To denigrate women is to denigrate Jesus

The denigration of Jesus is subtle and those who do it are seemingly unaware that they are belittling Christ himself, when what they really seek to accomplish is the denigration of women.

“Rabbi, we have brought food. Eat something.”

I am not hungry.”

It had been a long day of walking and now they were in Samaria, near Jacob’s Well.  The disciples were hungry and had left Jesus by the well while they went into the shops to purchase food.  But now he wouldn’t eat. They had hurried back with a bag of food so they could feed their teacher. They were surprised to find him still at the well talking to a Samaritan woman, but they knew enough by now not to comment on it.  He had often talked to women, and engaged in conversation with them.  By this time they were used to that, and even a Samaritan woman didn’t cause them consternation.  What they did comment about was that he wasn’t hungry.

I’m not hungry.”

“Did someone bring you food? We were starving and you must be, too.”

I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”

The conversation he had with this woman had an effect on Jesus that all the preaching and baptizing that the disciples were doing failed to accomplish. 

My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”

Jesus had given the word to a woman and now look at her.  There she goes! She is telling all, just as he had commissionied the male disciples to do. Open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” A woman was now harvesting.

 A man in the comment section of “Buried Treasure” quoted  Acts 8:1-6: Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. 6) and the people with one accord gave heed unto the things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. He then asks: Does this not indicate that the “ministry?” of the’ Woman at the Well’ was not effective. It also indicates that it was a male, an appointed Deacon, who preached to the Samarians and baptized many.

See how his comments denigrates Jesus even though his intent was to denigrate the woman evangelist?

In Luke 10 Jesus tells them The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” A woman was sent out, and a woman harvested, and now men seek to take that away from her, and by taking it away from her, they seek to deny all women the right to harvest.

I wish I could say “God forgive them, for they know not what they do.”  But I don’t believe that.  I believe they do know.  They claim to be Bible scholars, and to have the Word of Truth.  Yet they deny the Person who is the Word of Truth because it doesn’t fit into their way of thinking.  They are unwilling to let Jesus himself speak to them.

Will you call out the men who are false teachers, and men who seek to denigrate women and will use any means to do so?

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Shirley Taylor writes with humor and common sense, challenging the church body to reclaim equality for Christian women.
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4 Responses to To denigrate women is to denigrate Jesus

  1. Kristen says:

    The woman at the well planted the seed, and Philip watered it, but God made it grow. Neither the one who plants or the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. 1 Cor 3:6-9. If we are to give Philip more credit for the souls in Samaria than the woman, then we should give Apollos more credit for the souls at Corinth than Paul. But to do so would go directly against what 1 Cor. 3:6-9 teaches! So maybe it’s better to let Jesus use whoever He wants, even if it’s a woman? And maybe we should take heed to verses 2 and 3, where Paul says this is “wordly” thinking and is in human terms rather than God’s?

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  2. Mabel says:

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/jesuscreed/2011/12/02/this-denies-the-gospel/#comments
    please read comment #4, question on comment #7 and Eric’s answer on comment #14. To deny women is to deny the gospel. Thank you, Eric, for speaking up for women. We love you for it.

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  3. Don Johnson says:

    I try to call out such false teaching, as appropriate.

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    • I know you do, and I thank you so much. Back in the late 1950s when the Civil Rights marches were just getting started, I had no real knowledge of the anguish that blacks felt by having to drink out of separate water fountains, and when they could not find restrooms or restaurants, or even hotels that would accept them. This was based simply on their skin color and nothing else. Now I know what it feels like to be discriminated against based simply upon the fact that I was born a woman. I feel it in the churches, and in society, and in the blogs that love to put women in their place, using the Bible as the brick to hold us down. I stand in church with tears in my eyes as I sing the hymns about Jesus’ love. My soul hurts. I wonder how the church can teach and sing of Christ’s love for us, and then tell women that we don’t measure up. Thanks for your support.

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