Moriel ministry and Jacob Prasch are of the same caliber as the false teachers they speak out against when standing their ground on doctrinal error and trying to alienate and silence anyone who challenges them. Several people, some of whom have followed Prasch for years have been demonized and ostracized for simply asking questions and/or challenging Jacob to bring clarity to teachings which Scripture fails to support.
A pattern has emerged showcasing Jacob Prasch as negligent and erroneous in the handling of Scripture. Worse is his arrogance and insolence towards anyone who would counter his teaching either through a third party person or via blog. His treatment of the members of Christs body who with integrity differ with his teachings and have brought to light his error have been treated as rogue, using straw man tactics to deflect from his apparent error.
Deflection is a sure sign you are losing the argument, deflection and insults are the byproduct of character flaws which refuse reasoning. These techniques deflect the audience from critically evaluating the reasoning. The language used by Prasch only suggest he has no need to prove the argument. His lack of consistency, lack of precision, and his misinterpretation and abuse of Biblical texts coupled with his attitude and refusal to meet on the stage of debate disqualifies him as a viable teachers of God’s Word.
The fundamental requirements for overseers of God’s Word and His people are; “…blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous…” (1 Tim 3:1-7). The word “gentle” stands alone to disqualify Prasch as the word suggests a character that is equitable, reasonable, fair, and considerate. It is the opposite of harsh, abrasive, sarcastic, cruel and contentious, all of which permeate from Prasch’s character. I have no need to go further.
Hebrews 13:7 tells us to “remember those who rule over you (take the lead), who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct.” We are encouraged by God’s Word to look attentively at their behavior, this then is contingent on whether we follow them or not. Correction, if received with the right attitude of the heart produces the fruit of righteousness. Any leader who cannot be challenged or corrected, any leader whose life and ministry is not transparent, whose character is indecorous, is not worthy of respect. We are to consider the manner of their life, their “walk,” considering how they demonstrate the soundness of their faith by their “walk.”
Timothy understood clearly and followed closely to Paul’s doctrine witnessing first hand Paul’s character and conduct. “But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance…” (2 Timothy 3:10). Paul’s “manner of life” was in line with the character required by Scripture for leadership. Paul’s “purpose” (a setting forth, his intention) of heart was cleaving unto the Lord, right doctrine, and purity of character, all which served as an example Timothy could follow. This is what ministry is about, servitude and example, not the authoritative driven hierarchy we see today that has all the ingredients of Lordship. In my opinion, the only lesson we learn from the examples of male leadership today is that God is a communist.
I believe one is “thin skinned” and proves unaccountable, lacking in true Christian character, when instead of sitting down to answer questions and concerns by members of Christ Body, they instead demonize and ostracize those who inquire an answer. The Apostle Paul commended those in Berea saying, “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and SEARCHED THE SCRIPTURES daily to find out whether these things were so.” (Acts 17:11) It appears there is more nobility in the asking of questions than the stubborn refusal to answer them. But then, Mr. Prasch brushes the question off claiming boredom. Whose character is on trial here? He forgets the most fundamental and most important truth of all, “JESUS CHRIST IS OUR HEAD,” not Jacob Prasch. I would debate this issue with him anywhere, anytime, as his error is evident. I would challenge Jacob Prasch to exhibit real Biblical leadership by sitting down with these women and simply answering their questions. To cite boredom only shows a lack of real leadership, the inability to be a good steward and shepherd of God’s flock. Not to mention he knows nothing of these lady’s lives, their devotion to Christ and their work in spreading the Gospel, to preserve doctrinal purity, and their labor of love and concern for Christ’s Body. Jacob should be ashamed of himself, if he isn’t, I fear pride is at the root.
Below is an updated statement written by Jacob Prasch to which I will address one issue, there are many, but time restrains. The rest will have to be addressed in later articles.
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN – Moriel update: July 29, 2016
Written by Jacob Prasch
Contrary to baseless reports being circulated on feminist blog sites calling themselves “Christian” , neither Moriel or its leadership have issued any apology for our doctrinal opposition to this feminism of the secular world infiltrating the Body of Christ under the clear influence of Satan. The doctrinal ignorance reflected on these feminist blogs is unmistakably evident as is the fact that their feminist rants are fuelled by emotionally charged outbursts reflecting the demonic Jezebel spirit where the husbands submit to their wives in an abrogation of God’s order.
Moriel recognizes the indispensable role of women in ministry in the Body of Christ , including in leadership and teaching ministry to other women as well as in deaconship, and exercising charismatic gifts in scriptural order which includes ministering under the authority of protective male covering , and as help mates to their husbands. To this end, Moriel additionally has also funded the ministry of various women and sponsored women’s conference events and continues to do so. There are in fact also two Moriel branches administrated by women whom we doctrinally classify as deaconesses. We also continue to sanction the excellent women’s ministries of notable figures such as Johanna Michaelson, Caryl Matriciana, and a number of Precept women discipled by the teaching of Kay Arthur. There are indeed a number of women’s ministries who deserve our prayers, support, and endorsement – but neither the Paula White, Cindy Jacobs, and Joyce Meyer houses of heresy, the lunatic fringe “Women’s Aglow” or the cultic “End times Handmaidens of The Lord” movement, or their first cousins – the blogging pseudo Christian feminist Jezabel clubs are among them.
We also however stand by the unambiguous scriptural teaching that leadership is male and that women cannot teach doctrine to mixed congregations or function as pastors. When God uses an Esther, there is always a Mordecai. When God uses a Deborah, there is always a Barak, and when God uses a Priscilla, there is an Aquila. Where there is an Ahab however, there is also a Jezebel. The husband is the head of the wife as Christ is head of the church (Ephesians 5:22-23). This is God’s position, and thus it is therefore also ours. This is the unambiguous teaching of God’s Word and we unapologetically abide by it.
Ministry is Submission
“And they began to enquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing. And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest. And he said unto them; The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so, but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve” (Luke 22:23-26)
“But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you, but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister, and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant” (Matthew 20:25-27)
Our Lord condemned “lordship” and the vain titles of the Christian ecclesiastics. It is an indictment against leadership whose purpose is not to serve, but to rule. In the context of Luke 22 and Matthew 20 the Lord Jesus reminded his disciples that in His economy, “greatness” was the opposite of human invention. Those who ruled over the Gentiles were called benefactors, but this was only a title. In reality, they were cruel tyrants who had no personal characteristics to match the titles with which they carried. In Christ’s body, those who would lead are to stoop in lowly service to others. True greatness is in reversing the values of this world! True greatness is measured in terms of service! Who better to serve as an example than Jesus Christ himself who said; “For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves” (Luke 22:27).
Popularity and human approval do not necessarily indicate God’s approval of your leadership role within the body of Christ. God’s kingdom authority and the world’s systems of authority are often polar opposites. And since our ecclesiastical “authorities” so love to emphasize the submission role of the women to the man, maybe they should demonstrate such submission as Christ did in the surrendering of his life for the Church. Men in ministry today always lay emphasis on the subjugation of women and the authoritative role of man and ministry yet collapse in the demonstration of it in ministry.
Submission is taking the divinely ordered place within God’s economy. And in God’s order of things, all (male and female) are called upon to submit one to another (Ephesians 5:21; Philippians 2:3; 1 Peter 5:5). And we must always remember that whether one is a minister, a husband, a wife, or a brother and sister in Christ, submission means to be in subordination, obedience, and subservience, first to God, and secondly to each other. It should always be remembered that our authority is in serving and not the other way around. It should also be remembered that whether we like it or not, we are all accountable to each other. Rather one is in ministry or not, this rule still applies. So Brother Prasch, don’t tell me you’re a minister, a leader, show me! You have villainized my wife, and other women with whom I am well acquainted with, women who are my sisters in Christ, by calling them feminist and Jezebel’s. I take great offence to this and it lays at your feet to make it right.
And let me add something else here, yes, it’s simply my opinion, however, I will say it anyway. Since “Ministry,” that includes the fivefold ministry of Ephesians 4:11 is more about submission than authority as Jesus taught it, one can conclude that women qualify for church leadership. It is assumed that a women cannot hold a high office in the church and still “not” be in submission to her husband. It is also assumed that if a woman is a pastor, she is not in subjection to her husband. But here is the problem, those in male leadership roles within the church today confuse the difference between the church body/assembly and the marriage dynamic and most often blur the two together. Paul gave the example of the husband and wife relationship to reflect the relationship between Christ and the Church in Ephesians 5 reminding the Church that Christ gave his life for her, not the other way around. The whole concept of submission and authority as taught in the church today is totally convoluted and distorted by the male ego, rather than authenticated by Biblical truth. I have watched men for over 35 years use their position behind the pulpit as a whipping post to force submission upon others. NOT ANY MORE! I am a man and I won’t allow it, call me any name you like, you submit or hit the road jack and don’t come back no more!