Regarding Women Preachers: I Am Now Convinced That It Is Wrong
Posted by Job on March 20, 2007
Not so long ago, I was sore vexed at the criticism of people who would not accept women preachers, because my own experience was the charismatic Pentecostal tradition where I heard many great sermons delivered and saw many great works performed by women preachers and teachers. So, I wrote this article to defend women preachers. Soon after, I signed up to receive what I thought would be daily devotionals from the Marilyn Hickey ministry. Hers was what I THOUGHT would be the most easily defensible of female ministers: a married couple that had only daughters where the husband died. WHO ELSE was supposed to take over their ministry and church? But as it turned out, the Hickey’s “ministry” WAS TOTALLY DEVOTED TO WOMEN! Of course, they do not come out and say as such, but getting their emails it was obvious: all of their events were women’s conferences, women’s prayer breakfasts, women’s summits, women’s seminars, etc. I already had some questions about their ministry in my mind when I saw Sarah Hickey “preaching” on every liberal’s favorite Bible event to portray out of context, when the Jewish leaders took the woman caught in the act of adultery before Yeshua HaMashiach and asked Him if they should stone her. Of course, Bible bashers use that story to deny the very existence of sin and in doing so completely leave out how Yeshua HaMashiach said “Go and sin no more.” You would expect a charismatic Word of Faith Biblical literalist like Sarah Hickey to put the story in the CORRECT context. BUT NO! Sarah Hickey’s sermon COMPLETELY ABSOLVED THE ADULTERESS FROM ANY BLAME! No different from the theological liberals who deny that scripture should have authority over people’s lives and use this story as proof that Yeshua HaMashiach would MOST CERTAINLY would have disproved of the MORALIZING INTOLERANCE in the Old Testament and in the letters to the church in the New Testament, Sarah Hickey claimed that “this woman was trapped in an abusive exploitative relationship that was no good for her emotionally, that was not meeting her needs, and was harming her, and Jesus delivered her from it.” WHAT?!?! This woman was an ADULTERESS! No one FORCED her into this relationship! If ANYONE was harmed, it was the MAN that she was committing adultery with. Oh yes, AND HER HUSBAND! Now Hickey did mention the “sin no more” statement, but only in the context that SHE WAS BEING VICTIMIZED BY SIN! There was no mention of her own responsibility, she was totally excused.
Now I saw this sermon BEFORE I signed up to receive emails from their “ministry.” I told myself that maybe I took it out of context; that maybe I hardened my heart to her message because of my own feelings of misogyny and male chauvinism. But after I started receiving their ministry and AFTER DOZENS OF EMAILS OVER SEVERAL SEVERAL MONTHS SEEING NO MENTION MADE OF MEN AT ALL, I began to decide that perhaps it wasn’t my being a bigot here after all. So, I began to do some investigating of the other prominent female televangelists, and discovered THAT THERE IS AN ENTIRE SUBCULTURE OF THIS STUFF! Single women preachers and their daughters running ministries entirely geared at women. Now I am not a fan of Promise Keepers, but THAT ministry is about getting men to become more involved in their families and churches. But this stuff is totally different. It is a whole “church” subculture of women, almost exclusively divorced and never – married single mothers, EXCUSING THEIR OWN SINS BY BLAMING THEM ON MEN! Even better (or worse actually) men are in on the act too. It started with anti – Trinitarian apostate heretic TD Jakes’ “Woman Thou Art Loosed” thing, where all manner of single mothers (many divorced but TONS of them NEVER MARRIED) and lesbian and bisexual “church women” all came together to blame every sin and bad choice that they have ever made in their lives on men, almost always their fathers, husbands (or baby – daddys), or pastors. Then cross – dressing Tyler Perry started his Madea “Christian” plays and movies, which did the same. Then the other prominent preachers started having their wives run these VERY LUCRATIVE women’s “blame your man, my man, or any man conferences/prayer breakfasts/seminars/retreats.”
Of course, the whole thing was very disconcerting to me, so I wrote another article stating that despite the many great works of LEGITIMATE women preachers, what is going on with so many of the female preachers in the charismatic (which I still consider myself to be) Christian community, that lacking EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES, churches should simply adhere to what the Bible actually says. Then today I see this article promoting this FEMALE “PREACHER” THAT MAKES NO BONES ABOUT HER “MINISTRY” BEING DEDICATED SOLELY TO WOMEN and now I am just about ready to cast aside the “EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES” thing. Yes, I know that Deborah judged Israel. Yes, I know about Anna the prophetess mentioned in the gospels. Yes, I know about Lydia in Acts who founded the church in Thyatira (who, not the least bit ironically, had said about it Revelation “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.) I know this because I stated these and more in my own article defending women preachers! But with the madness of this little (actually I shouldn’t say little because it is HUGE) ”women getting together and blaming men for their sins” subculture going on, I am now certain that, as always, the Bible’s way is the best way. technorati tag: Marilyn Hickey