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