Anne Graham Lotz & Ed Young: How they spoiled the Mother’s Day
Welcome to Defender’s Voice. This is Dr.Paul. Thank you for joining us today. Please send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit my website www.doctorpaul.org to subscribe to our podcast. Today’s question is what is your response to Anne Graham Lotz preaching on Mother’s Day at Second Baptist Church pastored by Ed Young?
This is going to put me in trouble but I will answer anyway because Defenders Voice is about defending the Bible not talking about what is acceptable to our culture. So, famous evangelist Billy Graham’s daughter has been preaching from the pulpit and recently preached at the Second Baptist Church pastored by Ed Young on Mother’s Day. Is this right?
If you want a one word answer from me, No. She is wrong because the Bible is unmistakably clear on this matter.
Let us turn to 1 Corinthians 14
33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law.
35 And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
God is not the author of confusion. He established an order in the family and the church. In a family, a male husband should lead a female wife and their children. In a church, a male pastor should lead the congregation.
Anne Graham Lotz is clearly disobedient to the clear teaching of the Word of God. Now let us see her reasons:
- Appeal to Results
After her preaching a man wrote her a message.
“He said that morning, during the message, he was revived and brought back to the Lord, in confession of sin and repentance and just a recommitment to love and serve the Lord……
“And that was a man on Mother’s Day, with a woman in the pulpit.”
This argument is not scriptural. The results and response should not be the basis of a ministry. That is good old American pragmatism: We got great results so this must be good.
- Appeal to Emotions
She said, “I will tell you that I feel specifically God has forbidden me to be ordained. I feel like he’s withheld that from me. My call is to be faithful to give out God’s word to the people that he puts in front of me and try to do it without messing it up.”
Note those words: I feel, I feel like….she is going by her emotions, which should not be the basis of God’s calling. She says, “My call is to be faithful to give out God’s word to the people”…..she is not faithful to the Word because as we have just seen from 1 Corinthians 14, women should not be preaching in the church.
- Appeal to Other Humans
Then she said “When he (Ed Young) introduced me, he came over to me, took me by the hand, led me up on the platform and then introduced me with me standing by his side. And he did that for all three services.”
“It was an obvious statement that he was making, I felt, for women in ministry. I felt very affirmed and supported.”
Note those words: Ed Young took me by hand…I felt very affirmed and supported. Ed Young or Rick Warren or Russell Moore…they are not more important than the Word of God. Their opinions do not matter when you violate the Word of God.
- Appeal to Daddy
My dad called me “the best preacher in the family.
“Nobody’s a better preacher than Daddy. If you judge the response of people to the messages, nobody, nobody was better than Daddy. But it was his way, in a sense, of just putting his hand on my shoulder and giving blessing to an outlet that would have a broad range.”
You can see her pride in that statement. Nobody’s a better preacher than Daddy? How? What determines the quality of a preacher? She says, If you judge the response of people to the messages, nobody, nobody was better than Daddy.
You are not a great preacher because you preached to millions of people. You are a great preacher if you follow the Word of God. You are a great preacher if you honor the Word of God.
Lots and lots of people responded to my dad and he affirmed me and that gives me a license to preach. Billy Graham is not more important than the Word of God. Look into both the Old Testament and the New Testament to see who were elected to preach to a congregation.
What does the Old Testament teach?
In the Old Testament, there were three main offices. priest, prophet and king. If you notice, all priests were male. All prophets were male and all kings were male. Apostle Paul is more in line with the Old Testament when he said that the church leadership should be male.
Look to the New Testament churches all the way till 1960. It was only male pastors and preachers.
It started in 1960: what does that tell you? That is when the Sexual Revolution started. That is when the Women Liberation movement started. That is when feminism entered the church. That is when Marxists started to challenge the authority of the Word of God in all sectors of society including the church.
Women have been lied to in our generation that they get fulfillment only when they become preachers. That is not true. If you look into the Bible we see the influence of godly mothers on their children. Hannah prepared her son Samuel for a great prophethood to her people. Read Proverbs 31 to understand the qualities of a great woman. Preaching is not one of them. You can be a great woman in the eyes of God without going to the pulpit. The godly influence of a mother on Timothy is described in the Pauline letters.
Susanna Wesley was a devout Christian mother of John Wesley and Charles Wesley. Her biographer wrote these words,
“…although she never preached a sermon or published a book or founded a church, (she) is known as the Mother of Methodism. Why? Because two of her sons, John Wesley and Charles Wesley, as children consciously or unconsciously will, applied the example and teachings and circumstances of their home life.”
My wife teaches Bible lessons to our 3 children. She never preached a sermon in a church but she is the best Bible teacher in our home. So, according to the Word of God, the best mother is the one who raises children in a godly atmosphere, not the one who takes to the pulpit on Sunday morning.
Hopefully I answered your question. I am aware that some of you don’t like my answer. You are welcome to reason with me from the scriptures.
Susan Pellowe, Susanne Wesley biography