Ok – I just liked that title – may as well have some fun. I talked about this lady in my speech at the Seneca Falls 2 Christian Women’s Rights Convention which you can see and hear on my website www.bwebaptist.com (we are all over youtube, Tangle, and vimeo now).
She is the one who said I am loved, I am honored, I am respected! You can see her exact words titled Her retort at the end of my letter to her. She claimed I didn’t use any scripture to back up what I said. And she also told me that if Jesus had wanted women as deacons and pastors he would have chosen some women as disciples instead of 12 men. And she said that if Paul said “I” he meant God was speaking.
This is my letter to her:
Thank you for your reply. I did not back up every letter or thought with scripture because I am talking to Baptist pastors and secretaries and staff who know those scriptures by heart. I am sure you do, too. However, they are all backed up on my website. Look under Links and see the reference material written by Southern Baptist pastors, and Teachers of the Scripture. (I have since changed my website, but continue to use the explanation of Scripture by Dr Todd Still and Dr. James Dennison)
Why did Jesus chose only men to be his apostles? Why did he chose 12? There seems to be some significance in the fact that the there were 12 tribes of Judah, and 12 apostles, and certainly these tribes were not named after women. It is commonly thought that Judas was the treasurer of the monies collected. If we stick to a strict interpretation of the 12 men apostles, then we would not allow women to be the treasurers or financial secretaries in our churches.
Jesus chose those men, but look at what privileges he gave the women. The first evangelist was a woman. John 4:1-42 tells the story of a Samaritan woman .28 The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, 29 Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. ould this be the Christ?”.. 39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.” In Luke 9:51-56 we find that the messengers who sent ahead went into a Samaritan village were not well received and they then wanted to call down fire and destroy the people. The woman was a better witness than the men Jesus sent. If there is any doubt, then we have to look no further than Matthew 28:10 “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.” This scripture tells the women to
go tell the men where they can find Jesus. Doesn’t that sum up the gospel?
Any time a woman sings a gospel song before a congregation, she is preaching the gospel, did you know that? If the songs lyrics are gospel, then the pulpit has been compromised by her presence.
Paul said “I” do not permit a woman to speak. When we hold the scriptures to a literal interpretation of when it says “men,” then we must hold it to a literal interpretation when it says “I.”
As for the “but“, it is there. After they said women are equal, they explain how her husband is her leader. Women are equal-but. Do you know that whenever your church puts the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 on its website or a link to it, that it is a slap in the face to every woman? They are putting the BF&M 2000 right up front to show they believe 2 things; women can’t be pastors, and the Family Section that makes equality “subordinate” in actuality.
One last reply and I do not care to hear from you again. I am a woman—a very equal woman within my church and my home. My husband is the head of my home and I have no trouble submitting to his authority “as he submits to Christ.” I also have no trouble submitting to the authority of the pastor/elders of this church “as they submit to Christ.”
I am loved! I am honored! I am respected! My gender makes me no less a person, follower, or servant of Christ. I am so sorry that you feel inferior to those in authority over you.
Honey, as long as you stay in your pen, you will be respected. Get out, and the dogs start barking.