On Tue, 5 May 2009 01:33:25, XXX wrote
My name is XXXX. I was raised in a very political baptist church in Philadelphia, PA. My mother told me recently we have a new female pastor. She is not really talking to me because I don't come to church on Sundays anymore. (I found that wasn't our sabbath, wasn't that hard to figure out though). Anyway, I don't understand why its acceptable for women to lead our churches or allowed to speak. Please give me some feedback on this subject. I have just recently been feeling like everyone has been lying to me.
Pastor Vitale's response:
Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 11:32 AM
Subject: Re: 1 Corinthians 14:34
The Lord Jesus Christ is ALL. He is everything.
Humanity are the vessels through which He communicates with mankind.
All of humanity, physical males and physical females, are SPIRITUALLY female IN RELATION TO HIM.
Christ Jesus is the only SPIRITUAL MALE.
Wherefore, whoever Christ Jesus speaks and/or leads HIS Church through, is qualified to speak and lead on His behalf.
Physical human males and physical human women who speak and/or lead out of their own human mind, are called false teachers or false prophets.
Physical human men and physical human women who the Lord is speaking through are true teachers or true prophets.
Whoever the Lord speaks or leads through is appointed by the Lord to teach and lead His people.
Wherefore, we must try the Spirit on the teacher/leader to determine if it is the human spirit of a natural man or a natural woman, who is spiritually female.
Or is it the Spirit of the Lord, which is spiritually male.
In other words, authority in Christ Jesus is not revealed by the physical sex of a human being, but by their spiritual sex:
Both human men and human woman are spiritually female when they communicate out of their own human mind.
Both human men and human women may be spiritually male if they are overshadowed by Christ Jesus, the Invisible Saviour in the midst of them.
How does one try the Spirit on a man or a woman?
First, one must desire the TRUTH more than he/she desires to be "right."
Second, one must acknowledge that only Jesus is the TRUTH.
Third, one must go as a little child before the Lord, asking for truth, saying, "only you can impart the truth to me."
Fourth, we wait for the answer, which may or may not come immediately.
But, know this: Whoever sincerely asks for Truth will know the Truth in due season.
The question is, will the one who asks for Truth recognize that Truth when it appears to him/her.
God bless you.
Sincerely in Christ,
Sheila R. Vitale,
Pastor, Teacher & Founder
Living Epistles Ministries