LEN'S LINES -- A Little Religion¬† On A Positive¬† Note¬† by Len¬† Grang
¬†¬†¬† The early Christian churches ¬†had women in positions that only men hold today.¬† It is interesting to read how the preaching of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ differs from some of the Scripture¬† writers that wrote the New Testament.
¬†¬†¬† Jesus had defied the standards of first-century male dominated society by treating woman as equals before the Lord.¬† Jesus tells all believers¬†¬†are equal before the¬†Cross.¬† Mathew 12:5 " For whosoever shall do the will of our Father which is in heaven,¬†¬†¬† the same is my brother and sister and mother,"¬†
¬†¬†¬† Apostle¬†Paul also declared all people¬†¬†¬†equal in the family of God,¬†¬†Galatians 3: 26-29." ¬†¬†¬†For ye¬†are all the children of God by faith in Jesus Christ. For as many as you have been¬†baptized into Christ have put on Christ.¬† There is neither Jew or Greek,¬† there is neither bond or free, there is neither male or female;¬† for ye are all¬† one in Jesus Christ. And if ye be Christ's,¬† then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according¬†to the promise.'
¬†¬† We read in¬†Paul's letters to the church at Corinth,¬† as he responded to a number of questions the Corinthian¬† Christians had asked him.¬† One was about a woman who prays and prophesies in their church.¬† We read¬† in¬† Corinthians 11:5, " For every woman that prayeth or prophesieth¬† with her head uncovered dishonoreth her head for that is even all one as if she was shaven."
¬†¬† For the first 1,000 years the early Christian church had women deaconesses as Apostle Paul wrote about.¬†¬† When the church authorities found the Greek word for woman could also be¬† defined as wife, they¬† changed the Bible to¬†read from Deacon Women to read Deacon Wife.¬†¬†
¬†¬† I have attended large churches that had men deacons ¬†and women deaconesses to serve the Lord and needs of the church.¬†The¬†deacons wives as deaconesses served the needs of the women of the church and did not hold any¬†official title.¬† The Word Of God the Bible never changes but man reads it differently and we now have Godly churches¬† of many denominations.
¬† Trust this¬† Sunday we all be in the church of our choice as we worship and honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
¬†¬† God Bless America
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