Men and Women in the Ministry for Christ Paperback
Scandalous Confusions Exposed
by Hayk Hovhannisyan;
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Men and Women in the Ministry for Christ
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Mankind, you must know that it is impossible to kill the truth!
Men and Women in the Ministry for Christ is a book that has been needed for a long time. It will help every genuine disciple of Jesus to know what the Word of God actually says concerning the role and the ministry of women in the body of Christ.
The Christian worldview has shaped the civilization of Western countries and has influenced the course of the history of the world. Even though people over the centuries often did not practice the commandments of Jesus Christ, many of the opinions people have developed concerning men and women are a direct result of the interpretation of certain Bible texts by religious leaders.
Both Christian and non-Christian women have suffered for many centuries because of unbiblical interpretations of some Bible texts. Many female disciples of Jesus have not been allowed to enter into ministry because of inaccurate translations and misinterpretations.
This book provides clear answers for the questions that arise from controversial passages that have been debated for centuries. Scandalous errors that had been concealed in many Bible versions are thoroughly exposed so that every human being may know what the Word of God actually says about humans.
In this book, the reader can find a verse-by-verse commentary on 1 Corinthians 11:3:15, 1 Corinthians 14:34:35, and 1 Timothy 2:11:15, which presents the biblical facts very objectively. The reader will also find objective information about what the Bible actually says concerning men and women.
The Description of the Book
The subject of the role and the ministry of women is controversial in the Church. This book reveals the real roots of many problems that have been causing controversies, and presents biblical solutions. Based solely on the Word of God, it objectively presents what is really written in Hebrew and Greek texts concerning men and women. This book exposes numerous scandalous inaccuracies in the translations of many biblical texts, which most likely are the major cause of the controversies. Any biblical scholar or student of the Word of God can very easily verify the information concerning inaccuracies that are thoroughly and undeniably demonstrated in this book.
As a Bible translator and a teacher of the Bible, I was very surprised to see many flagrant errors in many Bible versions, especially if we consider the fact that many highly qualified biblical scholars and language specialists were involved in the translations of those Bible versions. It is almost unbelievable, and it is very difficult to explain the fact that such obvious errors could escape the attention of so many great scholars of the Old and New Testament. The widely accepted Bible versions as a whole can be considered trustworthy, but not concerning every subject. Among the subjects that many Bible versions do not present the Word of God objectively and rightly is the subject of the identity and ministry of women. It is heart-breaking to observe the partiality and the arbitrary approach toward the biblical texts. It is astonishing to see that many Bible translators overlooked the biggest part, and already clearly known information and facts, and preferred the minor part, and more obscure information during the process of choosing the words for the translation of many passages. Especially, in such an important task as the translation of Word of God, and its presentation to the body of Christ and to the world, such a thing should have never been done. This kind of subjective approach during the translation process that neglects or ignores so many indisputable biblical facts is unacceptable.
The Word of God has a supreme importance for humanity. Therefore, it must be translated objectively, as it is written. This book points out many real and unquestionable facts that should never have been overlooked or denied. Those facts are brought into the open in this book, so that everyone may truly verify and see what is really written in the biblical texts.
The mistranslations have become the basis of misinterpretations and misapplications of many biblical texts. To these confusions, people also added rules, values and practices from their ungodly cultures. Many people saw that their views, ideas and lifestyle match or are confirmed by the Bible translations that have been around for a long time. These translations were considered as the Word of God, and people did not know that they really contain many mistranslations, because normally, most people do not even imagine that such thing can happen. Consequently, many sincere people have been thinking that their opinion concerning identity, role, and ministry of women pretty much agrees with the Word of God. Thus, many wrong ideas and practices finding their strength in the mistranslations and misinterpretations of many biblical texts have spread throughout the world, and created divisions in the body of Christ. The most subtle and dangerous kind of traditions are those which seem to have scriptural support, for they become as strongholds in the minds of people.
The solutions to these problems cannot be found in the examination, or condemnation of the ungodly cultures that existed in biblical times, and still exist now. Most Christians know that the cultures of this world in many ways have been and are ungodly. Many people who think that women are inferior or that they cannot be leaders in the Church are not thinking so because some ungodly culture have taught that. But instead, they think that way because many Bible versions present the Word of God in such a way that it seems to say that. So even though in some cases, an ungodly cultural tradition may be strengthening the incorrect opinions, nevertheless, it is not the root of them. As the body is dead without the spirit, so a tradition is dead without a Scripture that supports it. No human tradition can endure in the true Church of the living God without scriptural support. Imagine if there were a doctrine that the Jews or the rich people are superior to others, and that only they can be leaders. Would that doctrine endure, or cause much controversy in the true Church of God? The answer is, of course, no, because there is no Scripture that can support this.
The controversies that exist are there because some biblical texts clearly show that there were real women who were leaders in the biblical times, and that there is neither male nor female in Christ; but at the same time, there are other texts that are translated in such a way that they seem to contradict those truths. But God's Word never contradicts itself. If the Bible does say that there is neither male nor female in Christ, or that women can be leaders, it cannot say the opposite.
The reports concerning the history of biblical times are not absolutely trustworthy. Therefore, one must not use them as authoritative source for determining the truth. Only the Word of God is absolutely trustworthy, and it never contradicts itself.
Women must be considered equal or inferior to men not because some culture said or failed to say so, but only if the Word of God says so. Likewise, they should be allowed or forbidden to become ministers not because in some cultures women are appointed as political leaders or not, but only if the Word of God says so. Therefore, the author of this book did not seek to condemn the ungodly cultures that have existed and continue to exist, but instead, he sought to present the truth, the opinion of God concerning this issue.
This book deals also with other subjects concerning men and women that are of great importance. There is remarkable information concerning many words that refer to men and women. All the verses where the Greek words for 'man' and 'woman' are used in the thirteen letters of Paul are referred to or examined in detail in this book. All the verses where the words 'man' and 'woman', and 'husband' and 'wife' appear together in the entire New Testament are also examined or referred to in this book, so that the reader may have a comprehensive information about men and women. Many Greek terms in the New Testament that somehow refer to men and women, and are relevant to the subject are also examined in detail in this book. Among those terms are: man, woman, husband, wife, male, female, son, daughter, male slave, female slave, heir, and coheir. The Hebrew terms for man, woman, husband, wife, male and female that are used in the entire creation account are also examined in detail.
A thorough examination of the entire creation account concerning Adam and Eve is essential for understanding the truths about men and women found in the letters of Paul, and in the entire Bible. Therefore, the author sought to offer as complete information as possible about the first man and woman, and about their relationship. The reader can also find very important information concerning the purpose of God for creating human beings, and creating them male and female.
Many unexpected errors that have been present for centuries in the creation account of many Bible versions, and may have influenced the wrong translations of Pauline texts, are thoroughly exposed, so that people will know the truths that are hidden from most Bible readers. It also shows one of the essential errors that very likely influenced Bible interpreters when they were interpreting controversial texts, which is the inaccurate view of humanity.
In this book, every single verse of all the controversial texts is translated literally, and examined in detail in the light of the whole counsel of God, so that every argument might be based on the biblical texts that are available to humanity. It also offers very clear explanations about the practice of those texts in the real life.
The book treats in detail many important subjects, among which are: truth, headship, image and glory of God, authority, silence and speaking in the church, spiritual gifts and ministries. The reader can also find a detailed information concerning many women in the Bible, who had spiritual gifts, and were entrusted with true ministries.
Based on the whole counsel of God, the book presents in a very concrete way many essential truths concerning men and women that all the people in the entire body of Christ should accept.
Finally, the reader can find out what the potential leaders must do in order to enter into leadership ministry, if they are called and empowered by God to do so. By presenting very profound truths concerning the call and the ministry that originate from God, this book offers very concrete and practical information concerning genuine ministry. It will also bring light to those sisters, who are serving the Lord in leadership positions, but are doing so with profound doubt in their hearts concerning their right to minister to men. God has forbidden us to do anything out of doubt. Instead, we have to do everything out of faith (Romans 14:23).
This short description does not present all the treasures that are in the book. There is so much more to discover. This book is result of a very profound research that lasted many years. The author sought to be as objective as possible in dealing with the subjects of this importance. He believes that only the objective truth can pass through any test, and has the potential to be accepted by the entire body of Christ.
Here is the table of contents of the book:
Table of Contents of the Book
Chapter 1: God Desires a Complete Unity in His Church
Chapter 2: Biblical Words that Refer to Human Beings
Chapter 3: The Purpose of the Creation of Humans
Chapter 4: The Purpose of Creating Humans Male and Female
Chapter 5: Scandalous Confusion of Different Relationships
Chapter 6: The Relationship of Adam and Eve in the Bible
Chapter 7: Scandalous Confusion about 1 Corinthians 11:3-15
Chapter 8: Scandalous Confusion about 1 Corinthians 14:34-35
Chapter 9: Scandalous Confusion about 1 Timothy 2:11-15
Chapter 10: Biblical Truths about Women
Chapter 11: How to Enter into Ministry According to God
This book will contribute to the unity in the Church of Christ, and bring a great blessing to many children of God.
If you would like to know more about what is in the book, you can go to the website: www.name2.name and click on 'The Description of the Book.'
Men and Women in the Ministry for Christ by Hayk Hovhannisyan was published by WestBow Press in October 2014. The ISBN for Men and Women in the Ministry for Christ is 9781490850733.
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|Page last updated||3rd December 2016|
|Author / Artist||Hayk Hovhannisyan|
|Book Format||Paperback / softback|
|Publisher||WestBow Press (October 2014)|
|Number of Pages||312|