Back in 2016, self-proclaimed prophet Lisa Bevere rightly earned the title of ‘MystiChick’, after being identified as one of a large cadre of women who are part of the “Mysti-Chicks Uprising”. These women identify as Christian pastors and leaders, a group who encourage other women to rise up and embrace an unbiblical form of church governance and non-Christian practices. Move forward into 2020 Lisa Bevere continues with more serious blasphemy in an article where she accuses godly Christian leaders of prohibiting “thousands of the church’s daughters from preaching and teaching in the sacred spaces under its governance.”
And what is the ‘bait’ of Lisa Bevere? The ‘bait’ is that all women can expect God to enlighten them beyond His closed canon. Because God the Holy Spirit has sovereignly ‘whispered’ to Lisa Bevere that for over two millennia godly men have ‘limited’ and ‘prohibited’ the true role of women in regards to leadership in the church.
Note the title of her article: “Women: The Great Commission is your Permission”. Ponder that title and her claim that the Holy Spirit said the following to her:
“…I heard the Holy Spirit whisper, “Far too many of the daughters I called and gifted by my Spirit for ministry have been held back and denied their call by the church.“
And who does Lisa Bevere accuse of holding back women?
“For more than two millennia religious leaders have limited and at times prohibited thousands of the church’s daughters from preaching and teaching in the sacred spaces under its governance.”
Unfortunately she is no different to the serpent in the garden, twisting God’s Word in order to encourage the body of Christ to submit to the unbiblical leadership of women. And just like the serpent, she has her own agenda – by declaring that the Holy Spirit has indeed given His ‘permission’ for women to lead.
Consider this next quote about these ‘religious leaders’ oppressing the church:
“You might have heard religious leaders say, “Women can teach other women but not men.” Or, “Women can share, but there is to be no preaching.” (“I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.”) And: “Women can lead, as long as it is outside the church.” These veiled threats appear to be more reasonable, but the result is the same: the gospel is contained.”
By inserting a very scriptural mandate in the above quote we highlight just how much Lisa Bevere appears to have departed from God’s revealed Word.
And by using The Message Bible ‘translation’ which allows for a mystical liberalism, Lisa is ‘rolling her own propaganda joint’ (with a feminist touch) and encouraging people to ‘smoke it’. This is the typical propaganda narrative of most destructive cults – with Lisa Bevere reducing the early church to a movement, injecting the notion of ‘patriarchal elitism’ into her own feminist agenda. And those who hold to the true biblical narrative are like the ‘religious leaders’ in Jesus’ day. In typical NAR fashion Lisa Bevere went to great lengths to play the card that she is of the true church while ‘religious leaders’ hold back women’s potential.
But all that she has accomplished is to encourage women to despise God’s Word, to seek extra-biblical ‘revelation’ for themselves. Will her followers reject these scriptures as well:
“A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner.” 1 Tim 2:11-14
“For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints, the women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church. Or was it from you that the word of God came? Or are you the only ones it has reached? If anyone thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that the things I am writing to you are a command of the Lord. If anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized.” 1 Cor 14:33-40
Christians have honoured these biblical verses for the last 2000 years but ‘Little Lisa-fer’ wants to usurp them for her own purposes. Lisa Bevere regards herself as a sound exegete of scripture but the Apostle Paul has made it clear, God does not recognise her as one. A woman is not permitted to teach and have authority within the church ‘gathered’, she is to remain quiet. And by misusing the true and clear biblical narrative, Lisa has not clearly defined the texts that do allow for both men and women to share the good news of Christ and Him crucified.
Cleaning up the deception of Lisa Bevere.
The body of Christ, both men and women, have known they have the freedom to preach the gospel and make disciples wherever they go. Today is no different. However, the office of pastor has been ordained by God to communicate clear gospel truths and to not burden women with the spiritual responsibility that comes with it. And it’s important to note that this is a ‘type and shadow of Christ’, God Himself pouring out his life for the church, laying His life down for His bride, preparing His bride, nurturing and being faithful to His bride. The destruction of this gospel ‘type and shadow’ by Lisa Bevere does nothing more than pervert the gospel.
“Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”
This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” Ephesians 5: 22-33
“He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?” 1 Timothy 3:4-5
Lisa Bevere doesn’t hide her demonic agenda. This truly inspired work of the devil below will only cause division and confusion among believers. She has hijacked the word ‘permission’ to justify why she thinks women are permitted to preach and/or lead in the church. And in doing so demonstrates a serious lack of biblical knowledge and integrity when it comes to the clearly defined biblical roles of men and women in the body of Christ.
WOMEN: THE GREAT COMMISSION IS YOUR PERMISSION
I want to open up this topic of gender prejudice by stepping back to a time when the church was newborn, alive and growing after the resurrection, and there was an outpouring of God’s Spirit on both sons and daughters. The gospel was being released in both word and deed as the resurrection of Jesus was proclaimed. Panicked temple leaders, in an attempt to calm the storm, arrested Peter and John when a man who had been lame for forty years was healed.
They called them back and warned them that they were on no account ever again to speak or teach in the name of Jesus. (Acts 4:18 Message)
The they in this interaction refers to the religious leaders of their day, and Peter and John are the ones who were sternly warned. This wonder performed in the name of Jesus, the healing of a man, had thrown wide open a door to preach Christ the risen Savior. The Jewish leaders found themselves between a rock and a hard place because there was no denying the healing of this crippled man. They reasoned among themselves:
By now it’s known all over town that a miracle has occurred, and that they are behind it. There is no way we can refute that. But so that it doesn’t go any further, let’s silence them with threats so they won’t dare to use Jesus’s name ever again with anyone. (Acts 4:16–17 Message)
We all know that threatening these two disciples did not work. If anything their tactics had the very opposite effect and actually strengthened their resolve.
But Peter and John spoke right back, “Whether it’s right in God’s eyes to listen to you rather than to God, you decide. As for us, there’s no question—we can’t keep quiet about what we’ve seen and heard.” (Acts 4:18–20 Message)
As far as Peter and John were concerned, the religious leaders could continue to argue among themselves for as long as they liked, but they would not be stopped. They realized trying to convince these leaders would be an exercise in futility. They had no choice but to continue teaching and preaching what they knew to be true. These men understood that there are times when silence equates to disobedience.
These threats echo in our ears even today. The recipients of this threat look different now. This is no longer an isolated directive given by religious leaders to uneducated fishermen from Galilee. It has grown into a cultural push the world over. It sounds different now, but the objective is the same. Our secular world will allow you to talk about God and be as spiritual as you like, just as long as you don’t use the name of Jesus.
And though we should not be surprised when secular arenas block teaching and preaching in the name of Jesus, when the church obstructs its members and silences their voices . . . well, that is another animal entirely.
For more than two millennia religious leaders have limited and at times prohibited thousands of the church’s daughters from preaching and teaching in the sacred spaces under its governance. Read Acts 4:18 again:
So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.
As I pondered this verse, I heard the Holy Spirit whisper, “Far too many of the daughters I called and gifted by my Spirit for ministry have been held back and denied their call by the church.”
You might have heard religious leaders say, “Women can teach other women but not men.” Or, “Women can share, but there is to be no preaching.” And: “Women can lead, as long as it is outside the church.” These veiled threats appear to be more reasonable, but the result is the same: the gospel is contained. Women who are bold with their faith are too quickly labeled aggressive. Women who are confident in their God are mistaken for ambitious. Yet the question before us is the same one raised by Peter and John. Is it right in the sight of God to listen to men rather than to obey God? And what has God instructed both his sons and daughters to do? We find our answer in the words Jesus spoke right before he ascended:
“Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.” So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. (Mark 16:15–19)
This directive was given to all who believe. The Great Commission is permission, it doesn’t even require a building or an organization, and this mandate is inclusive of both genders. In Christ all are called and liberated to declare God’s good news. Once we’ve known God’s freedom and truth we should never allow human threats to silence us.
Source: Lisa Bevere, Women: The Great Commission is your Permission, https://thinke.org/blog/women-the-great-commission-is-your-permission-lisa-bevere, Published January 10, 2020. (Accessed January 26, 2021.)
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