Today I write to you with prayerful consideration, much study and careful words.
Since you read my blog, I know a few things about you.
~Evangelism is at least something on your mind. Whether you share your faith daily, weekly or are just trying to get up the courage to share your faith at all you know this is part of being a Christian.
~Evangelism matters. This is a key part of every Christians life and we all, men and women, have a fantastic role within the Great Commission.
~You are willing to learn and be encouraged. Otherwise you wouldn’t be reading any blog, let alone mine.
Ladies, with all of this I am sad to tell you there is an attack on the horizon. Sadly, it is coming from within our camp. An evangelist names Tony Miano has written a book called “Should She Preach? Biblical Evangelism for Women.” Unfortunately, it is not a how to manual for biblical evangelism for women but instead Tony has pulled scripture out of context and are boldly declaring women are not able to open air preach, read the bible publicly, limit how we share the Gospel with the opposite sex (it was described to me that we need to use caution, I am not sure what that means though…) and I had one person, who agrees with Tony’s book and wrote this comment on his Facebook page in response to my question, tell me women are not lead worship in church. (I do not know if Tony shares that thought though he didn’t correct it and ‘liked’ the comment so I am drawing my own conclusions.)
I am upset. I am grieved. I feel attacked. I have read and reread the scriptures used. I have listened to a 2 hour long teaching by the author on the subject. The book has not yet been released so I am doing my best to gather actual information about the book and its teachings without chasing speculation or theories. Unfortunately, the scriptures of 1 Timothy have been grossly manipulated and have led the author to try to silence women from sharing the Gospel in certain ways. The context of 1 Timothy 2-3 is for women within the boundaries of the church they are being used to say women cannot speak outside of the church about the Gospel. Here are my issues.
~Do I believe women should be pastors? No. Under the qualifications of elder/teacher, pastors are to be the husband of one wife… an issue for a woman who cannot be the husband to anyone. We make terrible husbands but great wives. BUT this is for a PASTOR/TEACHER, not one who is going to declare the Gospel, a call to all believers. God saved us and we are to go and tell. I like how Ray Comfort says it. We are to be the town crier and tell people the Good News! Yesterday, someone said the term Open Air Evangelist is more accurate. Eliminates the issue of ‘preacher’ being used.
~Even if you do not open air preach, how will this affect your role in evangelism? I am not sure since I have yet to read the full book but the word I keep hearing is women should have “caution”. A very vague term with no context or true limits when you are talking about sharing the most important message of ALL time that makes a difference in a persons eternity! Should we be so cautious that we no longer share the Gospel? Phew… off the hook, have at it men…. NO! See, we are ALL called to share our faith and the Bible never says we as women are to only share it with women and children.
~The biggest issue I see is for us as mothers. I have a 12 year old son. Soon, by biblical definitions, he will be a man. Can I no longer teach him scripture? Discuss the Gospel? Even give him assignments about it? Should I just hand him a tract every morning, cautiously of course, and hope for the best? How far reaching does this false teaching affect women, mothers and evangelists?
~There has been one quote in circulation that if you differentiate between preaching and teaching you have a low view of scripture. I disagree. Again, it is mainly because of the word ‘preaching’. This is kind of like the word bear. There is a burden we bear and a fuzzy animal bear. Same word, different meaning. Preaching can be from a pulpit or it can be evangelism in action, declaring what Jesus has done for us. I am not talking about women getting up on a box and teaching through the book of Galatians. I am talking about women telling of their Savior. What He has done and how the unsaved can apply His blood to their life! This is eternity!
There is so much I could write about this but I can’t because, honestly, this whole thing just grieves me. I hate division. I hate misused scripture. I also hate that the women I care about, you, are being told by someone they should not share their faith in certain ways and if they do they are not meek and quiet… oh… it hurts to think about. Meek- power under control. Quiet- not talking about volume but spirit. A woman boldly declaring the Gospel and how Jesus has regenerated her and desires to do the same for them is amazingly feminine! We are givers of life. We bring forth people physically and we can also call people to new life in Christ. I am saddened some will be silenced by this.
My last point is that within false teaching there is always hypocrisy. Again, only going off the info I have and all of it is from Tony’s writings or online teachings/videos and not the book itself, it seems women are allowed to declare the Gospel at abortion clinics but not open air. How is this different? Where is the line and who is drawing the line? Are they not allowed a box to stand on? Are they not allowed to quote scripture? What if a man is present? Can they only plead for the life of a baby and not mention the Gospel until a person is close enough that they are not yelling so they are quiet? I cannot find a way this could be taught that would not be fully hypocritical.
I know this is a lot to think about. I have known about the book for several months and over the past month really been studying since I knew this would affect us. I have tried to find everything available and ask as many questions as possible before writing to you. Sisters, please be warned. Please read 1 Timothy and know what it says. Please pray deeply about this. If you choose to read the book, though I am not thrilled with the idea of supporting this idea financially, please do read it and read it with a Bible in hand. Gods word will always speak louder than false teachings. Do not be scared of it. Truth always exposes a lie.
“Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.” Acts 20:30
Love you sisters! Now let’s get ready for battle.