Female Preachers

A wonderful response by my wife, Christi on recent disturbing comments by John MacArthur…

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I am deeply saddened by the words of John MacArthur and by the enabling and insulting behavior of the participants in this conference.

He is wrong that there is no Biblical basis for women to preach. God wants us all to go and tell others of Christ and that IS preaching. To deny half the population the ability to do so, simply because of their gender, is what is not Biblical. God does not value us less because we are female and He doesn’t use us less because we are female.

No matter what I say, I would not be able to put it in better words than Beth Moore herself, and I think she is the one who deserves her response to be heard:

“I did not surrender to a calling of man when I was 18 years old,” she posted. “I surrendered to a calling of God. It never occurs to me for a second to not fulfill it. I will follow Jesus—and Jesus alone—all the way home. And I will see His beautiful face and proclaim, Worthy is the Lamb! Here’s the beautiful thing about it & I mean this with absolute respect. You don’t have to let me serve you. That gets to be your choice. Whether or not I serve Jesus is not up to you. Whether I serve you certainly is. One way or the other, I esteem you as my sibling in Christ.”

-Beth Moore

Mr. MacArthur, she turned the other cheek for you. She showed you grace, in spite of your attack on her and on all women, all while still standing on her calling from God and not apologizing for it or trying to defend it.

That’s more Christlike and therefor more worthy of following than your example and words of hate for her and all women who have callings to share God and the insights He has given them with others. Her being female has NOTHING to do with how worthy she is to speak about God and help people in His name.

You talk about culture influencing faith. You of all people should recognize that when Paul talked about women not preaching in the church, that that was a cultural influence in the early church. It was NOT a mandate from God. It was there because the culture would not accept women preaching then, not because God wouldn’t have allowed it.

With all due respect as a fellow Christian, I stand with Beth on this.

Even worse that you would call out the “me too” movement and deny the pain of hundreds of thousands of women who God never wanted to be abused and treated like objects for a man’s lustful pleasure. May God forgive you for that one. I will call out that you need to repent of that one. As a man, you are called by God to protect women, aren’t you? How are you doing that by backing their abusers and degrading them for speaking out against the abuse??

I’m deeply saddened and have lost incredible amounts of respect today.

It goes to show that we should be following God and not any human, regardless of how esteemed they are or how long they have been that way.

Sir, your overall knowledge of the Bible far outweighs mine. But I do know this. God never wanted me to be subjugated under your feet simply because you have a Y chromosome and I don’t.

I will leave you with this:

Please be careful, because as cliche as it is, pride really does come before a fall and regardless of how many books you have written or how deeply you think you know God, or how big a throne Christendom has set you and your work on, you will never have the right to say what God thinks of where I belong because of my being a woman and not a man.

Let God do the calling and us do the following. Let God be God and humans be human.

#IstandwithBeth
#walkwithChrist

-Christi Brown

Cover photo : https://sjparish.net/services/

9 Comments

  1. I have a couple of thoughts. First is, I seriously doubt God is going to reject anyone from heaven due to the sex of the person who led them to Christ.

    The second is, considering the legalism of MacArthur, isn’t it ironic that his radio program is entitled, Grace to You?

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    1. Couldn’t agree with you more Mark!..Jesus loved women and had full respect for them..It was women who funded the Jesus moment, using their own funds to help support it and the first person that the risen Christ appeared to was – a woman!!!..Jesus said “ Go and tell”…that sure sounds like evangelising to me!!..God bless, Jo.😁

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  2. How sad that patriarchy still reigns in some places! When God called me to the ministry, He called me to come alongside the brokenhearted – not because I’m a woman, but because I’m a child of God, and He has used my experiences to help others going through the same kind of thing!

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  3. I was taught that women didn’t preach or teach men. I have never been in a church with a woman pastor. Doesn’t the bible say that a pastor or deacon should be a a husband of one wife? It doesnt say wife of one man. Should homosexuals be pastors. Even though God’s word say the act is an abomination? I’m just asking? This is what I have been taught. I think Beth Moore is a wonderful teacher. I didn’t know she was a pastor of a church. This is the first I have heard about remarks like this being made by John Mac Arthur. Have you consider contacting John and asking him. Can’t believe some websites. Some like to twist things to bring attention to their page. We need to be in prayer for all pastors and teachers. The enemy wants to tear down the church.

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