach anybody, nor lead anybody, nor preach! Find the word PREACH in these scriptures about her! Nope, it’s not there!
Again, NOWHERE do the scripture say that Noadiah PREACHED!
Remember, again, the above definitions of PREACHING and of a PROPHET:
Your sons and daughters will PROPHESY! NOWHERE does it say your sons and daughters will PREACH! Nowhere! Again, the preacher and the prophet are two different callings. If the WORD OF GOD doesn’t say your daughters will PREACH, then WHY are YOU saying (women) that He called you? Is God the liar, or are YOU the liar? Nothing mentioned about what having the Holy Ghost will empower you to even remotely hints at empowering women to preach!
The last three scriptures make one other thing clear. He said He would pour out His Spirit, but what is His Spirit? THE HOLY GHOST! Does having the Holy Ghost make you a preacher? Do the scriptures anywhere say that it does? NO!
On the day of Pentecost the 120 (men and women) were filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to SPEAK IN OTHER TONGUES! NOT PREACH! The ONLY person who got up and began to speak was PETER! No women! And he told the people whosever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be SAVED – NOT that they would PREACH!
The liars who call themselves women preachers love to quote this scripture, while failing to look right above it to see what God is talking about here:
It is so clear even a blind man can “see” that Galations 3:28 is talking about no respect of persons when it comes to SALVATION, as the next three scriptures I posted back-up.
No such thing as male or female? A lie from the pits of hell! God has no respect of persons as far as men AND women being able to be saved. But you can’t see with your own eyes that all people, YES, are either MALE or FEMALE?! If this is true, then men let’s see you go get pregnant and give birth, and women let’s see you go get someone pregnant! Sounds stupid, right? So does calling a woman a preacher!
Sounds like God HAS made MALE AND FEMALE!
Again, the liars like this one. But, again, we see four DAUGHTERS (i.e. FEMALES) and they did PROHESY, but the Word of God DOES NOT say they PREACHED!
This is EXACTLY what people do when you want to say that a woman PREACHED when the Bible says that she PROPHECIED! You’re rebelling against God and His Word by taking away words and adding words.
A woman calling herself a preacher is the same as a witch, and she has rejected the Word of the LORD!
Now, back to the scriptures in Malachi 3:6 where the LORD says He doesn’t change, and Hebrews 13:8 that say Jesus Christ is the same everyday.
Now, if God had intended why didn’t He have Jesus call any? Why are these twelve named ALL MEN, and it was ONLY MEN whom He ordained to PREACH? He did what He has the right to do, and that is chose WHOMEVER HE WANTS, and He chose NOT to choose a woman to preach! Now, if we believe Hebrews 13:8 that Jesus is the SAME today, yesterday, and forever, then we MUST believe that if He didn’t call a woman THEN, that He isn’t calling any NOW either! To not believe that He doesn’t change would again call Him a liar.
Again, we believe that ALL scripture is given by inspiration of God (2Timothy 3:16); additionally, Paul lets us again know that what he is about to say is good and acceptable in the sight of Almighty God, the one and only true God who ordained him (Paul, a man) a PREACHER and an APOSTLE, and that he (Paul, a man) speaks the TRUTH in Christ! So, in other words, it is ultimately GOD who is telling us I SUFFER NOT A WOMAN TO TEACH, NOR TO USURP AUTHORITY OVER THE MAN! Women are to LEARN, NOT to do the teaching!
Women, not only does God prohibit you from preaching, but also from being a Pastor! If you can’t preach, then you certainly can’t be a Pastor because preaching a part of the PASTOR’S job! And being a PASTOR gives you Biblical authority over the church and puts you in leadership (something Jeremiah touches so much upon in Jeremiah 1:10, 10:21, and 23:1-4; also see Ezekiel 2:1-9, 3:17-21, and 33:7-9; see Isaiah 58:1; lastly, see 2Timothy 4:2-4 – all of these addressing Pastors!) God DOES NOT allow a WOMAN to be the head!
A woman can no more be the head of a man than a man can be the head of Christ, or Christ being God’s head!
Why does he mention that Eve was deceived, and not Adam? It has to do with the fact that the WOMAN IS NOT QUALIFIED TO LEAD!
Just as Adam followed his wife, and Solomon followed his 700 wives, and Sampson followed Delilah, every man who follows a woman is lead to err and is destroyed. Women lead, but they do it against the perfect will of God!
Teaching, preaching, and pastoring gives the one doing it AUTHORITY. Something God forbids a woman from EVER having over a man.
No humanly (nor Spiritually) way possible that a woman can be a preacher nor a pastor without usurping authority over not only the men in the congregation but also her own husband! And if she does, she is TOTALLY out of God’s order and His will!
A woman preaching, teaching, or being a pastor is not decent, nor is it in order! She is OUT of order!
No, a woman isn’t forbidden to say amen (Deuteronomy 27:15-26 all say for ALL the people to say amen), nor is she forbidden from making a joyful noise unto the Lord ALL ye lands (Psalms 100), nor from letting EVEYTHING that hath breath praise the Lord (Psalms 150). But when it comes to speaking before the church, teaching the men, preaching, or being the pastor she IS forbidden and commanded to keep silent! To do otherwise would again put her in authority over the man, and out of order with God.
A prophet or prophetess tells a dream, speaks from a vision (NOT from scripture), and tells of things to come in the future. A PREACHER has the Word of God in HIM (not her) and preaches from scripture. A MAN can have multiple gifts and/or callings and be any combination of Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, teacher, Bishop, preacher, etc…, but they are all DIFFERENT callings (1Corinthians 12:4-11).
The Word says let HE (not she) that hath my word, let HIM (not her) speak my word faithfully (a woman is forbidden to speak)! He, him, indicate MALE and not a FEMALE; a MAN, and not a WOMAN!
No woman preacher here either! The person God sent to preach He called SON – NOT DAUGHTER, nor person – and set HIM (not her) as a WATCHMAN (not watchwoman or watchperson)!
Paul was speaking to Timothy (a MAN) and told HIM to PREACH (something NEVER told to a woman in ANY scripture); to reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. A woman IS NOT Biblically qualified to do these things, as we have already seen in previous scriptures. And NEVER in scripture was ANY woman told to do these things!
And, yes, sadly so the churches have failed to endure SOUND doctrine, but have after their own lusts (more on that in a moment) heaped to their own teacher and turned their ears from the truth. It was a MAN who was told to do the work of an evangelist (a traveling preacher; not some woman sitting on the same pew every week), not a woman!
It was Eve in the garden (Genesis 3:1-6) who had the lust of her eye, the lust of her flesh, and the pride of life (Proverbs 6:16-17 tell us God HATES pride) that caused her to disobey God, undermine the authority of her husband, and lead the man to destruction. It is the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life that makes a woman lie and say God called her to preach!
Remember Genesis 1:27 and 2Corinthians 6:18 telling us that humans DO exist as either MALE OR FEMALE?
Only someone who is spiritually retarded and a crackpot can twist THIS up! If a MAN (not a woman or a person) desire the office of bishop, HE (not she or they) desire a good work! Bishop is HUSBAND OF ONE WIFE (not wife of one husband), ruleth well HIS house (not her house or their house), having HIS children (not her children or their children) in subjection! For if a MAN (not woman, or person) doesn’t know how to rule HIS own house (not her or their house) how shall HE (not she or they) take care of the church of God? MAN, HE, HUSBAND, HIS……! NO reference to a Bishop being a female – PERIOD!
Notice Jezebel called HERSELF – God didn’t call her anything! Notice the CHURCH allowed her to teach; nowhere do we see GOD allowing a woman to teach! Notice the punishment God has in store for those who allow women to teach and preach, as well as the same punishment for those who follow women teachers and preachers and pastors?
The liars love to twist this scripture as well. Notice Paul does NOT call Andronicus and Junia apostles, but says the were “of note among the apostles”. He NEVER called them Apostles, so why do the liars go against Revelation 22:18-19 by adding to and taking away from this scripture, saying something that the Word does not say?
Second, Junia was not a woman! Why? Number one, Paul addresses these two as his fellow kinsMEN – not kinswomen nor kinspeople nor kinfolk. Second, just as in Genesis 5 and 1Chronicles the genealogies only mention MALE names, the same applies to Matthew 1 – all males names only! Notice also that a number of these names end in the letter 'A' (including that of King Asa from 2Chronicles chapters 12-14). So, again, to say that Junia was female is false and a lie.
The last lie to expose is this lie of Mary being “an Apostle to the Apostles”. NOWHERE does the BIBLE – the WORD OF GOD – EVER call her this!
So, the Word of God makes it (t-totally clear, as my mother always says) that God HAS NOT, and that God WILL NOT call a WOMAN to preach! Remember, God said He doesn’t change (Malachi 3:6) and Jesus is the same EVERYDAY (Hebrews 13:8).
If I tell you to let my sister know that dinner will be at 7pm tonight at my house, did I just command or ordain you to go preach? NO! So Mary telling the disciples to meet Jesus in Galilee WAS NOT a commission to go PREACH! Where does it say Jesus told her to PREACH ANYTHING? The answer? NOWHERE! So, where do you get the lie from that she was a preacher?
If you carry your Bible with you does it make you a preacher? NO! So Mary being pregnant with Jesus DID NOT make her a preacher! Does the BIBLE say she was a PREACHER or that she PREACHED? The answer? NO! So why do you lie and call her a preacher when GOD doesn’t?
NOWHERE in the Word of God (the Bible) is ANY woman EVER called a Deaconess (that word isn’t even in the Bible); and AGAIN, like the Bishop, she has to be HUSBAND of one WIFE according to 1Timothy 3:11-12! Unless she’s a lesbian, she can’t have a wife; and if she’s a lesbian she’s going to hell for that too!
Nor, is ANYWHERE in the Bible is a woman called a Minister, nor an Elder (for the SAME reasons she can’t be a deacon/deaconess or a Bishop), nor a Pastor, nor a Bishop, nor an Evangelist (it is the CHURCH who feminized a title that a woman isn’t even qualified to be), nor an Apostle (NO, there are NO women EVER called an APOSTLE in the Bible – anyone who says otherwise is delusional)! Nor is ANY person (male or female) called Missionaries by title or office. Missionary work is the same as humanitarian work (like helping with food, clothing, housing, etc… after a natural disaster occurs). Both the saved AND the unsaved can do that!
Let it be known! It is clear! If a woman gets up before a congregation at the same point in the service to do the same thing the pastor, or any other preacher, would do…. SHE IS PREACHING! Call it ‘reaching’, bringing the message, speaking, whatever. ALL of it is CONDEMNED by SCRIPTURE! Call it what you want she is STILL preaching, and STILL out of scripture! No matter if she does it in the pulpit or on the floor, or anywhere else! A woman with a blue or black uniform on with a badge, gun, handcuffs, walkie-talkie, night stick, etc… is no less of a police officer than a man wearing the same uniform and doing the same job. Stop trying to deny that many of you are just undercover preachers no matter if you admit that you are preaching or not!
So, what CAN a woman do? What can she be called if not any type of ‘clergy’ title or office?
ALL a woman can EVER be called, in God’s order, is MOTHER if she’s older and SISTER if she’s younger. NOTHING ELSE!
And the OLDER women are to teach ONLY the YOUNGER WOMEN! NOT PREACH! Any woman preaching to or teaching anyone else blasphemes the Word of God!
Listen, the Word of God speaks for itself!
God says what He means, and means what He says! No hidden messages or private interpretations! Stop leaning to your own understanding! Stop this junk about using the Greek or Hebrew! You’re an English speaking person reading the Bible translated into English! How come you ONLY use that lame excuse for things you don’t like, but not where God talks of blessing or being prosperous? You’re crackpots! You profess yourselves wise, but instead you are fools! (Romans 1:22)
Listen, like Habakkuk 2:2 says, I have written the vision and made it plain! I have said EXACTLY what GOD said on this! No matter if some of you are foolish enough in your own eyes (Isaiah 5:20-21) enough to still believe in and/or accept the lie of there being such a thing as women preachers, it doesn’t change the fact the GOD still has not, and NEVER will EVER call women to preach! Just because you deny that and rebel doesn’t change the truth of the matter!
My job is tell you all the truth, and then your blood is off of my hands! Your soul is then lost by your own faults! The truth of the matter is that God has not and will not call a woman to preach!
To that, I leave you this message:
Hahahahahah....my brother my brother....YOU are my brother and sisters keeper for sure.....LOL This is a SERMON I know, and I know you had to have preached it at one time or another....LOL
I am a woman of God, who has stated this many times to people and have dialogged with some of those who think that there is nothing wrong with women preachers, pastors etc. (men positions). I have stated that we as women are out of place and scripture tells us that. I came to BPN site, because I needed to see some dialog and came upon this and tears weld in my eyes, because it is confirmation of something I had spoken to a female Minister who I love so very much and she said she understood where I was coming from, and that I was convicted of my old teachings, but I said the teachings I get I get from scripture and no where in scripture does it say a woman should be over a man....my favorite quote "woman should not usurp a man). I know it is hard for the flesh, but if you say you are in Christ you can not be in the flesh.
Wow, this was awesome teaching. LOL...I had some questions, because I like dialog, but the Word of God clears it up as you have stated. God said it, I believe it and that settles it for ME. This sermon need to be posted around the world, because it will open the eyes of those who really want to OBEY the Word of God and not their own beliefs. As I said I came to this site because I read a female preacher say it is a personal relationship.....that is NO WHERE in scripture either, but you hear them say it all the time. God has no respector of persons, He sent to Holy Spirit to those that believe and OBEY and alot of people believe, but they don't OBEY, so they are out of line. DISOBEDIENCE is what is going to keep alot of people from eternal life. The churches have indoctrinated their own way of doing things and have incorporated God's word into their way of doing things and that is backwards. They have changed so much, they don't even know the truth anymore and now their children are suffering, dying and going to hell according to the scriptures. God warned us....just like you quoted the above.
REVELATION 2:20-23 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.
And scriptures has something against ALL the churches when you read it.....LOL Again, thank you for your post and may God continue to lead and guide you in His TRUTHS.
In Love Sister Denise
To God be all the glory, and I am very happy that you not only enjoyed this which God inspired me to write but to also see someone who believes the TRUTH. It's not often, but I am always excited to meet others who stand upon the Word of God and not the false doctrines of man. Feel free to contact me anytime for discussion. God bless!