Exposing The Christian Church (Part 4)
By: Brian A. Yeager
As with all of the denominations we’ve exposed, this denomination certainly provides many things to write about in exposing them. I could write several more articles. However, this will be the last as the goal of exposing them is certainly completed with just one of their errors (cf. James 2:10). As promised, this article is going to deal with the role of women leadership in the Christian Church. To begin this article, I am going to just show you a page off of their website (as of November, 2009 when this article was written).
When you search the Scriptures you never find a “General Minister & President” that is over the church. You find no such office, as “Rev.” Sharon Watkins is head over. When it comes to “religious” titles, the Lord clearly does not want them used (Matthew 23:6-12). Certainly, the term reverend is blasphemous. The only time the term “reverend” is used in the Scriptures is in Psalms 111:9. If you read the context of that Scripture, you see that it is applied to God. We’ll discuss more about the role of a woman in “church leadership”, but first I want to share some more quotes with you. Let’s start with seeing what Sharon Watkins does as their leader. Notice:
“The General Minister and President fills two basic roles in the life of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. As General Minister, she is the general pastor of the nearly 700,000-member Church, responsible for representing the wholeness of the church, for reconciling differences, and for helping the church retain its clarity of mission and identity.
The ecumenical world regards the GMP as ‘head of communion’ and as the chief representative of the church in national and world ecumenical councils. Disciples often speak of the GMP as the Disciples' primary leader” (http://www.disciples.org/OfficeoftheGeneralMinisterandPresident/AboutTheOGMP/tabid/258/Default.aspx).
While everything we’ve seen so far is clear, there is more that the Christian Church says about women as spiritual leaders: “It is the usual practice among congregations of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to nominate, elect, and install or in other ways recognize for service deacons and elders. Women and men serving in these offices manifest various spiritual gifts, including maturity, prayer, insight, and leadership… Commissioned Minister (Seeking Ordination): These are women and men serving in a Congregationally or Regionally authorized call who are under the care of a Region and involved in a specified program of study and formation in preparation for Ordination” (http://www.disciples.org/Portals/0/PDF/2009TFPCOM.pdf).
God Is Opposed To Women Preachers
When God desires something to take place, He tells us to do it (II Timothy 3:16-17 and II Peter 1:3). Therefore, we do not look for the “do not” Scriptures (II Samuel 7:1-7, Matthew 28:18-20, I Corinthians 4:6, and Colossians 3:17). Still yet, there were some things that mankind decided to add to their service to God. One of those things was that women were speaking during mixed worship assemblies of the saints. Therefore, we have this instruction: “Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church” (I Corinthians 14:34-35). You would think that these two verses would close the book on the question of women evangelists. Sadly, the subject is still prevalent in many denominations like the Christian Church. So, we’ll examine a few more Scriptures to aid in our study.
When Gospel preachers were being trained according to God’s pattern they were men. If we pay attention to the Scriptures we see that faithful MEN were training other faithful MEN to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Please notice this Scripture: “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also” (II Timothy 2:2). Why specify “faithful men”? Was that Paul just being sexist? No, it was Paul realizing that God has forbidden women to teach OR usurp authority over a man in any setting. Therefore, it would be impossible to have a woman evangelist. She’d only be able to teach other women (cf. Titus 2:3-5). Having a woman minster of the Gospel violates the Scriptures we’ve already cited, as well as these two which I just alluded to: “Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence” (I Timothy 2:11-12). It doesn’t get much clearer than that. So, how could a group like the Christian Church appoint women to be ministers? In fact, they go beyond that as our earlier quotes of their views show. They even have women elders and deacons. The Scriptures above are violated when that occurs, as are some others we’ll now discuss.
God Is Opposed To Women Elders And Deacons
The Christian Church may have one “primary leader”, but the real body of Christ has each local congregation overseen by her own qualified elders (Acts 20:28 and I Peter 5:1-4). When you look at the qualifications of an elder [otherwise known as pastors, bishops, shepherds, and overseers], you’ll see that a woman cannot be an elder. Notice: “This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil… For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers” (I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9).
If you’re wondering about deacons, read I Timothy 3:8-13. You will find that he too must be the husband of one wife (I Timothy 3:12). It’s kind of hard not to see that, isn’t it? We can plainly know that it is not God’s design to have women in leadership roles within the church (cf. Colossians 2:8; 18-23)!
God’s design has always been to have the man as the head of the woman in all settings (Genesis 2:18-25, I Corinthians 11:3, Ephesians 5:22-33, Colossians 3:18, and I Timothy 2:13-15). Women have glorious roles to play (Proverbs 31:10-31). When someone has a problem with those statements, it is God with whom they should take up their fight. When the Lord hath spoken we are not at liberty to change His instructions (Proverbs 30:5-6 and Revelation 22:18-19). The Christian Church and all others who place women into leadership roles are in error according to the Scriptures (cf. II John 9-11). This article concludes our study exposing the Christian Church. It is my plan, at this point, to begin exposing the Presbyterian Church starting with the next article in this series.
Volume 10 – Issue 19 - January 31st, 2010