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I was reading an article this morning on the Nigritian Espiscopal Church religious movement at http://what-when-how.com/religious-movements/nigritian-episcopal-church-religious-movement/ in which Scripture mandates are mistaken for mere tradition and then called prejudice. Another church movement that encourages rebellion against God is simply apostasy. Apostasy is set to occur before the Rapture so, I am convinced that church discipline is something the body must take more seriously as we see the Day approaching.

The issue of women leadership where men are involved is a problem. Women ought not be leading men. Scripture even says that women in leadership is a sign that things are out of order and that men are not where they should be. Women in leadership is equivalent to men’s weakness. Judges 4:…8Then Barak said to her, “If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go.” 9She said, “I will surely go with you; nevertheless, the honor shall not be yours on the journey that you are about to take, for the LORD will sell Sisera into the hands of a woman.” Then Deborah arose and went with Barak to Kedesh.  I will attest that I’m a strong woman but I cannot stomach a weak man and expect my husband to be stronger and to lead with confidence in our All-powerful God. Doubt, faithlessness and insecurity are traits of a coward and they are sin against a Holy God just as much as rebellion, quarrels and selfish ambition. James 4:1What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

Sure there are strong women but men are to be stronger. Men have been created to be aggressive, to initiate and to lead and even though it seems unfair that God gave men their position and that men have been guilty of taken advantage of and sinning against those they were made to protect, God’s will is that men lead and also take responsibility and give account. It’s not a light issue. 1 Corinthians 11:8For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; 9neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. 10It is for this reason that a woman ought to have authority over her own head, because of the angels. It’s not about bucking or jockeying for a position in the body of Christ because we should know from Christ’s example that such behavior is worldly and not of God. Consider this;

Philippians 2:3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

5In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

 

6Who, being in very nature God,

did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;

7rather, he made himself nothing

by taking the very nature of a servant,

being made in human likeness.

8And being found in appearance as a man,

he humbled himself

by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!

There’s no place in the church for disorder and selfish ambition. No one said that women had no ministerial value. The Bible is clear that we ought to be busy and not busybodies, teaching other women and children. Haven’t we recognized that our homes closely resemble those of the world? That should not be the case. We should never have the opinion that we can and should improve upon God’s word by adding our 2 cents worth of nonsense. 

1 Timothy 2:…13For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve. 14And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. 15But women will be preserved through the bearing of children if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint. Still explains clearly why women are not to lead men. Churches that ignore this are likely to make similar decisions about other issues that the Scripture addresses with a clear command. Our views, perspectives, opinions, attitudes, thoughts, ideas as well as our behaviors are to be in submission to God, the author of our faith. If we, faithful ladies, are to be daughters of Sarah, we must take heed to the overall call for submission by all to Christ who is submitted to the Father. We cannot allow ourselves to be caught up in fear and doubt. 1 Peter 3:1Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 5For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands, 6like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.

When we sin. Whenever anyone sins, they sin against the One who made the Law. When we desire to change something God says, we are daughters of Eve who sinned against God and led Adam, who was with her into rebellion against God and all of mankind fell afterwards. Listen to her words carefully. Genesis 3:1Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

2The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ”

4“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5“For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

6When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

Being tempted is not a sin on the part of the person being tempted but giving into the temptation is a sin of fulfillment of sinful intent. Jesus said that if we are angry with our neighbors, we have committed murder in our hearts and if a man looks upon a woman with lust, he has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Matthew 5 What about when we rebel against his word and then knowingly, willfully lead others?

 

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