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April 6, 2022 8:00 am
Great expense to new listeners and welcome to the sound of faith.
I'm Sharon not thanking you for joining us today because we know that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Our message today is women in the pulpit.
This controversy in the body of Christ refuses to go away and after sound of faith was canceled on a network of 19 stations because I'm a woman for the first time in my 40 years of ministry. I was forced to teach on this subject. Women in the pulpit.
Let's look at verse 23 while were here therefore the whole church become together into one place and all speak with tongues, and there come in. Those that are unlearned or unbelievers will not.
They say that your all matter all crazy, but if all prophesy and there come in one that believes not one it was unloaded. He is convinced of all, he is judged of all drop down verse 31 for ye may all prophesy one by one that all May learn and all May be comforted now. Here Paul is talking about the whole church, and of course he is giving them the regulations.
I don't like that word but I can't think of a better one right now of how the gifts should operate in the church, but we are looking at this point that is making that we see here were talking about everyone. Men and women, husbands and wives singles and married all in the same church in the same service company see that and he's saying that when you're all there together is one it's not a good idea for every night you speak in tongues at one time because then people come in and say, those people are not bodies that you speak in tongues one at a time. And of course we understand there's a gift that goes with that in the church which is interpretation or if you prophesy one at a time, then the Holy Spirit can use that to convict their hearts, the unbelievers, the sinners, there's a come in, how many seem what I'm saying. But then he said because you may prophesy as long as you do it one by one didn't say only the men prophesy and not the women he said you may prophesy so I know the point he's making is he's not reporting a governor is not saying Prophecy in the church is nothing and you got too much prophecy in the church. He's not saying you got to limit your prophecy. He said you just have to do it in order because God is not the God of confusion.
You can't be over prophesy and one another or speaking in tongues over one another in service were people have no idea what you're talking about. But here's the point I want you to see is that all may prophesy, and then all I women and men. Guess what will happen all may learn so many sit in the congregation can learn when a female is prophesy DC that all can speak in tongues all can prophesy as long as we do with in order and you know brother Harding is preached on the gifts many times and so he always know targets and focuses on the order part because we never needed to talk about the male-female thing and Faith Tabernacle so you know what happened on the day of Pentecost you will know without this refresh, you don't need to actually for me to read everything that you know that Jesus had told Linda Terry in Jerusalem until father sends the holy writ and you can receive power when you get the Holy Spirit and you shall be my witnesses. I think you got open your mouth and talk to do that. So we find out in acts, one that they found an upper room and they all gathered their names. Specifically, the 11 disciples of Jesus name. Specifically, Mary the mother of Jesus, and it says when the women and also Jesus is biological brothers.
Mary's other sons so we had the disciples, we had Jesus brothers we had Mary the mother of Jesus, and we got with the women and they were all there in that one place in one accord. Amen we know that the Holy Spirit now and when he found it became clear tongues of fire that all know said it sat upon each of them. Each of them, every single one that was there including all the wind in and then you know when they got so feel nothing began to go out of the building and they were speaking in all these languages probably about 70 different languages. They were speaking and then the people outside thought the people are and you know they really believe that the Pier 1's and what did Peter do. He referred to the Old Testament prophet Joel any club needed and he said, but this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel and it shall come to pass in the last days.I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall and will pour out my spirit, my starving knowing my I will pour out in those days of my. And starving male handmaidens's email beside amen. Is that what I'm quoting now from reading from acts 18. So when the women prophesy every body there in that particular service will learn something from God, including all the men and that the men say. So were still in Corinthians and chapter 14 let's look at verse 21 in the law it is written with men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people, and yet for all of that they will not hear me, saith the Lord. Wherefore, tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not, but prophesying serves not for them that believe. But for them, which believe so. What Paul is saying here.
He's referring to, and Old Testament prophecy, Isaiah 28 verses 11 and 12 and it says that I will speak God's sake, and I will pour out my spirit and I will speak with stammering lips and other tongues it obvious it's referring to this. But nowhere in the Isaiah prophecy doesn't say anything about gender male nor female doesn't even say anything about people send out pour out my spirit and there will be stammering lips and other tongues, so it is a generic gender in Isaiah.
Amen. And yet we see here.
If we look at Corinthians chapter 14 verse 21. It is in the law it is written, I just told you where with men of other tongues and other lips. I will speak under this people. How many of you have the word men in your Bible italicized. If you do let me see your hand if you got a king, King James version. I know that you do and the reason why italicized is it's not in the original text, the translators added it most of the time when they added something is to clarify something that they thought was perhaps confusing the reader so they added it and it was okay add something that refers to humans with stammering lips and other tongues, but they went way over with their male bias and put men all yeah you might want to look at that first Corinthians 1421 they should of said they because Isaiah does not say men or women doesn't even mention people. It inspired that the people.the links in the tongues but here in verse 2014 21 in the law it is written with other tongues and other lips will I speak in the town. They should put in there, will speak how many follow that you know you know grammar could be so interesting.
Did you know yeah it's grammars fun, especially when it clears up things that people repeat and bring confusion and outright lies really so the major mistake of those who are against women in the role of pastor, preacher, teacher in the church is that they confuse the role of headship in the home with the role of headship in the church. They bring over the authority that the husband has over the wife in the home into the church making all women subject to all men in the church and as I said a moment ago than what about the unmarried women now on the region directly verbatim a claim that was in this article that was published by the Southern Baptist. This is verbatim for a woman to serve as pastor would be to take the place of headship over men now we already read who is the head of men in the church. Christ, who is the head of women in the church are they saying women are taking the place of Christ. If Christ is the head of man in Christ is the head of woman, it's because Christ is the head of the chats in for a woman to serve as a pastor. She is not usurping Christ position as head because he's the head of the charts. She can't do that because they're trying to bring over the husband part as being the head of the wife into the church as then being the head of women to be read another claim. The wife submits to husband.
The husband submits to the Lord Jesus.
Jesus submits to God in his submission on to God the father. Jesus identified both man and woman in submission to the Lordship of Christ. Men identify with the submissive role of women. Yeah, I know one of your head got really five times try figure out what exactly what are you saying here.
This was a quote is what my words. Okay, so they're saying that wives submit to the husband and the husband submits to the Lord.
That's true. Jesus submits to God, that's true. But there's saying well when Jesus submitted to God. He was identifying with both man and women so that meeting. Again, I'm telling what they're saying.
So when in submission to the Lordship of Jesus. Men then can identify with them. Submission of women. I don't know but that's just downright baloney, so men when you submit to the Lord Jesus then you are now experiencing what we women have to go through submitting as when it women submitted to the Lord Jesus to mentor the Lord Jesus and both wives submit to their husband, but in the charts we made to the Lordship of Jesus.
See we got to keep it straight all in their arguments and there's many in their very detailed boil down to this headship thing in my in my opinion, because just like I've showed you that head ship of husband and wife is domestic, the headship of men and women is spiritual and in that case were talked about married women, single women that are wrong. We are all under the headship of Jesus Christ. Otherwise, Christ is not the head of women are husbands are I should say why. And he's not the head of single women at all.
So, single women are headless, we will not make on it when that I look at the companion Scripture that they use. Let's go to first Timothy chapter 2. You will recognize these verses right away as you.
These are the ones that you always hear shaking about women's heads. First Timothy two verse 11.
Let the women learn in silence with all subjection, but I suffer not I allowed, not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. Right away, out of the gate. Let's remember, the same Greek words, Dunay and on there that can be women and men can also be wives and husbands. If we translate this verse using wives and husbands. It completely changes it. Amen.
Let the wives learn in silence with all subjection, I suffer not a woman to teach nor usurp authority over the husband but to be in silence.
Now, in this particular chapter and I don't want to go through it all because it kind of beside the point.
But he's talking about women in the church prophesying whether their head is covered or not covered whether there wearing a veil or they're not wearing a Dale were not going to get into that because it doesn't concern is we don't have a problem with what your hair looks like. I mean if you got a weed. That's fine if you want to wear something like sister wears that's fine too, is not to prohibit you from prophesying understand that.
So therefore when you and I don't want to get hung up on that but because Paul went on to say we don't have any such custom were not getting into the semantics of what a woman is wearing on her head because we realize that in that culture.
There were some women who shave their heads. They shake their heads bald and he said it was it was shameful to do that and the reason being is that identified them with the women of the world and specifically women that were prostitutes and sexually immoral. Amen.
So to be a Christian woman in the church and keep shaving your head. He was against that money went on to say we have no such custom were not going to get into the customs of your hair because if you're born again and filled with the spirit. I believe the spirit of God will direct you about shaving your head.
Now there are some women that may have a problem with growing hair in the old days. Maybe their hair was long and they can't long hair there's some women are trying to grow long hair and make the course today.
They can go by and it's there because they paid for it and don't even try to pull it and see if it's real or not. And we don't have a problem that we don't care if somebody goes and gets along here next look pretty in track they feel good about themselves.
I mean I'm blessed to have a lot hair and I never have to worry about running out hair got plenty of but I understand that's not the same with all winners were not going to get hung up on the hairdo, here's the point were making women allowed to pray and prophesy whether they had long hair whether they got willing. The point is I'm trying to show you is he said you understand what their hair looks like a sigh in darkness.
Amen. And when he found them here in first Corinthians we read in first Corinthians 11 that we read that they are not allowed to speak in the church and then he turns around actually was 14, and any getting first print is 11. He said you can prophesy you can prophesy. First Corinthians 11 and I'm not going to get in about the hairdo, he said, but in chapter 14 the same letter you can prophesy got be solid in the church he would be contradicting himself in the same letter you see that account when you bring that anything that were still in first Timothy to them.
What you see that so he wouldn't tell them you can prophesy. First Corinthians 11 and you can first Corinthians 14.
So now we have to disable what is he talking about here, to Timothy will first of all we need to know where they are and Timothy eventually became the pastor of the church at Ephesus. That's important to know he's not the pastor yet he's being trained but he will eventually be the pastor of Ephesus. What Paul is doing he is addressing a problem that in the church at Ephesus look in chapter 1 verse three. Nice talking to Timothy and remember this is a personal letter to Timothy about a specific situation in the church of Ephesus verse three as not talking to abide still at Ephesus when I went into Macedonia why that downline is charge some that they teach no other doctrine. So why can't we have the purpose for why Paul is writing Timothy and note that he said I besought the two abide or I thought the tooth day. Another words they were both in Ephesus, but now Paul is going to leave to go on into Macedonia by BCG gene mastering date not to go with him and we can see my telling all that apparently things were elected to stay behind. He wants to go with Paul.
He doesn't want to stay behind and we can understand why because Paul is giving him the charging people that are preaching false doctrine and we all know that Timothy was on the timid side.
How do we know that in chapter 412. He tells him that no man despise your use. I got confidence in you in spite of your age you are qualified you grew up at the knee of your grandmother and mother Lois and Eunice and you are qualified, no child has known the holy Scriptures are able to make the wise to faith in Jesus Christ. All Scripture is profitable for doctrine, reproved correction and instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be thoroughly perished under all good works. That's what he wrote to Timothy second Timothy. He was qualified, but he was timid. That's why in second Timothy 170 said God isn't giving you a spirit of fear the Lord is intimidation. Intimidation.I think you a spirit of intimidation but of power love and a sound mind.
Another thing you stand up in the face of all these people you because you are young and because you easily come under intimidation; urging and pressing him to stay behind because he wants them to charge or charges very powerful. I want to charge them. I want you only challenge them, and forbid them not to speak it here where it says charge you that you teach no other doctrine.
The Greek word is hetero naphthalene and all I want to show you is hetero, neighborhood, hetero you know like hetero sexual would sit me. It means it means the opposite.
The opposite sex as straight as a modern word okay but hetero means the opposite. It means different. If you're in a heterosexual relationship you're different from your partner, your male he's female he's our vice versa. So here are other doctrine.
It is different doctrine different doctrine that what we had been teaching and he wanted to stay there and confront these people and we know from reading acts 2020 that Ephesus also was made up of many half searches.
And I say this because in acts 2020.
Paul said I taught you daily house to house.
We visited all those different houses. That's a lot of churches got started somebody's house and that he grew amen and so he's urging Timothy to do this the best interpretation of this passage is without understand he was addressing a specific situation at Ephesus and somehow it was involving the women he may be speaking of a particular woman a particular woman who was propagating this other doctrine because if we look in first Timothy two verse nine. In like manner, also that women may see women floral adorn themselves in modest apparel with shamefaced sadness and sobriety, not with voided hair or gold or pearls or costly array but which become women professing godliness and good works.
I am not going to get on this again. You gotta understand the key to this verse is the word modest. That's the key. What is modest is what we should wear. Amen. It doesn't mean you can't braid your hair.
It doesn't mean you can put Rex in your hair. It doesn't mean any of that. It means you have to be modest and not dressed like the world and modestly.
Amen to that thoughtless thing about that but I want you to see in verse nine he says when the world you see that and so it carries over in verse 10 that he's talking about when then we see women professing godliness, but when we get the first 11 which we have read the changes he changes from women to not Wellman.
In verse 12 he talks about a woman. Why did he change why did he go from plural to Cingular.
So it's like he's doing a switcheroo here so we instead because he went to Cingular the woman and not a woman. Remember, the same Greek words do nagging on her right so he went from plural meeting. All the women in the church should dress modestly, and now he's talking about teaching and he goes down to Cingular women, so why don't we just take the Greek word that means the same thing and read, wife and husband let the wife learn in silence with all subjection that matches what we just read in first Corinthians doesn't not but I suffer not a woman. I suffer not a wife to teach nor usurp authority over the husband but to be in silence. Are you taking this in.
If you put husband-and-wife there. It's the only way that he can make sense without contradicting the other scriptures that women can prophesy in the work prophesy does not mean you safe, thus saith the Lord, coming down from heaven's judgment if you don't straighten up the work prophesy means to flow for you to be prophesying, you could be preaching teaching. You can even be any Elisha used to call for them to come and play music that he would prophesy to.
Amen. So we have to understand that. Now let's look at the word silence because it is hard if you talk about all women is not talking about why that we have to be silent in the church was appointed common. I can stay home and listen to CDs. I can sing and worship at home vacuum to come to church to be silent was the word silence mean it's a Greek word, of course you knew that.
Has Sue G and I want you to just look up in verse two, verse two, over here for first Timothy verse two of chapter 2 he say we should pray for kings and for all that are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. The Lord peaceable. There see it. Same Greek word has tequila, so we should we should lead a quiet and silent life. Oh, I know you think the word quiet would be the one. But it's not folks get out your lexicon. Peaceable is has tequila quiet is another is another word altogether. So, don't you see here he's saying and he's talking to all the saints. He wants all the saints in the church to have the peaceable life you see that and that means he wants and have a life it's free from turmoil and a life of tranquility which we don't have to day in the world. We've got just the opposite.
We got so much division and unrest will you.
I don't even have to describe it so he can pray that you not going on a silly cannot silence in the natural means that you had a long environment not filing and you cannot because it's the same word as peaceable as verse 28 and I hope you're being encouraged by our message. Forget reach press in his letter to the Philippians written from a Roman prison Paul wrote of his great joy in Christ and his secret to a successful ministry. I forget those things that lie behind. I have known scores of Christians who get stuck in depression and failure because they keep looking back and lamenting about the past. Only when you let go of the past can you embrace the present and reach out for daily victory in Christ as citizens of heaven. Paul said we are pressing towards the mark of the calling up on high, the rapture resurrection. We should be pressing for the goal line with our eyes on the prize. Heaven is interview and the saints who've already crossed over her calling out don't think, don't look back. Forget reach press is available on CD for love gift of $10 or more for the radio ministry request SK 196 mail to sell the safe PO Box 1744, Baltimore, MD 21203 were shopworn email@example.com where MP3s are also available to order by mail send a minimum love gift of $10 request SK 196 to PO Box 1744, Baltimore, MD 21203 saints airtime is costly to with the Lord lives on your heart. Please consider setting this show love gift to help us whether or not you wish to place an order. Until next time, Mr. Sharon not saying