What Does The Bible Say?
Driving up to speak at a family camp recently, I was in the car with the man who ran the
camp. We were talking about many of the topics that are currently affecting the church.
Since he is a pastor, he is well aware of the issues that are affecting our congregations
I stated that it sure seemed like the issues of homosexuality, female pastors and abortion
are the cause of many church splits these days. He looked right at me and said, “You
do know that we will have female pastors at this event, don’t you?” Oops. Let’s
just say things got a little tense in the car, and I knew I was in for a fun week!
As the week progressed, I spoke every night and every morning. The morning talks were new,
and we will have them on the website soon for you to hear. The talks on evangelism seemed
to really resonate with the people who heard them. We have gotten tons of great response
from people who have been obedient to the Lord and have been out there sharing their faith
since camp has ended! Praise the Lord!!
So after the Bible study each morning, we had a question and answer time. During my last
morning session, after answering some questions, I decided to turn the tables and ask the
audience a question. My question was: “What is the Biblical support for a woman being
Well let’s just say there was a lot of tension in the air! But interestingly, nobody
raised their hand up! So I asked the question again. A lady in the first couple of rows
said very softly, ‘There isn’t any.’
Finally a couple of hands went up, and a good discussion ensued. But there was only one
problem: No one had Biblical support for the position of a woman being a pastor. That is
why I asked the question the way I did. I was trying to leave emotions and feelings aside,
and just get straight to what the Bible says. Since no Scriptural support was brought up,
I decided to bring some truth into the discussion.
1 Timothy 3
“This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a
good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober,
of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker,
not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth
well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man
know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not
a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into
reproach and the snare of the devil. Likewise must the deacons be grave, not
doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; Holding the
mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then
let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. Even so must their wives
be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. Let the deacons be the
husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. For they that
have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great
boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. These things write I unto thee,
hoping to come unto thee shortly: But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how
thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the
living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. And without controversy great is
the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit,
seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up
A bishop is an overseer of a church. It is pretty clear when it says a husband of
one wife. That can only be a man. There is no other option here.
“For 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:
If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused
of riot or unruly.”
Paul even repeats himself about this topic two separate times, so people in 2013 could
not mistake what he was saying!
Well let’s just say not everyone liked my session that morning! Within an hour,
the head of the camp pulled me aside to have a conversation with me! He was none too
happy. So l let him know what I did and how I let people defend it from the Scriptures,
and they couldn’t. He told me that I was arguing from silence on the subject!
Wow. What a response. Does Paul seem to be silent on the issue? No way at all. He is
He then tried to use Galatians 3:28 in his argument. It says,
“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.”
And of course that verse has nothing to do with a woman being a pastor! I actually
heard a lesbian use that verse one time to justify her lesbianism! Verses have to be
used in context. Also remember to let the clear verses help you understand the unclear
Some of the camp leadership actually got together to make a decision about whether I
would be allowed to speak that last night and give my final talk! What amazing days
we live in. So I hit them hard with truth in that final talk and sent them off with
a good challenge to be soul winners all the days of their lives!
My time at camp ended on a good note, and I challenged the folks to remember to go
to God’s word for the answers to their questions.
The days are winding down. Truth is being exchanged for untruth. Make sure you
don’t get your “truth” from traditions handed down through the
General Councils; through trying to be Purpose Driven; through the Southern Baptist
Convention, or even through the catechism of any church in the coming days. People
can be wrong. The word of God cannot be wrong. Read it, study it, obey it, and bank
on it in the days to come!
Until the nets are full,
P.S. Check this picture out:
This is from someone that took a trip to Hawaii! They said:
“One of the things I wanted to do on my vacation was to go on a “Paradise”
book tour. I wanted to visit some of the places you mentioned in the book. On this particular
day, I was near Punchbowl, so I decided to drive up there and take some photos.
I parked my car and noticed a few guys next to a van dressed in formal military attire. I
knew I wanted to witness while on vacation so I had some cases of Paradise sent to Hawaii
and kept them in the trunk of my rental car. As I started handing out the books, more guys
showed up so I made sure each one of these soldiers got a book.
I thanked these young men for serving our country and told them how their willingness to
lay their lives down for our freedoms reminded me of the sacrifice Jesus made for all
mankind by giving His life to pay the price for our sins.
As we were getting ready to part ways, the commander shared with me that they were there
to honor a soldier who gave his life in service for our country. It was a very emotional
moment for all of us. I asked if he would give the family a message from me and gave him
some books to bless them.”
Thank you all for giving away so many Paradise books to so many people. We continue to
get great feedback on it, and people are getting saved! Praise the Lord!!