Women in the Body of Christ

The term “Body of Christ” is a specific term which collectively refers to the all the believers, those for whom Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior. I use this term specifically in contrast to the splintered collections of corporate religious entities commonly referred to as “the church”. These entities we have been taught and trained to regard as “the church” has absolutely nothing to do with the Church which is revealed in the Bible.

For centuries, women have been trained, taught and coerced into roles that are very foreign to their intended roles and functions in the Body of Christ. The purpose of this training is to negate, obstruct and eliminate their true functioning in the Body of Christ. This abuse and enslavement of women has been done much to the detriment of the families and the believers that make up the Body of Christ.

In Galatians, there is an illuminating verse which has been ignored and cast aside for all the centuries since it was written. This verse is in the context of declaring that we are no longer under under religious law; we have been set free from the religious law that was established under the ministry of Moses. This happens to include all counterfeit religious legal systems which have been established since!

Galatians 3:28 (The italicized words were added by me) (in Christ) There is neither Jew nor Greek (race has no spiritual significance), there is neither slave nor free (social status has no spiritual significance), there is no male or female (gender has no spiritual significance), for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

In Christ there is no male or female! Gender has absolutely no spiritual significance! Whenever any believer functions in the Body of Christ according to Christ who is the head of the body, they do so with the same ability and authority as anyone else! How can this be? It is because we are ALL ONE in Christ Jesus. How simple!

“…there is neither slave nor free”; social distinctions which have no spiritual significance include all the artificial corporate religious distinctions including those called “pastor”, “priest”, “cardinal” or any other religious office that you can think of.

The truth of the matter is, we have all been called to function to our maximum ability in the Body of Christ. We have been commissioned to that functioning; we have been given the permission to function and we are responsible to actually perform the functioning that we have been called to. However, the world does fight back and resists our functioning in the Body of Christ. As the Body of Christ increases in its functioning the less the religious organizations are able to function.

It is not enough to declare our freedom to function in the Body of Christ. People need to see the scriptural evidence to enable them to go beyond their life-long religious training to ignore and cast aside the call of God in their life. So, if you wish to pursue this subject further, there are teachings available that will show you the scriptural evidence.

The teaching “1 Timothy Part 2” handles scriptures which have been used to abuse and enslave women for centuries. (Copy and paste the following link into your web browser to access the pdf file)
http://www.ksradcliffe.com/notes/force.php?file=20110203%201Tim%20Pt2.pdf

The teaching series on Galatians and Ephesians confront the religious doctrines which have enslaved us to religious corporate and organizational law for centuries. The teaching series on 1 Timothy confronts religious leadership doctrines which people have followed for centuries much to their detriment and destruction.

Learn about your freedom; then for once in your life, decide if you will be free, or not. It is your decision.

About ksradcliffe.com

This posting is a guide to the information on my website and some of the thought behind it. You can read about the purpose of the website on the home page, and about me, the author, on my biography page; so I won't be repeating that information here.

 

For those visitors of ksradcliffe.com with a background in organized religion, either denominational or non-denominational, there are teachings to answer some of the most common questions that constantly arise in such environments. These teachings are available as PDF files that can be read or MP3 audio files that can be listened to on computer or MP3 player.

 

For example, the subject of "tithes" and financial giving to corporate religious organizations is a much debated topic. Instead of arguing or wondering about this subject, why not read an extensive study on this topic?

 

When I started to research this topic, my motivation was to reexamine the practice of so many godly people (including myself) who faithfully contributed 10% or more of their income to a religious organization for years. Why are the majority of such people not enjoying the financial abundance that our teachers promised us? I started the research from the premise that the doctrine of tithing as popularly taught is basically sound. The fault must be something missing from our practice or understanding. I was surprised at what the Bible actually teaches. On the Tithing page you can have access to "The Tithe and Giving In The Body of Christ Today" document, which is the result of this research.

 

There are other questions, sometimes heart-rending questions asked by devout but hurting believers, such as "why do bad things happen to me (or others)?". "I live a godly life, why am I suffering?", "why don't I seem to have God's blessing on my life? What did I do wrong?". Closely related to these questions are the popular doctrines of prosperity which teach the believers to equate a godly life with material prosperity and health.

 

The teaching series "Godly Abundance and Prosperity" is available to answer such questions and to examine such popular doctrines. This teaching series also introduces, by teaching and by example, how the scriptures are handled in the teachings on this site. In addition, the subjects of self-condemnation, endurance, "prosperity", finances, prayer and the promises of God are handled in this teaching series.

 

I believe that the teachings mentioned here will answer a majority of the questions in the hearts of most devout Christians.

 

You can email any questions or comments directly to me at my address: keith@ksradcliffe.com

 
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