I grew up in a tradition where women were not even allowed to pray out loud in church, far less share their testimony unless it was a women's meeting or the Sunday School. However in my teens I started to question the validity of this position. I could not understand why women were silenced in church and yet I read how women had taught Paul, how they were to prophesy, even minister and how they had significance in the life of Jesus. So after a number of years of searching for clarity on this I have now arrived at the position in the article below. I can understand where people are coming from if they feel uncomfortable with this because for years I either held that position or was confused about my position as a Christian woman.Now though I realize that God can use me for the purposes of His Kingdom.
Interview: Apostle Jim T. Davis
Author of "Redefining the Role
of Women In the Church"
Is God raising up women as five fold
Do you agree with God's purposes for
Did/does God ordain women in
Hear Apostle Jim Davis give
concise Biblical answers to
questions on this controversial
but important subject. (A big thanks
to Kay Price for sharing her notes
on this broadcast.) A lot of us
have asked these questions and not
had biblical answers. What really
was Gods design for women? What is
a helpmeet? Are women inferior
because they were created second?
Are women under a curse? Does
culture make a difference? Are there
women leaders in the Bible? Are
women more easily deceived? Are
women to be silent in church and not
teach? Can women have authority over
men? Are there women apostles in the
Bible? Is the headship of husband a
dominating position? If you have
ever asked these age-old questions
as most of us have, get ready to
hear Apostle Jim Davis answer from
scripture and release Gods heart
for women and men. Discover
erroneous translations and
interpretations of scripture.
Gods original intent for women
is found in Gen. 1:26, 27. God
made man (mankind) in His image.
Male and female He made mankind.
They were to have dominion over
creation, not each other. So, right
at the start, Gods design was not
to subjugate (to subdue and bring
under the yoke of power or dominion;
to conquer by force and compel to
submit to the government or absolute
control of another) women. It is not
Gods idea to give men dominion over
Dr. Davis states that this is a
hard saying for insecure men who
fear their position may be
supplanted or surpassed. There is a
second witness found to support this
in Gen. 2:18, 24. This speaks
of God making a help meet for man. A
help meet is a helper that is
appropriate for, or adequately and
accurately reflects who I am and all
I am; the other side of me. Jesus
refers to Holy Spirit as our
helper but we do not receive Him
as inferior in any way. Why would we
think women inferior when they are
called a helper?
Help and meet, in Strongs
Exhaustive Concordance of the
Bible, means to surround,
protect, aid, and succor. Exploring
the meanings of these words in Noah Websters 1828 American
Dictionary of the English Language
·1. Surround-to enclose on all
·2. Protect-to cover or shield
from danger or injury, to defend, to
guard, to preserve in safety. (like
walls protect a city).
·3. Aid-support, assist,
either by furnishing strength or
means to effect a purpose, or to
prevent or remove evil (the person
who gives succor).
·4. Succor-literally, to run
to, or run to support; to help or
relieve when in difficulty, want, or
distress; to assist and deliver
from suffering (the person that
Women were not created inferior.
Women were made in Gods image;
equal with man, who, jointly reflect
the image of God. God is Spirit
which transcends male/female
differentiation. Num. 23:19
God is not a man, but has been
explained in human terms so we can
understand. He is described in both
genders, not male only or female
only.The Bible uses male
analogies for God such as, King,
husband, and shepherd, but He is
also referred to as a protective
mother eagle, a she bear with cubs
and a many breasted one.
The female references speak of
mothering, maternal attitudes,
and relationship with us. Image
conveys personhood not gender. Women
(and men) are relationally,
spiritually, morally, and creatively
like God. We have the ability to
love and communicate like Him. In
Nu.27:1-8 God tells Moses that
women possess the same right to the
family inheritance as men.
Special distinctions of women in
scriptures that definitely are
not in support of women being
inferior are: 1. Woman was last at
the crossMk. 15:47. 2. Woman
was first at the tombJn. 20:1.
3. Woman was first to proclaim the
resurrectionMt. 28:8. 3.
First preacher to the JewLu.
2:37, 38. 4. Attended the first
prayer meetingAc. 1:14. 5.
First to greet Christian
missionariesAc. 16:13. 6.
First European convertAc. 16:14,
Women are no more under a curse
than men are. After sin, God
said that women would bring forth
children in sorrow (doesnt really
say cursed but sorrow and pain is
not a blessing). He also said that
men would bring forth from the
ground in sorrow; that the ground
was cursed and in hard labor (from
the sweat of his brow) he would eat
bread. Gen. 3:16-18 God
predicts the effect (consequences)
of sin for both, in that, woman
would turn in her focus to
her husband. Her husbands
response would be to begin to rule
over her, Lord over her, misusing
What used to be "one" was now
two. They saw themselves as two
different individuals, not as an
extension of each other. Unity would
then be a matter of choice, not out
of complimenting the other.
Regardless of curse or no curse for
women or men, Gal. 3:13 makes
it clear that we are redeemed from
the curse of the law. Gen. 2:23
laid the foundation for regarding
women as created equal, to rule or
take dominion as a team, in unity
and as one flesh.
Culture does make a difference
in the regard that each culture will
walk out the Bible truth little
differently. The application of the
truth will be as different as the
number of different ways people
would interpret the words
conservative or modest dress. If
you say that we should not adjust at
all with culture, then men should
still be wearing skirts as they did
in New Testament times. Men and
women leaders were instructed to
have one spouse, one at a time,
because polygamy was a legal part of
Three strong examples of women
leaders in the Old Testament are:
Deborah, prophetess and Judge of
Israel Judges 4:4, Athaliah,
Queen of Judah for 6 years 2
Kings 11:3, and Miriam,
Prophetess and worship leader Mi.
6:4. Jesus Christ did more to
liberate women from demonic spirits
of sexism than any other person in
history but the idea of women in
spiritual or secular leadership was
not new in the New Testament.
Women are not any more easily
deceived than men. In 2 Cor.
11:3 Paul states that as the
serpent deceived Eve, so the minds
of the people (men and women) could
be corrupted. Paul allowed the
women to speak, them tells them to
keep quiet. It cannot be both ways:
pray and prophesy and keep quiet.
1 Cor. 11:5,1Cor.
14:34 So, what gives?
Paul was speaking to a specific
group of people for a specific
purpose. He is not commanding
all women for all time, as it is NOT
found in other scriptures that women
shouldnt teach. 2 Cor. 13:1
Women are told to teach their
children and to teach younger women.
Deut. 6:7, Tit. 2:3, 4 In the
church at Ephesus, gentiles were
being converted and coming into the
Jewish congregation with which they
were not familiar. He was telling
them to keep quiet and not teach
until they had learned themselves.
[It could be that a woman was to ask
her questions at home because men
and women sat on opposite sides of
the synagogue!] 1 Tim.2;
11, 12 If women were more easily
deceived, why not tell the men only
to teach the children and younger
Women can be in authority over
men as it is God who delegates
authority. Eph. 1:22 Those in
authority are to support, encourage,
and strengthen others. It is
never OK tousurp authority,
be it man or woman. Usurping
authority means to act as oneself
independently, acting to elevate
oneself above another and not
assuming ones proper place. Taking
authority, in an area not given by
God, is usurping authority. True
spiritual authority is about servant
hood, not lording over someone
(self-serving). Authority is
delegated from Jesus but is not
absolute. We do not have absolute
authority over another even if we
have been given authority.
Were women ever ministers to men
in the New Testament?
Lu. 2:36-38 Anna
prophesied to baby Jesus as he
entered the Temple
Jn. 4:28 Samaritan
woman was the first evangelist
and won her city.
Mt. 28:7, Lu. 24:9, Jn.
20:16 Sent by Jesus to
preach the good news.
Acts 2:17 Men and women
will prophesy in the last days.
Acts 18, 1 Cor. 16-19
Priscilla travelled with,
instructed and discipled Apollos
with her husband Aquila. Her
name is mentioned first,
indicating her prominent role.
They were also leaders of a home
church in Asia.
Acts 21:8-9 Philip's 4
daughters were prophetesses.
Romans 16:1 Phoebe was a
minister in the church in
16:7 Andronicus and Junia
were named among "noted"
Rom. 16 Paul recognized
at least 7 women: Phebe,
Priscilla, Mary, Tryphena,
Tryphosa, Persis and Julia as
notable laborers of the Lord.
1 Cor. 11:4-5 Women
normally prayed and prophesied
1 Cor. 12, 14 Spiritual
gifts were ministered by women
in the church.
Phil. 2 Euodias and
Syntyche were leaders of the
church at Philippi.
Many "gender" references in some
translations have been changed
to indicate maleness vs. the
original neutral or feminine.
Col. 4:15 Nymphas was a female
home church leader (although the KJV
translators erroneously translate
this verse as "his church." The
elder/leader of the church described
in John 2 was a woman.) It is best
to consult the original Greek for
Due to their bias against women,
some translators removed the
feminine gender or leadership terms
associated with women leaders.
Greek scholar Alfred Marshall
translates Rom. 16:1-2, "Now
I commend to you Phoebe the sister
of us, being also a minister
of the church in Cenchrea, in order
that her ye may receive in
(the) Lord worthily of the saints,
and may stand by her in
whatever of you she may have
need thing; for indeed she a
protectress of many became and
of myself." The Interlinear
NASB-NIV parallel New Testament in
Greek and English, pg. 477.
Prostatis, 4368, is defined by
Thayer's Greek Definitions as "A
woman set over others, a female
guardian, a protectress, a
patroness, caring for the
affairs of others and aiding them
with her resources."
Is the headship of a husband a
dominant position? The position
is to be as the position of Christ
to the church. He is a support, a
nourisher, and a builder. His
consuming passion is our well being.
He put the needs of the church
before His very life. He said He
came to serve and care for the
church. It had nothing to do with
ruling. He is a source of spiritual
strength. The result of His headship
is unity, not a hierarchy with this
one on top and this one on bottom.
As Father and Son are equal, so is
the relationship of husband and
wife. Jesus will not be exploited by
God and neither should women be by
their husbands. As husband and wife
are compared with the relationship
of Father and Son, it is one to be
embraced, not feared. While some
natural roles may vary, in the
spiritual, men and women are created