Our Inheritance in Christ is for Men and Women Alike
UPDATE Sept 2021: I have come to believe that Jeff Crippen does not practise what he preaches. He vilely persecuted an abuse victim and spiritually abused many other people in the Tillamook congregation. Go here to read the evidence. Jeff has not gone to the people that he spiritually and emotionally abused. He has not apologised to them, let alone asked for their forgiveness.
I am only going to cite two Scriptures here and let our readers comment on them. They have real significance to the subject of abuse because they concern God’s view of women in His kingdom. Specifically, they teach us that women have full rights to all the blessings that are in Christ and are not second-rate beings in His realm. The first Scripture, it appears to me, is really the background to the second and I would imagine that the Apostle Paul had it in mind as he wrote to the Galatians:
Joshua 17:3-6 Now Zelophehad the son of Hepher, son of Gilead, son of Machir, son of Manasseh, had no sons, but only daughters, and these are the names of his daughters: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. (4) They approached Eleazar the priest and Joshua the son of Nun and the leaders and said, “The LORD commanded Moses to give us an inheritance along with our brothers.” So according to the mouth of the LORD he gave them an inheritance among the brothers of their father. (5) Thus there fell to Manasseh ten portions, besides the land of Gilead and Bashan, which is on the other side of the Jordan, (6) because the daughters of Manasseh received an inheritance along with his sons. The land of Gilead was allotted to the rest of the people of Manasseh.
There are reasons the Lord gives Scriptures like this. Normally, the New Testament explains why. So it is, in my opinion, in this case:
Galatians 3:28-29 There 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. (29) And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.
While I believe that Galatians 3:28 has often been mis-handled, nevertheless it has great application and implications for us today. Just as sons are heirs, so it is with daughters. Peter says the same thing:
1 Peter 3:7 Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.
Heirs with men, you see. This fact alone sets Christianity poles apart from so many, if not all, religions men have created. Oh, that Christians would just get it!