Women Preachers Again: Mary Mary Versus Paula White, Medina Pullings, Joyce Meyer, Juanita Bynum, Etc.
Posted by Job on April 14, 2007
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Now I was listening to this rather strange fellow on Christian radio one day who was trying to mix Christianity with Judaism. I am not talking about a Messianic Jew (the fellow was black) but he was claiming that Christians still needed to follow the 613 laws in order to please God. I listened to him for awhile just to see what he had to say (because it was obvious that he had spent a great deal of time studying the Hebrew language and Jewish tradition) but I decided that I could not learn anything from him because THE FELLOW WAS LITERALLY OUT OF HIS MIND and never listened to his show again. Yet, even in this fellow’s mentally addled condition, he managed to prove one of our more common cliches: even stopped clocks are right twice a day. On this particular instance, he was rising up in opposition to women preachers, explaining that a great many churches (apparently he had some sort of background in ministry and knew a lot of behind the scenes information) were promoting women preachers SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY WERE VERY USEFUL IN FUNDRAISING. And why not? People trust women more than they do men. It is easier for a woman to manipulate and play on the emotions than a man (Paula White). More women regularly attend and financially support churches than men (all of these very financially lucrative “women’s conferences” run by Darlene Bishop and similar). Authoritative women are able to manipulate men who want – or need – that “mother figure” to open up their wallets as well as women who want – or need – that “father figure” to tell them what to do (Juanita Bynum is OUTSTANDING at this). And then there is this Medina Pullings person and those like her. A great many men (and not a few women) will free up their wallets, checkbooks, and credit cards in response to a woman who is just plain flat out attractive. Now I had been myself noticing how so many of these female preachers, especially the women co – pastors of male head pastors, JUST HAPPEN TO LOOK LIKE ACTRESSES AND MODELS AND HAVE NO PROBLEM WHATSOEVER FLAUNTING IT (and that speaks nothing of a certain segment of our female gospel singers, many of whom are also preachers and pastors). Now I was avoiding commenting on this because, well, why mislead: I was being a lily – livered chicken! (A small revelation here: a great deal of the material that I put on this site absolutely terrifies me to write, sometimes so much so that I delay putting some things up for days or even longer at a time until I pray up the nerve to, so people who continually insist that I am just on here “accusing, pointing fingers, judging, tearing people down”, etc. out of jealousy or bitterness or for my own amusement really couldn’t be further from the truth … I actually derive no pleasure from this whatsoever and really would rather be doing something else, but I have this compulsion to warn people about false doctrine so they won’t have to endure a 30 year nightmare like I did.) But fortunately, someone else was having thoughts on this matter similar to mine, and seeing their post on the issue emboldened me to FINALLY put something out that I should have a long time ago.
The irony here is that a great many women regard being allowed to preach and hold offices in church as some women’s rights issue. But it turns out that a lot of the institutions that are allowing women to preach are exploiting them in a very sexist manner. First of all, consider Katharine Jefferts Schori, the leader of the Episcopalian denomination. She was given her position PRECISELY so she could lead the charge for approval of homosexuality and to make other radical changes that oppose scripture because the people who installed her wanted those changes and knew that a MAN would face much more opposition. And yes, Schori (and her supports and the media) have ALWAYS played the gender card, claiming that the REAL REASON why she faces SO MUCH OPPOSITION is BECAUSE SHE IS A WOMAN. That came in very handy a few weeks ago in her showdown with the African bishops in particular, because taking a harder line against her (the planned boycott of communion never took place) would have been portrayed as sexist third world African men opposing having a woman in authority and sharing power with them rather than the abiblical stances that she was taking.
But if the tactics of the liberal Christians are bad, if anything the conservative evangelicals are worse. For instance, consider the Whites and the Meyers. Now Randy White and Dave Meyer are the HEAD PASTORS. Paula White and Joyce Meyer are the CO – PASTORS. So why are Paula and Joyce the ones with the TV shows and are the public faces for their churches and ministries? Because they are more telegenic. For instance, Paula White has the #1 rated show on BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION. SHE GETS HIGHER RATINGS THAN TD JAKES. Would that happen if RANDY was running the show? Please. Less than 1/4 of these black people (the overwhelming majority of them WOMEN) who watch Paula White on BET and the Word Network would give Randy White the time of day. He’d be just another TV preacher from the deep south, and probably (gasp!) A REPUBLICAN! The same with Joyce Meyer, who doesn’t have Paula White’s black following, but actually has a bigger following overall, especially overseas. Virtually none of these people would tune in to watch another guy from the midwest talk scripture. But the whole world just loves to watch Joyce Meyer get up there and talk about how messed up she used to be because she was molested by her father and treated cruelly and then abandoned by her first husband, AND HOW GOD DELIVERED HER FROM IT ALL AND TURNED HER LIFE AROUND ALL THANKS TO HER TITHING!
Paula White has a similar story. Now were it Randy White telling the same story over and over again about how God turned their lives around when they gave $1000 to some TV preacher when they didn’t even have enough money to pay their bills and put food on the table, people would accuse Randy of doing a terrible job of fulfilling his God – given responsibility of being steward of his family’s finances and spreading false doctrine to justify his error AND causing other people (who work regular jobs for a living and will not get their “increase” from more people putting more money in the offering plate like they do) to do the same with his words and example. But Paula can get up there and talk about how “I was this messed up trailer trash girl from Mississippi and Randy’s family didn’t even want him to marry me and he used to come home and catch me hiding in the closet crying but God brought us out of all that thanks to our seed – sowing” and cry a couple of times (always facing the camera) and SHE IS IMMEDIATELY EXEMPT FROM ALL ACCOUNTABILITY.
It is getting so bad that I wonder when these pastors are choosing wives what they are seeking. True love? A helpmeet and partner in Christ? Or a very attractive photogenic cash cow? BECAUSE IT CERTAINLY DOES APPEAR THAT SUCH IS EXACTLY WHAT A LOT OF THESE LEADING PREACHERS WIND UP WITH AS THEIR WIVES/CO – PASTORS! I mean, what are they doing? Having beauty pageants (which yes, does include talent and speaking competitions, and if you don’t believe me just ask the guy who calls Paula White her pastor, Donald Trump, owner of the Miss USA pageant) or something?
I used to see these telegenic co – pastor/wives as merely something that went with the territory; a perk that went along with being a big time preacher. But now I am beginning to really wonder if it is actually “part of doing business”! A bit of confirmation on this: watching Yolanda Adams and Mary Mary (along with Israel Houghton and J. Moss) on TBN’s “Praise The Lord.” (By the way, if you are a Christian who wants to entertain any notions regarding whether Christians should reject the world and also conduct themselves in a dignified manner, DO NOT EMULATE YOLANDA ADAMS OR MARY MARY, and I say this as a HUGE FAN of Mary Mary.) One of the Atkins sisters (I forget which) was explaining in her normal VERY GHETTO FABULOUS MANNER (and Yolanda Adams was carrying on in the same fashion, and I kept thinking to myself “THIS WOMAN IS A COLLEGE GRADUATE AND USED TO BE A SCHOOLTEACHER!”) how she received a marriage proposal from this young preacher who was the son of a very influential pastor AND WHO HAD VERY BIG AMBITIONS OF HIS OWN. She stated that she liked the guy and that she was very tempted (what church girl doesn’t want to be a preacher’s wife, especially when that preacher is the son of an influential pastor who himself is on the rise?), but ultimately prayed and was told by the Lord that if she married that man she would never fulfill the ministry and purpose that God had for her.
And why do you suppose that was? Because her purpose would have then been to serve as the very attractive showpiece for this guy to use to attract members (look, guys go where pretty women are, OK, so guys would have joined this fellow’s church just to come size up that Atkins woman every week, and their wives would just have to put up with it) and donations. And sure, she would have still been able to do her music ministry (perhaps reusing the dance moves and attire that served her so well as backup singer for the secular group “702“) and even been allowed to preach and co – pastor, BUT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN ALL ABOUT EXPLOITING HER MODEL LOOKS TO GROW THIS GUY’S CHURCH AND GET HIM ON TV. God knew this, and you know what even though she didn’t say so on “Praise” (lest her jilted beau was watching) I am certain that she knew it too. The best part: SINCE SHE IS STILL VERY YOUNG AND BY THE TIME OF THE INTERVIEW HAD SINCE GONE ON TO MARRY SOMEONE ELSE AND BECOME A PARENT, THIS “MARRIAGE PROPOSAL” HAD TO HAVE COME TO HER WHEN SHE WAS STILL IN HER LATE TEENS/VERY EARLY TWENTIES! So yes, obviously this big time pastor’s son (and no doubt the big time pastor himself) had a plan, and she was part of it.
But God had a plan for her as well, and fortunately she followed it, and is using her God – given gifts (which DOES include some preaching and teaching ability) to honor serve and honor Him without being in DIRECT EXPLICIT contradiction to scripture. Again, God just said that a woman cannot preach, teach, or hold a position of authority over a man in a church capacity. He never said that a woman could not do those things on her CDs and DVDs and touring in concerts as a gospel artist. So women who have the gift to pastor, preach, and teach, the Atkins sisters (Mary Mary) are yet another example of how to use your gifts while being obedient to scripture, even if they do need to drop the ebonics and dress a bit more modestly (but hey, I can look past that, after all no one is perfect, least of all me).
Father God in the Name of Jesus Christ, please raise up your mighty hand against all those who are perverting the gospel for gain and with false doctrines, and those who know Your Word but choose to live in rebellion to it. May those who do so out of ignorance, please show them the error of their ways, and those who deceive on purpose please pull Your people away from them. We know, Father, that Your Will must be done, that all things must be fulfilled, and people have to decide which they love foremost, You or themselves. I am merely asking, Father, that the eyes of the deceived be opened and that they choose to seek after and fight for Your righteousness. Amen.
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