[Note: this article was written some time ago. I wouldn't say it all the exact same way today--October 2011--but the article adequately conveys my position.
The reader may see women.txt]
You're a Woman!
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
Acts 2:17"If a city be on fire, whose bucket that brings water to quench it ought to be refused? ...the more hands that are orderly employed in its quenching, the more speedy and secure is the effect like to be." --John Owen, A brief Declaration and Vindication of The Doctrine of the Trinity
Yes, a woman I am. Most figure I'm an old, white, man. I am none of these--old, white, or man. God has chosen the foolish things of this world to confound the wise and you can't get much more foolish than me.
The article you are reading does not have a link on our index page. Very few people ask me about me being a woman. For those that care, I don't mind if they choose not to visit the website. I've felt like this since the beginning. The following are some cuts from e-mails that will give you my mind on what the Lord has called me to do. This is not to convince but is for those that question in sincerity. The only people directed to this page are friends who ask, not those that demand me to take down the [web] site.
In the following I combined my responses to two emails. The writers' comments are in italics, mine in regular type.
...Where Scripture says '....women are to be silent in church' - this has baffled me. Why not then say 'women are not to preach'?
Good question. Your friend [says this scripture only refers to]...women in that day, I do not see it that way. First of all, all scripture is profitable for me today. Second of all, women still talk too much. Third of all, according to the scriptures, women are more easily deceived than men. Paul meant what he said. In the context of the scripture you quote, you read "church" as the body of Christ, I read church as a group of believers assembled to conduct services. In the church women are not to teach men nor usurp authority over them. Women are not to be up in the pulpit. We are to be silent and if we have any questions, [we are to] ask our husbands [at home]. The scriptures are clear about this. God's churches are run by men and they are to be run decently and in order without chaos.
This does not mean a woman cannot speak outside of church. We read about prophetesses in the Bible and we know that Jesus first appeared to a woman and told her to tell the others that He was risen from the dead. I'm going to send you an excerpt that I wrote to a man that asked me about this. Concerning myself, I do not usurp authority over any man. I don't know who reads the website. If a person is uncomfortable reading what I have written, they do not have to. [The Lord is the one that ordained Jesus-is-Lord.com,] not me. I had absolutely no clue that things would work out as they have. Here is what I wrote to one brother concerning me as a woman being caretaker of Jesus-is-Lord.com--Greetings and thanks for writing with a good question. I appreciate you giving me space to answer. I'll give you a little background and then how I read the scriptures mixed in with some things other saints have shared with me.
Surprisingly few people have asked me about this and only 2 or 3 have written negatively... A little history on how I got on the internet...
When my husband first mentioned getting the internet, I was against it because I didn't like the idea of the world coming into my home via the telephone line. He got it anyway. The Lord through a lady and circumstances caused me to say, "Well since we've got it, may as well speak a word in the name of Jesus." I had never really even used the internet before but somehow [the Lord let me learn] html. Brother, I had absolutely NO CLUE that the website would turn out as it has. I remember going to Yahoo to register the site and they asked for a title [for] the website. I couldn't think of anything catchy so I said, "Well, Jesus Christ is the only Way to God. I'll come up with something better later." (I can tell you I will NEVER come up with anything better). I uploaded maybe 3 or 4 articles--heaven, hell, and the King James Bible.
Brother, [the Lord] Jesus made that website number 1 on Yahoo and people started coming and writing. Webmasters try their hardest to get positions like that but I didn't know anything about how to do tricks to get to the top. I could barely sign up for Yahoo. I had to keep trying over a month period to figure out how to just sign up. Jesus propelled that tiny little site to number 1 (it's still like #3 when you search on Jesus). As people began to come, I thought on the scriptures concerning women and I started thinking, "Is it okay for me as a woman to do this?" I even asked my husband and he said that I had his permission and that it was alright. In my spirit my response was basically, "If a man does not want to read this, I understand." So in other words, I didn't hide the fact that I was a woman and if someone didn't want to read because of it that was up to them, no hard feelings at all. From the beginning the website has always been under [my husband's] oversight. I've encouraged him to write but his choice has been to let me do my thing. How do I see it today?
(1) As you said, I do not exercise authorize over any man. I am not a pastor. People do ask me for advice, but all I do is direct them to the scriptures. All I want to do is lift up the name of Jesus. Most of the articles on the site that I have written have no name on them. My name is not important, the name of Jesus is and I know that praise is comely coming from the lips of any child of God--male or female. It is no crime for a simple woman to glean the kernels left behind by the reapers (pastors). People that they did not or could not reach are being reached and directed to churches where they can serve. A perfect example is... Bro. Ronnie who was into drugs, alcohol, pornography and worse. His marriage was on the rocks when he came across my testimony while searching on "ghosts". Today he is saved, baptized, in a Bible believing church, free from drugs for the past 14 months, attending all church services, witnessing and winning souls. His wife got saved and I believe both of his little girls got saved. Bro. Ronnie's testimony is now on the site at http://www.Jesus-is-Lord.com/ronnie.htm (at the time he sent the testimony, he'd been saved 6.5 months--he writes me with an update from time to time--thrills my heart everytime I hear from him).
Jesus said, "Ye shall know the tree by its fruit." I remember when I saw that 5 people visited the website in one day. Brother, I was so surprised my heart was beating hard. I couldn't believe it. Within two months, 80 people in one day. I thought, "Could 100 people ever come in one day? Could anybody get saved?" Looking at it in retrospect, those were silly questions but they demonstrate that I had no clue that not even 3 years later there [would be] about  people a day visiting the site. Folks getting saved, lukewarm people getting on fire, people getting in their Bibles and going to solid churches. [Without the Lord] and His word, how could I write one single thing? How could I help anybody? I couldn't.
I don't accept one penny from anyone. And for $30 a month I can reach [almost 50,000] people. Who can consistently give out that many tracts a month? It just happens that Jesus gave Jesus-is-Lord.com to a woman. God chooses THE FOOLISH things of this world to confound the wise. You can't get much more foolish than a young, black, woman. Even in fundamental churches black people are the offscouring of the world. This is a fact that I am painfully aware of and a cross that I've been given to bear. I'm one of the foolish things, my brother. I know that and that's fine with me because I can be used. I'll gladly be a fool for Christ's sake.
(2) It is not a sin for a woman to talk outside of church. Men do sometimes have conversations with women who are not their wives and they sometimes even get information from them. Jesus has made me a housewife with no kids [update: this changed] and a burning desire to search out some things. Whenever I research something, I think of how I can pass it on to someone else so they can also benefit from my study. This is not something that I generate myself. Jesus makes me do this. Sometimes when I look at the site, it seems almost like I just [poured out] everything that was inside of me. It is as if Jesus gave me the internet as a forum to share truth that I have learned with the world.
(3) As you mentioned, not many women are called to be bold in the Lord. Ecclesiastes 7:28, "Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not: one man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not found." Many, perhaps most, people assume I'm an older man. But I'm not. Does that make what I have to say any less true? The scriptures give us a glimpse of a few women who spoke in the name of the Lord.
a. Deborah--a judge of Israel,
b. Huldah a prophetess (2 Chron 34) during Josiah's reign who was consulted of the high priest so she could inquire of the Lord for them
c. Mary Magdalene first shared the gospel as Jesus appeared to her first and told her to tell the other disciples that He had risen from the dead
d. Anna the prophetess who served the Lord night and day in the temple
e. Miriam, the sister of Aaron was a prophetess (Ex. 15:20)
f. II John was written unto the elect lady
g. Phebe was commended by the apostle Paul as a servant of the church at Cenchrea. He told them to assist her is whatever business she had need of.
h. Aquilla AND his wife Priscilla expounded Christ more perfectly to Apollos I could go on with a few more examples but I believe this establishes the point.
(4) Concerning sharing the gospel, that is a command we are all supposed to fulfill. Independent Baptist Churches allow women to go out soulwinning, but then it is a crime to tell somebody the gospel in writing? I feel that men in many of these churches do not know what to do with certain women. As a result, the church body suffers since the role of these women is totally suppressed.
(5) I see myself as a custodian of information. [I've published church listings, information of cults, and sermons by men of faith.] I'm like a librarian that adds a little commentary here and there. I won't bore you by going on with this subject though I could probably make 10 or 20 points. Concerning 1Cor. 14:34-36
1 Corinthians 14:34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law.
14:35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
14:36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?
...I primarily stay right here in my little office researching and answering mail. I mind my business and I'm not in the middle of the church business trying to run something. If I am volunteered] for something or if I am asked, I'm happy to perform the task. Otherwise, I'm pretty much on the sidelines. In church I have a tendency to see who the neglected people are then I ask [my husband] if we can have them for dinner. I don't do a lot more talking than that. I don't have a female friend and I basically stay away from men unless my husband is there and there is a reason for me to be in the conversation... Concerning 1 Timothy 2:8-15
2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
2:9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
2:10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
2:11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
2:12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
2:13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
2:15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.
Women are more easily deceived than men. I truly understand this and am careful. ...I try to walk very circumspectly understanding my weaknesses. Concerning the adorning, women have their ways of getting negative attention. Though I may dress up for church, I don't always try to look my "prettiest". Folks get to see me barefaced. [2011--I no longer wear makeup or fancy clothes or high heels...] Concerning teaching, the internet is not a classroom situation where I am bossing men around. Even when I used to work, I didn't like the fact that a man worked for me. I wasn't comfortable with having that kind of authority over a man--but I feel no such conviction with the website. I write and post articles. I don't even know the people who come to read them. I'm sure Christian men pick up manuals written by women and don't give it a second thought. The authors are in no way over top of these men. I believe these scriptures are primarily written to tell Timothy how to run the local church where there is a hierarchy of relationships. Not so, on the internet.
I enjoy...Christian fellowship and am not interested in games, gossip, etc. I am not special, I just happen to be a woman to whom Jesus has given an intense interest in him and an intense hatred for the things of the world. He has made these characteristics manifest themselves in the midst of a rebellious generation. [...] You mentioned something I'd never thought of, yet it bears witness with my spirit-- "It would seem to me that the spirit of the words of Luke 9:49-50 would apply in this case. "
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