I have been gone too long, but I believe I am back now. Thanks for checking up on me.
I have read your posts about women pastoring, and was saddened by it. One reason being that Yomi’s posts has influenced you, and I believe I once linked you to his blog. I do not subscribe to his beliefs. I occasionally visit his blog and read, especially, his posts on Christianity. Many of them set me thinking, wondering, pondering – which is why I visit his blog. I am unpersuaded with his convictions. But this is not about Yomi.
And I don’t really want to address the issue of women being pastors, though I probably will end up saying something about it. There’s little I can add to the pros and cons already given. I want to talk about Pea being a Pastor. My dear friend, what has God said to you? Because I believe that is all that matters. I once said to you in a chat session that you come across to me as more of an old-testament person. I consider myself to be more of a new-testament person. But irrespective of our point of views, becoming acquainted with your writing has persuaded me that you are born again, and a woman after God’s heart. And that is the picture of you I hold before my eyes. I do not see your denomination, or convictions, or beliefs. Because I believe that God deals with each one of us individually. I only see you, Pea, as God’s New Creation (2 Corinthians 5v17). And I am persuaded by scriptures and the Holy Spirit that God “[instructs] the [paths] of the [Christian]”. (Psalm 1v 6.)
So Pea, I have two questions for you:
1. Has God told you to be a pastor?
2. Has God told you not to be a pastor?
You should do whatever God has told you Pea, irrespective of what anybody else says. Because this is your race, not ours. And yet, I do not believe that God’s instructions to you will be His instructions to me, or another Christian.
I believe the bible is God’s word. I believe the bible is God’s answers. I do not believe the bible has all the answers. I believe that is one reason why we were given the Holy Spirit, to speak to us things that we might be in the dark about. I believe the Holy Spirit does not contradict scripture. I also believe the Holy Spirit is not restricted to scripture. Because God did not stop talking after the last page of the bible. There are things that God has said after the ink dried off the pages of the bible.
The best example I know is me. And yet my example will in no way match yours. I spent seven years in university studying computer science, and bagged both a diploma and degree. I had (have) dreams of being the best computer scientist in the world, and beating bill gates. I asked God after my final exams what to do with the rest of my life. Nowhere in scripture could I find an answer to help me choose between a software company or my church. The answer came to my spirit. And then a scripture came in confirmation of my inward witness. So I picked church. And though I would prefer a software company, the same inward witness convinces me to stay as a church staff. I spent seven years studying computer science and end up working in church because I believe that publishing the gospel is no longer restricted to Jesus’ or the bible methods. And God planned to make a preacher out of me through my laptop. Should every other preacher then be a web programmer to do the work of the Lord?
Ok, before I sound like I am going off on a tangent here, the issue of women being pastors is a controversial matter that the Christian church will probably never totally agree on. But then that doesn’t make us less Christians. You know, I once saw a picture of you on your blog in trousers. Some Christian groups in Nigeria would label you sinner just because of that, and they have sufficient scripture to back up what they believe. So Pea, are you a sinner? And sticking to the same Paul’s teaching in 1 Corinthians 11v7, was/am I a sinner the day I said a prayer to God wearing a baseball hat? And since Paul also recommends that we greet each other with a holy kiss (no specifics given, so could be a peck, or lip to lip, or French, right? …lol), I refuse to imagine the uproar should I go about kissing every sister in my church, not to talk of the men. He he.
I will never know the God who turned “murderous Saul” into “missionary Paul”. And he will never know the God who turned “good-kid-on-the-block-Ayo” into “born-again Ayo”. And I will never know the God who turned “past-Pea” into “present-Pea”. But we all know the God who died for our sins, and resurrected for our justification. And we will be the best person to preach to our kind the same God, using different pictures.
You know all the scriptures that apparently disallow women from being pastors. You also know the story of Judges 4 , zoom in on verse 4 and 5, and the other women of the bible. So no woman ever wrote a verse in the bible. At least they got featured in it, and their stories instruct both men and women today. Their lives are preaching to us, women and men, today. Scripture seems to condone masters and slaves. Should we then resurrect the slave trade?
Finally, is God man or woman? Is the New Creation male or female? Should I be killed for my faith because the apostles were killed for their faith? Should all prophets have preached from the wilderness because John the Baptist did? Should I be an alcoholic because Jesus turned water into wine, and Paul recommended wine for timothy? Should every other male in Samson’s time have married from the taboo tribe because the Lord moved Samson to do so? (Judges 14v3-4). Should women be pastors?
Rom 14:23 … whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
2Ti 2:7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.
Gal 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
Gal 3:27- 28 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
My question is, should Pea be a Pastor?
I am persuaded from scripture that God loves you enough to watch over your steps and ensure that you do not stumble, and I am persuaded from your writings that you love God enough to recognize His voice and obey. But what is it to you if God calls Paula White, or Juanita Bynum, or Joyce Meyer, or Anita Oyakhilome to be a Pastor? You follow Him.