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The Pope & Women

14 May

We came across this article in the Philippine Daily Inquirer this morning

http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/228744/pope-willing-to-study-if-women-can-be-deacons

Pope Francis said on Thursday he was willing to create a commission to study whether women can be deacons in the Catholic Church, signaling openness to letting women serve in ordained ministry currently reserved for men

There are two problems with this study. First, if he or any religious leader is doing this to appease their women constituents then they are doing this for the wrong reasons and while pleasing the many women who want to enter ordained ministry they are disobeying and displeasing God. Since it is God whom religious leaders serve and receive instructions from and not women this study, or any similar to it, is not a wise nor biblical move.

The second problem that arises is that those women who want to serve God in an ordained ministry capacity are breaking God’s rules thus they are not serving nor obeying God but serving and obeying their own self interests. You are not serving God if you break God’s rules. You are also not serving God if you are seeking to alter his rules through non-biblical means like using secular culture to determine what God said in his word or trying to re-translate his word to make God’s word say what you want it to say.

Deacons are ordained ministers but are not priests, though they can perform many of the same functions as priests: preside at weddings, baptisms and funerals, and preach. They cannot, however, celebrate Mass.

Changing the name of the office does not change God’s rules. Here are God’s rules for deacons

Deacons likewise must be men of dignity, not [a]double-tongued, [b]or addicted to much wine [c]or fond of sordid gain, but holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 These men must also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach. 11 [h]Women must likewise be dignified, not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things. 12 Deacons must be husbands of only one wife, and [i]good managers of their children and their own households. 13 For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a [j]high standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus. (1 Tim. 3)

The mentioning of women here does not seem to indicate they are approved for this office as being a husband of one wife is out of their reach. Notice that Paul uses the word ‘men’ three times and does not say ‘and women’ in each instance.We cannot add in those two words as they are not from God for this passage.

Currently, married men—who are also mostly excluded from the Roman Catholic priesthood—can serve as deacons. Women cannot, though historians say women served as deacons in the early Church.

We also disagree with the bold words as the RCC has ignored God’ instructions on who can occupy the office of priest/preacher/minister/overseer. Consistency in following God’s rule is important. We do not have the authority to alter any of them or replace them with our own desires. To serve God we need to obey him in all areas of life and adhere to all his rules and directions. For those called to be single, there i an area for you to minister though being a pastor is not one of them.

You can be a teacher, an evangelist or a prophet but not an overseer. God has his rules in place for a reason and since we say we follow him then we must follow his rules.

The Pope also said he would ask another Vatican office in charge of the liturgy to explain more fully why women aren’t allowed to give a homily at Mass. Women can only preach at services where people do not receive communion

The reason is that they are restricted to teaching other women only and we should add, children. The exercise of communion or not does not alter those rules. We are not allowed to make excuses of justification when we decide to disobey God’ instructions and commands. The Pope and other religious leaders have not been granted authority to alter, change, or manipulate God’s word and rules. That is not their purpose in life.

Their purpose is to lead the people to God’s ways

Remember the day you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, when the Lord said to me, ‘Assemble the people to Me, that I may let them hear My words so they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.’ (Deut.4:1)

There are many verses saying the same thing. Church leaders do not have leeway to invoke or insert their personal preferences but must stick to the laws, instructions, directions etc., that God has given so the people know right from wrong, clean from unclean, and the right path to walk.

We can go on with this but we are sure you know all the arguments in this issue. Women, it is okay for you to desire to serve God but you must do so according to the rules of God. Committing sin is not serving God but leading people away from God’s laws, instructions and directions. Also women need to learn that there are other ways to serve God than ordained roles or offices God has restricted them from holding. Those avenues are just as important as ordained ministry

If we study 1 Cor. 12 we will see that not all are called to be overseer

28 And God has [a]appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then [b]miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues.

and women you are not called to hold that office. Seek the one you are allowed to hold and fulfill their duties to the glory of God. Do not let yourself be envious or jealous or resentful that you are limited in which office you can hold and restricted from certain duties. Those attitudes are sin and interfere with the carrying out the duties of those areas you can serve God. Don’t hinder God or his work by seeking ministries not open to you. Make an impact by doing those offices open to you with a pure heart and love for God.Obedience to God teaches your children the correct lessons they need to learn while ignoring God’s rules teaches them the wrong lessons.

If you want your children to obey you and your rules, then you need to set the example by obeying God and his rules.It is your choice.

 

 

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