A helper of many. Yet this is how desperate the Christo-feminists are becoming. What is sneaky about it is he doesn't outright say Phoebe was a pastor just like he did not outright say Miriam was an apostle. He just conflates them together to muddy the waters and make people doubt what God has said in the key verses.
"Priscilla: Pastor and Co-Worker with Paul. When Paul mentions Priscilla and Aquilla, he always mentions them together, and they were obviously a husband-wife team. Paul had lived, worked and ministered with them while in Corinth and when he departed, they departed with him (Acts 18:1-3, 18). He always uses plural pronouns--"they" and "them"--when referring to them. In Romans 16:3-5, Paul sends greetings to Priscilla and Aquilla "and the church that is in their house" (Rom. 16:5). Because Paul here goes against the normal cultural convention of always mentioning the man first, and mentions Priscilla first, many believe that Priscilla was the out-front one in the relationship--like Deborah--and the host and pastor of the church that met in their home. Paul obviously thinks very highly of them both saying that they had "risked their own necks for my life" (Rom. 16:4a)." -- Eddie Hyatt
The bible references this pair six times and four times Priscilla is listed first. The other two times she is not. What this reveals is there is probably not some coded secret in the order and more than likely just who came into Paul's head first as he was writing. These are the gymnastics Eddie must resort to because the bible does not support his position. Now even the order of names reveals the truths he desires. There is zero proof that she was the out front one and the only people who comprise the "many" Eddie refers to are those pushing Christo-feminism. By the way, Paul does think very highly of them but that does not change God's unchanging word.
"Junia: An Apostle. In Romans 16:7, Paul greets Andronicus and Junia, who, he says, "are noteworthy among the apostles." Junia is a feminine name and was recognized as a female apostle for the first several centuries of the church's existence. The famous church father of the fourth century, John Chrysostom, declared of Junia, "O how great is the devotion of this woman that she should even be counted worthy of the appellation of apostle." Some have tried to argue that the name should be "Junias," which is a male name. The problem with this claim is that, first of all, every ancient Greek manuscript, without exception, has the feminine form of "Junia." Secondly, the name Junias is unknown in the ancient world, while Junia is a common name. Junias, therefore, is a hypothetical name created by those who cannot accept that Paul would recognize a female apostle (Hyatt, Paul, Women and Church, 25). Commenting on why some translations have used "Junias," Dr. N. Clayton Croy, professor of New Testament at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, says, "It is hard to see any reason other than the translators' bias against the possibility that a woman could be an apostle." Faced with such overwhelming evidence, the NIV translators changed the word from "Junias" (1984 edition) to "Junia" in the 2011 edition." -- Eddie Hyatt
Perhaps this is my favorite of the deceptions Eddie uses because it is so obvious to debunk. It may not sound like it because Eddie is so misleading in how he presents his "facts" and the seeming weight loaned to them by citing books, which he himself has written, and people who agree with his position. I can cite scholars on the opposite side of the Junias argument that prove he was in fact a man but I do not even need that to debunk this nonsense. I just need scripture:
Greet Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners. They are well known to the apostles, and they were in Christ before me. -- Romans 16:7 (ESV)
The footnote next to Junia says "or Junias." Putting that aside however we see it is not even relevant. When you read this sentence you see Junia was not being called an apostle at all. She was "well known" to the apostles! Hyatt chooses a muddier translation so he can pretend that she actually was an apostle but the ESV makes it crystal clear she was no such thing. Just as a final note here on gender -- Paul refers to Junia as one of his "kinsmen." Enough said.
"Lydia and the Women Who Labored with Paul in Philippi. Paul began the church in Philippi with a group of praying women. His base of operations and the church's meeting place was in the home of one of these women whose name was Lydia (Acts 16:13-15, 40). Jewish law required a quorum of 10 Jewish men, who were heads of households, for establishing a synagogue in any community. Paul, however, had no problem beginning a Christian congregation with a group of praying women. As far as we know, this was the first church in Europe. These women obviously functioned in leadership alongside Paul. This is borne out by the fact that in 4:3b of his letter to the Philippian church, he exhorted, "help those women who labored with me in the gospel." Gerald F. Hawthorne, in the Word Biblical Commentary, says that Paul, in this passage, uses a metaphor which means "to fight together side by side with," clearly indicating that Paul sees these women, not as peons under him, but as highly esteemed members of his team who have labored at his side in the cause of Christ. This reminds me of the words of the noted, British New Testament scholar, F.F, Bruce, who said; He [Paul] delighted in the company of his fellows, both men and women. The most incredible feature in the Paul of popular mythology is his alleged misogyny. He treated women as persons. The mainstream churches of Christendom, as they inch along towards a worthier recognition of the ministry of women, have some way to go yet before they come abreast of Paul (Hyatt, Paul, Women and Church, 31)." -- Eddie Hyatt