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Friday, July 15 2016
Romans 16: What Did The Apostle Paul Really Think Of Women?
"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise"
A few of the apostle Paul's statements, when taken out of context, have caused some to mistakenly regard him as a misogynist ("a person who dislikes, despises, or is strongly prejudiced against women"). The reality however is that Paul's LORD-appointed ministry was to the world (see The World Of Tomorrow and Paul, The Apostle To The World) - and everyone in it:
"3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 3:29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." (Galatians 3:26-29 KJV)
In his closing of this letter to the Christians at Rome (see Paul's Letter To The True Church Of Rome), note carefully the many women that Paul acknowledged as co-workers with him, including Phebe, the "servant (minister means servant) of the church which is at Cenchrea" and Priscilla, who with her husband "have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles" and "the church that is in their house." It was in fact Phebe that Paul, over all others, trusted to deliver the letter (now known as the Book of Romans) to the Romans: "Written to the Romans from Corinthus, and sent by Phebe servant of the church at Cenchrea."
Note the many other women who Paul listed equally with the men. A misogynist would never have done that.
"16:1 I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea: 16:2 That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.
Fact Finder: Who is the "bride of Christ"? Why?
This Day In History, July 15
1099: Middle East Muslims surrendered Jerusalem to the European armies of the First Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad). The "Christian" Crusaders then massacred thousands of Muslim men, women and children.
1207: King John of England expelled the Canterbury monks for their support of Stephen Langton.
1381: John Ball, a rebel leader in the Peasants' Revolt in England, was hanged, drawn and quartered.
1410: The Battle of Grunwald in Prussia; The king of Poland, Wladyslaw Jagiello, with an army of 39,000 Poles, Lithuanians, Ukrainians and supported by Tartars and troops from Romanian Wallachia, defeated a force of 27,000 Teutonic Knights under the order's grand master, Ulrich von Jungingen. Despite the decisiveness of the victory (half of the Teutonic knights were killed, the rest captured), the conditions of peace were mild. The Teutonic knights agreed to withdraw from part of Lithuania and guaranteed free trade on the Vistula. The Battle of Grunwald is held in high regard in Polish history. The battle is referred to as The Battle of Tannenberg by the Germans.
1662: Charles II granted a charter to establish the Royal Society in London.
1685: The Duke of Monmouth was executed on Tower Hill in England after his army was defeated at Sedgemore.
1792: German King Francis II became the Holy Roman Emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation). Notice on the map below that Germany is labeled as the "Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" ("Heiliges Römisches Reich Deutscher Nation").
1815: Napoleon surrendered 4 weeks after Battle of Waterloo; he was then exiled as a prisoner to St. Helena.
1823: In Rome, the church known as St Paul's Outside the Walls was destroyed by a fire. Its original edifice was erected in 324 by the Roman emperor Constantine (See Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1869: Margarine was patented in France by Hippolyte Mege Mouries.
1870: Manitoba became a Province of the Canadian Confederation.
1888: The volcanic eruption of Mount Bandai killed 500 people in Japan.
1918: During the First World War, the second Battle of the Marne began (see also A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1944: During the Second World War, Greenwich Observatory was damaged by bombing.
1965: The Mariner IV spacecraft sent back the first close-up pictures of Mars.
1974: In Cyprus, Greek Junta-sponsored nationalists launched a coup that deposed President Makarios.
2000: Owen Maynard died at age 75. The Canadian aeronautical engineer was one of the 31 Canadian Arrow (the supersonic fighter-interceptor is shown in the illustration) engineers who went to work for NASA on the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs after the end of the Arrow. Maynard was directly involved in the design of the lunar module that landed on the moon.