And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch: Acts 6:5
We can say that Stephen and Phillip were of note among the deacons.
I will dare to say many ministers do not no the names of the other deacons.
Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellowprisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me. Rom 16:7
Now will it be right to say that Junia, a woman is Paul’s kin, fellow prisoner and an apostle?
It is true that a woman was not listed as part of the twelve apostles but does that exclude a woman as an apostle or a prophet(ess).
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; Eph 4:11
It should be noted that pastors are at the bottom wrung of the ministerial call and not many good things are spoken about them in scriptures.
Today, pastors are the alpha and omega of churches, a babylonian system inherited from Emperor Constantine and Catholicism.
Now the two scriptures used to keep women out of ministry are:
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.
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.1Co 14:34-35
But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence 1Tim 2:12
Now this was primarily in Ephesus where there was the Temple of Diana (Ishtar, Olokun or Yemoja); and Christian women wanted to impose absolute rule of women the goddess Diana worship in the church. In satanism, women claim right as wife of Lucifer and therefore higher than men.
These scriptures must be seen in the cultural context and not as a broad paint brush on women and ministry.
The scripture in 1Cor 14:34-35 must be seen in context. Verse 31 encourages “all” – men and women to prophesy and in vs 39 “covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.” Are women therefore not to speak in tongues or prophesy in the church, when in another place they are admonished to pray and prophesy with their veils on? The issue in this passage is about orderliness.
It is interesting to note that many pastors or churches that claim to be very dogmatic, no longer insist on women wearing veils in churches but insist women cannot teach or preach. The veil issue is a cultural issue.
If women today insist on wearing mini skirts and exposing their boobs in the church, we could stand against it as contrary to our culture. It is like the new Obama culture of allowing “male-woman” to use a woman’s bathroom. This is a culture from hell and like Paul would say, “we do not have such a culture” in the churches.
Today pastors usurp God’s authority over men they call laity, the other offices are relegated, the saints are not equipped etc.
The goal of YHVH in Eph 4:11-13 is that through the equipping of the saints, we all become like Jesus Christ. We are all called to be kings and priests and into Sonship. I dare to declare that the five fold ministries are inferior to these.
Are women not called to Sonship?
Anointing produces manifestations or experiences
Heide Baker was under the anointing for seven days and nights, the prophetic word went forth concerning the apostolic anointing. This woman who came home from the missions field after about 18 years to die, went back to the mission field of Mozambique and has since raised over 7000 churches. In the Western world, muslims are using churches as mosques, but here they were offered mosques to use as churches.
I have been personally enhanced and blessed in ministry by women apostles.
We are all called to be partakers of the divine nature. I would say to the woman, Let no pastor or church define you. You are either called of God or not and the gifts and callings are without repentance. The gifts and callings does not validate a person’s holiness, so bad characters among some women pastors does not negate if they are called or not. We all must develop the fruits of godly character.
I would also like to note here, that some churches who do not allow women pastors allow women to teach teenage Sunday School. However, it is important to note that a jewish teenager is a man. He becomes a man at the age of thirteen and so in many African cultures that I know, except in America where the age of eighteen is used. It would then be contrary to “Paul’s teaching”.
I would love inputs by all concerning this issue. Remain blessed