FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BNC) — The Wineskins YouTube channel published interviews with staff of the Fourth Avenue church Dec. 2 about a female preaching intern sharing the pulpit with minister Patrick Mead. The church is in the greater Nashville area.
The video provoked a number of reactions by area saints. The videographer and post-producer was identified as Jeremy McKeel of McKeel Video Productions, Murray, Ky. The video is apparently the first in the Wineskins channel.
Adam Faughn, minister of the Lebanon Road congregation in Hermitage, Tenn., wrote a lengthy open letter to the Fourth Ave. congregation. He stated,
Your preacher has tried to take the easy way out. Sadly, he has taken a clear command and stated that it was nothing more than cultural. The line of thinking goes that Paul only meant this teaching for that ancient time and culture. He even states that there are only two passages that talk about this particular concept, and, should we believe that Paul meant it for anything beyond “Corinth and Ephesus,” we are stating that the apostle was “trying to undue [sic] the rest of Scripture.”
So, I guess God has to say it, what, at least three times to make a command binding? Or He had to have Paul’s teaching be corroborated by Jesus to make it binding? Such is the thinking.
The Fourth Ave. church’s action is having repercussions in many places. Jon Mitchell, a gospel preacher in Duncan S.C., responded to many of the affirmations of the video.
It was Jesus, not Paul, who ultimately decreed that women should not preach in church to men in the church. So if you have a problem with this, take it up with Jesus. Personally, I don’t want to take it up with Jesus. You see, Jesus died an agonizing, humiliating death on the cross which he did not deserve, and he did that so that you and I could go to heaven rather than burn in hell like we deserve because of our sins. That is far more important than our tender sensibilities being miffed because his commands concerning women preaching to men are not politically or socially correct.
Do you truly love Jesus and God? That’s a claim that’s easy to make with great sincerity. This young lady made it, and I’m glad she did. However, here’s what Jesus says about loving him.
If you love me, you will keep my commandments. John 14:15
Such divisive practices instituted by progressive churches have prompted faithful brethren to respond firmly with New Testament teachings and reaffirm the model presented by the apostles and prophets who were inspired by the Holy Spirit, as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ.
Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three married children and five grandchildren. He enjoys his new home office. http://randal.us