A Bad Tree Cannot Produce Good Fruit…Why Women Can Be Pastors

I’m sure Jesus knew, even though it’s still hard for me to believe, that Christians would sit around having “theological” debates day in and day out. Jesus didn’t stand in front of a podium for 33 years and preach law after law, but instead showed us how to live by being a real life example for us. If that wasn’t enough (it apparently wasn’t for some), He gave us a lens to see the world and essentially the church through.

“Every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.” (Matthew 7:17-18)

Now the Bible doesn’t say “Thou shalt not shoot up heroin.” In fact, it doesn’t even command not to get high. It does talk about not getting drunk with wine, but never says anything about getting high. If it doesn’t, then why do the majority of Christians see getting high or shooting up heroin as wrong or a sin? It’s quite simple, actually. All we have to do is look at the fruit that it produces. Heroin leads to addiction, neglection of addict’s own needs and others’, stealing for money to buy more heroin, and ultimately death. We can see from this bad fruit that the tree cannot be good. The same thing applies when we look at women being pastors. China used to be completely closed to Christianity (it’s still closed to missionaries), but there is a revolution beginning to take place. There are many house churches in China, very similar to the early Church, and the majority of pastors of these churches are women.

In fact, over 75% of pastors in China are women!

Here we see women taking a stand and being used by God in this beautiful movement. I’ve seen these Chinese women preaching and teaching and the fruit is wonderful! People can argue that women are not supposed to be preachers and don’t have the authority to, but then why do so many women pastors produce good fruit? China is not a special case, in fact it’s more like the early Church than the American church will ever be. Also, God isn’t just using these women because men weren’t available. First of all, that’s not how God works. Second of all, because it just doesn’t make sense!

There are 30 million more men than women in China because of the one child policy the country had for so long, so a shortage of men can’t be the excuse.

The house churches I visited had tons of men, so it isn’t because men aren’t believers. So if that’s not it, what is? It’s because God is choosing to use these women. In fact, I think He’s using them to be an example, mainly to America. Women do have the authority and power to preach and teach, because God has called them to in China and many other places! If you want to tell these women that they don’t have the authority, well…I would just watch your step because these are strong, God-fearing women who are in the midst of leading a great spiritual revolution. 

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2 thoughts on “A Bad Tree Cannot Produce Good Fruit…Why Women Can Be Pastors

  1. Just because God is using them does not mean that He thinks it the way it should be. Reference 1 Timothy 2:11,12. So yes, I see that they are being used, which according to our modern mindset means God likes it. But that whole thesis is wrong. God doesn’t stop everything in this world that is bad – look at Jeremiah 5:26-28 for one example, also check out the world around you. Neither does He always bless that which is good. It’s the same idea, and it’s flawed. So contravening God’s directives on the relativistic justification that “it works, God must think it’s good” is nothing but folly. Paul, inspired infallibly by the Holy Spirit, gives us as followers of Christ, the desired order of things. If we truly wish to follow Christ, I cannot help but think that we would do as He has instructed us.

    Don’t mean to condemn here, just don’t see truth in your justification. I’m currently writing a paper on this subject, so any feedback would be appreciated. Please challenge me on where I’m wrong, as you obviously disagree.

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    1. Hi, Barak!

      First of all, let me say thank you for your interest. I love when people want to talk to me about this issue. I used to believe similar to what I assume you believe, but I had an encounter with Love that changed me.

      I would also like to add that I’m not sure what you meant by referencing Jeremiah 5:26-28. The people in these verses are committing horrible sins and getting rich and you are comparing this to women preaching and teaching the Word of God in one of the darkest countries in the world?

      Second of all, you seem to have missed the point of my blog. I’m not saying that if it works, then it must be from God. Just going to church on Sundays and not reading your Bible or spending time with God is not good. It can seem to work from the outside, but we know that inside the person is hurting because they don’t truly have a relationship with God. This fake relationship cannot produce good fruit, because it is a “bad tree.” I have been to China and I have seen these woman preaching and teaching to men, women, and children. I hear the testimonies, something that is hard to deny. This is good fruit, my friend. You can deny it all you want, but if God doesn’t want to use women as pastors, then He won’t. The fact of the matter is that these people are being led by the Spirit, instead of by the law. Reading the Bible as if it were just another book is not how it was intended to be read. Any non-believer could pick out two verses and say that they contradict each other because they are not being led by the Spirit. We need to look past the face value of the words, because if we don’t then it is not a Living Word.

      Let me just say that 1 Timothy is a letter that Paul wrote to the church of Ephesus, this is not a list of rules nor is it Jesus’ spoken words to Christians of all time and places. The spirit of the words is inspired by Christ, but you must look at the context. In Ephesians 6 Paul tells servants to obey their masters with fear and trembling. Paul is giving advice for Christians on how to live in the culture and time they were in. People will look at these verses in context, but take the ones about women right out. It’s kind of silly, huh? Maybe, just maybe Paul’s command was not meant for all women, in all places, for all of time? Many scholars believe that women, slaves, the poor and weak, were all rushing to the church because they had never known a Love like Jesus before. In their new found freedom, women were interrupting meetings with questions and opinions and 1 Timothy 2:11-12 is Paul’s gentle way of reminding them that they still had much to learn. In fact, Paul says, “I do not permit…” signaling that this was his policy for this church that was under his jurisdiction. I could go on and on about it, but I don’t want to take up too much of your time. Maybe try opening your heart and studying it for yourself. Study the Greek words and look up opinions of those who differ from you. Just because it’s something that you have always heard, or the popular opinion (American opinion, may I add), does not mean it’s right. We are imperfect humans after all.

      I do believe that all of Scripture is God-breathed, but I also believe that God has given us the gift of the Holy Spirit to interpret His words. How arrogant to think that we have interpreted His Holy Word fully and without flaw. I believe that the church is supposed to grow in understanding over time. For example, the Southern Baptist Convention started because a large group of people believed that the Bible encouraged slavery and they wanted to be separate from the Baptists in the North. Many of the members of the church owned slaves and used Scripture to back up their actions. Eventually, they realized that they were interpreting it wrong. They changed and publicly apologized for their actions and beliefs. This is a beautiful example of how the Church should be. The Church should grow closer to Jesus the closer it gets to His return. If we stay exactly the same for hundreds of years, I have to question if we’re paying attention to the voice of God.

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