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Monday, September 22, 2014

Philip’s daughters an argument for female preachers?

Posted by Gary on December 15, 2011

Acts 21:8-14 “On the next day we left and came to Caesarea, and entering the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, we stayed with him. Now this man had four virgin daughters who were prophetesses. As we were staying there for some days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. And coming to us, he took Paul’s belt and bound his own feet and hands, and said, “This is what the Holy Spirit says: ‘In this way the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.'”

When we had heard this, we as well as the local residents began begging him not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but even to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” And since he would not be persuaded, we fell silent, remarking, “The will of the Lord be done!””

As I walked into Kmart yesterday there was a woman at the Salvation Army kettle ringing a bell and singing Christmas hymns beautifully. “That’s nice” I thought. On my way out this same woman was on her cell phone and I could not help hearing her talk as I walked by making mention of the sermon she had preached the Sunday before.

Many might take the passage at the head of this post as a justification for  a woman to preach I mean the passage tells us that Philip the Evangelist had four daughters who were prophetesses…

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