It has been quite a while since I last posted to my blog but it has been a very busy winter.
Last summer, July 2019, I was given the incredible gifted opportunity to attend the International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism and Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. That trip reinforced my desire to both proclaim the faith and defend it biblically. It definitely fanned the flame of apologetics and evangelism in me. Also, I have been working feverishly to finish up my thesis for this year’s Academy (July 2020) titled:
“This we proclaim” The Objective Gospel Proclamation
Offering Pentecostals a Better Apologetic (Kerygma)
One evening, in Strasbourg, I was sharing with several Lutheran (LCMS) ministers who were also attending the Academy, my own story of how I became Lutheran. One item in particular I shared was that while Pentecostal/Charismatic, we were approached about becoming ordained ministers. We saw it as a way to get out to the public more and did not acknowledge that God’s Word forbids women from serving as an Elder or Pastor. I don’t share this often, but I felt safe with these ministers and told the whole story of the debacle that was. One said he wanted me to write about it so that it would be published. This is that article reprinted for those who do not subscribe to LOGIA: The Journal of Lutheran Theology. (www.logia.org)
I would love to hear from you, so please feel free to ask questions or comment on it.
A Testimonial Warning
Dr. Nancy A. Almodovar, PhD
Growing up in a Holiness-Pentecostal Church we were taught that women could be pastors. The major proof-text was Galatians 3:28, “…here is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” In that particular fellowship, it was not uncommon to find that both husband and wife were co-pastors. They encouraged all of us to seek God as to whether or not we were called to be pastors. However, their incorrect interpretation made this verse about how anyone can be a pastor when it is properly referring to salvation is universal. Such is the power of a single verse taken out of context which then cast a shadow over my life for nearly 20 years.