Women Keep Silence
Let Your Women Keep Silence
Women contribute in a very valuable way to our society, and in the work of the church. The value of the roles played by godly women cannot be overstated. The Bible speaks of certain women who were instrumental in the work of the church. Women such as Dorcas (Acts 9), Lydia (Acts 16), and Priscilla (Acts 18), as well as a number of others are recorded in the Bible for the good works they accomplished. Godly women respect the precious role God has given them and are due our honor and respect. The problem with respect to gender arises when the lines of distinction concerning roles are blurred or eradicated within the home, or even the church.
God has defined these roles in the home and in the church. Sadly, many churches seek to capitulate to the standards of the world rather than seek to do God’s will concerning these things. It usually starts with women teaching adult men in classes, reading a Bible scripture in worship, or serving the Lord’s Supper. In a time when “testimonials” may be found in some church worship services, there is an opportunity to incorporate women into these emotional, sensational but unauthorized practices. It stands to reason that if a church is going to practice unauthorized worship, such as testimonials, it may as well use unauthorized people to do it! What does the Bible say?
Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
Notice two key words found within the first verse of the above passage: silence and subjection. Paul elaborates on these two terms in the next sentence. A woman is not to teach men in the church. This does not mean a woman may not teach an alien sinner (one outside the church) the gospel. This commandment applies to those things pertaining to “the house of God, which is the church of the living God” (1 Tim. 3:15). Within the church, the woman may not be in a position of teaching while in the presence of men. The phrase “nor to usurp authority over the man” goes beyond the idea of teaching and includes any act of leadership in worship or the holding of a position in which a woman may have authority over a man. It also includes the sin of rebelling against or speaking against the authority of those who lead in the church.
Some will argue that this is a “cultural command” and does not apply to modern times. The fallacy of such an argument is multi-faceted but it will suffice to notice the reasoning given by the Holy Spirit by the hand of Paul for this command. Adam was first formed, then Eve. God placed woman in subjection to man in the process of his order of creation. A review of
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