New Testament Introduction
To Women Preachers
By Cohen G. Reckart, Pastor
The Old Testament is the key of understanding to the principals of the New Testament. In as much as there were no female priestess ordained in the Tabernacle, there can be no female preachers ordained in the New Testament Church.
There were no female priestess in the Tabernacle that David erected when he brought the Ark of the Covenant home to Jerusalem from the house of Obededom (2Samuel 6:10-15). A passage of Scripture below points to the Church era when Jesus Messiah would, in the likeness of King David, set up a new Tabernacle-Church:
After this I will return, and will build (Matt. 16:18) again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up (Acts 15:16):
That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things (Acts 15:17).
There is no doubt that while Jesus Messiah laboured during his three and one half years of Ministry, he was building his Tabernacle/Church. Another fact of consequence, is that he chose twelve Apostles as authorities and overseers of this Church, and not one of them was a female.
In the Old Testament, both male and female, bond and free, rich and poor, Jew and proselyte, were united into one body identified as Israel. Yet out of this oneness, God ordained a male only Priesthood. In the New Testament this was not altered:
EXO 12:49 One law shall be to him that is home born, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.
GAL 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Messiah Jesus.
COL 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
The word "ordained" is found nineteen times in the New Testament. It is used first where Jesus Ordained the twelve Apostles. Afterwards, it is used only of men. It is never used in connection to a female becoming a preacher.
In our search for the Apostolic Woman in the New Testament, we will not find one who made herself equal to Jesus Messiah, the Apostles, the Elders, the Bishops, or any other Preacher. We will not find one woman preacher in all of the New Testament. We will not find one woman Pastor. We will not find one woman evangelist. We will not find one woman Apostle. Not a single woman wrote a book of the New Testament. Not one woman baptized someone else. Not one woman dedicated the child of another mother. Not one woman received tithes or offerings for preaching. Not one woman was ordained an Elder or Bishop. There are no qualifications for a woman preacher. There is not a single case where a Pastor shared his Calling and authority with his wife. Not a single woman was identified as a co-pastor. The entire Church up to the time the last Apostle died, never ordained or permitted a woman preacher.
Jesus Messiah did not ordain a woman Apostle and that should settle the issue. But women preachers insist that Jesus forgot and later instructed Paul to start ordaining them. They unanimously agree that after Paul allegedly began ordaining women preachers, that these women could hold any of the offices of the Five-Fold-Ministry. Today, you will find women apostles, women evangelists, women pastors, women teachers, and women prophetesses. The women prophetesses no longer claim only the gift of prophecy, but the actual office of a Prophet. They refer to themselves as "female prophets."
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