A History of the Deaconess

Thesis :Apollyon god "Phoebe".Antithesis: Phoebe Public Defender  .A.History.of.the.Deaconess

All of the names of god are generic. Scripture is the ANTITHESIS of gods like Phoibos or Apollo (Apollyon).  The contrast is between the gods which will hurt you if you don't perform OBSERVATIONS but the Spiritual Kingdom does not come with such Operations or Lying Wonders.

ALWAYS ANTICHRISTIAN THESIS
Temple of Apollo in corinth

Corinth: Aphrodite of Cities. In pre-Roman times, one temple of Aphrodite was served by temple prostitutes, and, though modern scholars debate whether ritual prostitution had ceased by the time of Paul's arrival, there is little doubt that prostitution would have thrived. Brothels have been excavated in several Roman cities, including Pompeii and Ephesus. But Aphrodite was important to the city in other ways, too. Born out of the sea, she could protect the sailors and ships on which the city's economy depended. And Julius Caesar, the city's colonial patron, claimed descent from Venus, the Roman form of Aphrodite.
        On the road into Corinth there are many funerary memorials, and in front of the city is a cypress grove called the Kraneion. In the grove is a temple to Black Aphrodite, and the grave of Lais. It is said Lais was born in Sicily and as a child was taken captive by the Athenians, and sold to Corinth.–Pausanias Description of Greece and Corinth 2.2.4.

[2.22.5] Going on a little further you see the grave of Argus, reputed to be the son of Zeus and Niobe, daughter of Phoroneus. After these comes a temple of the Dioscuri. The images represent the Dioscuri themselves and their sons, Anaxis and Mnasinous, and with them are their mothers, Hilaeira and Phoebe. They are of ebony wood, and were made by Dipoenus and Scyllis.1 The horses, too, are mostly of ebony, but there is a little ivory also in their construction.

[2.2.6] The things worthy of mention in the city include the extant remains of antiquity, but the greater number of them belong to the period of its second ascendancy. On the market-place, where most of the sanctuaries are, stand Artemis surnamed Ephesian and wooden images of Dionysus [phallic], which are covered with gold with the exception of their faces; these are ornamented with red paint. They are called Lysius and Baccheus,  [Jochin and Boaz]

"In the environment in which Christianity arose was surcharged with such phenomena (raving prophecy). In the Greek oracles messages were uttered by priests or priestesses in a state of ecstasy, consciousness being in abeyance, and it was necessary to interpret them to the laity, as both Plutarch and Heraclitus testify... In the orgies of the cult of Dionysus music, dancing, drink, and other means were employed to supereninduce the ecstatic state, in which the devotees ate raw flesh, disported themselves with frenzied enthusiasm in the forests, and indulged in wild phallic excesses.

The ecstatic person was 'in the divinity' and out of normal consciousness. Cicero makes prophecy and madness practically synonymous." (Clark, Elmer T., The Small Sects in America, p. 86, Abingdon)

"The religious ecstasy induced by music expressed itself either in an outburst of emotions, thus giving rise to religious catharsis, or in a transfer to the state of prophecy.In this way music became an important factor in divination. In the mysteries of the Magna Mater this relationship between music and divination is particularly clear. Through the din of tambourines, cymbals and flutes the ecstatic worshiper of the goddess prophesied the future to those present

[2.22.5] Going on a little further you see the grave of Argus, reputed to be the son of Zeus and Niobe, daughter of Phoroneus. After these comes a temple of the Dioscuri. The images represent the Dioscuri themselves and their sons, Anaxis and Mnasinous, and with them are their mothers, Hilaeira and Phoebe. They are of ebony wood, and were made by Dipoenus and Scyllis.1 The horses, too, are mostly of ebony, but there is a little ivory also in their construction.

1Kings 7:21 And he set up the pillars in the porch of the temple: and he set up the right pillar,
        and called the name thereof Jachin
        and he set up the left pillar, and called the name thereof Boaz.
1Kings 7:22 And upon the top of the pillars was lily work: so was the work of the pillars finished.
h3199.  Yakiyn from h3559 Kuwn.

The Golden Calf: The terms Sakkuth and Kaiwan are rendered in the RSV and held to designate known Assyrian deities. While in the wilderness, Israel had a pure direct relationship with God that did not require sacrifice (Jer. 2:2-3; Hos. 2:14-20; 9:10). The MT is held by Green (Interlinear Bible) to read the booths of your king (SHD 5522 and 4428) and Kiyyun (SHD 3594), your images (SHD 6754) the star (SHD 3556) of your gods (elohim). The term kiyyun is actually derived from SHD 3559 kuwn (pronounced koon) to stand erect, hence as a statue and thus an idol or phallus.

  To this day, the star of the god Remphan or Kaiwan or Chiun stands on the Israeli flag as the star of David, which it is not. It and the crescent moon stand on the flag of Islam also, symbolising the Morning Star of the planet, which is the god of this world (2Cor. 4:4). It is of note that the terms Kaiwan/Kiyyun and Remphan are understood to be interchangeable from New Testament and Old Testament. The Septuagint (LXX) renders the text the tabernacle of Moloch and the star of your god Raephan (’Raiphan) (cf. Brenton’s translation of the LXX)

Pindar, Nemean, 9 [6] There is a saying among men: a noble deed when it is accomplished should not be buried silently in the ground; and divine song is suited to boasting. But we will wake the shouting lyre and the flute in honor of the very pinnacle of horse-contests, which Adrastus established for Phoebus [Apollo] by the streams of the Asopus. Father Zeus, I pray that I may celebrate this excellence by the favor of the Graces, and excel many poets in honoring victory [Nike] with my verses, [55] throwing my shaft nearest of all to the mark of the Muses

The GRACE word God replaced is the basis of Charismatic Music: perverse and perverting:

Charis, outward grace or favour  4. love-charm, philtre, V.daimonôn charishomage due to them, their worship, majesty
2. esp. in erotic sense, of favours granted, charites aphrodisiôn erôtôn, Aphroditêsechôn E.Ba.236

Aphrodisios [From Aphroditê] [Or ZOE or Lucifer]
I. belonging to Aphrodite, Plat.
II. Aphrodisia, ta,
sexual pleasures,
2. a festival of Aphrodite,
III. Aphrodision, ou, to, the temple of Aphrodite,
IV. gratification, delight, tinos in or from a thing,
sumposiou Pi. O.7.5

Strab. 8.6.20 And the temple of Aphrodite was so rich that it owned more than a thousand temple slaves, courtesans, whom both men and women had dedicated to the goddess. And therefore it was also on account of these women that the city was crowded with people and grew rich; for instance, the ship captains freely squandered their money, and hence the proverb, “"Not for every man is the voyage to Corinth."”Source unknown Moreover, it is recorded that a certain courtesan said to the woman who reproached her with the charge that she did not like to work or touch wool: "Yet, such as I am, in this short time I have taken down three webs."4
Strab. 8.6.22 The beginning of the seaboard on the two sides is, on the one side, Lechaeum, and, on the other, Cenchreae, a village and a harbor distant about seventy stadia from Corinth. Now this latter they use for the trade from Asia, but Lechaeum for that from Italy. Lechaeum lies beneath the city, and does not contain many residences; but long walls about twelve stadia in length have been built on both sides of the road that leads to Lechaeum.
        Tenea, also, is in Corinthia, and in it is a temple of the Teneatan Apollo; and it is said that most of the colonists [metoikein] who accompanied Archias, the leader of the colonists to Syracuse, set out from there, and that afterwards Tenea prospered more than the other settlements, and finally even had a government of its own, and, revolting from the Corinthians, joined the Romans,
        And mention is also made of an oracle that was given to a certain man from Asia, who enquired whether it was better to change his home [metoikein] to Corinth: “"Blest is Corinth, but Tenea for me."
Comparative Religions: J.G.R.Gorlong "A coin of Gaza or 'Oze, ^U^ of the 4th century B.C., has YHUE inscribed over a deity seated in a fiery chariot, reminding us of the Jah or Phoebos pictured by Ezekiel, and the Tsabaoth or " Lord of Hosts " of Isaiah,  that Jah, lali, le, rf, or Yah-u-e was a growth on the Akkadian I, Ea or Hea. Orpheans had ages ago affirmed the identity of Zeus, Ades or Pluto, Elios, or Phoebos, Bak;)(OS, the Greek IHS or Dionuso s. whilst an oracle quoted by Julian included also Sarapis as an Osirian sun-god idea.
Phoibos 1.bright one epith. of Apollo.
Puthōnos, hapantas en oikō
eireto paida, ton Euadna tekoi: Phoibou gar auton pha gegakein
50patros, peri thnatōn d'

Pindar. O. 6
Pitana, who, it is said, lay with Poseidon son of Cronus, [30] and bore a child, violet-haired Evadne. But she hid her unwedded pregnancy in the folds [bosom] of her robe. And in the appointed month she sent servants, and told them to give the baby to be tended by the hero, Aepytus son of Eilatus

But by the will of the gods, two gray-eyed SERPENTS nurtured him with the harmless venom of bees, caring for him. And when the king had driven back from rocky Pytho, he questioned everyone in the household about the child whom Evadne had borne.
        For he said that he was begotten by Phoebus, [50]
        and that he would be, for men on earth, a prophet above all mortals,
        and that his race would never fail. Such was his speech
        Now rouse your companions, Aeneas, first to shout the praises of Hera Parthenia,
and then to know whether we have truly escaped the ancient reproach [90] of men's speech, “Boeotian pig.” For you are a faithful herald, [Preacher] a message-stick of the lovely-haired Muses, [Worship team of Apollo/Phoebus]  a sweet mixing-bowl of loud-sounding songs. Tell them to remember Syracuse and Ortygia, which Hieron rules with his pure scepter and with good counsels,

The mixing bowl
kra-tēr   2. metaph., k. aoidan, of the messenger who bears an ode, Pi.O.6.91; k. kakōn, of a sycophant, Ar.Ach.937
kakē a^, , (kakos) baseness of spirit, cowardice, sloth,

Aristoph. Ach. 937
CHORUS

Pack up your goods carefully, friend; that the stranger may not break it when taking it away.

DICAEOPOLIS
OF CRACKED POTS: I shall take great care with it, for one would say he is cracked already; he rings with a false note, which the gods abhor.

Because the Progressive Scholars are Ignorant of the pagan THESIS they are doomed to take the wrong Way, Road or PATTERN.

Iliad 1 "Son of Atreus," said he, "I deem that we should now turn roving home if we would escape destruction, for we are being cut down by war and pestilence at once. Let us ask some priest or prophet, or some reader of dreams (for dreams, too, are of Jove) who can tell us why Phoebus Apollo is so angry, and say whether it is for some vow that we have broken,

or hecatomb that we have not offered, and whether he will accept the savour of lambs and goats without blemish, so as to take away the plague from us."

Thus through the livelong day to the going down of the sun they feasted, and every one had his full share, so that all were satisfied.

Apollo struck his lyre, and the Muses lifted up their sweet voices, calling and answering one another.

But when the sun's glorious light had faded, they went home to bed, each in his own abode, which lame Vulcan with his consummate skill had fashioned for them. So Jove, the Olympian Lord of Thunder, hied him to the bed in which he always slept; and when he had got on to it he went to sleep, with Juno of the golden throne by his side.

PAUSANIAS GREECE UNKNOWN GOD: WORTH READING.

Phoebe Self-Financed Servant of All Transients and Immigrants: NOT a Christian Assembly.


The TRUE God can only be distinguished by His hyphenated name associated with Biblical characters. Apollo was the Phoebos from Greece to Egypt while Moses was still in Egypt.

Ex. 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said,
        Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
Ex. 3:15 And God said MOREOVER unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel,
        The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob,
        hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.

"Phoebe (the name means "bright" or "radiant": Apollo and Diana, the god and goddess of the sun and moon respectively, were often referred to as "Phoebos" and "Phoebe"),

ANTHITHESIS: Phoebe in Romans 16:1

Rom. 16:1 I commend unto you Phebe our sister,  [Not our God or Ruler]
        which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:
Rom. 16:27 To God ONLY wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.
        Written to the Romans from Corinthus, and sent by Phebe servant of the church [Civil Ekklesia] at Cenchrea.

DEACONESS IN THE CIVIL OR PAGAN RELIGIOUS SENSE
mĭnistĕrĭum   the office or functions of a minister, attendance, service, ministry, in a good or bad sense; an office, occupation, work, labor, employment, administration,  ” Tac. A. 3, 48: “
         ministeria belli, military service, id. ib. 2, 78:
         “ministerio Catonis ... facta provincia Cyprus est,
cătōnĭum   Minister of the Lower world
facta provincia Cyprus est,  known for copper and  for the worship of Venus
A suite of attendants: “quindecim convivarum, [TABLE companion: PARASITE] ac ministerii capax triclinium,Plin. 12, 1, 5, § 10: “ministeria magistratibus conscribere, i. e. lictores, viatores, etc.,Tac. A. 13, 27: “aulicum,court-servants
          

John Mark Hicks Come to the Table
God eats with his people as the fat is burned to him.
God is present at this meal. It is eaten before the Lord
as if God sits at the table with the worshipper.
Tantălus   I.a king of Phrygia, son of Jupiter, and father of Pelops and Niobe. He was admitted by Jupiter to the feasts of the gods;but, having disclosed their secrets, he was sent for punishment to the infernal regions, where he stood up to his chin in water under an overhanging fruittree, both of which retreated whenever he attempted to satisfy the hunger and thirst that tormented him. A rock also hung over him ever threatening to fall,

diakonos a_], Ion. diēkonos , ho, later diakōn (q.v.):—
A.  servant, Hdt. 4.71,72, ; messenger, A.Pr.942, S.Ph. 497; “ornitha kai kēruka kai d.Id.Fr.133:—as fem., Ar.Ec.1116, D. 24.197.

Soph. Ich. 133 Silenus
What are you "ooh-ooh"-ing for? What are you afraid of? What do you see? What frightful thing are you looking at? Why are you carrying on like bacchantes? Is there a hawk nearby? From offstage, we hear a lyre being tuned. Since the player is in fact Hermes, it sounds divine, but no mortal has ever heard this instrument before, and the satyrs are terrified. They abruptly stop squealing. Do you want to know what it was? Why are you so quiet, when you were just now babbling away?

diakonos In a Pagan Religious Organization.
2. 
attendant or official in a temple or religious guild, II as Adj., servile, menial,epistēmēPl.Plt.290c: irreg. Comp. “dia_konesterosEpich.159Ahr. (Cf. eg-koneō, a-koniti.

Epistēmē   A.acquaintance with a matter, understanding, skill mousi^kē (sc. tekhnē)
A.any art over which the Muses presided, esp. poetry sung to music mousikēs agōn
cf. 205c; tis tekhnē, hēs to kitharizein kai to adein kai to embainein [Keep in Step]

Plat. Stat. 290c  to look for them in any servile position.
Younger Socrates

Certainly.

Stranger
But let us draw a little closer still to those whom we have not yet examined. There are men who have to do with divination and possess a portion of a certain menial [diakonou] science; for they are supposed to be interpreters of the gods to men.

hermēn-eutēs , ou, ho, A.= hermēneus, Pl. Plt.290c, LXX Ge.42.23,
They didn't know that Joseph understood them; for there was an interpreter between themThey didn't know that Joseph understood them; for there was an interpreter between them

Younger Socrates
Yes.

Stranger
And then, too, the priests [hiereōn], according to law [nomimon] and custom,
        know how to give the gods,
        by means of sacrifices,
        the gifts that please them from us

mantikos , ē, on, A.  prophetic, oracular, “kleosA.Ag.1098; m. mukhoi, thronoi, Id.Eu.180,616; “tekhnēId.Fr.350.6; m. phēmai oracular sayings,
mantikēn Apollōn anēurenSmp.197a; “m. entheosPhdr.244b, cf. Th.5.103.

Plat. Sym. 197a If Apollo invented archery and medicine and divination,2 it was under the guidance of Desire and Love; so that he too may be deemed a disciple of Love as likewise may the
erōs 2. object of love or desire,aprosiktoi erōtesPi.N.11.48, cf. Luc.Tim.14.
IV.  Name of the klēros Aphroditēs, Cat.Cod.Astr.1.168 ; = third klēros,
"Phoebe was a Diakonos of the Church at Chenchreae, the eastern seaport of the city of Corinth. (Corinth was on a narrow isthmus that connected southern Greece (the Peleponessus) with northern Greece and the mainland of Europe. Attempts had been made to dig a canal through the isthmus in order to shorten shipping routes, but no attempt was successful till modern times. Accordingly many ships were simply dragged out of the water, put on rollers, and moved across the isthmus and into the water on the other side. Naturally, the crew got shore leave. Naturally, Corinth became famous as a port that accommodated sailors with shore leave. This may account for the fact that Paul has a great deal more to say about sexual matters when writing to the Corinthians than he does in other connections.) When Paul mentions her, she has left the vicinity of Corinth and is in Rome, so that Paul commends her to the Church there.

[Patron is: prostatai, This is a military expression applied to those placed in the foremost ranks of a battalion of soldiers; but it was also employed in civil affairs, to designate, for instance at Athens, those who protected the metotkoi (aliens), and others without the rights of citizenship. IIrostath" was the Roman Patronus.] Hippolytus Refutation of Heresies

Succorer from Prostatis = "a feminine form of Prostates, denotes a protectress, patroness; it is used metaphorically of Phoebe in Rom. 16:2. It is a word of dignity, evidently chosen instead of others which might have been used, and indicates the high esteem with which she was regarded, as one who has been a protectress of many.

Prostates was the title of a citizen in Athens, who had the responsibility of seeing to the welfare of resident aliens who were without civic rights. Among the Jews it signified a wealthy patron of the community." (Vine, p. 112).

It also carries the idea of a "coach" for the games. This perfectly describes someone who aids travelers or those needing to find jobs and homes.

Phoebe was not a "minister" with an office in some pseudo church which is not an ekklesia.  If you have a deaconess, as in some early churches, she is a "SISTER" or Nun to took care of other people's needs at HER exp;ense.

Prostat-ēs  2  at Athens, etc., patron who took charge of the interests of metoikoi, etc.: hence epi prostatou oikein live under protection of a patron, Lys.31.9, 14, Lycurg.145; prostatēn epigraphein tina choose as one's patron, Luc. Peregr.11; “hautō ponēron prostatēn epegrapsatoAr.Pax684; “ekheinId.Pl.920, cf. S.OT882 (lyr.); nemein p. Arist.Pol.1275a13; also graphesthai prostatou to be entered by one's patron's name, be attached to a patron, “ou Kreontos prostatou gegraphomaiS.OT411.

You are a traveller or IMMIGRANT.  A good person is said to be RIGHTEOUS but NOT a Citizen.

metoikos
, ho, ,
A.settler from abroad, alien resident in a foreign city, denizen, A.Th.548, Supp.994, Hdt.4.151, etc.; esp. at Athens, Th. 2.13, And.1.15, etc.; xenos logō m., opp. eggenēs, S.OT452, cf. Ar. Ach.508, Eq.347, SIG799.25 (Cyzic., i A.D.); m. gēs one who has settled in a country, A.Pers.319; m. domōn, khōras, Id.Ch.971 (lyr.), S.OC934; “en tōn plēsionAnd.1.144; brotois oute <nekros> nekroisin metoikos, ou zōsin, ou thanousin whose home is neither with the living nor the dead, S.Ant.852 (lyr.): metaph., of birds, as sojourners in the heavens, A.Ag.57 (anap.).
2. occupant of the same house with another, Sammelb.5837 (ii A.D.).

metoik-eō , Locr. metawoikeō IG9 (1).333.6:—
A.change one's abode, remove to a place, c. acc. loci, E.Hipp. 837 (lyr.): c. dat. loci, settle in, Pi.P.9.83.
II. abs., to be a settler, reside in a foreign city, IG l.c., etc.; “tous metoikountas xenousE.Supp. 892; opp. politeuesthai, Lys.12.20; “m. gēsA.Supp.609; “m. en poleiLys.5.2; “en Milētō etē penteSIG633.60 (Milet., ii B.C.); “tautēAr.Av.1319 (lyr.); “AthēnēsiD.49.26; “par' heteroisIsoc.Ep.8.4.
Aristot. Pol. 3.1275a] [1] Greek
We need not here consider those who acquire the title of citizen in some exceptional manner,
        for example those who are citizens [
politēs] by adoption;
        and citizenship is not constituted by domicile in a certain place 
        for resident aliens and slaves share the domicile [
oikein] of citizens),
nor are those citizens who participate in a common system of justice,
        conferring the right to defend an action and to bring one in the law-courts [
dikaios]
        (for this right belongs also to the parties under a commercial treaty,
        as they too can sue and be sued at law,—
        or rather, in many places even
        the right of legal action is not shared completely by resident aliens,
dikaios   of persons, observant of custom or rule, Od.3.52; esp. of social rule, well-ordered, civilized,
d. politēs a good citizen, D.3.21, dikaiē zoē a civilized way of living, Hdt.2.177. Adv. dikaiōs, mnasthai woo in due form, decently, Od.14.90; “hupo zugō lophon d. eikhonloyally, S.Ant.292. 2. [select] observant of duty to gods and men, righteous,
2  lawful, just, esp. to d. right, opp. to adikon, Hdt.1.96, A.Pr.189 (lyr.), etc.; “to d. to nomimon kai to ison
        but they are obliged to produce a patron, [metoikoi]
       so that they only share in a common legal procedure to an incomplete degree)
       
koinōnousi tēs oikēseōs,
metoikos , ho, , .settler from abroad, alien resident in a foreign city, denizen, m. gēs one who has settled in a country
metoik-eō   A.change one's abode, remove to a place, c. acc. loci, E.Hipp. 837 (lyr.): c. dat. loci, settle in, Pi.P.9.83.

Faith in Christ means that a person is RIGHTEOUS but not yet a citizen.

Rom. 3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all

Acts 10:35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

Rom. 3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all
Rom. 5:10 For if, when we were enemies,
        we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son,
        much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

1Pet. 4:18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

There is absolutely no authority for the Deaconess in the New Testament although many men and women were servants in one way or another. However, Scripture recognizes a work for elders who are the only Pastor-Teachers of the flock and Deacons whose definition includes ministering or teaching. The preacher will continue to seek concensus until he gets his way: after all, he is "picked and trained by the sovereign grace of God." And "trouble in river city" is part of the planned "navigating the winds of change."

Twenty Five Thesis by EX members NAILED TO DOOR of Richland Hills church of Christ.

For Analysis and Discussion.

"Ah consensus... the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies in search of something in which no one believes, but to which no one objects; the process of avoiding the very issues that have to be solved, merely because you cannot get agreement on the way ahead. What great cause would have been fought and won under the banner 'I stand for consensus'?" Margaret Thatcher

See Rick Atchley - The usual mantra condemning non- instrumentalists for not bowing to what Luther said, in effect, the MARK OF BAAL. "Unity" forum with Christian Churches.

See other views from our look at the "creed" of Richland Hills Church of Christ in Fort Worth.

Reaping the Harvest of Shame when the Elders Demanded "Set a king over us."

As part of Post Modernism the rise of mega-churches or Temple Building has demanded that we fire God and demand a human king to help us win battles over the enemies (church across the street) and build a temple out of personal or civic pride to flaunt the phallic power of the leadership. This demands a pyramidal ministry system which was the curse God pronounced over Israel's elders for demanding a king.

This quite naturally brought about civil war and God dispersing the people.

Christ ordained those who would "go into all the world" but the elders as senior males are the only Pastor teachers over the local congregation.

Therefore, for those with eyes and ears and "keeping their clothes with them" have for 2,000 years warned against the local clergy as the dominant leadership or who "thinks" for the leadership.

Seminary training, it has been noted, rarely develops a preacher who believes that which his 'employers' use him as a hired hand. Therefore, he has to dodge and weave in order to keep his job.

Here are some resources to show that have a preacher as the CENTER of watching, listening and admiring is a violation of the will of God and the Christian Mind. Adding personal friends, male and female, as part of the paid staff creates an incestuous and dangerous formula for spiritual disaster. By adding "youngers" to preside over the youth and then "female youngers" has brought the church in many places to a disaster which is God pouring out His wrath which is defined by the musical performance and the buffonery.

Professional Clergy -- Historical Repudiation

Clergy

You must understand that the urge to effeminize the church with leadership and music flows from a band of men who are Post Modern. This means that they are post-biblical and post-Christian era. They give themselves the authority to narrate the old "uninspired" Bible to make it say whatever they want to say. Therefore, the attack against the Bible is based on Narrative Theology.

And here is the formulation of the "Core Gospel" which drives your preacher.

Wisdom of Solomon 11

14 - For though they had mockingly rejected him who long before had been cast out and exposed, at the end of the events they marveled at him,

for their thirst was not like that of the righteous.

15 - In return for their foolish and wicked thoughts, which led them astray to worship irrational serpents and worthless animals,

thou didst send upon them a multitude of irrational creatures to punish them,

16 - that they might learn that one is punished by the very things by which he sins. (Revelation 18)

And, here is the wrath of God being poured out where "wrath" means to make men into buffoons. See the urge to dance on the rim. The arrow points to the Judas Bag:

 

The little arrow points to a supernatural sign to the theatrical performers:

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter and the glory of Kings to search out a matter. Prov 25:2

The urge for the deaconess arises out of the effeminization of the church (feminine or effeminate). Part of this rises out of the very nature of dominant clergy, some out of the repudiation of the Bible and the imperative to get paid while teaching atheisism and part of it from the calculated reliance on the NIV which has been stripped of all of its masculine gender. The NIV is the "manual" of groups such as Willow Creek where, one way or another, you will sign a covenant affirming your agreement to obey elderesses and deaconesses. However, If you are going to use Catholic authority and;

If you become a priest (preacher), elder or deacon before you marry then you can not marry. However, only virgins qualify. Ooops!

If you are married you may become an elder or preacher (priest) or deacon but you have to let the church take care of your wife as a nun or let her serve as a deaconess to earn her bread. NO conjugal visits, please.

Canon XLVIII.

The wife of him who is advanced to the Episcopal dignity, shall be separated from her husband by their mutual consent,

and after his ordination and consecration to the episcopate (eldership)

she shall enter a monastery situated at a distance from the abode of the bishop, and there let her enjoy the bishop's provision.

And if she is deemed worthy she may be advanced to the dignity of a deaconess.

If you are a widow over 60 (or 40) you may serve as a Widow Indeed (biblical title) although we may call you deaconess.

If you get married then you will be anathematized.

If you are a virgin you may become a nun although we will call you a deaconess.

If as Deaconess you get married you will be anathematized. A monk or dedicated virgin who marries, is to be excommunicated.

If the preacher's or elder's wife is over 60 (or 40) she may become a deaconess. However, she will not be able to live with him. And she will gain no authority over the church.

If your wife dies you will never be able to marry because using the Catholic authority "the husband of one wife" is a once-married man. No MDRM here!

If your wife died and you remarried and then became an "officer" you must resign or get rid of that woman who is not your wife.

If you were not a virgin before taking holy offices then you are self condemned by using Catholic authority:

It is evident that those from the priesthood are chiefly taken from the order of virgins, or if not from virgins, at least from monks; or if not from the order of monks,

then they are wont to be made priests who keep themselves from their wives, or who are widows after a single marriage.

But he that has been entangled by a second marriage is not admitted to priesthood in the Church, even if he be continent from his wife, or be a widower.

Anyone of this sort is rejected from the grade of bishop, presbyter, deacon, or subdeacon.

Nay, moreover, he that still uses marriage, and begets children, even though the husband of but one wife, is by no means admitted by the Church to the order of deacon, presbyter, bishop, or subdeacon. But for all this, he who shall have kept himself from the commerce of his one wife

If you are going to sow discord among brethren because you have been convinced that God sent you to practice "navigating the winds of change" then here is what you should do or shoot yourself to get off the dole of those you are spiritually abusing.

If you appoint a Deaconess you do so with absolutely no Biblical or historical authority that a Deaconess is just a Deacon of the female persuasion.

If you need no Biblical authority then Jesus would label you a devil because "you speak on your own" and need no Biblical authority. However, if you do not believe the Bible and still insist on the "wages" from the widows and orphans provided only to the evangelist then you are a thief as surely as if you robbed a bank.

In many ancient traditions, those who fall actually lust for company and make their total occupation the destruction of the faith of others. Jesus knew that there still lived sons of fallen angel or dens of vipers. You need to very carefully evaluate your own standing as a professional before trying to Heavily Laden the church down with more programs trying to do the social gospel thing to keep from going out in the cold of the mission field.

A Fundamental Question is Do Elders Rule with Power to Appoint SUPERIORslaves?

New, quick notes: Do Elders Rule? No. Do preachers rule? No. They don't even exist unless they are evangelists on DETACHED duty.

No, sweetheart, elders and preachers are not celestial beings like Moses or Christ.

Biblical Examples

Miriam Prophetess or Musical Praise Leader?
Deborah Military Leader: Her song was chanted at the Oasis
Huldah - Prophetess - Librarian?
Ezekiel 13 - Women in Ministry - Rubel Shelly
First Corinthians 14: Women Silent in Corinth
1 Timothy 3:11 - Deaconesses
Women in Worship - Deaconesses - Lifting Holy Hands

Major Reason for the Rise of The Deaconess in 270 A.D. Malchion reported on the trial of Paul of Samosata who, without authority, had taken "virgin sisters" to be the "housekeepers" or Agapetae of Bishops, Elders and Deacons. It is no secret that there was often a demand for nuns to keep the "officials" off the wives and daughters. However, the more orderly demanded that deaconesses as assistants to the officials be vowed virgins or widows over the age of 60. That should remove the temptation for a too-close relationship which would have been automatic if male and female preachers, elders and deacons see the need to huddle and plan and travel too much.

The Epistle Written by Malchion to Paul of Samosata

The first mention of deaconesses in the West occurs in 394 A.D., when a local synod (Nimes) forbade further ordination of them; possibly the order had recently been introduced into Gaul from the East.

The office of deaconess in the Western Catholic church was based on the widow in deed supported by the church and the perpetual virgin or nun. Authority for the deaconess from these sources proves more than the moden innovator wants to prove about his own "office":

Church Councils and Creeds

Women Deacons (Deaconesses) - Didascalia (Apostolic Constitutions)

Apostolic Constitutions Book 1-VI--Book VII--Book VIII
Apostolic Constitutions on Music and Musicians!
Apostolic Constitutions on Law and Grace

Deaconesses in the Council of Nicea A.D. 325 Nicaea, 325 A.D. The clergy of the heretical Paulianist sect returning to the Catholic fold were required by the council to be rebaptized and reordained.  The same rule was to be observed concerning deaconesses, who were specially mentioned since some of them wearing the habit had not received the laying on of hands and therefore were to be considered laity (canon XIX).10

Nicean Creed: Socrates Scholasticus

Deaconess at the Council of Laodicea 364 A.D. Women were forbidden from the priesthood. They also were prohibited from presiding over churches. They decided that "One ought not to establish in the church the women called overseers (presbutidas)....women must not approach the altar."

Fourth Synod of Carthage 398 A.D. "A woman, however learned and holy, may not presume to teach men in an assembly...A woman may not baptize."

The Council of Chalcedon off site 451 A.D.

Deaconess Council in Trullo Trullo, 692 A.D. (Called "Quinisext" as being supplemental to the fourth and fifth councils, which were occupied wholly with the matters of faith.)  This council speaks of the ordination of deaconesses in two canons (XIV and XLVIII) using the word cheirotoneisthai.  While Pope Sergius did not approve six of the canons of this council, the canons on deaconesses were accepted.

Deaconesses were in Rome in the eighth century, if not before.  We find a votive tablet erected to the deaconess Anna by her twin brother Dometius, deacon and treasurer of the Holy See.

Church Fathers
Women Deacons (Deaconesses) - Tertullian
Tertullian on music and Spectacle Worship
 
Catholic Encyclopedia
Deacon in The Catholic Encyclopedia
Deaconess in the Catholic Encyclopedia
 
Restoration Movement
Women and Children Rule when Males Fail (The Deborah Complex)
The Public Preaching of Women: Dabney Presbyteriann
The Restoration Movement Leaders Rubel Shelly
 
A Small band of Preacher and Professors
Rubel Shelly - Faith Matters - Prophesying Women in the church of Christ
New Wineskins Prophetesses
Rubel Shelly - Faith Matters - Women Worship Teams
Rubel Shelly - A Woman's Place - Church of Christ Assembly Only the preacher and elder is exempt.

Sowing Discord as Deliberately "navigating the winds of change.

Richland Hills Church of Christ and the Deaconess

Those who lust to add to the already overburdened and unauthorized clergy or minister role have no Biblical authority. And they have no scholarly authority. The adaptation of the Greek word "deaconess" which did not exist originally still never permitted the church to see the work as a female version of the male deacon.

The proof text for deliberately sowing discord by fulfilling their own prophecy of "providing a wider role for women and introducing instruments" is based on their belief that they are latter day prophets or apostles. However, God warnd:

I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed. Jer 23:25

How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart; Jer 23: 26

Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams, which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal. Jer 23: 27

The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell (celebrate) a dream; and he that hath my word (dabar), let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the Lord. Jer 23: 28

Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? Jer 23: 29

Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the Lord, that steal my words every one from his neighbour. Jer 23: 30

Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the Lord, that use their tongues, and say, He saith. Jer 23: 31

Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the Lord, and do tell (celebrate) them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness (frivolity) ; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the Lord. Jer 23:32

And when this people, or the prophet, or a priest, shall ask thee, saying, What is the burden (singing) of the Lord? thou shalt then say unto them, What burden? I will even forsake you, saith the Lord. Jer 23: 33

And as for the prophet, and the priest, and the people, that shall say, The burden of the Lord, I will even punish that man and his house. Jer 23: 34

Thus shall ye say every one to his neighbour, and every one to his brother, What hath the Lord answered? and, What hath the Lord spoken? Jer 23: 35

And the burden (song) of the Lord shall ye mention no more; for every mans word shall be his burden (song):

for ye have perverted the words of the living God, of the Lord of hosts our God. Jer 23: 36

Thus shalt thou say to the prophet, What hath the Lord answered thee? and, What hath the Lord spoken? Jer 23: 37

And they "use" women to hunt souls to make them fly so that they can get a reward.

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