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by denise watson-smith
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There are many arguments about whether or not God has called women. Many preachers believe that women should not preach, but you have just as many who recognize the call of God on the lives of women, and will embrace them in that manner. Who is right? Who is wrong? There are many preachers who use the argument of the Apostle Paul when he said that women should be silent in the church. We know that Paul was called by God, but were those words inspired by God? If were are to go by the what Paul said about women being silent in the church, then that would mean that women can not sing, can not pray, can not read the bible aloud, they can not teach Sunday School, the only thing that they can do in the church is nothing but waive their hands. I wonder, is that what God intended for women. If God did not want women to preach, then why would he use so many women in the Old Testament as He did? Deborah was a judge, a prophet and the leader of the Israeli Army. Esther was used to deliver her people from the wrath of Haman when he wanted to have them slain. Jael was used to slay Sisera, an enemy of Israel. Ruth was so important to God that a whole book in the Bible was named after her.
There was a woman in the bible that carried the most important word of all, and that Word is called JESUS. She carried the word for 9months; she raised the word that was inside of her, the word dwelt within her, and when it came time, she brought forth the word, she birthed that word out. The greatest word that ever lived came through a woman. We say that is how God designed it, true, but God is God, and if God saw fit, He could have let a man bring forth that word instead, but He chose a woman. A woman is a nurturer of the word; a woman is a protector of the word. The bible tells us that God is no respecter of persons. The bible tells us that God created man and woman, he created he them, and he created them to be equal.

In the book of Joel, chapter 2, verse 28, the prophet Joel spoke about the spirit. He let the people know that God is going to pour out His spirit upon all flesh, and their sons and DAUGHTERS shall prophesy. Galatians 3:28 reminds us that, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” It is time for the man of God to support the woman who is called by God, to bring forth the word of God, just as God trusted Mary over 2000 years to bring forth His word. God is not only calling His sons, He is calling His daughters also. It is time for the oppression to end. It is time for all of God’s children to be free, free to praise, free to worship, and free to bring forth God’s word, without reservation and without hindrance. When Jesus died for the sins of the world, it was not just for man, when God started passing out blessings, it was not just for man, when God gave the 10 Commandments, it was not just for man, when God handed out salvation, grace and mercy, it was not just for man, so the call of God on the lives of people is not just for man, but for ALL OF MANKIND (men and women). A woman was there at the birth of Jesus, a woman was there at the crucifixion and death of Jesus, a woman was there at the burial of Jesus, and a woman was there when the angel said, “He has risen.” And the best news all was brought forth by a woman, when she went forth to tell the disciples, He is not dead, He is risen. When Jesus said “Go ye therefore and teach all nations,” that was for all people, when He sent His comforter, the Holy Spirit that, was for all people. We need to stop looking at gender and race and start looking at Christ. When God said if His people who are called by His name should humble themselves, seek His face and turn from their wicked ways, I believe that too included all mankind. God has given a word to his daughters as well as his sons. God has given life to his daughters as well as his sons. God speaks to his daughters as well as his sons. God calls his daughters as well as his sons. It is now time for all of God’s children to stand up and walk in their purpose. It is time for them to do what God has willed for their lives, and instead of having opposition because of what man thinks; we should have encouragement because of what God said. God’s word is the ultimate word, and that is so.

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Virginia Gorg 18 Apr 2006
Well said article. Some grammatical errors to watch out for (waive instead of wave; can not is usually one word cannot). The message seems to be that women should teach, if they are truly called to do so. Men should teach if they are truly called to do so. Keeping God's will in our lives makes the difference. Nicely done and a good message.
Thomas Kittrell 18 Apr 2006
Denise, I wish to respond to this article, but for a different reason than you might suspect. First, let me say this. I really and truly do appreciate your thoughts and Biblical references. Your subject is one I am currently giving prayer and thought to, so please do not form an opinion one way or the othere as to how I stand on this. You might easily form the wrong opinion. I had to get back on the computer to share this with you. You stated: "We know that Paul was called by God, but were those words inspired by God?" Please do not ever start doubting the inspiration of the Holy Scriptures! To doubt one part is to open the door to doubt the rest. If you throw this saying of Paul's out as probably not inspired, then you can not honestly use the other Scripture references either. Do you see where I am going with this dear Christian sister? This is not intended as a rebuke nor as an opposite opinion of your point of view. It is only to be taken as a caution from one Christian to another. May God bless you and all the Christian women who serve our Lord. I am afraid you perhaps outnumber us men these days, which is a shame to us men for being so negligent in our service to God. In Christ, Thomas, www.dustonthebible.com


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