In the verses below, we see the attack & influence of the Jezebel spirit upon the church at Thyatira:
“‘But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.
‘I gave her time to repent, and she does not want to repent of her immorality.
‘Behold, I will throw her on a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her deeds.
‘And I will kill her children with pestilence, and all the churches will know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts; and I will give to each one of you according to your deeds.” – KING Jesus Christ (Revelation 2:20 – 23)
Today, the attack is even more evident in ‘other aspects’ especially in regards to “not” obeying the ‘gender based commandments of the New Testament’.
Yes, this Jezebel spirit is in the frontline of deceiving Christian churches (‘mostly due to the influence of Western Christianity’ which is greatly led astray in this). We need “not” remain deceived by all these rise of feminism which teaches contrary to Biblical doctrine.
Thus, an ‘analogy’ to the ‘influence of Jezebel upon the church at Thyatira’ is happening today with regards to ‘prophetess such as Jezebel who teach contrary to the New Testament verses’.
Keeping away from ‘sexual immorality’ & ‘food offered to idols’ is one of two aspects mentioned to be observed in this New Testament too in Acts 15:29; so are other commandments of our Blessed Saviour (1 Corinthians 14:37) which are gender based which needs be observed too such as 1 Corinthians 14:34, 1 Timothy 2:12, 1 Corinthians 11:5, to name a few.
One of the most misquoted verse (‘out of context’) to seemingly support these Jezebel heresies is this:
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28)
The facts are these:
(i) The ‘same’ apostle Paul is the one ‘who also wrote the gender-based commandments’ & the verse above. He is certainly “not” cancelling out the ‘gender based commandments’ when he wrote the verse above.
(ii) The Galatians verse above is written with regards to ‘Salvation in Christ’ (the “topic”) & the ‘promises which follow’ when we read the verses around it such as
“For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:26)
“And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.” (Galatians 3:28)
Thus to quote it to ‘cancel’ out the ‘gender based commandments of the New Testament verses’ is certainly ‘twisting Scripture’ & ‘lawlessness’ (“not” wishing to obey the ‘Lord’s Commandments’, 1 Corinthians 14:37) and unless the Lord has Mercy, the end of this “lawless” road too is clear from Scripture:
“Many will say to Me in that the day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons and in Your name perform many miracles?’
And then I will declare unto them, ‘I never knew you; depart you from Me, those working lawlessness.’” – Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 7:22 – 23)
“as also in all his (Paul’s) letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.” (2 Peter 3:16)
(iii) The ‘topic’ when the Galatians verse above was written is “not” church leadership, marriage nor man-woman relations & thus it cannot be quoted to be used in these areas to cancel out the commandments which exist in such aspects.
As an analogy, consider the phrase ‘neither Jew nor Greek’ which exists in this verse as well. Wrongly applying the ‘cancelling out’ interpretation as they did to the ‘neither male nor female part’, some in the church created the ‘Replacement Theology error too’.
This error ‘thinks’ that the ‘church’ has ‘replaced Israel’ & is the root of ‘Christian anti-semiticism’ which is again a product of such Western Christianity (Example, Hitler was such a Christian).
‘Christian hatred & jealousy towards the Jews’ is because they are unwilling to accept the fact that Scripture has given certain ‘unconditional Covenant-based blessings to Jews because of the faithfulness of their patriarchs’. Unless we can demonstrate a faith equivalent to these, let’s not get jealous toward the Jews regarding such and thus, God is fair!
I am “not” a Jew but I don’t change my interpretation of Scripture to ‘claim these things’ which are “not” my role/promises. Similarly, gender based commandments exist to separate our roles & we need not covet roles which were not meant for us. Contentment in fulfilling our calling in the Will of God according to what is designated to us is a key of obedience which is always better than lawless sacrifices.
On earth, ‘Jews & Gentiles are different’ with respect to ‘law observance’ (E.g. Jews may be zealous for the Law while Gentiles are “not” to observe beyond the four things mentioned as even this passage confirms it again in Acts 21:24 – 25 marking this distinction between Jew & Gentile believers).
Note that the Galatians verse doesn’t “cancel out” this earthly “believing Jew-Gentile” distinction just like it doesn’t cancel out the earthly male-female distinction either. Thus, ‘male and female are different’ with respect to ‘New Testament Rules’ too as highlighted prior.
The aim of the Galatians 3:28 verse is also to point to a time (‘not’ now on earth) but beyond this life where in the resurrection, all these earthly distinctions will eventually vanish! Yes, there will be “no” more ‘male or female’ (no gender) from that time, henceforth:
“For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 22:30)
We need to “repent” from all these pollution of Jezebel upon the church and return to “obeying New Testament verses in these aspects too.”
The ‘other’ churches of God (“all” of them) have ‘no’ other practice/Custom different from the ‘new Testament Rules’ even in these areas too as it is written (refuting the ‘Corinthian church only’ false teaching):
“Now if anyone is inclined to be contentious, we have no such practice, nor do the churches of God.” (1 Corinthians 11:16)
Let us not be in the habit of questioning verses but rather in the habit of obeying them:
“Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” – KING Jesus Christ (Luke 6:46)
“But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29)