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. 1 Corinthians 14:34-35
These scriptures are probably some of the most controversial scriptures possibly in the whole Bible. The question is how do we interpret and respond to them? I’ve heard arguments that these verses were added at a later date, I’ve heard arguments that this was just a cultural issue with the Church of Corinth, regardless of what your interpretation is, we must deal with these scriptures in honesty and obedience.
The Apostle Paul says a little later “What I am writing to you is The Lord’s command” (V37) So this totally destroys the idea that this was just Paul’s prejudice towards women. The Apostle Paul is stating these are commands he received personally from The Lord Jesus Christ. So either Jesus is your Lord (Master) or he’s not. If Jesus is your Lord, then you must be obedient to his words and commands.
The full context of this paragraph of scripture is order in the Church. Yes women are filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2) and women can prophesy and speak in tongues, however when it comes to a Church structure , there is supposed to be order. Remember earlier Paul taught us the order of creation “ the head of every man is Christ, and the head of every woman is man, and the head of Christ is God” (1 Corinthians 11:3)
This is a creation order from God, the woman was created from the man , and the woman was created for man (1 Corinthians 11:8-9) Now in a liberal crazy world we live in , this concept is unacceptable to the world, but this is the reality of creation. You either believe the word of God or you reject the word of God, there is no in between
Regardless of what the world says, Men and women are different and were born for different roles. I, as a man, can’t conceive and deliver a child, that is biologically impossible. That’s the reality of creation, we are different , and we were made and designed for each other. This doesn’t mean the man is greater than the woman, it means we were designed for different roles from God for serving family and the Church
The Apostle Paul dives more into this in 1 Timothy Chapter 2, The Apostle Paul says “ I do not permit women to have authority over a man, Adam was formed first, then Eve” (1 Timothy 2:12-13) A couple things here we can clarity:
- This is not a cultural issue specifically aimed at Corinth, as Paul teaches on this multiple times, specifically in his letter to Timothy
- The issue is regarding creation order, God created Adam first, and Eve was created from Adam’s rib
- The Apostle Paul specifically mentions that these are commandments from Jesus Christ himself
- We can’t reject parts of the Bible we don’t agree with, if you reject one part of the Bible , you reject all authority of the BIble
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I agree with this view because you explained this very well from the Scripture. I have had discussions with others so many times on this issue and laid out the argument from my standpoint as you have and yet I been called a hypocrite and someone that doesn’t understand things. Thank you for the truth you presented because as you said this is not popular and goes against our culture so much that people will slander people for this view.
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Amen brother! I’ve heard the arguments against Paul’s teachings and basically you have to deny the Word of God in order to accept it. If the Bible is not our authority, then what is?
Have a blessed day brother
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“37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.”
says pretty clearly how paul was thinking here. but it does seem very counter to galatians 3.28 which details the equality and non difference we now have in christ and before the lord. food for thought.