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"But I suffer not a woman to teach..." - The doctrine of Apostle Paul, not God

"But I suffer not a woman to teach ..." - The doctrine of Apostle Paul, not God

And the Dream About the Green Snake

 By: Elmore Richmond Jr.  and Nadine Richmond

(We also have a video on this subject; however the video is not as comprehensive as this article.  

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This is a powerful work; it is designed to address false doctrine regarding women’s roles in the Church.  It exposes how Satan was able to effectively infiltrate the work of the Apostles over 1,950 years ago and how it has not been addressed until now.  Therefore, bibles that are published today include some doctrines of an Apostle when he was under the influence of Satan; consequently today Satan’s actions have had tremendous impacts on the Church; and help facilitate the divide. 

However, within the Bible, Jesus explains plainly how to determine if the doctrine is of God or the doctrine is of men.  The approach that Jesus has given us was followed throughout this work to reach this conclusion and to provide insight for all Christians.   Jesus has given us a way to make the determination whether or not doctrines are of man or God; the rationalities of men cannot replace the process that God has given us to use to make this determination; moreover there is no prophecy of the scripture for private interpretation.

This is a very painful journey, however to receive this revelation you must have the love for truth, walk through it, and hold your peace to the very end. This article is about 30 pages, however we have also prepared a shorter article that goes directly to the heart of the contention regarding women roles in the Church; it is about 14 pages.  However, it does not have all the text of the related scriptures, the revelation regarding the snake in the grass, and the details how Satan has effectively infiltrated the works of the Apostles. If you have love for Truth you will be able to receive the revelation and then take immediate action to ensure this Truth goes forth.  This work will have a direct impact on every printed version of the Bible today; it will have a direct effect of what is being taught at Bible Colleges and Universities, and what is taught and preached at churches around the world.  Moreover, it will also cause Christian leaders who have love for Truth to repent and the role of Women in the Church will immediately change in churches that are currently following the doctrine of men.

We used the King James Version throughout this work; we strongly recommend that you use the King James Version because some of the bibles have changed the word of God to the point that the scriptures cannot be aligned according to the process that God established in Isaiah 28:9-10.

Let’s commence by reviewing what Jesus said regarding how to determine if the doctrine is of God or if the doctrine is of man.   

Let’s see what Jesus says at John 7:16-18

16Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me17If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. 18He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.

We have aligned scriptures that are designed to lay the foundation of the works of the Apostles, and we show the process that was used by Satan to infiltrate the printed gospel.  The commentaries in this work are very limited; however you will find short transitions that link certain concepts and scriptures.  Let us begin the journey!

In Joel 2:28, God said that He would pour out His Spirit on all flesh; we know that Acts chapter two gives the account when this first happened, when these saints of God received the Holy Ghost in the name of JESUS. Let us review Joel 2:28-29.

Joel 2:28-29 (Below are other related scriptures)

(John 14:15-26John 16:5-16Acts 2:1-13Acts 10:44-48Acts 19:1-7)

28And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:

29And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.

Let us take a look at how God set up the Church according to scripture.

First let’s look at Spiritual Gifts.

1 Corinthians 12:28-31

28And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? 30Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? 31But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

Ephesians 4 explains the offices or positions that God calls people to.  We must remember that it is God our Heavenly Father who calls His people to these positions. 

He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 

13Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

1 Corinthians 12:4-12

It is also important to understand how Spiritual Gifts are bestowed.

4Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 6And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. 7But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 8For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: 11But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

Christians are the Body of Christ; Therefore there are Many Members, Yet One Body

12For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 13For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:23-26

23And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. 24For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: 25That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. 26And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

Apostle Peter had to be given even more revelations to carry out the will of God.  God revealed to Peter that He is no respecter of persons!  No Respecter of persons!  God does not show partiality!   With God there is no Favoritism. 

Here is an experience that Peter had at Caesarea when God revealed to him that He is no respecter of person.

Luke is the recognized author of the book of Acts.  The date of A. D. 61 is the widely accepted date for the writing of Acts.

In Acts 10 Cornelius Sends for Peter!  Luke records:

1There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band2A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway3He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius. 4And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. 5And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter:

 Peter's Vision

(Leviticus 11:1-47Deuteronomy 14:1-21)

9On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour: 10And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, 11And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: 12Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. 13And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. 14But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.15And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.16This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven

24And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and had called together his kinsmen and near friends. 25And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him26But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man. 27And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together. 28And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean. 29Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me?

The Gentiles Hear the Good News

34Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him36The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)

The Gentiles Receive the Holy Spirit

(Joel 2:28-32John 14:15-26John 16:5-16Acts 2:1-13Acts 19:1-7)

44While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. 45And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. 46For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, 47Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? 48And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

Here we can see how the law restricted the Jews from keeping company with people from other nations; Christ Redeemed Us from the Curse of the Law.  At Matthew 28: 18And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

 It is important to understand what happens after all power is given to the Son.  At 1 Corinthians 15:25-28  

25For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 26The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. 27For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith, all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. 28And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all. 

It is important that we understand when all things are subdued unto the Son then the Son subjected himself back to the Father – that God may be all in all. Without this understanding many are entertaining false doctrine, today.  Surely, this is a special teaching; let’s turn our attention back to the role of women in the Church and how Christ redeemed us from the Curse of the Law.

(Deuteronomy 21:22-23)

Galatians 3:10-14

10For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. 11But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 12And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. 13Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 14That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Galatians 3:19 - 29

19Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. 20Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. 21Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. 22But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

23But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

Sons Through Faith in Christ  26For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Romans 2

9Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; 10But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: 11For there is no respect of persons with God.

Romans 3

Justified by Faith

21But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 23For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God24Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

It is important to understand that there is No Condemnation in Christ!

Romans 8

1There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

Romans 10

10For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

God showed Apostle Paul how He moves on the hearts of women – Luke records one of these experiences that Apostle Paul had with a woman, name Lydia from the City of Thyatira in Acts 16.

Acts 16:11-15

Lydia Converted at Philippi

(Revelation 2:18-29)

11Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis;12And from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia, and a colony: and we were in that city abiding certain days. 13And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither.

14And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. 15And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.

Here we can see that God opened this woman’s heart to attend unto the things that were spoken by Paul.

Let us take a close look at Acts 16.  We will find this woman from the City of Thyatira named Lydia.  Apostle Luke writes at Acts 16: 13 on the Sabbath they went out of the city by a riverside, where prayer was wont to be made; he said that they sat down, and spake unto the women which were there.   Luke writes about this woman named Lydia.

Luke said Lydia worshipped God!

Lydia heard Apostle Paul when he spoke!

God opened her heart!

God Gave her instruction – that she attended unto the things which Paul spoke of.  And when she and the people in here household were baptized; She said unto them to come stay at her house if they judged her to be faithful to the Lord.  They agreed to abide at her house. 

Now what does this mean?   God opened her heart to attend to the things that Paul taught.  What does the word attend mean?  Surely, the word, attend means to pay attention to; however the word also means to take care of.  Yes she took this word to her household and her whole household received it and everyone in her household was baptized.  Where there any men in her household?

It is recorded that Paul and Silas were put in prison while they were there for teaching customs which was unlawful for the people to receive;  in other words for preaching the gospel of Christ. At Acts 16:27-34 it explains how the keeper of the prison asked what he needed to do to be saved and how Apostle Paul and Silas shared the gospel; and the keeper and his house believed. It is recorded that after they left prison, they went to the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed.

The keeper of the prison asked Paul, what should he do to be saved; however in the case of Lydia, God pricked her heart and directed her to attend to things that Apostle Paul taught.  Record shows that A Church was established in Thyatira.

The next time Thyatira is mentioned is in the book of Revelation at 1:11 whereby Jesus speaks as a great voice of a trumpet giving John what to write to the seven Churches in Asia.  Thyatira is one of those Churches.  Who established this Church?  Who was the Pastor?  Was it a Woman named Lydia?  Was this woman who worshipped God, the woman that Apostle Paul and Silas judged to be faithful to God – the woman that God gave instruction to take care of the things that Apostle Paul taught, one of the teachers? What did God mean when He gave Lydia instruction to attend to the things that Paul taught?  Lydia had clearly demonstrated that she was attending to the things that Apostle Paul taught; like Cornelius, Lydia worshipped God, her whole household was saved.  And the Apostle Paul and those with him believed that she was faithful to God.  God chose her; this is a clear demonstration that God is no respecter of persons.  In other words, God does not discriminate based on national origin, gender, or social status.  Therefore, if God does not discriminate based on gender there must be other evidence.

There are other records of Women’s active roles in the Church; Apostle Paul even commended some of them in Romans chapter 16.  Apostle Paul identifies himself as the author of this book.  Some scholars say it was written in A.D. 57 or A.D. 58.

Romans 16

1I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea: 2That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.  (Here it shows that Phebe was in a position of authority.)

3Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus: 4Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles. 5Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my well beloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ.

 6Greet Mary, who bestowed much labour on us.

 7Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellow prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me. 

Note Junia is an Apostle – she was in Christ before Apostle Paul.  (Today there are some who question if Junia was a female!)

8Greet Amplias my beloved in the Lord. 9Salute Urbane, our helper in Christ, and Stachys my beloved. 10Salute Apelles approved in Christ. Salute them which are of Aristobulus' household11Salute Herodion my kinsman. Greet them that be of the household of Narcissus, which are in the Lord. 

12Salute Tryphena and Tryphosa, who labour in the Lord. Salute the beloved Persis, which laboured much in the Lord. (Tryphena and Tryphosa are women.)

13Salute Rufus chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine.14Salute Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brethren which are with them. 15Salute Philologus, and Julia, Nereus, and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints which are with them. 16Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.

Paul Preaches at Thessalonica Acts 17:1-4 (Luke wrote the Book of Acts, A. D. 61 is the widely accepted date)

1Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews: 2And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, 3Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ. 4And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.

(Please note there were number of chief women involved: 1Timothy was not written until about A. D. 63; Luke writes Acts about A. D. 61.  Surely there was not any mention about prohibiting women to teach or learning in silence with chief women present.)

Paul and Silas at Berea

10And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. 12Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few. 13But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also, and stirred up the people. 14And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go as it were to the sea: but Silas and Timotheus abode there still. 15And they that conducted Paul brought him unto Athens: and receiving a commandment unto Silas and Timotheus for to come to him with all speed, they departed.

Paul's Ministry in Corinth Acts 18

1After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth; 2And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them. 3And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers. 4And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.

5And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ. 6And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles. 7And he departed thence, and entered into a certain man's house, named Justus, one that worshipped God, whose house joined hard to the synagogue. 8And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized.9Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: 10For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city. 11And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

Paul Returns to Antioch

18And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow. 19And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he himself entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews. 20When they desired him to tarry longer time with them, he consented not; 21But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.

24And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. 25This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. 26And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly27And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace: 28For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publickly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.

Here we can see Priscilla’s role in teaching when she worked with Aquila.

Apostle Paul personally worked with women who had active roles in the church, he even commended some who were deacons, an Apostle, teachers, and evangelists in the book of Romans. 

Apostle Paul identifies himself as the writer of Romans; some scholars believe that the book of Romans was written in A.D. 57 or A.D. 58.

Now allow me to explain why God put on my heart to conduct this research.  On November 29, 2018, I attended a Bible Study at a Baptist Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  I am familiar with the doctrines of some Baptist Churches; I was first ordained as a Baptist Minister in 1998.  I met a man on November 29, 2018 and he encouraged me to go and attend one of the Bible Studies at a local church because I reminded him of the pastor of that church.  I attended the study on that night; it was apparent that the pastor was learned and he was a man who had studied and he was confident of what he taught.  I made several comments during the class regarding the relationship that we have with God today because I knew that today we have a different relationship from the one that Adam and Eve had with God in the garden.   Nevertheless, after service was over, I introduced myself and gave him copies of two of my books.  (1) “Ending Terrorism In the United States God Has Warned U. S.” and (2) “Edifying The Body of Christ: Unbinding the Strong Man.” 

On Sunday, December 2, 2018, my wife and I attended the local church service.  I immediately noticed the pastor’s unfriendly demeanor when we entered the door.  Moreover, it was as if he was angry and he would not look in my direction as he delivered the message.  After the service was over, I wanted to introduce him to my wife because I had explained to him that God had called my wife to be a pastor and we would be establishing a local church in the city.  Another member got his attention; however he said to me that he had something for me and he went to see what the other member wanted.

After he finished talking with the member; the pastor looked in my direction and asked me to come into his office, my wife was not invited.  He said to me that he could not have fellowship with me because what I believe is different from what he believes and he had visited our website.  My first thought was he may have seen the comments that I made about the Trinity and being baptized in the name of JESUS.  However, his chief concern that he mentioned was about my wife.  He referred to1 Timothy 2:9-15.

9In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 10But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. 11Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 12But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 13For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. 15Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

He does not believe that women should be pastors.  The pastor was very angry; The Holy Spirit took charge and we became calm.  We agreed that we would share early next year, one on one.

After I had reached this stage of this research, I prayed and asked God why Apostle Paul wrote this in 1 Timothy chapter 2 because God had used Apostle Paul mightily and Apostle Paul had seen the active roles that women had played in the Church.  Moreover, Apostle Paul even commended some of them in A. D. 57 or A.D. 58.   However, it is believed by the scholars that Apostle Paul did not write 1Timothy until about A. D. 63.

After I prayed, I went to sleep and I had a dream about a green snake.  In the dream I moved something that was lying on an outside patio.  Underneath the object that I moved I saw this curled green snake. I immediately stepped back onto the grass.  Next, when I saw the snake, the snake was no longer in a curl, however the snake was stretched out and looking in my direction.  I am about ten feet or so away from the snake.  I thought that I need something to kill the snake.  I looked to my left and I saw several bricks; however I thought that if I throw the bricks I might miss the snake.  I looked around and I saw an object with a long handle.  I turned around and got the object.  I looked back and I did not see the snake on the patio.  I thought maybe the snake had gone underneath another object that was on the patio.  I turned the object that I was holding around and ran the handle underneath the object on the patio.  The snake did not come out; I immediately woke up from the dream.

When I woke up, I shared the dream with my wife, Nadine and I thought now the snake might be in the grass.  The snake was green and I will not be able to see it.  Now let us see why God showed me this green snake.

Apostle Paul’s Admonishment to the Saints at Corinth 

Some scholars believe that Apostle Paul wrote the book of 1 and 2 Corinthians A. D. 55 and A.D. 56

Let see what Apostle Paul wrote.

1 Corinthians 14:33-36

33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

34Let 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 law35And 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. 36What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?

Surely Apostle Paul admonishes these saints through this communication. Take another look at 1 Corinthians 14:36 “What? Came the work of God out from you? or came it unto you only?”  Some of the versions of the Bible have changed the text; these changes that were made make it impossible to see this admonishment.   However, many today have read this text however they did not pay close attention to it and did not see it as an admonishment because they are familiar with what Apostle Paul said at 1 Timothy 2:9-15.  However, when Apostle Paul admonished these saints at Corinth the book of 1Timothy had not been written. 

Let’s read what 1 Timothy 2:9-15 says.

1 Timothy 2:9-15

9In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 10But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. 11Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 12But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 13For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. 15Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

Now we must discover why it was necessary for Apostle Paul to admonish these saints in A. D. 55; and in A. D. 63 Apostle Paul wrote the book of 1Timothy that says he does not suffer women to teach.  As we study we find there was contention in Corinth in A. D. 55 regarding not teaching the same thing.

There is a problem in the Church; they were not teaching the same thing!

Unity in the Church

(Psalm 133:1-3Ephesians 4:1-16)

Here we will link several scriptures in the book of 1 Corinthians that show how Apostle Paul addresses the problem of contention within the Church.

Apostle Paul writes:

1 Corinthians 1:10-13

10Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? 14I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; 15Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name. 16And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. 17For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

1 Corinthians 3:3-9

3For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? 4For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?

5Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? 6I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. 8Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. 9For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.

Called to be Servants

1 Corinthians 7:20-24

 20Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.

21Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather. 22For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ's servant. 23Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. 24Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.

Besides the issue pertaining to women, 1 Corinthians chapter 14 covered other areas regarding order within the church regarding the speaking of tongues, spiritual gifts, and prophesying.   However, we are addressing the issue pertaining to women in the Church.

1 Corinthians 14:33-36

33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

34Let 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. 35And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church. 36What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?

When you take a close look at what happened here you can see how Apostle Paul helped manage the contentions among the saints.  We do not know the reason for all of the contention; however Apostle Paul addressed the notion about women being silent in the Church at 1 Corinthians 14: 36.  “What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?”

Let’s make it very clear; When you take a close look at this statement you will find in A. D. 56, Apostle Paul wrote and told them that it was nonsense to think women should be silent in the church.

In the book of 2 Corinthians Apostle Paul discusses the Admonishment

2 Corinthians 7:5-12

5For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears. 6Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus; 7And not by his coming only, but by the consolation wherewith he was comforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more. 8For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season. 9Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. 10For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. 11For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter. 12Wherefore, though I wrote unto you, I did it not for his cause that had done the wrong, nor for his cause that suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of God might appear unto you.

Some scholars say Apostle Paul is the author of Ephesians and he probably wrote it in A. D. 60.

In Ephesians chapter four, Apostle Paul explained the importance of coming to the Unity of the faith, and the knowledge of the Son of God to a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.  Let us take a close look at what Apostle Paul writes at Ephesians 4:11-16

 11And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

 14That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 

15But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Let’s take a closer look at Ephesians 4:14.   That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 

Sleight means deceitful craftiness also stratagem – cunning means dexterous of crafty use in resources (as skill or knowledge) or in attaining an end.  A plotter!  This verse is really packed.  We will visit this later.  Earlier I mentioned the dream about the green snake.  Does this describe the way a snake would behave?  Let’s not belabor this point here; we will also take this up later.

Apostle Paul admitted that he had a problem!

Apostle Paul’s Thorn in the flesh

King James Bible 2 Corinthians 12:7

And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

The messenger of Satan to buffet me – what does the word buffet mean?  

It is true that the word buffet means to strike, hit, or to give a blow.  However, this is the messenger of Satan; therefore we are dealing with words and thoughts that attacked his mind.  Consequently if he fails to manage it, Apostle Paul would surely sin.  It was always present – therefore, we also must consider another meaning for buffet.  The thoughts were like foods that were spread before him to select from.   Apostle Paul describes the condition at Romans 7:13-25; it is important that we pay very close attention to what Apostle Paul is saying in this text.  Do not read it fast; read it slow and see the predicament that Apostle Paul realized.

Apostle Paul Struggling with Sin - Romans 7:13-25

13Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.

14For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 16If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 17Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 19For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

21I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

This is a very serious infirmity that Apostle Paul had.   Apostle Paul acknowledges that if he ever yielded to his flesh that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.

Paul waited about eight (8) years before he wrote 1Timothy.  Scholars believe that it was written about A. D. 63.

First let’s examine 1 Timothy closely:

Paul's Greeting to Timothy

1Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;

2Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord. 

In this salutation, Apostle Paul refers to Timothy as his own son in the faith.  Let’s see how Apostle Paul referred to Timothy in another text.

Philemon 1 “Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellow labourer, 2And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in thy house:3Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

In the book of Philemon, Apostle Paul referred to Timothy as our brother.

I want to make note of this because earlier I mentioned how the saints at Corinth were admonished by Apostle Paul for saying, I am of Paul, I am of Cepas, etc.  Here Apostle Paul calls Timothy his son.  This makes Timothy beholden to Apostle Paul as if he was his father.  This is one of the reasons that Jesus said call no man on earth your father.  Moreover, we know what Jesus said as the Son of God that his brother, sister, and mother were the ones who did the will of the Father.  

1 Timothy: Warning against False Teaching

3As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, 4Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do5Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: 6From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; 7Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

Here Apostle Paul mentioned not heeding to endless genealogies.  We know that Matthew and Luke wrote about the genealogies of Jesus; in the New Testament there is no mention of other genealogies other than the genealogy of Christ.  But there are a number of genealogies in the Old Testament. 

Apostle Paul also instructed them not to adhere to fables.   What are the fables Apostle Paul is talking about in the gospel?  It is believed by some scholars that Apostle Peter was killed in A. D. 64; however some believe that it was later.  Scholars cannot agree to what is the actual year that Apostle Peter wrote 1 and 2 Peter; some today question if he is the actual author.   However, it is believed by some scholars that 1 Peter was written in A.D. 63 or A. D. 64 and 2 Peter was written prior to his death.  Nevertheless in 2nd Peter, Apostle Peter made it clear that the resurrection and the coming of Lord Jesus Christ was not a fable.  Pay close attention to what Apostle Peter wrote at 2 Peter 1:16:

 “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.”

When you closely examine this statement that was written by Apostle Peter, it is written as if he was commenting regarding allegations that were made regarding their teaching. Surely, there were many allegations regarding the teaching of the Apostles; Apostle Peter wrote 2 Peter just prior to his execution.  However, there was no mention regarding fables in the bible until Apostle Paul wrote Timothy warning him not to adhere to fables in A. D. 63.  Surely, when some read or heard about the charge that was given to Timothy warning him not to adhere to fables; this added fuel to the questioning of the resurrection and coming of Lord Jesus.   Nevertheless, Apostle Peter made it clear that there are eye-witness accounts.  Thank God for the eye-witness accounts of the Apostles. 

The Law

At 1 Timothy 1:7-8

7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm. 8But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;

Here Apostle Paul is questioning the teaching of others;   Here Apostle Paul says that the law was good!  However, there were certain aspects of the law that restricted the liberty of women.

Now let us revisit what Apostle wrote at 1 Corinthian 14: 34-36.

34Let 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. 35And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church. 36What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?

Let us examine the instructions for worship for women in 1Timothy 2:9-15.

9In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 10But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. 

11Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 12But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 13For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. 15Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

We must note Apostle Paul said:   “I suffer not a woman to teach.”  Whose doctrine is this?

Surely, this is Apostle Paul’s doctrine.  Records show that there were teachers carrying out the works of God, even before Apostle Paul was called.  Apostle Paul even commended some of them.

 Apostle Paul made the statement that “she shall be saved in childbearing.”  Here is the question – Is this part of the gospel of Christ regarding salvation?   Jesus never mentioned childbearing was a requirement for women to receive salvation.

It is also true that the woman was deceived was in the transgression.  However, the word of God says there is no condemnation of those in Christ Jesus; here it appears that Apostle Paul is condemning women today because Eve was deceived.  The Word of God says that we are new creatures when we are born again.  We become a Holy Temple of God.  Surely, this is not part of the gospel of Christ.

When you take a close look at Apostle Paul’s actions you will understand why God gave me the dream about the green snake. God wanted me to understand how this snake stuck Apostle Paul and the same snake is still alive today; therefore I must be on guard as I write this work.

Apostle Paul was inspired by God when he wrote these instructions in A. D. 49 to the saints in the book of Galatians.  These instructions are also for the saints of God today.  At Galatians 1: 8-9 Apostle Paul writes:

 8But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”

It is very important to make note of this because Apostle Paul was even including himself when he wrote these inspired words of God in the name of JESUS; again Apostle Paul wrote this around A.D. 49. 

We applied the resolution that Jesus gave at John 7:16-18 and what Apostle Paul wrote at Galatians 1:8 to reach these conclusions that when Apostle Paul wrote 1st and 2nd Timothy (1) he was in the flesh (2) he wrote his own doctrines and gospel (3) and he glorified himself.  Surely, the Churches in Asia considered him to be an accursed.  The evidence is overwhelming that there were women working the gospel and some of these women were in leadership roles; Luke and Apostle Paul acknowledged this truth in their writings.  In addition, Apostle Paul even wrote new requirements for women to receive salvation that were not taught by Jesus or any of the other Apostles. 

Moreover Apostle Paul even called it his gospel at 2nd Timothy 2:8 and his doctrine at 2nd  Timothy 3:10. At quick glance, most will never see anything wrong with these statements because all the Saints of God believe that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead.   Surely, this is the Apostle’s doctrine, however, Apostle Paul taught other things that the other Apostles did not teach.

Today there are many churches that use what is written in 1Timothy 2:9-15 as a major doctrine to govern women’s activities or lack thereof in the Church.  When Apostle Paul called Timothy, his son – he charged Timothy to follow his doctrine only.

Apostle Paul writes at Ephesians 4:14.   That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 

Sleight means deceitful craftiness also stratagem – cunning means dexterous of crafty use in resources (as skill or knowledge) or in attaining an end.  A plotter!  This verse is really packed.  Earlier I mentioned the dream about the green snake.  Does this describe the way a snake would behave?   This is one of the hardest tasks that God has ever given me.  It was very painful because God had used Apostle Paul in so many ways to bless the Church.  Acts 19 clearly points out how Apostle Paul stood fast and worked the gospel and how the name of Jesus was magnified and how the word of God prevailed.

It is difficult to even entertain the thought that Apostle Paul could have done anything to undermine the integrity of the gospel.  Let’s reflect on what Apostle Paul said about this at Romans 7:20 “Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.”

Again, it is important to understand what Jesus said; the master teacher at John 7:16.

16Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. 17If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. 18He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.

After Apostle Paul gave this charge to Timothy in 1 Timothy in A. D. 63 two or three years later Apostle Paul wrote 2 Timothy.  It is of the upmost importance to see the impact. 

Apostle Paul writes the following at 2 Timothy 1:15:

King James Bible
This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.

New Living Translation
As you know, everyone from the province of Asia has deserted me--even Phygelus and Hermogenes.

At 2nd  Timothy 2:17-18 he explains errors of  Phygellus and Hermogenes  why  they were no longer following him.  However, there were seven Churches in Asia, Apostle Paul wrote all in Asia was turned away from him at 2nd Timothy 1:15.  Listen carefully to what this means.  Within three years after Apostle Paul issued this charge Timothy in 1 Timothy, there was no Church in Asia following Apostle Paul; this included:  the Churches in (1) Ephesus (2) Smyrna (3) Pergamos (4) Thyatira (5) Sardis (6) Phiadelphia and the Church at (7) Laodicea. 

We must take note of this reality.

When we are searching for Truth, it is imperative that we consider every word that Jesus spoke.  Up to this point, the bottom line is when Apostle Paul made the comment that he does not suffer women to teach, this doctrine is not of God.  Jesus said at John 7: 18 “He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory:”

God is the one who does the calling, not Apostle Paul.  It is painful when you have love for the truth and can see the sleight of Apostle Paul, and his cunning craftiness, and how he laid (the I Paul in the flesh) in wait to deceive because he had been deceived.  However, when Apostle Paul wrote 1Timothy in about A. D. 63, God had not finished with him.  It is imperative that you read the rest of this report; the conclusion will shock you and the entire body of Christ.  Surely, it is time for some to repent.

Surely, God will not allow this deception to stand and allow the Holy Bible to be published with the conclusion that women should not teach and women should learn in silence in the Church.  About two or three years later in A.D. 65 or A. D. 66, Apostle Paul wrote 2 Timothy.  In 2 Timothy, there is no mention regarding women being silent in the Church and Apostle Paul declaring that he does not suffer women to teach; however Apostle Paul said at 2 Timothy 4:16-18.

 16At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge. 17Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. 18And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Please note Apostle Paul said that the Lord shall deliver him from every evil work.  Therefore, there must be evidence that God delivered him from the notion that he does not suffer a woman to teach.  I found the evidence!  This is why it is important to search the scripture to show yourself approved unto God.  Apostle Paul acknowledged that he is the author of the Book of Titus.  Some scholars believe that Titus was probably written about A.D. 65.  Apostle Paul had changed his disposition about women being teachers.  He is no longer proclaiming that women should learn in silence so said the law.  Let’s take a look at what Apostle Paul wrote Titus regarding women being teachers.

Titus 2:3-5

  3The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 4That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

Surely, some may read this and conclude; Apostle Paul said women can only teach women.  However, Apostle Paul did not say that. Apostle Paul realizes that it is God who calls; surely teaching good things must include the glorious gospel of Christ.  It is very important to understand what happened in the life of Apostle Paul.  The thorn in the flesh: God did not remove that thorn; however God gives us power to overcome the forces of darkness and any messenger from Satan.  Sometimes we find ourselves holding onto things that may be part of our socialization.  Some things are hard to let go; when this happens Satan knows what words to send us.  Let’s see what Apostle Paul says about this in Titus chapter 3.

1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, 2To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. 3For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. 4But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 5Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

Jesus was also tempted; however He had love for the Truth and Jesus countered the messenger from Satan with the Word.  The snake in the grass; we must remember Satan has a way to camouflage himself.   When Apostle Paul wrote this commandment that he did not suffer women to teach; in effect he was saying I know what is best and everyone else has it wrong.   This also would imply that JESUS was only talking to men when HE gave the command at Matthew 28:19-20  "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.  Surely, Jesus was not just speaking to men.

During this time Apostle Paul was under a lot of pressure.  There are various accounts of the last 6 to 7 years of his life.

57–59 Returns to Jerusalem and arrested; imprisoned at Caesarea

59–60 Appears before Festus and appeals to Caesar; voyage to Rome

60–62 Under house arrest at Rome; writes letters to Philippians, Ephesians, Colossians, and Philemon

62–64 Released; journeys to Spain. 

Some scholars believe that Apostle Paul wrote 1 Timothy in A. D. 63

64 Returns to Rome; and later martyred. 

Some scholars believe that Apostle Paul wrote 2 Timothy in A. D. 65 or A. D. 66

Some scholars believe that Apostle Paul wrote Titus in A. D. 65

When Apostle Paul wrote 1 Timothy in A. D. 63, it is apparent that he was being buffeted by Satan; the words of Apostle Paul are most appropriate here: Romans 7:20 “Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.”

It is unfortunate that this doctrine is still in effect today and many churches are governed by it. Many will immediately think that it should be removed.  However, if it is removed we cannot learn from this experience of Apostle Paul.  God wants it to remain so we can understand what happens when we walk in the flesh; therefore this is for our learning.   We must study to show ourselves approved unto God. We have work to do.  The body of Christ must be informed of what has taken place.  

Apostle Paul is the author of both the Book of 1st Timothy and Titus.  The book of 1st Timothy was published in A. D. 63 and Titus was published about A. D. 65 or later.  When Apostle Paul wrote Titus his position regarding women teaching and being silent had changed.  Consequently, Titus supersedes all reference to women not being able to teach and being silent in the church.  Today many churches that are holding onto that type of teaching must be told that there is no biblical foundation to follow this doctrine because it was written when Apostle Paul was in his flesh and it is not the doctrine of God. 

Listen carefully some may argue that Apostle Paul when he wrote Titus 2:4, was referring to women teaching other women.  Let’s take a look at the text.

3The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 4That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,

Here is the key to understanding what is being said.  The comment teachers of good things, surely teaching the gospel of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ falls in this category.  Let us refer to the Strong Concordance:

[but] teachers of good. 
καλοδιδασκάλους (kalodidaskalous)
Adjective - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 2567: A teacher of that which is noble (honorable) and good. From kalos and didaskalos; a teacher of the right.

Moreover, it is God who calls saints to be teachers.  Now let us take a look at another charge that Apostle Paul gave Titus regarding elders and bishops.  Surely these positions are appointments. (BY MAN)   Let’s review Titus 1:4-9.

5For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: 6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. 7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; 8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; 9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

Surely, God has an answer for women to even be appointed in these positions; As we noted earlier at Romans 16:7, before God called Apostle Paul, God called Apostle Junia, who was a woman.

Some churches are using 1st Timothy to deny women from accepting their calling for accepting their calling in the office of apostle, prophet (prophetess), evangelist, pastor, or teacher there is no biblical foundation to deny them.  It is important to understand doctrine; God calls people to these positions.  Let us take a close look at what Apostle Paul writes at Ephesians 4:11-16

 11And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

According to the Strong Concordance the Greek word for “some” is as follows:

some 
τοὺς (tous)
Article - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the. 

The terms Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers are all “Masculine Plural.”

 “Masculine Plural.”  This means that these positions are for both male and female.  Moreover, Apostle Paul had witnessed women in these roles to include the role of an Apostle.

There are no provisions in the Holy Bible that prevent women from accepting their calling from God.  Surely revelations given to the Apostles support this conclusion: There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

Here we will be carefully looking for the doctrine of God and the doctrine of Apostle Paul when he allowed Satan to use him.  At Ephesians 4:14, Apostle Paul explained how the saints would be carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive. 

Now we all can agree that the charge that Apostle Paul gave to Timothy regarding not suffering women to teach and to be silent was a wind of doctrine and the doctrine of man.   Apostle Paul writes at 2 Timothy 1: 15This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.” This means that the Seven Churches in Asia were no longer following Apostle Paul. 

Apostle Paul was executed about A. D. 67; however it is believed that Apostle John wrote the Book of Revelation between A.D. 90 and A. D. 100.  In the book of Revelation, chapter one and two, Apostle John wrote about the voice of Jesus as of a trumpet giving him messages to the Seven Churches in Asia.   This mean the Churches in Asia were still operational after they stopped following Apostle Paul after he wrote the book of 1Timothy and 2 Timothy.  Praise God, Apostle Paul wrote the letter to Titus; in this letter it was apparent that his disposition about allowing women to teach had changed.

Now think about a green snake in the grass; it will be very difficult to spot that snake, however God gave us insight through this writing of Apostle Paul:  by the sleight of men, cunning craftiness, and the snake will lie wait to deceive.

Now take a short trip through 1 Timothy Chapter One and Chapter Two

We will begin at the very onset with the salutation; we find truth Apostle Paul identifies himself as an Apostle of Jesus Christ, however at second verse, (1 Timothy 1:2) we find Satan has already made his move.  Apostle Paul calls Timothy his son.  Surely on the surface, most will not see anything wrong with this salutation because Apostle Paul taught Timothy etc. As we reflect and to the admonishment of the saints at Corinth, Apostle Paul has laid the foundation for Timothy to say: “I am of Paul.”  However, Jesus said call at Matthew 23: 9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.  Listen carefully, Jesus, “the Son of God to A Perfect Man,” would have referred to Timothy as his brother according to scriptures.  Now, hold your peace!    Listen carefully, there is no way anyone can be another person’s spiritual father!  Think about it; we pray that you will repent if you are following Apostle’s Paul’s example on this.  Moreover, Jesus understands the consequences of a man making this declaration regarding one of God’s children.  When Apostle Paul called Timothy and Titus his sons; this makes them beholden to the Apostle.  Some will continue to follow their fathers even if their fathers are wrong. 

At 1:3, Apostle Paul reiterates the charge he gave to Timothy at Ephesus that they teach no other doctrine.  This is also true.

At 1:4 Apostle Paul writes: “Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly, edifying which is in faith so do.”  What prompted Apostle Paul to include the concern regarding endless genealogies and fables in this charge?  This scripture is loaded; “The phrase: “which minister questions.”   We know that Matthew and Luke wrote the genealogies of Jesus; surely there are some ministers who questioned those genealogies at that time and even some ministers may even question these genealogies today.   As we study the accounts regarding the resurrection of Jesus Christ; Mark and Luke give accounts of women reflecting what they had seen.

It was pointed out earlier in the text that Apostle Peter wrote 2 Peter before his execution in A. D. 64; at 2 Peter 2:16 Apostle Peter addressed the issue regarding fables.  Pay close attention to what Apostle Peter wrote at 2 Peter 1:16:

 “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.”

Earlier in the text the following was explained.  When you closely examine this statement that was written by Apostle Peter, it is written as if he was commenting regarding an allegation that was made regarding their teaching.  Surely, when some read or heard about the charge given to Timothy, this added fuel to the discussion who questioned the doctrine of Christ.  We draw this conclusion there was no mention regarding fables in the bible until Apostle Paul wrote Timothy warning him not to heed to fables in A. D. 63.

Apostle Paul also addressed fables in 1 Timothy 4:7 “But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.”

At Titus 1:14, Apostle Paul writes:

 14Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.

And at Titus.

Next Satan uses Apostle Paul to raise the issue regarding the law.  At 1:9 the statement was made: “But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully.”   This statement was made as a cunning and crafty way to make his next move.  He discussed earlier how the law imposed restriction of women actions and how God had removed that curse of the law.  Now Apostle Paul continues to share aspects of the law that is true; at this point the movement of Satan cannot be seen because the green snake is in the grass. 

Now read 1 Timothy 1:11 very carefully and pause!  “According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.” Pause!  Now Apostle Paul appears to be lifted up in pride and this statement is not true; at Galatians 2:9, Apostle Paul writes:   9  “And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.”  Apostle Paul was given a part to play as others are called to do; in the Book of Galatians which was written about 23 years earlier, Apostle acknowledges James, Cephas, and John as pillars.  Apostle Paul clearly outlined how we are compacted onto another in the Ephesians chapter four.  Moreover, Apostle Paul acknowledges himself as the author of 1 Thessalonians, it is believed that is was probably written in A. D. 51.  This is about 12 years before he wrote 1Timothy; at 1 Thessalonians 2:4 he writes: “But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God which trieth our hearts.”  Some may say this is not a big deal; however you must watch every move to see what is happening before your eyes.  Now it is about him!  Hold you peace!!!

Next Apostle Paul shared that he was a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious, but he obtained mercy, because he did it ignorantly in unbelief.  And the grace of our lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.  Surely this is true.

At 1 Timothy 1:15, Apostle Paul says: “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”  Here it is true this is why Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; Jesus affirms this true.  However, is Apostle Paul the Chief Sinner, God knows!   Let’s look at 1Timothy 1:19-20.

We will not reiterate the walk through 1 Timothy chapter 2 regarding women because we covered it in detail earlier.  After reading this work, the ones who have love for truth will agree that the command to women to learn in silence and prohibiting women to teach was a wind of doctrine.  However, we all must learn from Apostle Paul’s experience.  Let’s reflect on what was going on with Apostle Paul.

Apostle Paul explained what was going with him when he explained the thorn in the flesh. Let’s take a look at the state that Apostle Paul was in when he gave Timothy this charge.  He described it at Romans 7:13-25.  Let’s revisit several of those verses.

Romans 7:21-25.

 “21I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.”

Surely, God delivered Apostle Paul from this sad state of a wretched man.  Apostle Paul repented.  Two or three years later, he issued a new charge and he sent it to Titus.  When that happened, the charge that Apostle Paul wrote in 1Timothy became obsolete. It is impossible for both charges to be in effect at the same time; For God is not double-minded. For it is written that a double-minded man is unstable in all of his ways.  Using procedures outlined by God we can clearly see that the charge given by Paul in 1Timothy was not from God, however it was the doctrine of the man, Paul.

We all must learn lessons regarding winds of doctrine.  Apostle Paul had it right when he admonished these saints at Corinth with these words.

Apostle Paul writes:

1 Corinthians 1:10-13

10Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13 Is Christ divided?

1 Corinthians 3:3-9

3For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? 4For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?

Today the Church is divided; many are walking as men and women in their flesh and are saying and following doctrine of men or women.

I am of Joseph Smith, I am of Martin Luther, I am of John Calvin, I am of John Knox, I am of John Wesley, I am of George Fox, I am of Ellen White, I am of Charles Russel, I am of Charles Parham, I am of Herbert W. Armstrong.  This list can go on and on.   Of course, many saints today do not recognize most of these names because there are new names to this list that they are following.  Again, we pray that you will think about what Jesus said before you call your brother or sister in Christ your son or daughter.  Moreover, we pray that all will remember that we have only one spiritual father, this is Our Father in heaven. 

Is Christ Divided?  Jesus said at Mark 7:7 “Howbeit in vain do they worship me teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”

We have work to do.  Before bringing this work to a conclusion; I had a dream about flies; I was outside busy working.  However, I decided to go inside to get a can of fly spray.  When I returned I looked down on the ground and I noticed there were many flies that were on the ground that I had crushed underneath my shoes.  However, there were a few on the ground that I had not crushed with my feet and there were only a few that were in the air before I sprayed.  I decided to spray a little and I said that I would step back.  Next I awoke from the dream. 

The Revelation – This Truth with go forth.  Victory is ours.  We are able to crush the enemies underneath our feet; In the name of Jesus!  However, there are some today who will never receive this Truth because of the love of money which is the root of all evil.  Consequently, they will hold fast to their false teachings and prohibit women from being everything that God has called them to be. 

Prior to this dream, I had not watched any videos on you-tube about what people were saying regarding women pastors or teachers.  However, on the same day of the dream, I went to my you-tube channel (Elmore Richmond You Tube) and I noticed a recommendation for me to watch a video regarding what God says about women’s roles in the church.  I watched four or five videos; I saw one angry and hostile presenter, some were sincere however they did not understand that Apostle Paul had yielded to his flesh, one group had a very lively discussion and they agreed to disagree on certain things that were under discussion.   However, none of the presenters of the videos took note of the admonishment at 1 Corinthians 14:33-36.

Moreover, some will not receive this truth and some other things pertaining to truth and the righteousness of God today because they are too proud and their works are about themselves and no longer about Christ.    

The Prophet Daniel describes what is happening today and what those who have love for truth must do now.

Daniel 11:32-35

32And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits33And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days. 34Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries.35And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.

We must pray that we all can learn from this lesson regarding Apostle Paul.  Apostle Paul was a man, like Apostle Judas who betrayed Christ and Apostle Peter – who denied Jesus three times.  It is apparent that Apostle Paul repented before he was executed; however today it is not about Apostle Paul because he fought a good fight and finished his course.  However, we are here today and many of us have answered our calls.  In 2 Timothy, chapter three, Apostle Paul warned us about what would happen during the last days.   Besides Apostle Paul, Apostle John wrote in 2 John about 20 years later.  He also wrote how many would not adhere to sound doctrine.  At 2 John 7-8 he writes:

(7) For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.  This is a deceiver and an antichrist.  (8) Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.

God wants all of His saints to understand this truth.  God calls both men and women to various positions within the body of Christ.  God is not a respecter of person.  God wants us to serve Him in Spirit and in Truth; God wants us to understand that there is no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus.  Jesus has given us the same glory that He had when he walked this earth so that the world would know that God is with us. We are Holy Temples of God; thus we have a habitation with God in the Spirit.  Moreover, we have the same Spirit within us that raised Jesus from the death.  Jesus, the son of God to a Perfect Man said; that the works that He did we can do that work and greater works because when He goes to the Father.  We must remember that God does not discriminate based on race, sex, or national origin.  And God has given His Saints power to use His name and that name is JESUS.  We have been bought with a price and we are not our own.  We must preach this truth.

We pray in the name of Jesus that this work will not be viewed as another article by someone who has an opinion and they think they are right.  My friend, we all have opinions; however the Word of God is true and it will not change.  We also pray that Christians throughout the World will join us and repent and focus on the Way of the Lord in the name of JESUS.  For Christians in the United States, we pray that you will join us as we declare in the name of Jesus 2019 A Year of Repenting for Christians and For Healing For the United States.

We also have a video on this subject, click on this link to watch video.

Amen!

 

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