Oh, but it was just not done. Jews did not eat with Gentiles. Gentiles were impure and unclean.
These rugged Jewish men had a lot to learn about who Jesus really was and why he had come to earth. More importantly, they had a lot to learn about how to carry out his purpose for man now that he was gone.
That meant doing the unthinkable. Peter learned that. Remember, Peter was on the housetop in prayer when a remarkable thing happened to him. In a dream, he saw lowered down all kinds of foods to eat. Foods that he had been forbidden to eat as a Jew because these foods were unclean. Three times the sheet was lowered, and three times he declared the food unclean and impure. Each time he heard the same words “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”
Peter says in Acts 10: verse 34-35 (NIV) …”I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.”
Now that puts us in a real dilemma. Was Peter just talking about the men? We have always used scriptures explaining salvation as being directed to both men and women.
We’ve always said “All have sinned” and meant men and women. We’ve always said that Jesus died for all, including women. Women have always been lumped in with men when it comes to every warning and every promise given to men – except when it comes to preaching and being a deacon. Now that doesn’t make sense. If we are equal in admonition and in loving care, then we are obligated to be equal in our service to Him.
Look again at what Peter is saying. He says “God does not show favoritism.”
If God does not show favoritism – then why does he call only men to be deacons and pastors? Why does he demand male headship?
Look again. The centurion was a man who loved God and kept his commandments.
If God can overlook the fact that a Godly man is an uncircumcised Gentile, and send the Holy Spirit to him, then God can accept a righteous woman and find full favor with her. Didn’t Jesus’ blood wash over women as completely as it did men? Not according to Male Headship.
Don’t you see it? Pastors, don’t you see it? Men and women sitting in the pews, don’t you see it?
Nowhere in the whole Bible does God give a man special privileges just because he is a man. Male Headship! They should be ashamed to even mention such an idea.
Angry? Yes, and so should you be.