Pentecost put no limitations on women

My Baptist church never asked me to wear red on Pentecost Sunday. In fact, they never mentioned Pentecost Sunday and now I know why. Pentecost is the complete equalization of men and women that Jesus showed through his words and his actions.

If you don’t believe me, read Acts 2 (selected passages from The Message)

 When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force—no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them.

This is what the prophet Joel announced would happen:

“In the Last Days,” God says,
“I will pour out my Spirit
    on every kind of people:
Your sons will prophesy,
    also your daughters;
Your young men will see visions,
    your old men dream dreams.
When the time comes,
  I’ll pour out my Spirit
On those who serve me, men and women both,
    and they’ll prophesy.”

Here God gave women the promise they would be filled with the Spirit and they would prophesy. From the very beginning men and women were to be equal but man mixed up spiritual things with secular rules. Peter was quoting from the book of Joel in the Old Testament. The Day of Pentecost reminds us of that equalization of men and women.

Pentecost is called the Birthday of the church. There is no limit placed upon women in this chapter of Acts. That is why your Baptist church will not ask you to wear red for this Pentecost Sunday.

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Time to send in the women

Paraphrased, Charles H Spurgeon said “Don’t you care that sinners are lost? If you do, you will forget your discomfort and go into the fire to save others.” I was reminded of this with the study “Christianity in U.S. faces decline ‘across the board’” by Sarah Pulliam Bailey.

The truth is that we don’t care enough. If we did, we would be calling for all the help we could get to witness to the lost and to saving America. But we don’t do that. We put clamps over the mouths of women and push them even further down deep inside the churches. Books, blogs, seminars, seminaries, and sermons constantly tell women that God did not choose them to preach to save a person from hell. Spurgeon himself more than likely thought that only men could do the job.

That has proven to be wrong. Look at the decline of Christianity led by males. According to Pew Research Center, the percentage of adults who describe themselves as Christians dropped by nearly eight percentage points in just seven years to about 71 percent. Churches are emptying out all across America. David Olson, the Director of Church Planting for the Evangelical Covenant Church, estimates that in only 35 years, church attendance will be at 11.7%.

Our pet doctrines against women are stronger than our desire to save the lost.

Listen to what Spurgeon said:

The saving of souls, if a man has once gained love to perishing sinners, and love to his blessed Master, will be an all-absorbing passion to him. It will so carry him away, that he will almost forget himself in the saving of others. He will be like the stout, brave fireman, who careth not for the scorch or for the heat, so that he may rescue the poor creature on whom true humanity hath set his heart. He must, he will pluck such a one from the burning, at any cost and expense to himself. Oh the zeal of such a man as that Whitfield to whom I have alluded! He says in one of his sermons, “My God, I groan day-by-day over the salvation of souls. Sometimes,” he says, “I think I could stand on the top of every hackney-coach in the streets of London, to preach God’s Word. It is not enough that I can do it night and day, laboring incessantly by writing and by preaching, I would that I were multiplied a thousand-fold, that I might have a thousand tongues to preach this gospel of my blessed Redeemer.”

Then he (Jesus) said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” Matthew 9:37

It is obvious that Christians had rather the lost go to hell than hear the words of salvation from a woman’s mouth. I just wonder what Jesus thinks of that.

Here we are. Send us. Not to the foreign mission fields, but to the neighborhoods that need the words of a preacher. It is time to send in the women.

Will you speak up for a lost America? Will you speak up for women workers who want to preach the word to our children and our grandchildren?  You have the power, now show the will.

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Missing grace

We can’t change the world’s treatment of girls and women, but we can change ours. Over 275 girls were recently kidnapped and stoned in Nigeria by Boko Haram. We change by starting at home and raising up women and girls to full equality in the church and home.

We quit throwing word bombs at women. We quit holding seminars telling women they are equal-but. We change our seminaries to teach full equality instead of some made up term such as ‘biblical womanhood.’ We recognize grace for both men and women.

“I know you don’t like Thom Rainer, but listen to what he says about church bullies.” The truth is that I neither like nor dislike Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Resources. I don’t know him.

What I do know is that he chooses books and literature for LifeWay Resources that speak out against equality for women in the church and home. What I do know is that he subscribes to wives submitting graciously to their husbands and that women cannot be pastors, as is indicated in the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.

Thom Rainer wrote the “Nine traits of church bullies” but he left off a Number 10, which would be: “They are often the pastors themselves. They preach, teach and post that women are equal-but.” I can’t hear you, Thom! Your words are clanging cymbals. You are missing grace.

I can’t hear John Piper, of Desiring God, when he says that Christians should go way beyond justice when I know what he has said about women and what he claims is their submissive role. I can’t hear you, John! Your words are clanging cymbals. You are missing grace.

I can’t hear Timothy Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York. A few weeks ago, my pastor quoted Timothy Keller from the pulpit, but my heart was not listening because all I could think of was his book The Meaning of Marriage in which he says that women should be joyful in their God-given submissive role. I can’t hear you, Tim! Your words are clanging cymbals. You are missing grace.

I can’t hear Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, when he tells me that he can’t spare a few minutes to speak with me about gender equality because “all such discussions take away from the time we might spend leading men and women to faith in Jesus Christ.” I am offering multitudes of harvesters who will help his men lead men and women to faith. But he doesn’t have time to even talk about their qualifications. I can’t hear you, Paige! Your words are clanging cymbals. You are missing grace.

I can’t hear you because you are not speaking the words of Jesus. I can’t hear you because you are not speaking the words of grace for all Christians, both men and women.

Will you join me in calling for grace by religious leaders for women?

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Plan to attend CBE Conference in Los Angeles

Meet me at the CBE 2015 international conference! Register now to explore how becoming a new creation in Christ transforms our worldviews, relationships, ministries and service.

I am proud of my connection with Christians for Biblical Equality. This connects me with so many men and women across the world who are working for women’s equality. We invite you to join in.

“Becoming New: Man and Woman Together in Christ” will be held on July 24–26 at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel. The conference theme verse is 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (TNIV).

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Find out what others are doing and be inspired to get up and do something!

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Street Evangelist for women’s equality

My name is Shirley Taylor and I call myself the street evangelist for women’s equality.

For over a year I have been posting to our CBE Houston facebook my stories of being a street evangelist. Now I would like to share these stories with you on this blog. You will see how you, too, can get the message of women’s equality to those you meet.

Last week I went to an office to do business.  I had been there before.  I had talked about women’s equality with the manager.  So last week I was back and we talked about women’s equality.  I gave her my card which says “Shirley Taylor, street evangelist.” She said, “You need to meet my cousin. She has a Street Evangelist ministry in Houston where she feeds the homeless.”

I leaned over to her and put my hands on her hands and looked into her face. I said, “My ministry is not to the homeless, it is to people like you. In offices, at the grocery story, the library, while buying a blouse at J C Penneys.” I told her that God has called people to minister to the homeless, but that I am not one of those people.

Report from the street evangelist.  Overdue time for a mammography and bone density test. This is a one-on-one 30 minutes time with a woman technologist, so I tucked my book Women Equal-No Buts into my purse. When we were finished, I told her that I wanted to give her a book I wrote. I pulled out my book and wrote “To Betty” and signed it. I told her that my background was Baptist. Sometimes you just know when to say that. Anyway, she said she was born Catholic but became Baptist and she and her husband attended a large Baptist church here for 14 years. They loved the music, but now attend a large non-denominational church. They still miss the music. I said, “My sister went there for many, many years and she loved the music, too. But then she realized that she could not stand for the pastor to say anything more against women. So she left. Sounding surprised, Betty then said, “I guess he does.” She had not put a finger on what the preacher was saying, but when it was brought to her attention, she saw it.

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You may not have written a book, but I challenge you to find a way to be a street evangelist for Christian women’s equality and speak up wherever you are. Both men and women need to hear that God did not make any second-class people.

All the reports from the street evangelist can be read on my website.

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Easter is when hate prevailed

*Each year as we move toward Good Friday and Easter, let us remember that Jesus valued women. The last week of Jesus’ life we find him heading toward Calvary where He will lay down his life for men and for women. That sacrifice is equal toward all. Equal sacrifice for men and women means that we are equally responsible and equally privileged to serve our Savior.

Easter is when hate prevailed. From Thursday to Friday, evil had its way. But it didn’t start then, and it didn’t end then. It started earlier, when Jesus touched a raw nerve. He told them that only the meek and humble would be able to receive him. That shoe certainly didn’t fit. So in the middle of his sermon in the synagogue, some jumped up and others followed and they dragged Jesus out to throw him off a cliff.

“They got up, and drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him down the cliff,” (Luke 4:29).

Well, it didn’t work that time. That was just a practice run. They would get smarter and better organized and it would work the next time.

But Jesus wouldn’t be quiet. He preached that they were too full of themselves, and not full enough of the love of God or their neighbor.

Hate prevailed at Easter. The killing of Jesus did not end their hate. Saul continued with the hate when he persecuted both and men and women who became followers of the Risen Christ.

There is still a battle of hate. This time it is Christians who choose to hate others (cloaked in the words “hate the sin, love the sinner”).

Those Jewish leaders would not have described their emotions and actions as hate. They hated the sin and not the sinner. But you see, Jesus was the sin to them. And to get rid of him, they killed “the sinner.”

Look back at what they got upset about. They were not meek and humble! Jesus had nailed them before they nailed him.

Hate prevailed. But the story is not over yet. There is more to come.

*excerpt from my book Women Equal – No Buts. Powered by the same Source.

Shirley Taylor – Street Evangelist for women’s equality

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