- Paperback: 110 pages
- Publisher: Hyatt Press; First edition (April 6, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1888435569
- ISBN-13: 978-1888435566
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
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History is full of myriad examples of when the church embraced new revelation, shedding trappings of culture and other encroachment of this fallen world in the process. These were movements great and small, in which noble and humble men and women led the way. In hindsight, clearly the Hand of God can be seen preparing the world for the fresh revelation from His Word, through events, through groups and individuals who were tilling and watering the soil.
The church has often had to redefine itself, to align itself more clearly with Christ and remove worldly trappings. The Reformation was such a time, when Martin Luther King’s entrance into the world coincided with the invention of the Gutenberg Press, allowing people to read the Bible for themselves for the first time. King’s message clarifying that God’s grace was for all, could therefore be verified by the average person. This freed many from the corrupt authority of a church which kept people in darkness instead of being the catalyst for freedom and light (that particular ecclesiastical body has since publicly recanted).
When Hitler challenged the world and the churches in it to enforce Arian racism, most churches supported his agenda, but when a Lutheran pastor named Dietrich Bonhoeffer defied him, some churches woke up and resisted Hitler’s agenda, aligning more accurately with the Word of God, not the word of men. And what about the writing of the hymn Amazing Grace by the notorious slave trader John Newton? When Christ woke him up to the truth that all are to be free according to the Word of God, he could no longer use the fact of slavery being in the Bible as an excuse to enforce it in the name of God. His story and his testimony had wide ranging ramifications, eventually setting off a war to abolish slavery in the United States. Churches took both sides in the battle, proving how easy it is to get off on a tangent and take passages of the Bible out of context. Today, thank heavens, we have widespread revelation that slavery is not supported by God in the Bible.
Yet, now is a time when we see revelation exploding upon the earth. The presence of a new form of communication, social media, allows light to spread in seismic ripples across the globe so that what might have taken decades or centuries to reach most of the world now takes months or even days!
Dr. Eddie Hyatt’s book Paul, Women and Church is creating one such ripple. It contains a slice of light so brilliant, it has the potential to increase the power of the Presence of Christ in our midst a hundredfold.
This well-researched book is superbly written, in language for any layman to understand, with scriptural references and citations from trusted evangelical sources. Christians who believe in the inerrancy of the Bible now have a recourse that has been woefully absent, an understanding of the context of Paul's statements concerning women, the misinterpretation of which has driven so many to liberal churches or out of church entirely, and away from God’s Word.
A careful student of the Word may not find much to surprise in this book, however, new insight abounds surrounding a variety of passages because of Dr. Hyatt’s careful exegesis, a combination of word studies from the original language, comparison with other passages (Bible interprets Bible), and examination of the context and culture in which Paul wrote.
As seemingly impregnable walls of misunderstanding about marriage are crumbling to dust in Christian circles today, this book is timely. Both men and women stand to benefit from the understanding of the Word of God that this book brings to the world. It will free women and men from bondage, and help many many Christians to a greater appreciation of the beauty of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I can hear the sound of chains breaking even now! Paul, Women and Church provides a sound, Biblical review unlocking much-needed revelation of what Paul was really saying to his beloved community of first-century believers, male and female.
Read it to learn what the Bible is really saying about male and female relationships in the churches. Read it so you (and everyone else) can be all you are called to be in Christ.