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February 13, 2018

Jennifer Leclaire -- Christo-Feminism, Strawmen, and Michael Brown -- Oh My

By Anthony Wade

Leclaire employs a Dr. Brown tactic to hide her campaign for the cause of Christo-feminism.


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And he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. And he went to see them,and because he was of the same trade he stayed with them and worked, for they were tentmakers by trade. -- Acts 18: 2-3 (ESV)

After this, Paul stayed many days longer and then took leave of the brothers and set sail for Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila. At Cenchreae he had cut his hair, for he was under a vow. -- Acts 18: 18 (ESV)

He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. -- Acts 18: 26 (ESV)

Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus,who risked their necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks but all the churches of the Gentiles give thanks as well. -- Romans 16: 3-4 (ESV)

The churches of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Prisca, together with the church in their house, send you hearty greetings in the Lord. -- 1Corinthians 16: 19 (ESV)

Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus. -- 2Timothy 4: 19 (ESV)

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I have never had six key verses before but you will soon see why. I have written recently about the march of Christo-feminism through the church today. Not satisfied with the roles God has ordained for women, some continue to try and mangle the Bible for their own selfish ends. Beloved, the Bible cannot be clearer on a subject than it is on this. It specifically says that women are not to exercise authority over men when it comes to teaching and preaching. Not only that but this does not have to be pondered or mused over as it appears in a section dealing with church organization and within a pastoral letter! Paul is writing to his prote'ge' Timothy as he was to embark on his pastoral journey. Not only that but God even provided us with His reasoning for His decision -- because Eve was deceived and she was the transgressor. Christo-feminists have even tried to muddy the waters in the Garden of Eden but this verse destroys any arguments about Adam being deceived along with Eve.

I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet.For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. -- 1Timothy 2: 12-14 (ESV)

So the cause of Christo-feminism is simply to have women be lead pastors and preachers and rule with authority over men. But what to do with these pesky instructions that are so clear? They scour the Bible to come up with clever observations and strange interpretations to simply avoid having to abide by the simple words that have already instructed on this matter. One such source is a hero in this arena for the cause of Christo-feminism and that is Priscilla. She appears six times in Scripture, all of which I listed as key verses today. The last three listed are portions of greetings with letters and have no interpretive value other than to say that this married couple risked their necks for Paul and he considered them fellow workers. No one is saying women cannot be fellow workers in the kingdom. The first verse is the initial meeting, where Paul ends up staying with them for they shared the same profession as tentmakers. The second verse is simply saying that Priscilla and Aquila accompanied Paul on a trip to Syria, where apparently he got a haircut. Which leaves us with Acts 18:26 and with this one verse, many continue to try and ignore the clear directive Scriptures of what God said. This verse is in reference to Apollos who was boldly speaking in the synagogue but he was a little off. So Priscilla and Aquila took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. That's it beloved; nothing else is said. Yet the forces arrayed against the Word of God would have you believe that this is an example of a woman showing authority over a man in teaching and therefore we must ignore the clear instructive verses in favor of our suppositions involving this one verse. Except Acts 18:26 is not a woman having authority over man in teaching and has nothing to do with church structure. It is a married couple providing wisdom and counsel for a friend -- a task not excluded for women. I have even heard some pretend that Priscilla was the lead in ministry and Aquila was somehow in the background cheering her on like any good husband would do. How do they conclude this? Because four of the six times they are mentioned, Priscilla's name is mentioned first. I kid you not. This type of tea leaf reading is what they use to dismiss out of hand the clear instructive verses on the subject that they simply disagree with. I say this is a backdrop to review the above linked article from the Queen of Calamari, Jennifer Leclaire. It seems Jennifer had tried to dismiss John Piper's correct comments recently on the subject of women teaching men and now she is upset at some of the blowback of people daring to question the woman who changed "suddenlies" into "immediatelies." Let us reason together once more beloved:

"A few weeks ago, I wrote an article called "John Piper Gets it All Wrong About Women in Ministry. I knew this articlewould stir a hornet's nest, but I never imagined in a million years Jesus would condemn me to hell for writing it." -- Jennifer Leclaire

If it makes you feel better Jennifer you were a false teacher way before the Piper brush up. Do you remember when you falsified all of your fake prophetic words? When you claimed you saw a sneaky squid spirit sitting on your friends head that was now stalking you? Maybe when you set up a fake school out of an airport hotel room to pretend to teach the gifts of the Holy Spirit? I mean, take your pick seriously. The fact that you get this matter wrong when you show no care for the Word to begin with does not surprise me. The larger point here though is the strawman argument Leclaire is making. It is a familiar argument to me because it is the same one Dr. Michael Brown made when defending Bill Johnson to me on his radio show. The argument made here and in the title of this mess of an article, is that accusing someone of false teaching or prophesy is the same as accusing them of going to hell. The problem is that judgment is not ours to make. That judgement comes from the Lord. The Bible is abundantly clear however that we are to mark those who are false, rebuke them, call them by name and make sure they do not get anywhere near the sheep! The trick Leclaire is engaging in here, which I can only assume she learned from Dr. Brown is to change the subject to a strawman argument that no one is making. It is not my place to say that Jennifer Leclaire or anyone else is going to hell. It is my job to point out that she lies for a living, fleeces the flock of God for shameful gain, and is false as the definitions provided in the Word of God bear out.

"In the article, one of my lines was: "Look at Aimee Semple McPherson. What about Kathryn Kuhlman? How about Marilyn Hickey and Joyce Meyer? All of these women have been a blessing to the body of Christ, and they have all faced persecution from people who don't agree that they should speak and teach. Jesus certainly didn't prevent women from entering ministry so I am unsure as to why there is so much resistance in some camps within the modern church." I got a wicked nasty comment on the article from a Richard Tuttle. He didn't share his credentials or why he thinks God granted him the authority to condemn me to hell in the name of Jesus, but he said plenty more. "Miss LeClair's argument regarding women teaching in the Church and/or exercising authority over a man in the Church is unbiblical at best, and heretical at worst," Tuttle says. First of all, spell my name right, especially if you are going to argue accuracy and make an accusation of heresy. Can't you see the enemy is using you to throw a fiery dart with such a serious allegation? Are you really going to call me and the many, many others who believe the same as I do false teachers? Are you not aware that you are claiming I am going to hell? Can't you disagree without sending me to the devil's chambers?" -- Jennifer Leclaire

We reviewed this previous article and pointed out that Meyer, Kuhlman and the like were not blessings to the body of Christ but a scourge upon them. Then Jennifer tries the ole two-step. Remember this is a conversation about women in positions of authority teaching or preaching to men. Within that construct she pivots to the more reasonable argument about entering ministry, something no one is arguing. As for Mr. Tuttle, let me say I have not seen the comment in question. Nonetheless, Jennifer continues to build her strawman that Tuttle's correct charge of being false is akin to condemning her to hell. As for the notion of the involvement of the enemy it would be in what is false, not in pointing it out. The enemy divides the body of Christ through false teachings and prophesies like let's say if you taught that God was waiting to release the "angels of abundant harvest."

Let us also dispel the mystique around the word heresy. The definition means simply teaching what is not accepted within a belief system. You know, like your teaching on activating the angels on assignment or the aforementioned sneaky squid. The Bible determines those teachings are heretical. They are false and we know that Romans teaches us that it then divides the body. You can choose to do with this information what you will. You can continue to make money off the sheep of the Lord by lying on behalf of God or you could repent as Mr. Tuttle recommended at one point. Either way, the issue is about your false teaching not some faux offense about being consigned to hell.

'Apparently not. It gets worse. He goes on to point out, "What does God have to say about this issue? He states in His Word, 'I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor" (1 Timothy 2:12-14 -- ESV). "Clearly then women are not permitted to teach in the Church, nor are they allowed to exercise authority over men in the Church." As Lee Grady so eloquently wrote, "Paul's first epistle to Timothy seems to limit women's roles in leadership (see 1 Tim. 2:12). Yet Paul also gushed with praise for the women who served with him as co-laborers--women such as Phoebe (Rom. 16:1-2), Junia (Rom. 16:7) and Priscilla, who helped lay foundations in the early church (see 1 Cor. 16:19). In Phil. 4:2-3, Paul expresses solidarity with two women leaders, Euodia and Syntyche. And he refers to other women who obviously led churches, such as Chloe (1 Cor. 1:11) and Nympha (Col. 4:15), and he does not try to silence or restrict them," Grady says. "Traditionalists who insist on barring women from leadership positions always refer to 1 Tim. 2:12 as an ironclad rule--yet they ignore the women who served with Paul. The obvious question is: Why did Paul tell Timothy to clamp down on the women in Ephesus when he allowed Priscilla to teach? The most sensible interpretation is that the Ephesian women were teaching heresy. They had no business teaching the Bible or leading the church, yet Paul encouraged faithful women."' -- Jennifer Leclaire

Mr. Grady was incorrect as I pointed out in an earlier devotional. These are stale and recycled Christo-feminist talking points that muddy the waters and outright misrepresent the truth. Junia(s) for example was a man! The verse even refers to him as my "kinsmen." Even if he was not the text merely says that he was well known among the apostles -- not that he was an apostle! Phoebe was a servant in the church. Chloe and Nympha were not leading churches. Euodia and Syntyche were arguing! Paul was trying to mediate it. Here are the verses:

I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have laboredside by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. -- Philippians 4: 2-3 (ESV)

For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. -- 1Corinthians 1: 11 (ESV)

Give my greetings to the brothers at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house. -- Colossians 4: 15 (ESV)

Paul is not expressing solidarity with them! He is asking people to help them stop arguing! They were co-laborers according to the text. People associated with Chloe reported to Paul about quarreling over who they were supposed to follow. From that one simple fact the Christo-feminists conclude that Chloe ran a church! A church met at the house of Nympha in Laodicea and from that they promote Nympha to the pastor? Let us not lose sight beloved of why they jump through these absurd theological hoops. All to dismiss clear directive scriptures where God specifically spells out guidelines they simply disagree with. The most sensible interpretation is that we accept the direct instruction and stop playing guessing games with any slight mention of a woman in the parting greeting of another letter. Paul is writing a pastoral letter to Timothy and even though he will go pastor Ephesus, Paul makes no such mention of a problem generic only to Ephesus. In order to justify her own ministry and by using her own standards, Jennifer Leclaire now condemns all the Ephesian women to hell by calling them heretics. For shame Jennifer. For shame.

"If Paul didn't call them heretics, what gives you the boldness to attack women this way? Dr. Michael Brown, who has helped me as a father in the faith, even acknowledges that God can and has used some women in this capacity. He says the Scriptural pattern is along the lines of 1 Timothy 2:12-13 but still leaves room for God to use whomever he wants. After all, there is no Scripture sanctioning donkeys to prophesy or snakes to talk, but it happened. There are many leaders in Scripture and in the world who have made amazing impacts for the glory of God. Are they now rotting in hell? I don't think so." -- Jennifer Leclaire

No one is calling them heretics Jennifer, nice try. If you wish to co labor or be a servant in the kingdom I don't think anyone would bother you. It is interesting here that you admit that Dr. Brown is one of your fathers in the faith because he cannot bring himself to call anyone a heretic. He has defended Benny Hinn, Bill Johnson and even your sneaky squid. Moving past his unseemly comparison of women to donkeys and snakes, it is quite revealing that he tries to erect the same strawman as you. To avoid dealing with the false teaching he would rather argue that people are consigning them to hell. It is a slightly clever try but fairly transparent.

'"The problem with Miss LeClair's argument is that not one of these women (nor any others listed in Scripture) are teaching in the Church; nor are they exercising authority over men in the Church. They are not Elders or Bishops in the Church, nor are they listed as such anywhere in Scripture," Tuttle wrote. I'm sorry, help me understand where I said that?' -- Jennifer Leclaire

Sure thing Jennifer. Go back to the entire premise of this discussion. You wrote an article declaring John Piper was wrong for saying women should not teach or hold authority over men. Now, I do thank you for admitting that through all of your subterfuge and sleight of hand, that you have not actually made any such defense of your position. You are right -- you did not say that. The point is your premise said you believe it nonetheless.

"Tuttle writes, "God is very clear in His word regarding the positions that women may hold in the Church, and what positions they may not hold in the Church. Miss LeClair's attempt to dismiss God's Word (and by extension God Himself) as somehow wrong or old fashioned or whatever, by emphasizing her own personal belief as more authoritative than God and His Word is arrogantly blasphemous, and demonstrates her position as a false teacher. Repent, Miss LeClair. Repent and turn to the Lord God Almighty seeking His forgiveness." And there you go. You've accused me of blasphemy and being a false teacher. Even if I am wrong, do you truly believe Jesus is condemning me to hell over this point? Who made you a judge?I discern Tuttle does not know what spirit he's of (see Luke 9:55). We need to pray for this man and others like him. I won't return evil for evil by calling him a false teacher, but I know he's grieved the Holy Spirit and assume he has no idea, much like the religious Pharisees that persecuted Jesus. Praying for you, Mr. Tuttle." -- Jennifer Leclaire

God told us to judge. Try reading 1corinthians 5. Your strawman has been exposed already for what it is -- just a distraction you learned from your spiritual father Dr. Michael Brown. Then to top all of this off, you compare yourself to the persecuted Jesus. Wow. Because someone left what you perceived to be a nasty comment. Said you were going to hell"except he didn't actually say that. He just said what you are teaching and advocating is false and he is right. There are not enough sneaky squid spirits, angels of abundant harvest or Christo-feminist strawmen that can change that fact.

Reverend Anthony Wade -- February 13, 2018

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Credentialed Minister of the Gospel for the Assemblies of God. Owner and founder of 828 ministries. Vice President for Goodwill Industries. Always remember that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.