Philip's Four Daughters
Preach By Prophesying?
Did Philip's daughters preach? If you understood the previous presentation, you would know the answer is an emphatic NO! Those supporting women preachers continue to insist, that regardless of everything previously brought to light in this book, women are still called to preach based upon Philip's daughters alone.
I have read about Philip's daughters in works by men who knew of their lives. Polycrates is perhaps one of the greatest pre-nicean Apostolic Pastors. He reports that Philip, and certain of his daughters, lived and worked with Polycarp. Polycrates makes no mention of Philip's daughters preaching or Pastoring. The idea of using Philip's daughters as proof of a woman's right to preach, was part of Antoinette L. Brown's beliefs, promoted among the National Women's Rights Organization founded in 1848. Out of this small group of lesbian promoting women, originated the movement to feminize the pulpits of America. The Pilgrim Holiness, Wesleyan Methodist, trinity Pentecostals, and the Unitarians, opened up their colleges, doors, and pulpits, to this new flood of Jezebel doctrine. From 1848, when there was not a single ordained woman preacher in America, until 1920, the numbers grew from 0 to over 3,000 women claiming to be Pastors and all sorts of other Ministerial authorities. The Jesus Name Pentecostals inherited the doctrine of women preachers mainly from the trinity Pentecostal Assembly of God and the Church of God, (Cleveland, Tennessee). The true Apostolics never compromised on this false doctrine. So today, in America, there remains perhaps as many as 1,000-2,000 independent Apostolic Churches were women preachers are not sanctioned.
There has been a movement to destroy these last remaining Churches and to get women in charge of their pulpits. The Charismatic movement among Jesus Name Pentecostals, eventually breaks down all standards of the Apostolic Faith: this includes the sanctions against women preachers.
The Charismatic message, is "WE ARE ALL GOING TO THE SAME PLACE, LET'S QUIT FIGHTING AND BECOME ONE." To accomplish this, the pulpits are opened up for every reprobate spirit that calls itself a Minister of God. The only persons prohibited from preaching in these dens of iniquity, are Apostolic Men with the holy boldness of Elijah and who refuse to cave in. We are not welcome there!
The Charismatic movement is female driven. It is Gnosticism dressed in backslid "Pentecostalism." Therefore, use of Philip's daughters is an essential argument in support of women Apostles. This was another attempt to wrest the Joel 2:28 prophecy, and make the gift of prophecy that these daughters possessed, into preaching. Once again, they go to the gift of prophecy outside the Callings or Divine Order of the Priesthood of Jesus Messiah, to establish authority for women preachers. This is falsehood!
Providing that Philip married right around the time of the Samaria revival, his daughters could not have been more than twenty-five years of age with the youngest perhaps as old as fifteen, when Paul arrives in approximately 62 A.D. They did not preach to Paul. If they had, the Holy Ghost would have born accurate record of it. Agabus prophesied to Paul. But even in this instance, where is it evident that Agabus was preaching and this was identified as operating the gift or Calling of prophecy (Acts 21:10)? It simply can not be proven. Even a man operating the gift of prophecy is not preaching.
One of the missing requirements for establishing a female priesthood in the New Testament, is the qualifications. It is reported out of California, that one woman preacher suggested that a female could preach as long as she was a virgin. She cited Philip's daughters and also the following text:
"There is a difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband (1Cor 7:34)."
According to this woman preacher, a woman is not holy as long as she is having sex. She reports that virgins and the unmarried qualify because sex has been set aside for the Kingdom of heaven's sake. Remaining single they are more honorable to God. At first, she preached only virgins could "care" for the things of the Lord. When she was cornered and asked if she was a virgin, it is reported there was a cold blank stare and silence. Of last report, her doctrine has changed. She believes virgins and all UNMARRIED WOMEN (divorced and widowed) are the ones ordained to preach? Even the women preachers are divided on whom among them is entitled to preach. In the absence of qualifications, you will find all kinds of unholy and unqualified women preaching. Some have felt that what was applied to the gander (male) was also applied to the goose (female). So that Ministerial qualifications, although very plainly male, also qualify a woman. "What tangled web that they weave, when at first they try to deceive."
The gift of prophecy, according to Paul is not Preaching to sinners:
"Prophecy serveth not for them which believe not, (sinners) but for them that believe (1Cor 14:22)."
"But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort (1Co. 14:3)."
Yet women preachers under the disguise of using the gift of prophecy, preach to sinners anyway. Is this not a glaring contradiction? Claiming an ordination by manipulative twist of the word "prophecy," women have not confined themselves to preaching only to women or Church members. Women claim that they have a right to preach because prophecy as they extrapolate from Joel 2:28, to the above text, means to "speak and exhort." Does the Bible backup a woman's right to speak and exhort to a Church by prophecy and call this Preaching? NO! There is not a single case of it in all of your Bible.
There is not a single place where a woman exhorts in the entire New Testament. In every case where the words "exhort and exhortation" are found in the New Testament, women are not the speakers.
When Paul forbade the Corinthian women from teaching and usurping authority over man, he was reaffirming the 4,000 year old Law of God. He was ratifying the doctrine of Messiah in not selecting a woman Apostle. Paul would not have been so careful to give the Corinthians the Truth, and then blatantly disregard his own doctrine and condemn God, and ordain women preachers anyway.
Thus, when we arrive at the house of Philip in Acts 21:8-9, we do not find women preachers. The 8th verse describes Paul's company coming to the house of Philip. The 9th verse mentions that he had four daughters that did prophesy. There is no hint that these girls preached to Paul. No hint that they were even in a Church service with Paul. The text would leave us to believe that there had been no Church meeting at all. The doctrine that Philip's daughters preached to Paul and he loved it, is here exposed as falsehood.
Once again, you will find prophetesses who did not usurp authority over Paul or any other man, as is now employed by many women preachers feigning to be prophesying or testifying. In our search for the Apostolic Woman, we are not looking for virgins, unmarried, or married women. We have many of these beautiful women in our Apostolic Assemblies. What we are looking for in the Apostolic Woman, are those faithful women who are balanced in scriptural conduct and love. They love God; they love the Church; they love their husbands; they love their children, and they love their friends. They stay out of the pulpit as a preacher. This is the true Apostolic Woman.
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