Hear Apostle Jim Davis give concise
Biblical answers to questions on
this controversial but important
subject. (A big thanks to Kay Price for
sharing her notes on this broadcast.) A
lot of us have asked these questions and
not had biblical answers. What really
was God’s design for women? What is a
helpmeet? Are women inferior because
they were created second? Are women
under a curse? Does culture make a
difference? Are there women leaders in
the Bible? Are women more easily
deceived? Are women to be silent in
church and not teach? Can women have
authority over men? Are there women
apostles in the Bible? Is the headship
of husband a dominating position? If you
have ever asked these age-old questions
as most of us have, get ready to hear
Apostle Jim Davis answer from scripture
and release God’s heart for women and
men. Discover erroneous translations and
interpretations of scripture.
God’s original intent for women is
found in Gen. 1:26, 27. God made man
(mankind) in His image. Male and female
He made mankind. They were to
have dominion over creation, not each
other. So, right at the start, God’s
design was not to subjugate (to subdue
and bring under the yoke of power or
dominion; to conquer by force and compel
to submit to the government or absolute
control of another) women. It is not
God’s idea to give men dominion over
Dr. Davis states that this is a hard
saying for insecure men who fear
their position may be supplanted or
surpassed. There is a second witness
found to support this in Gen. 2:18,
24. This speaks of God making a help
meet for man. A help meet is a helper
that is appropriate for, or adequately
and accurately reflects who I am and all
I am; the other side of me. Jesus refers
to Holy Spirit as our helper but
we do not receive Him as inferior in any
way. Why would we think women inferior
when they are called a helper?
“Help and meet,” in Strong’s
Exhaustive Concordance of the
Bible, means to surround,
protect, aid, and succor. Exploring the
meanings of these words in Noah
Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary of
the English Language we find:
1. Surround-to enclose on all
2. Protect-to cover or shield
from danger or injury, to defend, to
guard, to preserve in safety. (like
walls protect a city).
3. Aid-support, assist, either by
furnishing strength or means to effect a
purpose, or to prevent or remove evil
(the person who gives succor).
4. Succor-literally, to run to,
or run to support; to help or relieve
when in difficulty, want, or distress;
to assist and deliver from suffering
(the person that brings relief).
Women were not created inferior.
Women were made in God’s image; equal
with man, who, jointly reflect the image
of God. God is Spirit which transcends
male/female differentiation. Num.
23:19 God is not a man, but has been
explained in human terms so we can
understand. He is described in both
genders, not male only or female only.
The Bible uses male analogies for
God such as, King, husband, and
shepherd, but He is also referred to as
a protective mother eagle, a she bear
with cubs and a many breasted one.
The “female” references speak of
mothering, maternal attitudes, and
relationship with us. “Image” conveys
personhood not gender. Women (and men)
are relationally, spiritually, morally,
and creatively like God. We have the
ability to love and communicate like
Him. In Nu.27:1-8 God tells Moses
that women possess the same right to the
family inheritance as men.
Special distinctions of women in
scriptures that definitely are not
in support of women being inferior are:
1. Woman was last at the cross—Mk.
15:47. 2. Woman was first at the
tomb—Jn. 20:1. 3. Woman was first
to proclaim the resurrection—Mt.
28:8. 3. First preacher to the Jew—Lu.
2:37, 38. 4. Attended the first
prayer meeting—Ac. 1:14. 5. First
to greet Christian missionaries—Ac.
16:13. 6. First European convert—Ac.
Women are no more under a curse than
men are. After sin, God said that
women would bring forth children in
sorrow (doesn’t really say cursed but
sorrow and pain is not a blessing). He
also said that men would bring forth
from the ground in sorrow; that the
ground was cursed and in hard labor
(from the sweat of his brow) he would
eat bread. Gen. 3:16-18 God
predicts the effect (consequences) of
sin for both, in that, woman would turn
in her focus to her husband.
Her husband’s response would be to
begin to “rule” over her, Lord over her,
misusing his headship.
What used to be "one" was now two.
They saw themselves as two different
individuals, not as an extension of each
other. Unity would then be a matter of
choice, not out of complimenting the
other. Regardless of curse or no curse
for women or men, Gal. 3:13 makes
it clear that we are redeemed from the
curse of the law. Gen. 2:23 laid
the foundation for regarding women as
created equal, to rule or take dominion
as a team, in unity and as one flesh.
Culture does make a difference in
the regard that each culture will walk
out the Bible truth little differently.
The application of the truth will be as
different as the number of different
ways people would interpret the words
“conservative or modest dress.” If you
say that we should not adjust at all
with culture, then men should still be
wearing skirts as they did in New
Testament times. Men and women leaders
were instructed to have one spouse, one
at a time, because polygamy was a legal
part of their culture.
Three strong examples of women
leaders in the Old Testament are:
Deborah, prophetess and Judge of Israel
Judges 4:4, Athaliah, Queen of
Judah for 6 years 2 Kings 11:3,
and Miriam, Prophetess and worship
leader Mi. 6:4. Jesus Christ did
more to liberate women from demonic
spirits of sexism than any other person
in history but the idea of women in
spiritual or secular leadership was not
new in the New Testament.
Women are not any more easily
deceived than men. In 2 Cor. 11:3
Paul states that as the serpent
deceived Eve, so the minds of the people
(men and women) could be corrupted. Paul
allowed the women to speak, them tells
them to keep quiet. It cannot be both
ways: pray and prophesy and keep quiet.
1 Cor. 11:5, 1 Cor.
14:34 So, what gives?
Paul was speaking to a specific group
of people for a specific purpose. He
is not commanding all women for all
time, as it is NOT found in other
scriptures that women shouldn’t teach.
2 Cor. 13:1 Women are told to
teach their children and to teach
younger women. Deut. 6:7, Tit. 2:3, 4
In the church at Ephesus, gentiles
were being converted and coming into the
Jewish congregation with which they were
not familiar. He was telling them to
keep quiet and not teach until they had
learned themselves. [It could be that a
woman was to ask her questions at home
because men and women sat on opposite
sides of the synagogue!] 1 Tim.
2; 11, 12 If women were more
easily deceived, why not tell the men
only to teach the children and younger
Women can be in authority over men as
it is God who delegates authority.
Eph. 1:22 Those in authority are to
support, encourage, and strengthen
others. It is never OK to usurp
authority, be it man or woman. Usurping
authority means to act as oneself
independently, acting to elevate oneself
above another and not assuming ones
proper place. Taking authority, in an
area not given by God, is usurping
authority. True spiritual authority is
about servant hood, not lording over
someone (self-serving). Authority is
delegated from Jesus but is not
absolute. We do not have absolute
authority over another even if we have
been given authority.
Were women ever ministers to men in
the New Testament?
Lu. 2:36-38 Anna prophesied
to baby Jesus as he entered the
Jn. 4:28 Samaritan woman was
the first evangelist and won her
Mt. 28:7, Lu. 24:9, Jn. 20:16
Sent by Jesus to preach the good
Acts 2:17 Men and women will
prophesy in the last days.
Acts 18, 1 Cor. 16-19
Priscilla travelled with, instructed
and discipled Apollos with her
husband Aquila. Her name is
mentioned first, indicating her
prominent role. They were also
leaders of a home church in Asia.
Acts 21:8-9 Philip's 4
daughters were prophetesses.
Romans 16:1 Phoebe was a
minister in the church in Cenchrea.
16:7 Andronicus and Junia were
named among "noted" apostles.
Rom. 16 Paul recognized at
least 7 women: Phebe, Priscilla,
Mary, Tryphena, Tryphosa, Persis and
Julia as notable laborers of the
1 Cor. 11:4-5 Women normally
prayed and prophesied in church.
1 Cor. 12, 14 Spiritual gifts
were ministered by women in the
Phil. 2 Euodias and Syntyche
were leaders of the church at
Many "gender" references in some
translations have been changed to
indicate maleness vs. the original
neutral or feminine. Col. 4:15
Nymphas was a female home church leader
(although the KJV translators
erroneously translate this verse as "his
church." The elder/leader of the church
described in John 2 was a woman.) It is
best to consult the original Greek for
Due to their bias against women, some
translators removed the feminine
gender or leadership terms associated
with women leaders. Greek scholar Alfred
Marshall translates Rom. 16:1-2,
"Now I commend to you Phoebe the sister
of us, being also a minister of
the church in Cenchrea, in order that
her ye may receive in (the) Lord
worthily of the saints, and may stand by
her in whatever of you she
may have need thing; for indeed she a
protectress of many became and of
myself." The Interlinear NASB-NIV
parallel New Testament in Greek and
English, pg. 477. Prostatis, 4368, is
defined by Thayer's Greek Definitions as
"A woman set over others, a
female guardian, a protectress, a
patroness, caring for the affairs
of others and aiding them with her
Is the headship of a husband a
dominant position? The position is
to be as the position of Christ to the
church. He is a support, a nourisher,
and a builder. His consuming passion is
our well being. He put the needs of the
church before His very life. He said He
came to serve and care for the church.
It had nothing to do with ruling. He is
a source of spiritual strength. The
result of His headship is unity, not a
hierarchy with this one on top and this
one on bottom. As Father and Son are
equal, so is the relationship of husband
and wife. Jesus will not be exploited by
God and neither should women be by their
husbands. As husband and wife are
compared with the relationship of Father
and Son, it is one to be embraced, not
feared. While some natural roles may
vary, in the spiritual, men and women
are created equal.
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