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Women in The Pulpit, Part 1

Sound of Faith / Sharon Hardy Knotts and R. G. Hardy
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April 5, 2022 8:00 am

Women in The Pulpit, Part 1

Sound of Faith / Sharon Hardy Knotts and R. G. Hardy

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Great expense to new listeners and welcome to the sound of faith. I'm sure 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 will not my mother alluded to this in so I'll just make this the point. I'll tell you on Friday afternoon I was finishing up my notes for my sermon for today and I got a phone call and it was an agent for the radio agency that we use to find stations for Austin times for us to go on the stations that she would be the go-between. I think she is an agency but I speak to a particular person of VP and so they will scout out stations and times and will be the go-between between the station and not and so she called me and she said Sharon I don't even know how to tell you this, but I've got bad news and I said what is it because we never achieve.

I've never spoken to her on the phone.

Everything is email and texting out and sent her to call me. I thought, so she said I just got an email she got an earlier but she got an email from another agency that owns radio stations owns gospel radio stations across the country she heard from them that they were canceling our program on all the stations that were on with an 18 stations because it goes against their Southern Baptist doctrine that women are not allowed to teach men from the pulpit and I'm thinking, but I'm not the pastor of all the people out there in radio land. Bathroom pastors and besides that I never claimed to be pastor.

When people ask me who the pastor is I don't even flinch as a my dad. Brother Harding is the pastor and I'm an assistant pastor. Amen. I've never said anything other than that, but they called here at the church and they spoke to someone in the way the conversation was worded.

Whatever. They got the answer that brother Harding is retired, I'm preaching and I'm pastoring and that's all they wanted to know when they were friendly because they were looking and seeking for answers and then they went back and said clearly, Sharon is pastoring and we need to get them off of the air as soon as possible. They were hoping that we would just say okay goodbye were done with you and quit Friday, but they said is not if they won't go off immediately. Give them their two week notice but you know I got out the contract yesterday and start looking at him and everything are signs that you have a four week notice and I intend to push for that at this point I'm not concerned. I feel like this is not shutting doors. We need to take that money and go other stations that I will have the only stations. And so we need to take the money and go elsewhere. And God will show us what to do but I'm going to make them keep their word and that'll give us time to look for other stations. Amen.

And so our agency. The woman was so upset she says Sharon I was so angry I wanted to retaliate cheese but the person that she's speaking to that has been owns everything said they don't agree with it either, but they have to go by what the guy at the top says they don't they didn't like doing it. They didn't agree with it but there they worked there and they're doing what they're told to do and you know we been only stations for two years and some longer has some of them the way back from way back when my dad was on years and years ago so it just an ace and they attached. She sent me their email and they attached their beliefs by an article written by the Southern Baptist magazine and everything in it about why women are not allowed to preach or teach or pastor and you know we got very lengthy and technical, but here it all boiled down to this boiled down to that man is the head of the woman.

And because man is the head of the woman.

The woman is not allowed to have authority over the man now all the fancy things they said in all of the things that they discussed it will down to the so with you all will indulge me today were going to look at the Scriptures. I have never preached on this subject in my life because I never needed to. Why do I have to preach that to you while you are throwing me out the door, but I feel that the time is come for me to get this information and I spent all day yesterday and this morning up with another one on the back burner to get this and I don't really know how it's all going to come out because I've never done this particular subject, but there's only one way to do it next the jump in because I intend to answer them in a godly kind Christian way but you know sometimes people just hang down dogma and they never sit down with their own Bible with her own lexicons to see what the words say they just because that's what they learned in university and that what they learned Bible college and so they repeated, and they never themselves actually taken the time to see if possibly there could be error in that position. So, if you will allow me. Today we are going to look at it and were going to begin in first Corinthians chapter 11 and I know the Holy Spirit will help me not to trip all over my words and help all of us get Revelation because it's one thing to dig out all the information and I'm good at that because that's what I like to do. I love it when the Holy Spirit in the moment, in the moment gives you that revelation and if you see something right in that moment, that there were in first Corinthians 11 three but I would have you know that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is the man and the head of Christ is God. Now this sounds like Paul is saying that Christ is the head of men, but is not the head of women because man is the head of woman, let's read it again. I want you to know that head of every man is to Christ and the head of the woman is the man and the head of Christ is so it sounds like Christ is the head of the man but is not the head of the women because man is the head of women.

Well, it's turned visions 523 look at this and you know a lot of these things can be talking about marriage, but because I am not talking about marriage today. I am not going to elaborate okay. Stick to what were talking about. So Ephesians 523 for the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church and he is the Savior of the body and no well let's see here were not talk about men and women were talking about what husbands and wives see now we have clarification because you have to take the Scriptures rightly divided and if you have two scriptures that are should be saying the same thing what they're saying something different. You have to look closer now, how can we look closer to see why Paul would say in the one that man is the head of the woman and in the other that he is saying that the husband is the head of the wife is a whole different ballgame is one is domestically in the home and the other is spiritually in the charts using now. Let us help us out a little more a real student of the Bible would go and get the Greek lexicon because we know that first Corinthians 11 and Ephesians 5 were not written in English we know they were written in Greek, so let's look at the Greek words.

So what is the Greek word for man.

It's on their it's spelled a NER pronounced on their that's the Greek word for man. What is the Greek word for husband is on their same word. What is the Greek word for woman DNA and you see it all the time, gynecology, DNA GYN E but they really say Dunay tells pronounced Dunay what is the Greek word for wise Dunay because Dunay refers to a female. She could be a virgin. She could be an engaged woman and a wife.

So now we understand what's going on here. Since these two Greek words can both mean man in husband woman and wife. We have to look at the context, we must look at the context as well as agreement with the other verses to determine what is Paul meaning here is he talking about men and women are husbands and wives. Is he talking about women in general were strictly wives see the question is, is every man, the head of every woman, no see unnamed may be the head of one woman. Why, but he is not every woman. So first Corinthians 11 310 not mean that every man stand in the same relationship to every woman as Christ does to every man because I'm telling you that Christ is the head of the woman because he's the head of the church so just as Christ is the head of the man in the church so Christ is the head of the woman in the church because if that's not true, then women are not part of the church because Christ is the head of the church and if he's not our head in the man is our head that were not in the church. Hey what about unmarried women. What about unmarried women whose their head. If they're in the chart.

Christ is their head, but monastic Lyons woman who is read, the husband is the head, and when you see the Greek words and you go back and read 11 first grenades 11 three and using the same terminology that Paul used in Ephesians 523 same apostle Paul. Then we see that it's a whole different ballgame. Amen. Because now when we read it, but I would like you to know that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is the man in the head of Christ is God.

But if we understand that man and husband are the same and women and wife are the same.

Then we can understand what Paul was talking about.

So you know Benny is my head in the home but is not my head in the body of Christ is not my head in the church is not my virtual head amen is not my spiritual head at all. I don't know Benny and asked him to go to Jesus for me. I don't go to him and asked him to pray about this that or the other.

For me, now we come together in agreement on things because if any, two on earth would agree is touching anything, they shall ask, it shall be done. There's nothing more powerful than the prayer of agreement and Satan recognizes this. That's why he gets husbands and wives fighting one another because first Peter three tells us that if you find one another. Your prayers are hindered, so while we make it easy on Satan when husbands and wives fight because then our prayers are hindered, you know, sometimes it doesn't take much for him to get it going right doesn't take much for him getting violent, you know you just be having a bad day.

You didn't eat today and now you're all tense and grumpy and crabby and all that and you can escalate. My point being, this that Benny does not go to the Lord for me. I don't go to him. I have one mediator between God and man, the man Jesus Christ. First, the 215 89 mediator, not my husband. Amen. Every woman can come to Christ directly, without the consent of any man be in her husband Pastor are going to a pre-subordinate in the body of Christ, and I think I meeting women. We know that Romans 816, 17 tells us that the Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God and if we are children, then we are heirs and joint with Jesus Christ. There is not free level. There, there's heirs and joint heirs. There is not and subordinate heirs third-party heirs.

Amen. Doesn't exist. Amen. Course we all know the verse that we all use all the time and and it's very powerful. Galatians 3 tells us. Verse 26 for you are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus for as many as you have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Now, because a lot of people will use that verse to try to disprove these ones that claimed women cannot hold this position in the church of preaching and teaching. They will explain to you at great length that this verse. Galatians 328 only about salvation, your position as a born-again believer in the body of Christ is being saved that there is no Jew or Gentile. There is no slave or free, and there is no male or female and they will tell you that in that regard. Every body is equal and that you know there is no greater man over woman etc. having to do only with your position of salvation as a believer in the body of Christ, so that's what they will say, and then to support that. Let's turn to first Corinthians 14 and will read some verses there and let's look at verse 34 now were going to get to the heart of the matter and the verses that they use.

Let your women keep silence in the churches for is not permitted unto them to speak, but they are commanded to be under obedience is also says the law and if they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home for it is a shame for women to speak in the church right away. I have to point out the fact to you that the translators are not consistent.

They said women and husband that doing the best they women and men are husbands and wives. You can't mix them up because it changes everything that you see that it is let your women keep silence and if they have anything they want to ask them ask their husbands, so when these are married women if you got in your life, they should have translated let the wives keep silence in the churches, for it is not permitted for them to speak with. They are commanded to be under obedience and says the law if they want to learn something that after husbands when all and there during the church service, asking their husbands questions because it's shameful why meaning it causes disruption. You know you get a few conversations over here in a few conversations over there. Sometimes the young people get back there in a circuit and and you can hear it in you then turn around him a dirty look will imagine these women number one were not as educated as we are today.

So things were coming over the pulpit. They may not have understood what he mean by that will, what does that mean and so they would ask their husbands questions and so this was causing disruptions and he was saying if they want to learn something if they want clarification if they need understanding that that went to Megan how and ask their husbands, then amen. But while there in the service. They should be speaking they should be obedient now if we go back and say let your wives keep silence in the church that it matches husbands ask when you get home you see that it matches then why did they say women that November the same Greek word, they took Dunay said women and then they took and their instead husbands and they should be consistent. So obviously Paul is not talking about all women because these women had been, and not all women have husbands, so we understand that what he was saying here is that your why the client during the church service. Let's look at verse 23. What were here. It is therefore the whole church become together into one place and all speak with tongues, and their come in. Those that are unlearned or unbelievers will not pay signature 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 nine to speak in tongues at one time because then people come in and say, those people are not bodies that if you speak in tongues. One 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 women 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 in 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 a service where people have no idea what you're talking about. But here's the point. What it is, 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 the gifts many times and so he always know target 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'll know and I'll just refresh you don't need to actually for me to read everything that you know that Jesus had told them that Terry in Jerusalem until father sends the holy.

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 with 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 up now that it sat upon each of them. Each of them, every single one that was there including all the women 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 drunk and you know they really believe that they send appear what and what did Peter do. He referred to the Old Testament prophet Joel and he quoted any said, but this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel and it shall come to pass in the last days. They thought I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh, and your son and daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream and I will pour out my spirit, my starving and on my hand made, I will pour out in those days of my spirit and garment nail Megan's email is now.

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