The Rightly Divided Word Of Truth On Men In The Ministry

The Lord is the author of the Bible, and the Holy Spirit gives life to the Word of God.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV) “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

There’s 4 things that Paul pointed out to Timothy about “all Scripture.”

  1. Doctrine or teaching.
  2. Reproof or proof, evidence, or conviction.
  3. Correction to an upright or right state.
  4. Instruction in righteousness.

The authority of the Scriptures is not up for debate because Scripture is absolute and final authority, not man.

What’s up for debate is commentaries and arguments over interpretation of Scripture. So I expect a difference from other people with different views of interpretation of Scripture.

But what’s also isn’t up for debate is the definition of Hebrew and Greek.

You can’t read a definition and then misinterpret a definition unless you’re a peddler of the Scriptures.

Because peddlers of Scriptures are hucksters that turn the truth into a lie to fit their demonic narrative to deceive people. What needs to happen is that when you hear these hucksters misinterpret Scripture, you question their interpretation on the spot.

Having said this, it is no misinterpretation that the Lord Jesus, when He assembled His disciples, that they were all men (see Matthew 10:1-4).

Women in the ministry.

Many will argue that just because the Lord Jesus didn’t choose women, that He didn’t call women into the ministry today. So let’s put this to the test of the Scriptures.

If an event can’t be applied to Scripture, then the event can’t be justified because there’s no Scripture to validate the event.

Years later, we see that men would ordain women into the ministry.

There’s an unending argument about women in the ministry.

The Scriptures stands and speaks for itself.

Male dominance of ministry isn’t the goal. Reducing or eliminating women in the ministry isn’t the goal.

The goal is for people to take the Scripture as it’s written and properly apply it.

Does this make sense?

You can qualify or disqualify a person or an event by simply applying the Scripture to the person or event.

We don’t apply the personal interpretation of Scripture to the event. We apply the Scripture to the event.

“I don’t think, or I don’t believe’ isn’t applying the Scripture to the event.

“The Bible says” and give chapter and verse‘ is applying the Scripture to the event.

Following God’s order as written in the Bible is the goal.

If we follow the Scripture the way that it was written, there can be no personal interpretation. The Scripture can’t be misused in an attempt to add things into God’s Word to justify any position that has no backing of Scripture (see Proverbs 30:6).

Does this make sense?

2 Peter 1:20-21 (NKJV) “…knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”

If you happen to be a woman, simply apply God’s Word to your situation.

If you come to the conclusion that the Scriptures apply to your situation, you alone bear the burden of accountability. You have to find the Scripture that justifies it, or make some considerable changes.

Because if you take a Scripture out of its place to use it as a private or personal interpretation/revelation to justify a position, when the correct Scriptural measurement for ministry is established, there may be a major problem.

Qualification For Bishop/Overseer

There’s 18 qualification in this passage but notice the gender identified, and the gender that’s missing. What I’ve done in the past, and will never do again is assume that Paul meant to include women, and that’s a big misinterpretation or adding to the Scriptures what the Scriptures never intended (see Proverbs 30:6).

1 Timothy 3:1-7 (NKJV)

“1. This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work.

2. A bishop then must be blameless

3. the husband of one wife

4. temperate,

5. sober-minded,

6. of good behavior,

7. hospitable,

8. able to teach;

9. not given to wine,

10. not violent,

11. not greedy for money,

12. but gentle,

13. not quarrelsome,

14. not covetous;

15. one who rules his own house well,

16. having his children in submission with all reverence (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?);

17. not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil.

18. Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.”

So the challenge is to apply the Scripture to you and see if you qualify. If you misinterpret the Scripture to justify a position, Proverbs 30:6 applies.

The role of older women in the house of worship.

Titus 2:3-5 (NKJV)

“…the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.”

If anything, older (in age) women can minister to other women and teach the younger women these things.

1. reverent in behavior,

2. not slanderers,

3. not given to much wine,

4. teachers of good things— that they admonish the young women to love their husbands,

5. to love their children,

6. to be discreet,

7. chaste,

8. homemakers,

9. good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.”

Many will argue that Anna the prophetess ministered in the NT. It’s not argumentative to point out that before the birth of the Lord Jesus, she gave her life to ministry, but she wasn’t a NT believer. She wasn’t born again at the time the Lord Jesus started His ministry.

Unless God gave her length of years. The Lord Jesus started His ministry at age 30. So add 30 years to 84 or more, because she was a widow for 84 years, and she would be in her 100’s. But there’s no doubt that she obeyed the commands of the OT and was probably gathered to her ancestors in Abraham’s bosom.

Luke 2:36-38 (NKJV) “Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.”

There was a husband and wife team, (Aquila and Pricilla) in the NT that were fellow laborers with Paul. They helped started the work in Ephesus, a sea shore metropolis on the Aegean Sea of Asia Minor.

They were fellow tentmakers with Paul. They took Apollos aside and taught him the gospel of Jesus Christ because Apollos was a mighty orator of the Scriptures, having only known the baptism of John (see Acts 18:24-28).

They also had an assembly in their house (see Romans 16:3-5).

Now here’s another point.

Should you use Scripture to justify your ministry, what’s your Scriptural fruit evidence of your ministry? Fruit must come from your ministry.

Fruit #1. What did the Lord specifically called you to do and are you in strict obedience to the call?

But first, we must identify the call from the Scripture.

Not from a time of private prayer or an emotionally charged meeting or service.

Every person called into the ministry is called “to preach the gospel to every creature,’ ‘to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teaching them to observe all things I commanded you.”

This is the highest call and anything else is a farce.

So the challenge is to apply the Scripture to you and see if you qualify. If you misinterpret the Scripture to justify a position, Proverbs 30:6 applies.

Fruit #1 is all that matters when it come to ministry.

We’ll address this and bring other Scriptures about women in the ministry and men in the ministry in another episode.

Published by The Minister's Crucible

The Minister's Crucible is designed to inform the Body of Christ about the inner workings of the ministry. The word Crucible from Latin, is "crux" where we get the word "cross" from. It also means a "metal container" where metals and other substances are melted or are subjected to higher temperatures, put to the temperature test. The Lord Jesus said "If any man desires to follow after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me." Let's take up our cross and follow Him.

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