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|WHAT WOULD WE DO WITHOUT WOMEN IN OUR CHURCHES!
Yes, I’ve heard enough about Paul’s statement that women keep silent in the churches
(1 Corinthians 14:34). I don’t know how he dealt with the Old Testament’s Deborah, who was a judge and a prophetess
(Judges 4:4) and others. But let’s look in the New Testament, at Anna, a prophetess (Luke 2:36), who saw the child
as He was with Mary and Joseph, or the women prophets spoken of in Acts 2:17; "And it shall come to pass in the last
days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy." Or Philip’s
four daughters who were prophetesses (Acts 21:8-9).
Do you think these
women kept silent, whether inside the church buildings or out? Or Priscilla and Aquila, who Paul himself spoke of in Romans
16:3, calling them "his helpers in Christ Jesus." I doubt that he told them, "Now when we get in the church
building, you ladies clam up, because it would be a shame for you to speak of the Christ in His places."
No, my personal thinking is that when Paul spoke of women keeping "silent in the church" he
did, indeed, tell women not to whisper or talk among themselves as they listened to his preaching, else they would disturb
others around them.
Try this: "Let the mothers keep their crying babies silent
in the church, or stay at home with them. They disturb those around them. And furthermore, even when a baby is smiling,
all those within peeking distance of the babe are smiling right back at him. We just can’t have that going on while
No. Even the "churches" he spoke of were usually
homes of believers, because in those days, Christianity hadn’t developed to the place where they could afford to have
buildings where they could go to worship together. Even when I was a child, we called them "prayer meetings," that
were held in various homes.
I’ll say one more time: "Where would our
world be without women in the churches. There wouldn’t BE any churches. God bless women; our foundation!
ATTENTION PLEASE! A PROBLEM CAME UP WITH THE RECENT ARTICLE, "WHEEL IN THE MIDDLE OF A WHEEL," BUT I HOPE
TO FIX IT, IN CASE YOU MISSED IT OR WANT TO LOOK BACK. THANKS
I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.