War On The Saints Home Page
by Jessie Penn-Lewis, with Evan Roberts
World Wide Web Edition (Based on Unabridged 1912 Edition)



It is necessary for us to add this disclaimer since War On The Saints was written by a woman, and according to the ordinance of our Bible, women are not allowed to teach nor to usurp authority over men, but to be in silence (1 Tim. 2:12). We do not believe in women pastors, and we will never attend any religious meeting presided over by any woman. You will see our formal pronouncement on the matter of women preachers in chapter 7 of THE GREAT DREAM.

In fact, and according to the doctrine of our Bible, women are only specifically authorized to teach younger women, and even then, they are instructed as to exactly what they are to teach:

Titus 2:3-5 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

There is simply no New Testament authority for a woman to openly or aggressively present herself as a teacher of religious doctrine to men. There are now women preachers, pastors (and worse yet) missionaries in almost every outpost of Christendom. The fact that the Bible and 1900 years of theological consensus disallow women from these Church Offices is now being ignored along with a host of other once universally acknowledged truths. This is the age of Apostasy, and even the Divinely assigned distinctions concerning the appearance, the social and family roles, and the personalities of men and women are being despised and dismantled on every front. In the light of these developments, we felt it necessary to clearly make this disclaimer.


We are NOT ready to say that women are prohibited from making ANY contribution to the public discussion of our Faith. The New Testament evidence for women teaching religion to men is faint... ...but in this, there may be an apparent exception implied under certain circumstances.

Acts 18:26 And he [Apollos] began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.

We note that Priscilla did this "expounding" in the company of her husband. There is no reason from the text above to believe that Priscilla sat silently while Aqulia did all the talking. "They took" (and presumably) "[they] expounded."

We see nothing in our Bible that prohibits a man from privately soliciting a woman's opinion on any matter, as evidenced by the role granted to Deborah the prophetess as a judge in Israel. As judge in Israel, Deborah had to judge according to the Law of Moses.

We acknowledge women prophets as part of the spiritual economy of the New Testament Church. But prophecy is not the same thing as standing on a stage and rambling on with arguments and opinions.

We would be loathe to disqualify War On The Saints EVEN IF it was proven that Mrs. Penn-Lewis was OUT OF ORDER in presenting it, because we STILL THINK IT IS the best book about how to recognize and escape the great dangers in the modern trend to replace faith with spiritual immediacy.

Because War On The Saints is a book, and because the author is no longer with us, it cannot be said that she is in any position to usurp authority over any man. The book is simply available for any man or woman who cares to solicit the author's opinion on the matter she addresses. As with any other post-canonical book, the reader has complete freedom to accept the Truth they witness to and reject or ignore anything doubtful.


We presently see and acknowledge a distinction between a writing by a woman that may be taken or left at one's leisure, and a woman who presents herself personally to men in a demanding and confrontive way while claiming to be a teacher of religion. We also see a difference between a woman who seeks a man's approval on her teaching before presenting it, and those women who presume to need no such "male clearance". History has it that Evan roberts, the well known evangelist, "signed on" to War On The Saints and that it had his approval. I prefer to believe that Evan Roberts at least proof read the text, and I hopefully believe that he contributed to it's construction. Just HOW MUCH Evan Roberts had to do with composing War On The Saints is not known.

Any healthy soul that is free from the errors and problems described in War On The Saints will have no need to read this book. But to those who are doubtful about some of the "spiritual things" they have experienced, still we recommend it. There are doubtful manifestations (laughing, shaking, falling, paralysis, barking, moaning, screaming, ungracious babblings etc. and visions and prophecies) happening in many churches in these days. We judge much of this supernatural hysteria to be the work of religious demons. Jessie Penn-Lewis exposes the errors that allow for such things to be accepted as the work of the Holy Ghost more clearly than any other writer we are aware of.

If it is indeed permissible for a woman to contribute to the public discussion of our Faith, Jesse Penn-Lewis has made an invaluable and prophetically significant contribution, in our opinion.

We express our concerns, hope to do right, and wait for the Holy Ghost to make clear to us what we do not understand.

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