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Nearly 8 Out of 10 Americans Accept Women Ministers

By Jerry A. Kane

According to a newly released survey by the Barna Group, 79 percent of Americans are comfortable with a female priest or pastor, but evangelicals remain largely uncomfortable with the idea.

I am woman watch me grow
See me standing toe to toe
As I spread my lovin’ arms across the land
But I’m still an embryo
With a long, long way to go
Until I make my brother understand

Oh yes, I am wise
But it’s wisdom born of pain
Yes, I’ve paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to, I can face anything
I am strong
(Strong)
I am invincible
(Invincible)
I am woman

According to Scripture, women should learn in silence, keep quiet, and be subject to the man and not teach or usurp authority over him. The reasons for this are that God created Adam first and Eve was created from Adam. Apart from God’s established created order, it was Eve who was deceived by Satan, not Adam. She was the one beguiled and believed Satan’s word over God’s, which led to man’s fall and sin entering the world (1 Timothy 2:11-14).

According to Scripture, only men should be in positions of spiritual teaching authority in the church. Women can teach other women and teach children, but they are restricted from having spiritual authority over men and from serving as pastors to men.

The question all self-identified Christians should answer is what the underlying authority for their faith is. Is it a Magisterium, an anointed Governing Body, a denomination’s doctrine, a Prophet/President, a charismatic preacher, or the Scripture? In other words, who or what determines your Christian theology.

Must I remember? Why, she would hang on him

As if increase of appetite had grown

By what it fed on, and yet, within a month—

Let me not think on ’t. Frailty, thy name is woman!

—Shakespeare, Hamlet: Act 1, Scene 2, lines 143-147

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Whom God Means to Destroy, He First Makes Undiscerning

By Jerry A. Kane

Delegates prepared to take a group photo after the Iran nuclear deal was announced in Vienna

Delegates prepared to take a group photo after the Iran nuclear deal was announced in Vienna

While reading that Jewish Americans, Jewish clergy, and two-thirds of Jewish politicians are solidly embracing the Iran nuclear deal:

“[T]hey strongly believe the agreement offers the best hope of keeping Iran from getting a nuclear weapon“;

“We believe such opposition is misplaced, mired in the past, and is missing an opportunity to shape a more hopeful future“;

an ancient heathen proverb came to mind, “Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad.”

With apologies to Zeus and other Olympian gods in the ancient Greek religion, I offer a more updated, Judeo-Christian variant, “Whom God means to destroy, He first makes undiscerning.”

“For thou hast hid their heart from understanding:” Job 17:4 (KJV)

Discernment is the intellectual ability to apply a general principle or standard to evaluate a particular person, group, event, or idea correctly, i.e., the ability to distinguish good from evil, right from wrong, and truth from deceit.

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20 (KJV)

In a nutshell, discernment is from God, and sometimes He withholds it by sending deceitful, lying spirits to confuse leaders and prevent them from making correct judgments, so that He can destroy those He means to destroy.

“I saw the Lord sitting upon his throne, and all the host of heaven standing on his right hand and on his left. And the Lord said, Who shall entice Ahab king of Israel, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? …

Then there came out a spirit, and stood before the Lord, and said, I will entice him. … I will go out, and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And the Lord said, Thou shalt entice him, and thou shalt also prevail: go out, and do even so.

Now therefore, behold, the Lord hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of these thy prophets, and the Lord hath spoken evil against thee.”—2 Chronicles 18:18-22 (KJV)

In King Lear Shakespeare wrote, “Tis the times’ plague, when madmen lead the blind” iv.1.46. American Jews are blind; their leaders are mad, despising discernment and wisdom. Their reluctance to render moral judgments to distinguish good from evil prove it. American Jews have abandoned logic and reason, and their only success is in making immoral, irrational judgments.

On Twitter, the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Khamenei said that talks with the United States were a “means of infiltration and imposition of their wills.”

But American Jews could care less what the Iranian Supreme Leader has to say. They’d much rather adhere to the advice of a Yiddish proverb, “A bad peace is better than a good war,” than heed the dire warnings of a Hebrew prophet:

“For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.”—Jeremiah 8:11 (KJV)

In signing onto the Iran nuclear deal, American Jews have followed the counsel of Hushai over the advice of Ahithophel:

“And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel. For the LORD had appointed to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent that the LORD might bring evil upon Absalom.”—2 Samuel 17:14 (KJV)

The Iran nuclear deal will guarantee that “the Jewish state will be hounded until it is destroyed.”

Well, he’s surrounded by pacifists who all want peace

They pray for it nightly that the bloodshed must cease

Now, they wouldn’t hurt a fly. To hurt one they would weep

They lay and they wait for this bully to fall asleep

He’s the neighborhood bully.

 

 

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