"How do we manage Genesis 1:27, where Scripture states that "God created man in his own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." When we look at the creation account, we see that God did not yet create Eve. Both Adam and Eve were created in the image of God, which means something extraordinary happened when Adam was given Holy Spirit anesthesia, underwent rib surgery and discovered Eve when he woke up. Speaking of ribs, the word used for "rib" is Tesla (yes, like the car), and in most places, translated as side-chamber rather than rib. When I look at this, I see men and women walking side by side in their gifts, talents and leadership, each fulfilling their God-given gift and calling. When we, the body of Christ, put restrictions on which gifts women or a man can operate in, we are effectively operating with one arm tied behind our back." - Ruth Hendrickson
Neither does Genesis 1:27. The leap made by Hendrickson in interpretation is quite extraordinary. So, because the word used for rib is tesla and tesla means side chamber, that means men and women walk side by side with no differences whatsoever? Yeah, that is simply not supported by the entire canon of scripture not to mention the previously discussed directive verses. It is not man but God who placed these restrictions. He even told us why. We would be wise to at least acknowledge this.
"All through Scripture, we see the Pharisees being reprimanded for their rules and regulations and missing the Messiah. In biblical times, as today, we see people bound by man's laws and religious traditions, which will always cause us to fall short." - Ruth Hendrickson
When all else fails, play the Pharisee card! What is Hendrickson actually advocating for? Are there supposed to be no rules for believers because God used the word tesla for rib? Seriously? Are there no regulations for the church? Do we only allow two or three tongue speakers as directed or was that just meant for those pesky Corinthians? Do we dismiss the rich theology of do's and don'ts found in the Timothy books because that was just Paul instructing Timothy? We cannot play these games with holy scripture. ALL scripture is God-breathed - even the parts we do not like or understand fully. Once we launch into cultural and historical arguments, we are just looking for reasons we can disobey.
"Is it possible that we are quenching the outpouring of the Holy Spirit by holding people in bondage? Is it possible that we are not sitting under the teaching, preaching and apostleship that we should be experiencing because a small number has determined that women cannot have those gifts in their lives? Our God is not a God of confusion, and these words that Paul wrote were not penned to bring bondage or confusion. The heartbeat of God is always to bring healing and freedom We need to call forth the modern-day Deborahs, Esthers, Priscillas, Abigails, Phoebes and Junias into their proper positions. We have a mandate to bring heaven to earth, and we can only do this when all the members of the body of Christ are walking in the fullness of their God-ordained destiny. If we were to do this indeed, I imagine the demonic realm would shake as it has not shaken since Jesus rose from the dead." - Ruth Hendrickson
Ruth Hendrickson should take her own words very carefully. God is not the author of confusion yet she is very, very confused. Paul may have penned the words but God wrote them! We either believe in divine inspiration or we do not. She never considers that the people who answer to her as pastor may also be in bondage because she refuses to correctly divide the word of truth. The heartbeat of God is not mentioned in scripture and it certainly was not about freedom for everyone. Paul never was freed for example. Everyone is not always healed either! Junias was a man and even if you want to pretend otherwise, this person was not an apostle! Phoebe was a servant, not a deacon. The word diakonos meant servant. The word deacon was not even invented until a 1000 years later! Priscilla was not a pastor! The only person listed here that ever exercised any authority over men is Deborah but you do not create doctrine out of a singular incident in 6000 years! Towards the end here we start to see that Ruth Hendrickson's theology is skewed wrong for sure. I was concerned about the heartbeat of God nonsense, which is very sloppy agape but now we have the NAR referent about bring heaven to earth, which is 100% heretical. It is actually the slogan of Bethel Church in Redding California.
Beloved do not fall for broad sweeping arguments that may sound good in a sound bite but twist and mangle scripture. God wrote the bible, not Paul. The demonic realm will never shake in fear until people who fancy themselves Christians actually start obeying the bible and that is ultimately what this issue comes down to. Ruth Hendrickson does not want to obey scripture because if she did she would have to give up the niche she has carved out for herself in the apostate church system. Too harsh? Here is her bio:
Ruth Hendrickson is an ordained pastor, itinerant speaker, ministry trainer and board-certified biblical counselor who has extensive experience in the development, training and oversight of emotional healing ministry teams, recovery ministries, prophetic ministry, prayer ministries and women's ministry. In addition, she is a course facilitator for Patricia King Institute and Charisma courses. She writes for Elijah List and Charisma and has a podcast titled "Real Truth with Ruth." Through biblically based teachings and practical applications infused with love and laughter, her goal is to introduce people not only to the living God who saves, but also to the God who desires an intimate relationship with each one of us.