A female who was raised in Christianity, I had been taught that:
I could never be good enough to serve God.
What I thought and felt did not matter.
I ought not to express my emotions of anger, because a self-assertive female was a sinner.
I was only here on earth to serve the wants and needs of others, especially those of my husband, children, parents, and inlaws.
When I went through treatment for my codependency, however, I was told, "No! What you think and feel matters. Start paying attention to your own thoughts and feelings, and learn to express them appropriately." I complied with treatment's commandment, and found God. Thereafter, God walked me through discrimination / iniquity, and taught me that those people who believe that He degrades the human worth of females are very wrong. What a relief!
The feedback I am receiving tells me that people--both male and female--honestly believe that God considers females to be less than fully human, and that the scriptures of the Bible support their belief. My response to their assertions is that people willfully choose to believe the negative (and thus evil) scriptures in the Bible that defile the worth of females while ignoring all the scriptures that state God's equal regard for females.
Note that God created female from the rib--the side--of man, not his tailbone, fist, or foot. From the beginning God was informing us of the human equality of females. Further, when He tells us that He bonds marriage partners into one flesh, He is informing you spouses who practice sex discrimination that you are ignorantly abusing one-half of your own flesh.
The primary specific scriptures that the Spirit of the Son of man caused to pop out at me and work me through my own discrimination against myself and other females are as follows.
The number one commandment: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength." Matthew 22.37 and Mark 12.30. Therein is the Savior informing us of the most important elements of humanity, heart, mind, soul, and effort, none of which have anything to do with gender. Those of you who would claim that the form of strength being referred to here is muscle strength are the same as saying that Goliath is the greatest human who ever lived. Wrongo!
Luke 1.39-43 that tells us what happened after Mary was impregated by Holy Ghost when she went to see her cousin Elisabeth, the mother of John the Baptist.
And it came to pass that when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb, and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost. And she spoke out with a loud voice and said, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And whence is this to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?"
The mother of four, I have had the experience of knowing what it feels like to have a fetus move around in my belly. I have also had the experience of the Holy Ghost leaping up inside my belly commanding me to speak up in church. I did not know how to explain what was going on inside of me, however, until I read the following spoken by the prophet Elihu.
"Behold, my belly is as wine which has no vent. It is ready to burst like new bottles. I will speak that I may be refreshed. I will open my lips and answer. Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man, for I know not to give flattering titles. In so doing, my Maker would soon take me away." Job 32.19-22
Elihu is describing what it feels like when the Holy Ghost (God / the Spirit of the Son of man) leaps up inside a prophet commanding the prophet to speak up for Him. Thus, I knew of a certainty that Elisabeth was experiencing the actions of the Holy Ghost leaping up inside herself. He feels like intense sudden fear and makes us feel like our belly is going to explode if we don't speak up for Him. At that precise moment, He also inserts into our thoughts what He wants us to say on His behalf.
In turn, through my experiencing the Holy Ghost leaping up inside of me combined with seeing the same thing happen to Elisabeth and Elihu, God was informing me that both Elisabeth and I are among His prophets.
Listening to what Elihu had to say when he came in the Spirit was telling me loud and clear that God despises iniquity / discrimination / preferential treatment to any human.
Any and all prophets--male or female--are of great value to God. Only the superior amount of Spiritual knowledge gained by the prophet through his willingness to take greater and greater risks while being loyal to God's commandments constitutes a prophet's superiority over another prophet. And even though God does view a given prophet to be superior to another directly due to the greater prophet's greater works, God does not condone preferential treatment granted to or by any humans including His prophets. Equal rights, equal access, equal freedoms, protections, and opportunities under the law are commanded by God to all people everywhere in the world regardless of race, gender, age, status, OR level of Spirituality.
That the statue of a woman representing America's ideal legal justice system wears a blindfold is because justice is supposed to be totally blind to age, race, gender, status, etc., thereby granting equal rights, equal access, equal freedoms, equal justice, equal protections, etc. under the law of the land to all humans.
Luke 2.36-38 wherein we are told that when Joseph and Mary took the infant Jesus to the temple to present Him to God, the prophet Anna was there who:
departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. She coming in the Spirit of the Holy Ghost in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord for sending the Messiah and spoke of Him, the Savior, to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
Again, a female was a prophet and thus, a person who served God directly and fed Truth to her fellow man. That makes Anna a priest, too, papassy -- a priest ordained by God, not man.
Luke 10.38-42 telling us about the Master's staying at the home of Martha.
And Martha had a sister called Mary Magdalene who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard His Word. But Martha was cumbered about with much serving, and came to Him and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore to help me." But Jesus answered, "Martha, Martha, you are careful and troubled about many things. But one thing is needful, and Mary has chosen that good part which shall not be taken away from her."
The good part chosen by Mary was that of learning God's Truth so that Mary could grow Spiritually. When Jesus told Martha that the good part would not be denied of Mary Magdalene, He was informing us females that our lives are of equal value to God as are the lives of males, and that those of us who seek to learn from and serve Him shall not be denied of our choice.
John 4 wherein we are told of Jesus' encounter with the woman of Samaria at Jacob's well. When He told that woman,
"If you knew the gift of God and who it is that says to you, 'Give me to drink,' you would have asked of Him and He would have given you living water,"
He is informing all of us humans that He gives the blessings of the Fountain of Life (the Comforter) flooding through our bloodstream freely to all humans who believe and obey Him -- males and females alike.
Further, that woman then led many people to the Lord. Without her leadership, those people would have lost out on the opportunity to gain salvation. We females are to serve God every bit as fully as are males.
Matthew 15.22 telling us about the woman from Canaan who kept begging the Lord to cast out the devil by whom her daughter was vexed, and Jesus' refusal saying,
"It is not meet to take the children's bread and to cast it to dogs." But when she said, "Truth, Lord, yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table," He answered, "O woman, great is your faith! Be it unto you even as you will." And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
Haven't you ever wondered why the Lord told her that she had great faith?
It's because she believed that He could perform the requested miracle.
She was also prophesying at that moment (perhaps without knowing it) regarding all the human Christian dogs who would only eat (swallow, digest, believe and obey) little scraps of the food (Doctrine) of Master's table, the Gospel.
And again God through His Son was informing us of the blessings He bestows upon us females who have faith--trust and belief in, loyalty and obedience to--Him the same way that He bestows His blessings upon faithful males. God expresses no partiality based on gender, race, age... whatsoever. None. And He expects us humans to express the same lack of partiality. We are to ignore the messenger to instead listen to the message another person has to speak to us.
Matthew 26.6-13, Mark 14.3-9, and John 12.1-8 which tell us of Mary Magdalene's pouring an alabaster box of precious ointment on Jesus, of the disciples chagrin over her "waste" of those precious ointments, and of Jesus' response to them.
"For in that she has poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. Verily I say unto you, 'Wherever this Gospel shall be preached in the whole world shall also this, what this woman has done, be told for a memorial of her.'"
Why were her actions so important? Because at that moment, Mary Magdalene was proving that she BELIEVED the Lord when He said that He was going to be crucified, and she was grief-stricken over the coming event. By contrast, the Lord's male disciples--including Peter--did not fully believe Jesus back then. And believing the Son of God is absolutely essential to gaining salvation. Thus, like it or not, at that moment Mary Magdalene was expressing Spiritual superiority over the Lord's male disciples.
Matthew 27.55, Mark 15.40-41, and Luke 23.48-49 wherein we are told about the women who witnessed Jesus' crucifixion.
"And many women were there beholding afar off which followed Jesus from Galilee ministering unto Him."
Women had traveled with Jesus and served Him during part of His ministry, too! Who knew? For 18 years I had been raised in a Bible-thumping fundamentalist Christian church. I went to church Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Sunday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Wednesday nights from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. I also attended vacation Bible schools, went to church camps during the summers, and attended revival meetings. In all that time, not once had I been informed that women had been traveling in the company of Jesus and His disciples while Jesus was ministering in the flesh. Not only did they travel with Him, but they served Him. When that scripture leaped out at me, God was telling me loud and clear that He had very powerful plans for me to serve Him, too, and every bit as fully as have males. In turn, He expects the same of all other females who seek their own salvation and the salvation of human life.
Once I found out that "iniquity" means "discrimination," the greatest scriptures warning me that I had better work through all forms of discrimination myself came from Matthew 7.21-29.
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord! Lord!' shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, but he that does the will of my Father which is in Heaven. Many will say to me in that day, 'Lord! Lord! Have we not prophesied in your name, and in your name have cast out devils, and in your name done many wonderful works?' And then I will profess unto them, 'I never knew you. Depart from me, you that work iniquity!'"
That the people about whom He was talking practice iniquity / discrimination in Jesus' name tells us that the Savior is talking directly to and about Christians.
"Therefore, whosoever hears these sayings of mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house upon a rock. And the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it fell not, for it was founded upon a rock.
But everyone that hears these sayings of mine and does them not shall be likened to a foolish man who built his house upon the sand, and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, and it fell. And great was the fall of it!"
And it came to pass when Jesus had ended these sayings that the people were astonished at His Doctrine, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
Matthew 28.9-10 and Mark 16.9-13 telling us that following His resurrection, Jesus appeared first to Mary Magdalene and women. That action was symbolic prophecy. God was informing us that during this day -- the day of the great Spiritual awakening due to the resurrection of the Spirit of the Son of man throughout the world -- He would make His first appearance to women, especially to a woman who was much like Mary Magdalene: me. And this time we females would get to help lead millions to billions of people to mankind's only Savior, the Son and Sun of God. His name is Jesus and Gees us. May you find Him now!
I was not going to tell you how I found my name in the Book of Life, but now I feel I need to. One of my names is Galilee. In today's context as it applies to me, Galilee means "Gal of Lee." My paternal family's last name is Lee. Hear the angel at Jesus' sepulcher.
"Go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead. And behold, He goes before you into Galilee (me). There shall you see Him." Mark 28.7
I don't like telling you that because it sounds like I am bragging. All I know to do is to quote what Willy Joe Namath responded when he was accused of bragging for saying in advance that the New York Jets were going to win the Super Bowl (which they did). He said, "If it's the truth, it ain't bragging." When I saw the scripture wherein the angel said that Jesus would go before you first into Galilee, the Spirit leaped out at me and was the same as saying, "Hi, Galilee!"
I don't like telling on my family, but in this situation, I feel like I have to, because understanding the circumstances in which the Lord's words were spoken will aid the reader's perception.
Following my Spiritual Awakening, my then husband decided to divorce me. During the separation but prior to the divorce, I took up with another man -- a humongous no-no for which I would suffer severely. My ex-husband and two of my sons were infuriated with me. My then husband didn't want me, but he didn't want anybody else to have me, either. In turn, the lover became enraged, too.
Jesus then spoke the following words in my ear.
"What greater gift can a man give than that he lay down his life for his friends?"
He was informing me that rage of the males involved was so severe that if I didn't flee, somebody was likely to be murdered. In turn, He was quoting from John 15.13.
"Greater love has no man that this: that a man lay down his life for his friends."
By quoting the scripture in my ear, the Savior was saying so much with so few words.
He was informing me that my fears were correct. Somebody was likely to be murdered if I didn't move far away.
He was validating that the Gospel as given in the King James version of the Bible contains His words for real, and that the King James version is the most accurate of all versions of the Bible.
He was informing me of what it means to lay down our lives for our friends. In my case at that moment it meant letting go of my loved ones, money, home, job, etc. -- in order to protect people from being harmed.
And He was informing me that we females are included in God's definition of man.
Luke 21.15 & 7.35.
"For I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist... But wisdom shall be justified of all her children."
God and His Son united into an indivisible One is the provider of wisdom. In turn, He is informing us that one woman was going to be given such great wisdom that God would then call her "wisdom."
"A woman when she is in travail has sorrow because her hour is come, but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembers no more the anguish for joy that a man is born into the world."
By the time I read that scripture, I knew exactly what He was talking about. I was in the travail -- the labor pains of doing the works and being treated like garbage by other people -- of giving birth to His Spirit, the Spirit of the Son of man. He was encouraging me to keep on keeping on, because the time would come when I would give birth to His Spirit, and then I would remember the pain no more.
This scripture also refers to any male who gives birth to His Spirit. I cannot help but find it humorous that male misogynists have to work through their degradation of females and take on the role of a pregnant female in order to give birth to the Spirit of the Son of man, thereby gaining salvation.
In addition to the scriptures, all the experiences I have with the Holy Ghost leaping up inside of me at church commanding me to speak up told me that Paul's demandments that women shut up in church are pure hogwash. Therein was the Lord also informing me that I needed to trash Paul's commandments.
One night I was watching a movie on television about the Russian gymnast Nadia Comaneci. She was being portrayed as about to give her first public performance, and she was scared. The Comforter suddenly flooded me to tell me to listen up because there was something He wanted me to see and hear. Her coach sensed Nadia's fear, and said, "Nadia, ignore the audience! Concentrate on your performance!" I knew exactly what the Lord was telling me. I had been invited to speak at an open speakers meeting in A.A. God was telling me, "Ignore the audience. Speak what I tell you to speak when I tell you to speak it." When I perceived the message He was sending, He flooded me again to validate that my understanding of His message was correct. Thus, when I spoke at that open speakers meeting, I took off my glasses so I couldn't see the faces of the people in the audience, and let her rip. Ooh, were those A.A.'s steamed. Thereafter, they issued an edict that commanded A.A. and Al-Anon speakers to stick to the topic of alcoholism. Actually, I had stuck to the topic. They just didn't like having their conscience pricked.
And finally, the one scripture that equal human rights activists ought to have been quoting all along. From John 7.24.
"Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment."
We are commanded to ignore the appearance (race, gender, age, handicap, wearing apparel...) to instead listen to what that person has to say in order to judge whether or not that person expresses righteous judgment.
Before moving on, I feel the need to add the following statements regarding sex discrimination / iniquity. Among my greatest distractors and persecutors are females. In fact, among the greatest promoters of the degradation of the female half of human life are females. That I can see, the leading causes behind their degradation of one-half of huMANity are their religious beliefs and their own desire to have a man lord over them. They want to hold onto the claim that they are not fully responsible for their own salvation -- for doing the works that God commands of His children. And that nonsense is coming to a screeching halt. That character defect in females was forewarned by God through Moses in the story of Adam and Eve.
Unto the woman He (the Lord) said, "I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception. In sorrow you shall bring forth children, and your desire shall be to your husband, and he shall rule over you." Genesis 3.16
That scripture is a forewarning of the curse that would come upon all married females who believe the serpent, the antiChrist, Satan-in-the-flesh: Paul. When God removes us from Christianity, however, and teaches us Truth Himself through His Son, that curse is removed. Then He Himself rules over us, and we come to highly value ALL of human life regardless of gender, race, age, nationality, handicap, etc.
Among the greatest promoters of human equality for females are males who cannot understand why women allow men to abuse us and treat us like garbage. "Why don't you just walk away?" they ask. Good question. What I am saying is that sex discrimination is not limited to gender, but like all other sins, is a character defect that begins with stinking thinking; i.e., to human individuals holding to false beliefs regarding God's will for man, and then acting out according to their false beliefs.
Neither misogyny nor feminist male-bashing will end until people:
include females in the definition of man, and
repent and believe the Gospel knowing that when God issues commandments through His Son, He is speaking to all of us, for
"What I say unto you disciples, I say unto all. Watch." Mark 13.37