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Did God Really Say -- Dissecting the Christo-Feminist Theology

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This brings us to Priscilla. Go read Acts 18 and you will see that Priscilla AND her husband instructed Apollos who only knew about John's baptism. This is of course not about leading men in the church structure and yet they still wanted to be deceptive in pretending it was only Priscilla teaching Apollos. The answer to Armas' question -- women are extremely important but that does not mean we casually ignore what God has said.

"2) Women are gifted for ministry in the Church. Nowhere in the New Testament are the Spirit's gifts gender-specific. In fact, Joel the Prophet spoke concerning Pentecost, "In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy " Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy." Since we are living post-Pentecost, we can be sure God has poured out His Spirit on all flesh--both men and women. This also includes young, old and people in every ethnic group. The Holy Spirit has gifted the Church with the ministries and offices that it needs for its mission, as well as for the purpose of building one another up. In 1 Corinthians, Paul addresses both "brothers and sisters" when speaking of the gifts, claiming some will perform miracles, some will prophesy, some will be teachers, others evangelists and even others pastors. These are gifts distributed by the Spirit to both men and women, as God sees fit. Shouldn't women use the gifts given to them by God to lead the Church, for its uplifting and edification?" -- Kat Armas

Even if we accept her notion that Joel is speaking about events passed, which is not agreed upon by many, no one is arguing that women cannot be gifted by the Holy Spirit and prophesy. This is what the arguments usually devolve into. In order to prove that women can lead men they are forced to muddy the waters with other things women are permitted to do within the church. Many translations have just "brothers" that Paul is addressing in 1Corinthians but I will concede it is probably better translated as "brethren" of which women belong. That does not change however that the Spirit gives the gifts as He wills He has already declared that teaching and preaching by women is forbidden in His church.

"3) Women bear God's image, too. In the creation narrative, men and women were both given an equal responsibility to bear God's image, have dominion/"rule" over creation, and be fruitful. In both genders being "made in the image of God," we understand that the fullness of God's personhood is expressed in not only in masculinity, but also in femininity. We were created to be reflections of God--to speak and act for Him in our distinctions. God affirms this when He uses female-specific imagery when relating to His people--like a bear to her cubs (Hosea 13:8), an eagle hovering over her young (Deuteronomy 32:11), a mother comforting and weaning her child (Isaiah 66:13, Psalm 131:2), a nursing woman (Isaiah 49:15) and a woman in labor (Psalm 131:2). Even Jesus compares Himself to a mother hen (Matthew 23:37). If God is reflected in both masculine and feminine terms when nurturing His people, shouldn't both genders be reflected in leadership--when nurturing members of the Church?" - Kat Armas

This may be hard for Kat to swallow but she is simply wrong here. Man is made in the image of God and woman was taken from man. She is confused by Genesis 2:27 but it even clearly says there that while He created them, in His image He created HIM. The beauty of scripture is it confirms itself:

For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man. For man was not made from woman, but woman from man. Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. -- 1Corinthians 11:7-9 (ESV)

The other point made here is just silly. You do not throw away directive scripture because God uses imagery we can easily understand to teach certain truths. None of her examples have anything to do with leadership in the church but she uses them to promote such.

"4) Women need women advocates. It's no surprise that men and women are different--each having different experiences and different needs. Because of this, we need a diversity of voices in leadership who can guide and pastor men and women and speak to their particular situations. Diversity in leadership is tantamount to authentic discipleship and foundational for healthy relationships and growth within a community of people. When making important decisions in the Church, female perspectives are necessary to speak into issues that men cannot relate to and don't have firsthand experience in. No one knows the needs of women better than women. Shouldn't leadership in the Church reflect the diversity of its members? Particularly in our current culture, with sexual abuse stories being exposed within the Church, it's more important than ever for women to be represented when it comes to making decisions in leadership on behalf of the community." -- Kat Armas

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