What Does The Bible Say About Women Preachers/Evangelist?
I just laugh when someone asked me about Women Preachers. Just this week I was asked what does the Bible ready say on the subject?
I just made them a copy of post below, then said read, study your Bible and let God show you. What better post to share, it was written by a man.
As for me, I was called at the age of 10 years old to evangelism. I never questioned the call on my life.
God calls us all to be His disciples and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.
So, I as many men and women will continue to shout to the world about the grace, mercy and salvation that Jesus Christ gave to me.
How about you?
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1. There is not one Scripture in the Bible that forbids women
from preaching, but on the contrary, there are many verses that encourage both men and women to preach the Gospel.
2. The Bible teaches that God is not a respecter of persons, and
He will use any and all who will yield to Him, regardless of race, age, or sex.
Galatians 3:28 – “…neither male nor female…for ye are all one
in Christ Jesus.”
Acts 10:34 – “…God is no respecter of persons….”
Moses said in Numbers 11:29, “Would God that all the Lord’s
people were prophets, and that the Lord would put His spirit upon them!”
The crying need of the hour is for more laborers. It is a trick
of the enemy to try to down rate thousands of our faithful laborers just because they were born females.
3. The Great Commission, Mark 16:15, “Preach the Gospel,” is to
ALL believers, and to all the church of Jesus Christ. The command to “preach the Gospel” is to both male and female.
4. It is an undeniable fact that God has called and anointed
thousands of women to preach the Gospel. The Full Gospel organizations have hundreds of licensed and ordained women who are preaching, teaching, evangelizing, pastoring, and doing mission work with the signs following their
God is using them for the salvation of the lost, deliverance from sin,
gifts of the Spirit, and infilling of the Holy Spirit.
The Bible says, “Touch not mine anointed and do my prophets no harm.” And may we be reminded of the Scripture in Acts 5:39, “If it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against
When someone says, “God does not call women to preach,” it is
like saying that God does not baptize with the Holy Spirit today. We know better, because we have witnessed and experienced it with our own ears and eyes.
I would be afraid to condemn women preachers, lest I would be
found to be fighting against God, and to be committing the vile sin of
attributing the works of the Holy Spirit to the devil.
5. Women preachers are a fulfillment of Bible Prophecy and
another sign of Christ’s soon return to earth.
28 “And afterward,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions. –
17” ‘In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
18Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.
6. The Bible declares that women will prophesy: 1 Cor. 11:5, “For every woman that prayed or prophesied….”
Both the Hebrew (Nebrah), and Greek (Prophet) used for prophetess means (female preacher). (See Young’s Concordance, Pg. 780.)
The word “Prophet” means a public expounder.
The word “Prophesy” means to speak forth, or flow forth. The
Bible says in 1 Cor. 14:3, “But he that prophesied speaketh unto MEN to edification, and exhortation and comfort.”
The dictionary says, prophesy is “to speak under divine
Therefore we learn from the original translation, from the Bible interpretation, and from the dictionary, that to prophesy means more than to tell the future, but it is to speak publicly about the past, present, or future. It is to preach under the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
The Old and New Testament prophets and prophetesses were
preachers of God’s Word.
Even if the words prophet and preacher could be separated, how could anyone prophesy to bring exhortation, comfort and edification to the church, if she were forbidden to speak in church and was to keep silent?
Would God inspire and anoint someone to do something that was
wrong and sinful???
* (There is a difference between a prophet, and the gift of
7. God called and used women preachers in the Old Testament.
a. DEBORAH – Judges 4:4-5. Deborah was a Judge for both civil and criminal cases. The children of Israel came to her for judgment. She was the chief ruler of Israel for 40 years, giving orders to the Generals and all the army. She did the work of an evangelist, prophetess, Judge, and a preacher. God gave her authority over the mighty (Judges 5:13).
Judges 4: 4 – 5
4 Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time. 5 She held court under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites came to her to have their disputes decided.
b. MIRIAM – Exodus 15:20; Numbers 12:1; Micah 6:4. She was a
Prophetess and a Song Leader in Israel.
c. HULDAH – 2 Kings 22:14. Five men went to Sister Huldah and
communed with her. She spoke to a congregation of men concerning the book of the
Law. A female preached to a man’s congregation, and her message was taken to the nation and produced a revival.
d. MAHER-SHALAL-HASH-BAZ’S MOTHER – Isaiah 8:3. She was a
8. God called and used women preachers in the New Testament.
a. The first message of the Resurrection of Christ was spoken by
women to a group of men.
b. Anna – Luke 2:36-38. She must have prophesied in church,
because she did not depart from the temple.
c. Phillip had 4 daughters who prophesied. Acts 21:9.
d. Priscilla assisted Paul in his revival meeting and even taught Apollos in the way of the Lord more perfectly.
e. Phebe – Romans 16:1-2. Paul commended Phebe to the Church at Rome and requested that they assist her in her business. She was one ofPaul’s assistants in the work of the Lord and delivered the Book of Romans to the people from the hand of Paul.
9. There is no sound reason why a woman or man should not preach the Gospel. There is a desperate need in the church for more workers.
Laborers are few, and God will use any and all who will go for Him. Some say God will not use a woman to preach, because “The woman was deceived,” but remember Romans 5:12: “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world.” It
seems to indicate that Adam was just as guilty as Eve in the fall of man. If anyone should be kept from preaching because of sin, it would be Adam.
But God does not forbid anyone from preaching, because of Adam’s or Eve’s sin.
10. 1 Cor. 14: 34-35
34women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. 35If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church. This Scripture does not say anything about women preachers.
If Paul intended this verse as a general rule to bar all women from
speaking in church, then they cannot teach Sunday School, testify, pray, prophesy, sing, or even get saved, and this would contradict the rest of the Bible
(Acts 2:4; Acts 2:16-18).
Paul was rather dealing with a particular problem in the church.
Women were not educated as were the men in that day; therefore the women would talk back and forth to their husbands in church and ask questions concerning the sermon. Paul said, “If they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home; for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.”
If they want to talk things over let them wait until they get home. This rule is still good for the church today, where people are talking and causing confusion in the church service. They should not speak in church. (Note: the back of the church either before or after services.)
If a woman cannot speak in church, then she cannot speak in
prayer meeting, young people’s service, etc., for who can deny that Sunday School and Prayer meeting, and Youth work are parts of church? Christ’s Church is not a building, but rather it is found where two or three are gathered together in His name, whether at a street meeting, in a tent, a home, church, classroom or anywhere else.
11. 1 Timothy 2:12 is not a blanket rule for all women of all
churches. If it were, then the women could not speak at all, for the
same verse that tells them not to teach also tells them to be silent.
If all women had to keep silent in church, then that would be
promoting disobedience to God, for they could not prophesy, pray,
testify, sing, exhort, do personal work, or even get saved.
Whenever an interpretation to a verse contradicts the rest of the
teaching of the Bible, we know this interpretation is incorrect, for
the Holy Spirit will never contradict His own Word.
This is the chief verse that is used to oppose women preaching
and yet it says nothing about preaching, nor does it say anything about a public worship or church service. But, on the contrary, this verse is giving instructions to wives as to how they were to conduct themselves in regard to their husband. Paul says in 1 Cor. 14:35, “And if they will LEARN anything, let them ask their husbands at home.” Now he states in 1 Tim. 2:12 that the woman should learn in silence, and should not usurp authority over the man.
Paul is dealing with more of a home problem than a church problem.
This verse still applies to us today. It is wrong for a woman to
usurp authority over her husband (in church, home, or any place else) as was the case in Paul’s day. She should not try to teach him or speak words that would cause discord and confusion, but should rather be silent and in subjection to her husband.
It is also to be understood that if anyone, whether man or woman, is usurping authority over the God-given leadership of the church, she or he is to be silent, and not to teach, or act in such a way that would create discord in the assembly.
12. Some have used Titus 1:6-7, “If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children…”, but there is a difference between a preacher and a bishop. For I was an Evangelist and now am a Pastor, but I am not a Bishop (Overseer), and most Pastors are not.
If God called a single man with no children to be a Bishop, as
Paul was, surely this verse is not opposed to it, nor would this scripture oppose a woman Bishop if she was called of God for the work, as was Deborah.
What this verse does teach is that a person who is to be a Bishop
must not have two living companions, either husbands or wives.
The Bible often speaks of “man” when it refers to both men and
and women inclusively. The word “mankind” also includes both men and women.
For an example of this word usage see 1 Cor. 13:1 – “Though I speak with the tongues of MEN and angels….” This word “MEN” includes women as well, for we do not have one language for men and another for women.
13. To condemn women preachers and women church workers is a serious offense, because God has stamped His approval on them by His Spirit over and over again, and who is man to fight against the Spirit of God?
To condemn women preachers and women church workers is in a sense to claim they are doing wrong and committing sin…and all those who support them and listen to them are having a part in that sin.
For anyone to do this, he must condemn approximately 99% of all the Spirit-filled believers and the vast majority of all of Christianity.
“Of a truth, I perceive that God is no respecter of persons…”
(Acts 10:34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism).
Blessing, Love and Prayers,
Devotion Written By: Pastor Pat Aman Book © 1996/2016″Coffee With Pat Daily Devotionals”
Study Notes: The New King James Bible
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Roll with the Punches
Author: Pat Aman
I know I am not alone when God’s timing seems to not be in line of what I think my timing should be. There are so many times in my life that I have goof up by not waiting on God. I got in a hurry and boy did I pay the price.
Maybe you feel that God is leading you in one direction, but it maybe your own wants and desires and not God’s desire for your life. I will say you will find out fast that God is in control, because he will start allowing obstacles to pop up, and road blocks. He is not stopping you from fulfilling your dream, He is just trying to tell you that the timing may not be right. So, do not fret, just want on God and when you reach your dream it will be bigger than you could have ever realized.
Remember that God is always on time. Just stand still and let Him do His thing.
I know right now as another couple and Joe and I are trying to help get a old rotten, holes in floor trailor ready for a lady, we have tried to get ahead of God. Even maybe went to people with our requests. BUT, God has shown us that He is in charge of this task. He has it under control and He is laying on the hearts of people He wants to help us, and He is blessing them back BIG Time.
We have had people who needs help themselves sow seeds into this project and God is blessing them back 100 fold even before they get home. The calls we are recieving are just amazing.
In the Bible we read of Paul who frustration and trying to do it his way did not work. But God’s did.
In the verse below you will read of one of those times in Pauls life. So, take heed to Pauls frustration and see how God worked it for His glory and not Pauls.
Acts 20:16 For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus in order that he might not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hurrying to be in Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost.
Paul had made it known earlier that he had wanted to be in Jerusalem for the Passover. Here he is obviously still a long journey away and the date is past. He is not wild-eyed with frustration, or crushed under grief or anything in between with the fact that his plans had to be adjusted. He is adjusting them and leaving the outcome to God. He passes by Ephesus. He probably felt that stopping there would be a significant delay, and he was probably right.
But that little clause – if possible – says that Paul knew God was in control. If God had wanted Paul in Jerusalem for the Passover, He would have simply done with Paul as was done with Phillip when Phillip was literally transported to the place where the Etheopean eunuch was passing by in his chariot. Poof! And Paul would have been there for the Passover dinner. Paul was sidestepping attempts on his life during his return trip. It was not clear that he would return at all.
If possible made allowance for God to send Paul to places like Ephesus along with significant delays for the purposes of the Lord. Our schedules can be very important things to us. Preparation for a test or a special event can draw a great deal of our focus. But if God can move Kings and Kingdoms to satisfy His plans, our schedules don’t really stand a chance.
Phil 4:11-13 Not that I speak from want; for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. 12 I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. 13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Having our plans deviated is frustrating, or it can be. Paul had learned to roll with the punches and let God do with Paul as He needed. He had suffered a few punches – shipwrecked, stoned and left for dead, snakebite by a viper. That sure does put the wrinkle in our schedules into perspective. Try to see the little things that go astray during the day from the perspective that God may be working in your life. Trust Jesus with the little things in your life, and the big things will move into place where He wants them.
SEE, we can face tomorrow for God is in control and He knows what is best for us.
Joyfully, In The Master’s Service
Blessings, Prayers and Love,
Pastor Pat Aman/©1996/2016