To many heads to many coverings, the murky teachings of Jacob Prasch

Wrtten By: Pat Rogers

Esther 2:7 “And he (Mordecai) brought up Hadassah, that is Esther, his uncles daughter, for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid was fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for his own daughter.”

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“for instance, Mordecai was effectively the uncle and stepfather of Esther. Not her biological father. We also see the relationship between Jael and Deborah and Barak.”

Comment/question: Mordechai was not Esther’s uncle and in order for him to be her stepfather, Mordechai would have had to marry his aunt, who happened to be dead. Mordechai and Esther were cousins. It may seem a minor point and I point this out because one has to wonder when the last time it was that Jacob actually cracked open the book of Esther and read it? And how long has he believed that Mordecai was Esther’s uncle?

Again with the mention of “the relationship” between Jael (the woman that actually killed Sisera), Deborah and Barak, Jacob is desperately trying to place Barak as somehow being the spiritual authority over these women, when in fact they both had husbands which God does not circumvent, even though Jacob say God does…..He does not.

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I would also look at the book of Esther, notice it doesn’t say Esther and Mordechai, it says Mordechai and Esther.”

 

Comment/question: not sure what Jacob is referencing here when he points out “it says” Mordechai and Esther, not Esther and Mordechai. Perhaps he is referencing the “about page” of the book of Esther…..but it’s called, the book of Esther, not Mordecai, so this statement seems a little desperate to place the male first at all costs. Kind of silly; but apparently important to Jacob.

 93ca8074-db4f-4493-84a5-57bb22e09b5fGod does not circumvent his order of spiritual authority. Because it reflects the relationship between Christ and the church.  Now this divine order of authority between male and female, husband and wife, covering and covered, protector and protected.

Today you can have a church where a woman can be a deaconess, or a Sunday school teacher. Her personal covering, will be her husband; if he is a Christian; But if not, if not, it’s the senior pastor or the male leadership of the church, there’ll always be a male covering. The first and foremost type of male covering that God ordained for a married woman is obviously a Christian husband. If she doesn’t have a Christian husband, other factors come into play.”

Comment/question: The divine order is between the husband and wife, not male and female. It’s two becoming one flesh. Eph. 5 is clear that it’s the husband and wife, the MARRIAGE that is mirroring Christ and the Church. Jacob places any supposed “believing male over a believing woman and uses the disclaimer that this “covering/headship only applies in ministry. (See the following comment).

 How many heads/covering does a woman have? How many heads/coverings does the church have? What is her “personal covering”????? Mirror image husband and wife= Christ and the church. The order applies to one and the same. So according to Jacob, again the Church can have other “heads” or “coverings”

 93ca8074-db4f-4493-84a5-57bb22e09b5fNow in a marital relationship, the husband would normally be the covering; but it doesn’t necessarily have to be a husband, if there is not a husband or if there are other circumstances involved. We’re only talking about in the ministry.”

Comment/question: If the marital relationship doesn’t always include the husband as head, then it stands to reason that, as in the mirror image of Christ and His church (Eph. 5), that Christ would be replaceable depending on the circumstances and conditions. So, the head is Christ but it doesn’t necessarily have to be Christ. One cannot usurp the husband and wife relationship, just as one cannot usurp the relationship between Christ and His church. Jacob is saying that a married woman can have several different male coverings or heads depending on circumstances. This goes contrary to the model given in Eph. 5 and actually anywhere in scripture that references to the husband and wife relationship and especially in comparison to Christ and His Church. The two become one flesh, not three or four, for ministry purposes its just a way of saying that women are under all men’s authority in the church. If it’s true what Jacob says, then it’s also true that the church can have several different coverings or heads instead of Christ as her husband. Scripture please Jacob?

Judges 4:4And Deborah, a prophetess, the WIFE of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time” Judges 4:17 “Howbeit Sisera fled away on his feet to the tent of Jael the WIFE of Heber the Kenite: for there was peace between Jabin the king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite.”

Esther 2:17 “And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight, more than all the virgins; so he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti.” How does or how can Barak or Mordecai circumvent God’s order in the husband and wife relationship? Barak was simply a military commander taking orders from Deborah, in no way was he ever her spiritual authority or head; and Mordecai was Esther’s cousin, who raised her as a daughter; but once she became queen, Mordecai’s headship gave way to the king. Deborah and Jael had their own husbands. By suggesting that these women had other spiritual coverings, other than their husbands makes them somewhat of spiritual whores so to speak, doesn’t it?   You cannot say these husbands were these women’s “personal coverings” but when it comes to ministry they have “other” coverings. It’s ludicrous and idiotic to even suggest this. Nowhere is there any scriptural basis for such garbage.  Yet over and over Jacob keep repeating this, as if to make it so. No scripture, not one.

 93ca8074-db4f-4493-84a5-57bb22e09b5fPrior to marriage God’s ideal, although there are certain circumstances where it may not be possible, as in the life of queen Esther. It’s a Christian father. A Christian father is the covering.

 (Speaking to his new son in law)  “I said to him….I have given you , before the Lord, spiritual charge of my daughter. I’m no longer her primary covering in the Lord, I will no longer give account primarily for what she does from now on for her spiritual guardian and protection. Now that is in your hands as a believer and her husband. The responsibility is something God has taken from my hands and now put into yours. The husband is the head of the wife, as Christ is the head of the church.”

Comment/question: Once again we see Jacob circumvent God’s divine order of husband and wife. Notice he says prior to marriage the head is a Christian father. Yet when teaching on Esther, he circumvents the husband and wife relationship placing Mordechai as the authority over Esther when in fact she was wife of the King. He does the same thing with Deborah and Jael, both women had husbands; yet Jacob insists that Barak was their head/covering/spiritual authority. This is completely false and twisted. He contradicts himself blatantly within just a few sentences and a few minutes.  The statement “prior to marriage” means that once the marriage occurs there no more “covering/head/spiritual authority etc.” However, his disclaimer language to his son in law “I will no longer give account primarily for what she does” is he leaving a loop hole, just in case the son in law messes up on his spiritual covering duties? This is insanity masked as some sort of supposed spiritual guru, with no Biblical foundation. I more I listen to Prasch the crazier he sounds and the farther he gets from scripture.

93ca8074-db4f-4493-84a5-57bb22e09b5f“There must always be a covering in the life of a believing woman, so that God can bless her and use her….AND so he can bless and use her husband; because if she’s his helpmate, she’s his number one asset.”

Comment/question: By this point, if one cannot see the error and total disregard for the Word of God presented in these supposed “teachings”, then you’re blindly following some man without any thought whatsoever; not looking at scripture and completely deceived by him. Even more tragic than this are those who are involved on some level with this man and his ministry and they know clearly that he is off the chain and scripturally wrong and yet remain silent. How many more will stumble and fall? Lord help us.

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4 thoughts on “To many heads to many coverings, the murky teachings of Jacob Prasch

  1. Treena, I believe you could be right, if Jacob is not gnostic he is at the very least blending Jewish culture and tradition into the New Testament Economy. And it does closely resemble the Shepherding movement. Its been a while since I looked at that, I will have to pay it a visit. Contrary to what Jacob teaches on the Restrainer, I still say there is more evidence in Scripture show Michael as the restrainer. Not to mention his activity at the middle of the 70th week coincides with the timing of the restrainer. I’ve yet to hear or read anything from Prasch which substantiates his claim that the Holy Spirit is the restrainer. Convicting the world of sin is on a whole different spectrum from restraining.

  2. Two issues here have been obscured by JP.. the “head” and the “covering”. These are addressed in two separate passages of scripture which JP merges:

    For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Saviour. (Ephesians 5:23) Ephesians 5 speaks specifically about the relationship between wives and husbands, it does not address any practices within the congregation.

    1 Corinthians 11:3 reiterates the husband and wife relationship: …..the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God. Paul then goes on to address the cultural issue of literal head coverings at Corinth (1 Corinthians 11:1-16). JP has distorted and merged the two meanings of head and covering and has tacked on that all women need a “covering”…. if not a husband, then a father or the male leadership of the church. This is very remiscent of the Shepherding error, it is unscriptural.

    When we consider his other false teachings about the Restrainer, I think we have to conclude that Jacob Prasch is a gnostic and just as presumptuous as the false teachers he criticises…. hypocrisy indeed!

  3. Agree, Jacob backs none of this up with scripture, he can’t, it’s not there. It’s so important that other’s see that what he does to the “wife” with all the various head and coverings. The same would apply to the Church. Yes it is as you say “religiosity to the core”.

  4. This is good insight, Pat, and yes, this whole contrived nonsense about married women who must have “extra male management and authority” is sheer idiocy. It is nothing but encouraging the church to engage in a form idolatry, and is religiosity to the core. Either Jacob is on prescription drugs and has a loose grip on the perch, or he is in desperate need of some testosterone injections. (under the supervision of a doctor, of course)

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