Do Women Serve Communion In Your Church? -- By: Gilbert Bilezikian
Do Women Serve Communion In Your Church?
Gilbert Bilezikian is author of Beyond Sex Roles (Baker, 1985) which is available from the CBE Book Service.
God chose a woman, the Virgin Mary, to give flesh and blood to the body of Christ, with no help from any man. She nurtured him and he, the fruit of her womb, became the Savior, her offering to the world.
In turn, the Savior gave his body and his blood to gather to himself the church, his bride for eternity. A woman gave him life. He gave his life for the bride.
It is now a cause of infinite sorrow that Christ’s bride has been abducted by impostors, men who act as chief nurturers of his body, and who refuse to let women serve the church freely.
Is it then any wonder that, wherever she is oppressed by claims of exclusive male leadership, the true church languishes and perishes?
From A Reader In Afghanistan
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Fall ‘93 issue (which I received months later as my mail gets hand carried in) — especially since I have a limited amount of high quality current Christian literature at my disposal. But I was disappointed that singleness for ministry did not feature more highly in this special issue. Our “identity-flexible lifestyle” allows us singles to serve in places too difficult or dangerous for marrieds (especially for those with children) to go. Many never married singles serve in missions and as Christian workers in restricted-access countries. Throughout Christian history there have been those who have accepted the teaching of Luke 19:12 and “...have renounced marriage because of the kingdom of heaven.” Most of us no longer take a (formal) oath but functionally do so by choosing a cross-cultural career ministry.
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