Female Ministry: Woman's Right to Preach the Gospel
Catherine Booth (1829–1890) the “Army Mother,” was behind many of the changes in The Salvation Army, contributing viewpoints on many important issues and matters of belief. Here is an excerpt from her 23-page book published in 1859 in London. The full text is available via the link provided.
Jesus said to the two Marys, “All
hail! And they came and held Him by the feet, and worshipped Him. Then said
Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go, tell My brethren that they go before Me
into Galilee” (Matthew 28: 9-10). There are two or three points in this
beautiful narrative to which we wish to call the attention of our readers.
First, it was the first announcement of the
glorious news to a lost world and a company of forsaking disciples. Second, it
was as public as the nature of the case demanded; and intended ultimately to be
published to the ends of the earth. Third, Mary was expressly commissioned to
reveal the fact to the apostles; and thus she literally became their teacher in
that memorable occasion. Oh, glorious privilege, to be allowed to herald the
glad tidings of a Savior risen! How could it be that our Lord chose a woman to
this honor? Well, one reason might be that the male disciples were all missing
at the time. They all forsook Him and fled. But woman was there, as she had
ever been, ready to minister to her risen, as to her dying Lord— “Not she with
traitorous lips her Savior stung, Not she denied Him with unholy tongue; She,
whilst apostles shrunk, could danger brave; Last at the cross, and earliest at
the grave.” But surely, if the dignity of our Lord and His message were likely to be imperiled by
committing this sacred trust to a woman, He who was guarded by legions of
angels could have commanded another messenger; but, as if intent on doing her honor and rewarding her unwavering fidelity, He reveals
Himself first to her; and, as an evidence that He had taken out of the way the
curse under which she had so long groaned, nailing it to His cross, He makes
her who had been first in the transgression, first also in the glorious
knowledge of complete redemption.
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