that the Scriptures address every area of our lives,
including the roles of men and women. Although
God has made these issues clear in His Word, our
culture has rejected the biblical view, causing
Our purpose is to understand God’s design and
resist the pressure to conform to the standards
and structures of our culture. What follows is a
summary of the biblical principles relating to this
issue and the practice of Immanuel Bible Church.... [No, what follows is doing exactly what we just said we're to resis: conform to the standards and structures of our culture, namely women leading men in spiritual enterprises and starting churches--which by the way, is the feminist Charismatic justification-if there are no men, then God will raise up women.]
We believe that men and women in missionary service should follow the
mandates of the Scriptures as churches are established.
Missionaries receiving support from Immanuel Bible Church
shall be guided by the Scriptures concerning the roles of men
and women in the church as they respond to diverse cultural
and ethnic differences.
Women in missionary service may find themselves in
situations requiring them to assume teaching and leadership
roles normally reserved for men. This typically occurs where
no qualified men are available. Once a church has been
established and qualified men become available, they shall
assume leadership roles.
2Sa 6:4 So they brought it with the ark of God from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill; and Ahio was walking ahead of the ark.
2Sa 6:5 Meanwhile, David and all the house of Israel were celebrating before the LORD with all kinds of instruments made of fir wood, and with lyres, harps, tambourines, castanets and cymbals.
2Sa 6:6 But when they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah reached out toward the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen nearly upset it.
2Sa 6:7 And the anger of the LORD burned against Uzzah, and God struck him down there for his irreverence; and he died there by the ark of God.
Gen 16:3 After Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Abram's wife Sarai took Hagar the Egyptian, her maid, and gave her to her husband Abram as his wife.
Gen 16:4 He went in to Hagar, and she conceived; and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her sight.
That didn't turn out well for Sarah, Hagar, or the children, for Ishmael would be set against his younger brother Isaac through whom the promise of God would come. But Sarah wanted to help out God and so she sinned.
The point is that to violate God's command is sinful. To justify the sin is also sinful. It's also a heart of unbelief and irreverence toward God and His Word. It is to say with the ancient Serpent, "Hath God said? Surely you won't die!" It's to attack HIS authority and raise up man's instead. It's treason.