Women Preachers?


Number 0021

Source: International Gospel Teacher, May-June, 1998

Should a lady (a woman) be called a “preacher”?

by Royce Frederick

To teach God’s word accurately, we must use Bible words in the same way God uses them (see 1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Timothy 1:13; 2:2; 2:15).

The Bible does not use the word “preacher” to refer to a lady. The Bible uses the word “preacher” to refer to a man who proclaims God’s message (1 Timothy 2:7; 2 Peter 2:5). But ladies are never called “preachers” in the Bible.

All Christians, including ladies, should grow in the knowledge of God’s word (2 Peter 3:18). All Christians should teach others about Christ by their words and deeds (Mark 16:15-16; Hebrews 5:12-14; Matthew 5:16). But the Bible sets limits regarding ladies teaching others.

God’s word does not permit ladies to “preach” publicly to men. The Bible often tells about men preaching God’s word to crowds of men and women (Matthew 4:17; 10:7; 14:14; Acts 8:12; 17:2-4, 10-12). But the Bible clearly teaches that a woman must not be the speaker, speaking to men in the assembly of the church: “Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence” (1 Timothy 2:11-12). “Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says. And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church” (1 Corinthians 14:34-35). The word “church” refers to the people who have been “called out” by the gospel. In the Bible, “church” never means a “physical building.” In verse 34, “in the church” means “in the assembly” of Christians. A woman must not be the speaker, speaking to men “in the church.”

“Preach” means “proclaim” or “declare.” When the Christians were persecuted in Jerusalem, “… those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word” (Acts 8:4). Christian ladies were certainly among “those who were scattered” (see verse 3; Acts 22:4). Ladies should teach and proclaim the gospel to other ladies: “the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed” (Titus 2:3-5). Ladies should also teach children (see 2 Timothy 1:5; 3:14-15). Ladies who teach God’s word to other ladies or children should be called “teachers.” People who hear that a lady calls herself a “preacher” may think she preaches publicly to men, disobeying God’s instructions to ladies.

A lady can privately discuss God’s word with a man and help him understand the truth. Priscilla and her husband talked privately with Apollos: “… he [Apollos] began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately” (Acts 18:26). This verse clearly tells us that both Aquila and Priscilla explained God’s word to Apollos. And notice that they did not shame Apollos in the presence of the Jewish audience while he was speaking. Instead, they “took him aside” to talk privately with him.

We should give thanks to God for the multitudes of Christian ladies who have brought thousands of souls to Christ by their thoughtful teaching and godly lives. May God grant us many more ladies who are willing to live for Christ and teach “the way of God more accurately.”

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Build Some Bridges


Number 0020

Source: House to House/Heart to Heart, Volume 2, #5

Build Some Bridges

by Will Allen Drumgoogle

An old man, traveling a lone highway,
Came at the evening, cold and gray,
To a chasm vast and deep and wide.
The old man crossed in the twilight dim–
The sullen stream had no fear for him;
But he turned, when safe on the other side
And built a bridge to span the tide.
“Old man,” said a pilgrim standing near,
“You are wasting your strength in building here;
Your journey will end with the closing day;
You never again will pass this way.
You have crossed the chasm deep and wide;
Why build this bridge at eventide?”
The builder lifted his old gray head:
“Good friend, in the path I’ve come,” he said,
“There followeth after me today
A youth whose feet must pass this way;
The chasm that has been as naught to me
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be;
He too must cross in the twilight dim–
Good friend, I’m building this bridge for him.”

“O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works. Now also when I am old and gray-headed, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come” (Psalm 71:17,18).

Truth about Origins

1 Peter 3:15 urges Christians to be ready always to give an answer. The basic idea of the word ANSWER is a DEFENSE. We need to be able to defend the things we believe. The field is Apologetics. We are blessed in the Lord’s church with men who have spent much effort in learning Apologetics. One of these fine men is Brad Harrub. Today I found a series of sermons online by Brad Harrub. If you go here you can listen to the series which is to be found on the site of the Jacksonville (AL) church of Christ, where my friend, Allen Webster labors. Surely one of the topics below would be of interest to you.

  • The Scientific Accuracy of the Bible
  • The Age of the Earth
  • Atheism’s Attack on America
  • Creation versus Evolution: Was Darwin Wrong?
  • The Value of Human Life
  • Questions and Answers

To listen online, click H-E-R-E.

What is RSS?

There was an interesting question posed in an article I read today on the web. The question asked was: Doesn’t everyone use RSS? The answer given to that question was also interesting and was a GREAT BIG surprise to me. The answer was: NO, less than 6% of internet users take advantage of this extraordinarily helpful technology. The reader that I use now is GOOGLE. If you would like to read a very helpful article about how to sign up to use this FREE reader, step-by-step instructions can be found by clicking H-E-R-E. Hopefully, one of the first RSS feeds you will want to add to your Google reader is LemmonsAid. Here is what you will need to paste in, at the appropriate place, to do so: https://lemmonsaid.wordpress.com/feed/

Thanks!

Same Mind


Number 0011

Source: The Gospel Reminder, September 20, 1998

BEING OF THE SAME MIND

by Marvin Rickett

The Bible approves of being of the same mind, rather than the prevalent religious division which men strive in vain to justify. The apostle Paul urged the Corinthians to “be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” (1 Corinthians 1:10). The Bible compliments being of one mind, rather than “unity in diversity.” True, it tolerates diversity of opinion (Romans 14), and it even encourages diversity in functions (1 Corinthians 12), but it is ever working toward unity in agreement. Paul wanted to hear of the affairs of the Philippian Christians, that they “stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel” (Philippians 1:27).

The one mind that all Christians are to have is the mind of Christ: “Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind” (1 Peter 4:1). It does little good for a group of religious people to be of the same mind in embracing a false doctrine or a counterfeit church. For all to have the mind of Christ, all must mind the things of Christ. All must walk by the same rule of Christ: “Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing” (Philippians 3:16).

Think of the pleasantness and thrill of being of the same mind! It would be the end of enmity and strife. There would be no parties or sects. We would be “likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind” (Philippians 2:2). Being of the same mind would solve some personal animosities. Paul wrote to two “feuding women” in Philippi: “I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord” (Philippians 4:2). Where all Christians are of the same mind, there is sweet fellowship.

Knowing that others are of the same mind is of great encouragement to us. It edifies the church. Our treatment of one another is improved. Paul urges, “Be of the same mind one toward another” (Romans 12:16). Peter says, “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous” (1 Peter 3:8).

When we have the same mind, we present a united front to the rest of the world: to the infidels, pagans, sinners. Since division and strife are instigators of unbelief, then having the same mind will contribute greatly toward belief (John 17:21).

Having the same mind will cause folks to work together in harmony for the kingdom of God: “Now the God of Patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Jesus Christ: That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom 15:5,6).

We can be of the same mind if we will follow the same rule (Philippians 3:16). The rule is the Bible, the word of God.

PDF Minister’s Monthly Index

Back in May of last year I posted a piece entitled: Minister’s Monthly. If you are interested you can go there by clicking H-E-R-E.

I here introduced a segment of my website which contains supplement files to the old Parson’s product: BIBLE ILLUSTRATOR. This program has now been replaced with what is called: “Sermon Builder 4.0.” I still use my Bible Illustrator program just about every day of my life. I regret that it is not compatible with the Windows Vista OS and thus I am prevented from using BI on my new desktop.

A fellow preacher recently contacted me about those supplement files and noted that he did not have the BI program, but did have several issues of The Minister’s Monthly. He was inquiring to see if there was some way for him to use those files. I told my brother that I would cut and paste the content into a document that he should be able to use. Out of this, there has now been uploaded to my site a PDF copy of the index. Of course, it is of limited value because it only indexes the issues of MM that I possess (59 issues). It is a document of some sixty plus pages, single-spaced (235k in size). This document can now be downloaded or viewed online and be searched for Scriptures treated or topics covered. You can find it by clicking or right-clicking H-E-R-E.

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Marry a Christian


Number 0009

WILL YOU MARRY A CHRISTIAN?

by Roger D. Campbell


If you are not married, but you hope to be married someday in the
future, do you plan to marry a Christian? Christians have the right to
be married, for it is written, “But and if thou marry, thou hast not
sinned” (1 Cor7:28). But, it is not true that marriage is only for
Christians. Thousand of years before Jesus came to earth, Adam and Eve
were married, and thus became one flesh (Mat 19:4,5), but they
certainly were not Christians. Furthermore, it is possible for a
Christian to be married to one who is outside of Christ, and God
recognizes them as husband and wife (1 Peter 3:1). So, what advice
shall we give to our brothers and sisters (both young and not so young)
who hope to get married some day? Should they marry a Christian, that
is, one who is a member of the Lord’s church? Without any hesitation,
our answer is YES! By all means, marry a Christian!

After Jehovah brought the Israelites out of Egyptian bondage, at
Mt. Sinai He declared unto them, “And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of
priests, and an holy nation” (Exodus 19:6). God wanted His people to be
holy as He was holy (Leviticus 11:44). One specific command that He
gave to His holy nation pertained to whether or not the Israelites
should marry the inhabitants of the land of Canaan, who were Gentiles.
God told the children of Israel, “Neither shalt thou make marriages
with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his
daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. For they will turn away thy son
from following me, that they may serve other gods; so will the anger of
the Lord be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly”
(Deuteronomy 7:3,4). We see that God forbid His children from marrying
the Canaanites, and the reason was plainly stated: God did not want
the Gentiles to influence His children to forsake Him to follow false
gods.

Can you think of an Israelite king who disobeyed God’s command not
to marry a foreign wife? If you were thinking that the answer is
Solomon, then you are right. Of him it is written, “But king Solomon
loved many strange women . …women of the Moabites, Ammonites,
Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittities . . . Solomon clave unto these in
love. . . For it came to pass when Solomon was old, that his wives
turned away his heart after other gods; and his heart was not perfect
with the Lord his God” (1 Kings 11: 1,2,4). Make no mistake, Solomon
was responsible for his own mistakes. But the text plainly shows that
his wives turned his heart away from Jehovah to false deities. About
five hundred years later when Nehemiah saw that the Jews of his days
were involved in mixed marriages with foreigners, he reminded them of
Solomon’s tragic mistake, severely rebuking them by saying, “Ye shall
not give your daughters unto their sons, nor take their daughters unto
your sons, or for yourselves. Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by
these things? yet among many nations was there no king like him, who
was beloved of his God, and God made him king over all Israel;
nevertheless even him did outlandish women cause to sin. Shall we then
hearken unto you to do all this great evil, to transgress against our
God in marrying strange wives” (Nehemiah 13:25-27)? Solomon sinned
when he married those foreign wives, and as a result of their
influence, he began to serve idols! We recognize that Christians are
not under the law of Moses, but we also understand this truth: “For
whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning”
(Rom 15:4), so there are some powerful lessons that we can learn from
the Old Testament. Solomon probably thought those wives would never
influence him to depart from the true and living God, but they did!
From Solomon’s mistakes, do we not see that it is a very dangerous
affair to marry someone who is not a child of God?

Every Christian must be very careful about his associations with
others, as God warns us, “Be not deceived; evil communications corrupt
good manners” (1 Corinthians 15:33). Surely all of us need to be
extremely careful about the marriage relationships into which we enter,
for the decision that we make about whom we marry may effect the
eternal salvation of our souls and the souls of our children! Please
consider this: the Lord Jesus said, “He that is not with me is against
me” (Matthew 12:30), so one who is not a Christian is, in reality, a
child of the devil (Acts 13:10). Do you realize what that means for you
if you marry a child of Satan? It means that the spiritual father of
your spouse, your father-in-law, will be the devil himself! Like it or
not, that means you will always have the potential for serious
spiritual problems.

It is a risk, a very high risk, for a Christian to marry someone
who is not in Christ. Yes, it is possible that you might eventually
influence your mate to become a Christian, but the chances are much
greater that your mate will influence you to become lukewarm in your
service to Christ or to leave the Lord completely. Brothers and
sisters, please believe me. I do not say that because I doubt your
faith, but rather I say that because in history a very high percentage
of members of the church who married a non-Christian, in the end
ompromised their faith and became unfaithful. We do not desire to
conceal that fact from you, because we do not want to see you make the
same tragic mistake that many others have.

We know that before a Christian marries a non-Christian, when they
are still just dating the non-Christian often promises that it will not
be a problem in their marriage if the Christian wants to continue to
attend services and live a faithful Christian life. Probably the
Christian thinks that is true, and deceives himself into thinking that,
yes, all will be fine in his marriage to one who serves Satan. Stop!
Please take time to seriously think about the following problems that
you will face. If you marry one who is not a member of the church, you
will still want to keep coming to every Bible class and every worship
service of the church, just like before marriage. However, your spouse
will not like that. He or she will probably be jealous of the Lord and
the church, because he will consider both the Lord and His church as
competition. Suppose your mate’s mother’s birthday is on Sunday, and a
birthday meal is planned at your mate’s house at the same time the
church is assembling to worship God, and you tell your husband that you
will be going to services first, then later to the meal. He will not
like it one bit, and you will have a serious conflict. And what about
your kids? You will certainly want to bring them to every service and
Bible class of the church, so that you can raise them up in the nurture
and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). Do you think your mate will
like that? Probably not, and more serious conflicts will be coming.
When you tell your non-Christian mate that you are going to give as
much of your money as you can to the Lord each first day of the week (1
Cor 16:2), how do you think your non-Christian mate will like that? Not
much! When you want to spend as much time with other Christians in
order to enjoy their wonderful fellowship, your mate will probably be
against it, as he or she would rather be with his or her own worldly
friends, doing the things that worldly people do. Sisters, how is your
non-Christian husband going to like it when he smokes and drinks, but
you tell your kids that you will beat them severely if you ever see
them smoking or drinking? Conflicts, and more conflicts! How will you
and your husband spend your time and money? Will you raise your kids to
know and serve Christ? With which friends will you spend time,
Christians or non-Christians? Don’t deceive yourself, you and your
non-Christian mate will never have the same answer for these questions.
You might think that you will be strong and will never compromise, but
the sad reality is that most Christians married to those out of Christ
do, in fact, compromise, and their souls are in great danger!

Before you make a decision to get married, please ask yourself
another question: If I marry this person, will he help me go to heaven,
or will he hinder me? Will he help me train my kids to know the Bible
and faithfully serve Jesus Christ, or will he hinder me in this effort?
Believe me, if you marry a child of the devil, their will be no
spiritual help from them, only hindrances to you and your children
going to heaven. We do not say these things because we hate those who
are out of Christ, for we love them. We say all these things because
they are true, a reality that many Christians have found out only when
it is too late. Marry a faithful child of God!

We are sure that some will say, “Brother Roger, you have still not
shown one Bible verse in which it plainly says that a Christian sins if
he marries one who is not in Christ.” I agree. But together we have
seen some important Bible principles. Do you truly seek first the
kingdom of God and His righteousness in your life (Matthew 6:33)? If
so, how could you even consider marrying one who is not in the kingdom
of Christ? If you marry a Christian, does that guarantee that you will
have a happy, successful marriage? Not at all. So, make sure that you
marry only one who is a FAITHFUL member of Christ’s church. That will
be your greatest chance for having a happy marriage in this life, and
having a marriage in which you and your mate can exhort one another to
be faithful to the Lord so that you can spend eternity together in
heaven in the next life. If you get married, will you marry a
Christian? We hope so.

26 JUNE 1998
CHURCH OF CHRIST, P.O. BOX 828, KIEV 252067, UKRAINE