- The redeemed are not limited to birth status.
Jesus offers redemption to every human, male and female; black and white; American or Canadian. Regardless of what sin has done to the human condition, Jesus erases the damage and offers us a full inheritance with all the rights, status and privileges of a son of heaven (Gal 3:26). Galatians 3:28 levels the redemption field and grants unity (and the resulting equality) to all the diverse sons and daughters of the kingdom. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so!
- Jesus forbade authority structures.
Relationships between those who follow Jesus are not to be like the world’s relationships, concerned with authority and titles, but by mutual and sacrificial service. I’ll let Jesus’ words do the talking.
“You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.” Mark 10:42-44
“But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers and sisters. And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. Neither be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Christ. The greatest among you shall be your servant.” Mat 23:8-11
Hierarchical structures based on a “right of leadership” are not the way of Christ’s followers. The church should eschew any role that grants spiritual authority to one over another, or bestows accolades and titles on the spiritual elite.
- A woman’s body does not restrict God.
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. (2 Cor. 4:7)” God’s ministry is just that. His. It is His power that enables His servants to join Him in ministry. Who are we to limit who or what God chooses to empower to make His glory known? He used a donkey, after all, and declared that even the rocks would speak up if we failed to declare His greatness! (Numbers 22, Luke 19:40)
- The Spirit does not gift according to gender.
The Holy Spirit gives gifts to every believer. This is the only criteria given for the functionality of the body called the church. He tells us to use them (Rom. 12:6). Nowhere in Scripture are gifts given by gender. To tell a woman the Holy Spirit has NOT gifted her to serve as minister of the gospel is to play the mouthpiece of God. How dare we circumvent the sweet favor of God? Let her utilize what God has gifted her to do!
Reference: Marianne Meye Thompson. Response, Women, Authority & The Bible. P. 93.