| Women Ministers
Some say women should be silent and not speak in the churches; that the only place for women is in the kitchen or with children.
Others say a woman is just as able to minister as a man!
I am a woman and I have ministered from the pulpit many times as well as having taught men. I want to address this issue as a woman and a servant of God.
First of all:
1 Cor 14:34,35
Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith 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.
During the time this was written men sat on one side of the church gathering while women sat on the opposite side. The women made a habit of yelling across the room for their husband to explain what was happening or what the meaning of something was. Well for goodness sake of course they were told to be silent! Iíd tell them to be silent too! But this doesnít mean we are never to minister or speak as the Spirit moves on us.
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your old men shall dream dreams: and on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christís, then are ye Abrahamís seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Now I introduce and commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deaconess of the church at Cenchreae. That you may receive her in the Lord [with a Christian welcome], as saints [Godís people] ought to receive one another. And help her in whatever matter she may require assistance from you, for she has been a helper of many including myself [shielding us from suffering].
There are many incidents in the Bible telling of women ministers. Ok, this having been established; letís go on.
I want to reassure you that I firmly believe the Lord put man over us to protect and guide us. I am not for ďWomenís LiberationĒ.
Iím not sure how I feel about women pastors; but I'm not completely comfortable with this. I feel a man should be over the house, including the "house" of prayer.
Whether we are men or women we have to always be aware that it is the pastorís place to guide and protect the body under his care. We must be submissive to the Pastor. If we are sent to minister in a church that is giving us a hard time, the Lord will tell you what to do. If the pastor forbids us to speak then we must remain quiet. It's been my experience that when a Pastor forbids me to minister in the Spirit, the Lord tells me to go else where.
I have seen women go into churches with their mind set on changing it and the pastor nor anyone else will stop them. Sisterís this is wrong! We must always be in order and respectful of the leadership in each church.
There are times you will be fought and put off, but keep your eyes on the Lord and walk very carefully in prayer.
One very important thing I need to stress here: Never allow yourself to be anything but Godly in your walk and talk. Never leave a church for good unless the Lord tells you too. Always look the other way when criticism or back biting about you surfaces. Keep your eyes on the Lord at all times. As a woman you will at times be fought very hard and put down, but donít react, follow the steps the Lord tells you to take.
Ministering as a woman is not an easy thing to do. You will be fought with jealousy and resentment from time to time, but so was the Lord Jesus Christ. We arenít to walk by sight but by faith.
I pray each of you will walk in the fullness of the Holy Ghost, and you will have the boldness with the anointing to step out as directed without fear of failure, with the wisdom and trust in the Lord to keep you on tract.
He loves you so much and we as women have been lifted up by Jesus to be special and tender in the Spirit. So walk in the knowledge that you are not alone. You have a rich heritage that has gone before you, and the Spirit of God is with you, rest in Him and stay in an attitude of prayer at all times. Bless you my sisters