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Topic: Must Women Keep Silence in the Churches? By: Isaac Oluwaseun Agbenla

Topic: Must Women Keep Silence in the Churches? By: Isaac Oluwaseun Agbenla

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.

And if they will LEARN any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church. What? came the word of God out from you?or came it unto you only?— 1 Corinthians 14:34-36

If you take this verses in isolation without comparing them with other verses that talk about same subject, you will wrongly interpret the verses and cause damage to the body of Christ

You must determine from the context whether a text is talking about
women in general, or specifically about wives. Paul here was talking to wives not all women. The writer used the Greek word “gyne’ in this context which is interpreted as “wives.”. The Greek word for wife and women is the same, this is why it takes reading contextually to know which one is referred to.

To properly read it now, it should be “Let your wives keep silence . . . . ”

How do we established this truth?

In Verse 34, Paul says

“If they will learn any thing, let them ask their HUSBANDS…..”

Since all women don’t have husband, some have and some don’t have husbands. Unmarried women are certainly not included in this text. It shows from context that Paul was talking to some wives.

But then, was he saying they should not talk in the Church as first glance supposes? No.

He wouldn’t have meant that because it would mean they couldn’t sing or prayer which is ridiculous. To get Paul’s point, let us consider other verses on the subject

I TIMOTHY 2:11-15

11. Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
12. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
13. For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
14. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being
deceived was in the transgression.
15. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if
they continue in faith and charity and holiness with
sobriety.

From this other passage, Paul’s intention in the first admonition was made clearer. Remember that Paul was not talking about all
women, but about wives. The subject is primarily on how women should conduct themselves in their relationship with their husbands

In verse 11 here, he is talking about learning something and asking questions. Paul was actually saying when women want to learn something, they should ask their husband in secrets. Why? Women are not as educated in the things of God then and also for decorum in the house of God. Other references are; First Corinthians 14:35; First Timothy 2:11).

In verse 12, he says he is not stopping women from teaching or to usurp authority over man but this must be done in silence. You can see that, Paul wasn’t against women teaching. If he permits teaching, i also believe he would permits preaching

Beloved, Paul is dealing with a husband-and-wife proposition.
You see, there is really nothing wrong with godly women dictating to, or usurping authority over men in general so far it’s in humility. Many men have female boss and they usually don’t resign because of that.

Paul intention was to let women know that they cannot or should not usurp authority over their husbands not other men. This was why he said the wife should learn in silence from their husband. He was not telling the entire church women not to teach and lead in Church. The problem in the church at the time was that some wives are known to subject their husbands to such indignity. And Paul is saying the wife is not to dictate to her husband, or usurp authority over him.

The women in that day had little or no education. Paul advised the wives if they would learn anything, to ask their husbands at home , thus implying the men were informed than the women.
But today, this is not always true now. Many women would die in hopeless ignorance of the principles of our holy faith if they depended on what half-baked and unserious ideas their husbands could communicate to them.

Women today are more committed to everything compare to those days. Things has so much changed. You cannot use Paul’s judgment on some individuals thousand years ago to judge the church of today. He wrote to the Corinthian Church to addressing particular need at the time that may not concern the entire church today. He didn’t write such letter to people in Colosse.

In part 2, we shall see examples of women who ministered in the power of the Holy.Ghost.

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