Should Women be Silent in the Church?

October 16, 2013

That is said in the Bible, but is it the wishes of our God and Father?

We read the Bible and say to ourselves, ‘If it says it, then we must believe it as the truth and that it is straight from God’. That is the way that I have always approached the Bible and because it is the Word of God all of the verses that seem to declare opposite views of something have been made clear to me. That is to say that the Spirit that God has given me, to teach me all things, has managed to grant me understanding, even though I am not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

The one idea, that women should be silent in assembly, is the only part of the bible that does not fit the rest of the Bible. At least it doesn’t seem to fit in my view.

First, if God chooses only men to speak in the assemblies, then God seems to have chosen favorites, but the Bible says that He does not choose favorites and because He doesn’t then we should not either (Exo 23:3, Lev 19:15, Acts 10:34, Rom 2:11, Eph 6:9, Col 3:25, 1 Tim 5:21, James 2:1, and 2:9). Consider James 2:1-9. If you say to a woman, “You must remain silent” are you not showing favoritism to men?

Consider Matthew 12:46-50. Jesus only said what his Father taught him to say (John 8:28 & 14:10), so the words of Jesus are the words of God. Taking that into account, look what Jesus said, (Mat 12:50 NIV) “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” So you can see that there is no difference to God, between men and women.

Let us think about 1 Cor 14:33-40. Paul says women are not allowed to speak in the congregations, that the Law says this, but the Law does not say it. I have searched the Old Testament law and have yet to find such a command. Perhaps it was a ceremonial law, but those laws were completed when Jesus allowed himself to be sacrificed. The Law that we live under now consists of one command, (Mat 7:12 NIV) “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” That even covers the first and greatest commandment (Mat 22:37 NIV) “Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’”, because that is how God loves us.

If the Law of God does not say that women should remain silent in the assemblies of saints then should we? The law that Paul cites must be the law of Pharisees, not the Law of God.

If you think that Paul as an apostle can not make a mistake, then consider Moses. God chose Moses to represent himself and yet Moses allowed divorce when it was not God’s will and therefore should not have been allowed. Divorce frees a man to do to the second wife what he did to the first and both women are hurt.

Then there is 1 Timothy 2:12-15 where Timothy says “he” will not permit a woman to teach. He does not say that God will not permit a woman to teach or have authority over man, but that he, Timothy, will not. That is a good choice of words, because God will and God did.
(Judges 4:4 NIV) “Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time.
God appoints the authorities (Rom 13:1) so Deborah was appointed by God and she had authority over men. So, it is only Timothy and Paul that will not allow women to speak in the assemblies of believers. Well, also those men that think they are better qualified than any woman, because they have read Paul and Timothy and not considered their own sins.

Timothy cites Eve’s sin and says Adam was not the one deceived. Really?
(1 Tim 2:14 NIV) And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner.
Looks to me as though Adam was also deceived and became a sinner.

Paul says, (1 Cor 14:37&38 NIV) “If anybody thinks he is a prophet or spiritually gifted, let him acknowledge that what I am writing to you is the Lord’s command. If he ignores this, he himself will be ignored.”

I do consider myself to be spiritually gifted. Everyone that has accepted Jesus and has been baptized into him has the Holy Spirit and is therefore spiritually gifted. It makes no difference to me if I am ignored by man. I know that my Father is not ignoring me and that is more important than what man thinks of me.

To sum up this post, let me say to all the women out there, when some man swells up his chest and says that a woman must remain silent in the church, ask him who is a woman and cite (Mat 12:50 NIV) “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”