Open Air Preacher Street Evangelist Tony Miano Gives Rules and Guidelines for Women Open Air Preaching and Reading Scripture to Men
We’ve discussed open air preacher, Tony Miano before. He used to work at Living Waters with Ray Comfort. In the video below, he claims that he taught approximately 200 women how to do open air preaching. He said he had to later repent of this because God had shown him that it is wrong for women to preach. Remember, Tony Miano is the author of a fairly new book, Should She Preach, so this is his pet topic.
I want to primarily discuss the transcribed quotes which were taken from the video, above. (Special thanks to Diane who transcribed this for us.)
Note: Miano’s run-on sentences and poor sentence structures made this difficult to transcribe.
17 min mark: Miano is asked how women may be involved in evangelizing the lost.
“Women engaging in one-to-one conversations – so long as those are appropriate conversations – I feel that while it is not a sin per se for a woman to engage a man in a conversation, there are a number of reasons why I think a woman should avoid that. Certainly any hint of impropriety, remaining above reproach, and you can so quickly, I think, in those conversations, cross the line from sharing the gospel one to one to sharing the gospel in a small group, exercising authority over men. But, no, God has called every Christian to go and make disciples.”
18:22 min mark:
“The idea of women open air preaching again and why it is wrong is it goes against God’s design.
Uh, men are called by God in creation to lead women. God has given men and women equal dignity spiritually, but has given us distinctly different roles.
And whenever a woman stands up on a box to proclaim the gospel in the open air, or even read scripture aloud, she is taking on the role of a man. She is taking on an authoritative role over whoever is listening to her.
The mere reading of scripture is to exercise authority because scripture is the authority.
And a woman cannot help but to sacrifice femininity when she stands on a box and exercises authority over a group of people.
But that does not mean that women do not have a critically important role in evangelism in the context of the local church – whether it’s distributing tracts, engaging people in conversation, praying for those who are open air preaching, being a person of accountability especially in places like abortion clinics.
While the men should be out there doing the preaching, we need women out there to be counseling these women. It the Lord breaks them through the proclamation of the law and the gospel, it ought not be me putting my hand on a woman’s shoulder who is broken, and comforting and consoling her, it should be a woman.
And so there’s a critical need for women out on the streets being involved in evangelism, but under the authority of the men of the church, having the same level of spiritual dignity as any man out there, but fulfilling a critically important role that is not the role of a man.”
“I think one of the greatest threats to American evangelicalism is a growing level of egalitarianism. I think men generally speaking, broad brush, I think men in American evangelicalism are weak. I think they’re effeminate.
I think women are taking on roles that they may not otherwise ever even think of taking, uh, because the men aren’t standing up.
Uh, men in American evangelicalism act like male lions in a pride of lions. They mate, they sleep for twenty hours a day, and then they eat the fruit of the harvest from all the women making the kills. Um, and that’s not – that’s not biblical. I think that’s a huge threat, uh, to American evangelicalism.”
So, what do you think? Let’s hash this out.