Sunday, April 30, 2017

Women are NOT Men

Acts 22:13 ...and said to me Brother Saul receive your sight And the same hour I looked up upon him 14: And he said The God of our fathers has chosen you that you should know his will and see that Just One and should hear the voice of his mouth 15: For you shall be his witness to all men [people][1] of what you have seen and heard

[1] All languages are androcentric (male centered), and the English as well as the Greek routinely describes the human race—audawm—as man. Words matter. They shape perceptions, ideas, opinions, and world views. They effect the way we physically treat one another, and the time is long past to reject all forms of androcentricity in language. Women are not men. This verse is unarguably an example of the Greek word, anthropos, being used to describe all people—not just men. Some English examples of androcentric words include: Human (audawm) and mankind (audawm). These are embedded so deeply within the psyches of most people that, to them, it seems silly to remark upon them at all. That is all the more reason to call them to attention, in hopes that hearts will be convicted, and words that favor equality will begin to replace those that discriminate.

Woman this is WAR! Gender Slavery and the Evangelical Caste System, examines Bible commentary and translation practices which have historically been androcentric (male centered) and even misogynistic (anti-woman). 
   These have adversely effected understanding of the scriptures, relations between women and men, the happiness of men and women, and, in general, has hindered the work of the gospel, by forbidding women to preach, pastor, or serve as elders or deacons. The book chronicles the early history of the women's rights movements, as well as the role of church leadership in aggressively suppressing both women's rights and the historical record of Christian initiatives within the movements. 
   Through the complementarian movement, many of the same arguments used to support the institution of slavery, are still used today in suppressing the rights of Christian women. This book documents identical arguments used by Christian leaders against both movements and is an unparalleled resource for all who desire an in-depth study of gender equality from a historical and Christian perspective. 
   This book traces history of women’s rights, much further than usual, to the very first feminists…who were Christians—godly women, who brought the issue of women's rights to the forefront as they struggled to alleviate the suffering of others, and found they were hindered in doing so for no other reason than the fact of their sex. This work, provides valuable historical insight into Christian initiatives in the movements for women’s rights, that are rarely included in Christian literature.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Acts 21:8-9 Women Preachers

8: And the next day we that were of Paul's company departed and came to Caesarea and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist which was one of the seven[1] and stayed with him 9: And the same man [Phillip] had four daughters, virgins, who did prophesy[2]

[1] Acts 6:3-6 describes the ordination of Philip as one of the seven. Though they are commonly known as deacons, and most Christians are taught that the story of the seven is the ordination of the first deacons, the Bible never calls them diakonos, so it is simply conjecture whether or not The Seven were the first deacons (diakonos) or not. They could have been and likely were. It is worth noting that a woman, Phoebe, is directly referred to as a diakonos in Romans 16:1. Misogyny in translation prevents Phoebe’s status as a deacon (she is not called a deaconess but a deacon [diakonos G1249]) from being read correctly in most English versions.
[2] For Luke to state that Phillip’s daughters were New Testament prophets Romans 12:6, 1 Corinthians 12:28, Ephesians 4:11-13, means the gifts of the Holy Spirit and calling of God on these women was recognized and respected. Some denominations define prophesying as preaching. So be it. The daughters of Phillip the evangelist were preachers. They spoke publicly and authoritatively to anyone God called them to—including men. Nowhere, do we read in the scriptures that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are distributed according to gender.