I’m sometimes told that when God uses a woman to lead or to teach, it’s an exception–usually because he cannot find a suitable man. (This gives justification for women on the mission field.) I’ve even had Balaam’s ass cited as an example, as in, if God can use Balaam’s donkey, then he can even use a woman.
So I say, bring on the exceptions!
Bring on Heidi Baker and Anne Graham Lotz, Beth Moore and Joyce Meyer.
Bring on the women in India who start thousands of churches.
Bring on the women in the Middle East who are risking their lives to proclaim the gospel.
Bring on the authors–Rachel Held Evans, Carolyn Custis James, Sarah Bessey and a myriad more.
Bring on the Biblical exceptions–Deborah, Huldah, Esther, Ruth, Mary, Priscilla, Junia and Phoebe.
Lord, let me be an exception too! Let there be an army of exceptions! (Psalms 68:11 NASB)
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