This is an interesting and controversial subject, Anthony. In the New Testament women were quite active in leadership roles in the church, and even going all the way back to the Old Testament, Deborah was a judge.

I have a friend who is a Methodist pastor, a Russian lady who started a church in Siberia. One day someone asked her why she was leading a church when it was clear in Scripture that men were to be in the pulpit and women were to take on other roles.

This was her reply: “No men answered God’s call to start a church in Siberia, so he called me to fill that position.”

When I listen to Joyce Meyer, I fully believe God has called her to this position and empowered her to preach His word.

As Paul says in Galatians 3:28–29: “In Christ’s family there can be no divisions into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us you are all equal. That is, we are all in a common relationship with Jesus Christ.”

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