Social conditioning is such a demon! I was just thinking “was the movie ‘The Matrix’ a piece of fiction or is it a reality in disguise?” It’s amazing how so many women and men refuse to think for themselves. God gave each of us the capacity to think, use our minds, and decide accordingly.
Unfortunately for some women who desire to exercise their spiritual gifts; some men in church leadership tell women what they can and cannot do. They expect women to listen, accept without question whatever is being preached or taught. We are knee-deep and neck high in mansplained doctrine. In many denominations, women still are not in leadership positions. Scripture says, “Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says.” (1Co 14:34 NKJV) Men in leadership use the scriptures for oppressing women. For instance, “If 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.” (1Co 14:35 NIV)
Know what from what
This scripture is suspect. The church is a New Testament phenomenon and the ‘Law’ is an Old Testament mandate. The fact of the matter is that the church did not exist when the law was in effect. You could call the Apostle Paul a flip-flopper. Paul says one thing to one church and says another thing to a different church. “For sin shall no longer be your master because you are not under the law, but under grace.” (Rom 6:14 NIV) Does ‘Grace’ apply to men only and the ‘Law’ to women? Inquiring minds need to know.
Mother Holy Spirit is the giver of spiritual gifts
Who does the man think he is, to deny the woman her right to exercise her God-given spiritual gifts? “God also testified to it by signs, wonders, and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.” (Heb 2:4 NIV) Mother Holy Spirit distributes Her gifts to men and women alike. Why do men think they can deny the woman from using them? When a woman is held back from using her gift from Mother Holy Spirit, she is most miserable.
Women too are free indeed
If the woman is anointed by Mother Holy Spirit to preach, teach, pastor, evangelize or prophesy, men ought to move out of the way. Their arms (the men) are too short to box with God, our Holy Mother anyway. True enough there are many scriptures in the Bible that contradict what our Lord and Savior have hung, bled, died and rose again for. God does not have favorites. “Therefore, if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36 NKJV) To God’s women everywhere, you are free, free indeed! The bottom line is that Jesus Christ is the ultimate authority, not Paul or Peter, Jesus! As for all other men, the apostles of old, and men of today, obviously, they didn’t get the memo.
Rev. Dr. Aminata Njeri, author of “Hear She Is, On Earth As She Is In Heaven – Mother Holy Spirit. Publication expected the end of 2019.