read this: WHY NOT WOMEN? By Loren Cunningham and David J, Hamilton (http://www.ywampublishing.com/s-190-loren-cunningham-and-david-j-hamilton.aspx)
A Fresh Look at Scripture on Women in Missions, Ministry, and Leadership
Publisher’s Description; Millions of women all over the world are looking over the church’s shoulder, longing to see the freedom Jesus purchased for them at Calvary. Millions more have found freedom in Jesus but are still bound by human ideas – ideas that pressure a woman to let culture, not God, determine her place in the Kingdom.
While hurting men and women outside the church cry out, “Is there any hope? Does anyone care?” their sisters in the church are asking, “How can I share the hope I have? How can I, a woman, serve the Lord?” Many women, having heard God call them into public roles in the Kingdom, are serving in positions of leadership. They are asking, “Will the church support us?”
We must respond. The issue of women in missions, ministry, and leadership is dividing homes, churches, communities, even societies. We must respond responsibly, for we never want to find ourselves working against God’s purposes, quenching His Spirit at work in the lives of those He has called. We must respond carefully, since God’s truth often stands in direct opposition to what the majority of people believe.
Why Not Women? brings light, not just more heat, to the church’s crucial debate with:
- A detailed study of women in Scripture
- Historical and current global perspectives
- An examination of the fruit of women in public ministry
- A hard-hitting revelation of what’s at stake for women, men, the Body of Christ, God’s Kingdom, and the unreached.
Why Not Women? also includes an examination of the fruit of women in public ministry, an exploration of the value and roles of women in Greek and Roman history and literature, Jewish rabbinic literature, the early church, current cultures and the church today. Enjoy historical as well as current global perspectives, and a detailed study of women in Old Testament writings, Jesus’ ministry, and Paul’s letters. _______________ _____________________________________________Customer Review: This book opened my eyes to the difference between the beliefs we hold from our upbringing and culture, and the beliefs actually based on the Word of God. This book is very factual, exhaustively researched, and infinitely practical. In “Why Not Women”, Loren Cunningham explains the history behind the oppression of women in Greek and Roman societies which led to centuries of discrimination in our western society, and even infiltrated the Church. He shows how Jesus and the early church were truly revolutionary in their equal treatment of women. David Hamilton digs into the controversial passages in God’s Word to show how our preconceived biases have tainted our interpretation of these verses. He clearly breaks down the original language of the text in order to show what the writers were truly saying. If you are willing to let God’s Word, not your opinions, determine what is truth, this book will open your eyes to God’s heart for women, and the giftings and callings he has given them.To those reviewers who are obviously threatened by the subject matter and seem content to merely prooftext scriptures to back up their bias, I have this recommendation: try actually READING this book before you review it. The authors dig into the original language and context of every scripture you misquote. A little research might do you some good.