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I have been reading the Bible and so far have learned a bit in doing so but I am concerned about the passages of scripture where Paul was writing to the church.

This is a question I really did not want to address and that has been in the back of my mind for years to address it. Are women supposed to preach, teach or for that matter even speak out loud in the church?

I have avoided this issue for many years now and sort of swept it under the carpet but I feel to go with this and address the questions at hand.

            Believe me I am not afraid to address this issue today, for I feel there is no need to avoid it for what is going to happen if I do except maybe cause people to scratch their heads and wonder or seek the answer for their self.

Are women supposed to be preaching, teaching or even speak in the church?

First of all let’s get something clear, I am a woman and I have preached in the past, as did my Grandmother so I am told.

So I feel I can address this subject not because I think I have the answer but I just have the questions and if I go by what is written in Paul’s writing then I should already have my answer.

But I have several questions that go along with this issue. Here they are, you do the research. This is in respect to the Bible and Paul’s writings. I’m just saying questions here.

First of all Paul said in 1 Corinthians. 14: 34 let YOUR WOMEN keep silent 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. Whose women is he referring to? Well its stated plainly it was their women, them. Meaning they belonged to a man, there was nothing said about these women belonging to God now was there? They were man’s women.

Then he goes on to say, if they learn anything, let THEM ask THEIR husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church. What does he mean if they learn? Does this mean these women weren’t learning while these men were speaking or teaching in the church? Kind a sounds like that to me that even though they were attending church they were not learning anything from the men while there.

 It also makes me wonder just what were these men teaching and or saying while in the church that it had to come to the point that the women had to wait until they got home to ask them just what were you talking about here?

Now to ask another question here, what about the women that had no husband? Did the single women not attend the meetings? What if a woman had no husband what were she to do? She could not go and ask another woman’s husband now could she? Nor could she ask while attending one such meeting? Because Paul made it clear ask THEIR HUSBAND at home.

Now, are we today living under the law or are we living under grace? Was he referring to all married people, must have been because he said let them ask their husband at home. Or was he just referring to all women in general?

Do you see just how confusing this subject can get and could even go so far as to ask the question was Paul teaching grace or was he teaching people living under the law?

It truly sounds like there was a lot of confusion going on. First of all nothing was made very clear. Was Paul referring to just that group of people, was Paul teaching the day of grace, because it actually appeared that he was teaching of the law whitch was not being under grace but being under the law.

Let us also remember that the word in Romans 2:3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.

Got a nugget to throw in here: do you remember reading where Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9: 22 to the weak I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some?

 So it would be wise to get off Paul’s back for his writing and teachings for he could walk in a depth that very few could have walked in order to see some saved. Not a lot of that going on in this world today that is for sure. For people are so stuck in their old ways and so full of self they could never put the work of the Lord first and forget their little beliefs and differences in order to reach the lost.

Oh, I know this is too much for some of you I am sure. Could this be that Paul was teaching a people that were still living under the law? Sort of sounds like it to me else why did he refer to the law? After all this was after the Lord Jesus Christ had already come with grace.

 We are now all one in the body of Christ for even Paul wrote after he had wrote about women being silent in the churches in Galatians chapter 3 verse 28, There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. Did Paul actually say we are all one and if so then being one means that there is no separation in the body of Christ meaning we are all one of the same?

             If you are not careful this could all come into plain view and you could get an understanding as to what was really going on here and your eyes could very well be opened. All I got to say to that is well praise the Lord for that!

            Let us go on, I have another question here what does the Bible refer too as the body of Christ? Does it not refer to the body of Christ meaning the church as the bride or the woman? Answer is yes, that the church is referred to as a woman and if one were to follow through the passage of scripture of whitch Paul wrote pertaining to women being silent in the churches, then this would by all means be saying each and everyone of the body of Christ, the church is to be silent in the churches, nothing would be permitted to be said, taught, and or preached.

          There would be nothing done by any one member at all whatsoever, if the members were separated into two different genders or categories, if one were to go about and separate the women from the men because it is clear that Christ is the bridegroom and we are His bride. Meaning He Christ is the man and the church (us all) is the woman.

        To be honest it would absolutely wonderful if men and women got out of the way and just let the Lord do the speaking, teaching and preaching. I find no problem at all being silent when one so great and wonderful of a teacher as our Lord Jesus Christ takes His authority.

        I have not felt the Lord so powerful as to when I become silent before Him and I have found the place of rest and peace when I am being still before the Lord.

 I know there is much more that could be said about this subject and that there are even more scriptures that are written in the Bible pertaining to this subject such things as when he was referring to the fall in the garden as well as a woman's head were to be covered. If one were to following through then one would have to abide by it all. but I feel this is enough to help you get a greater understanding.

Church, we are all one in the body of Christ, He is the head and we are the body I would not want it any other way.

Now that I have shared what has been on my heart for sometime now, I can go back to finishing up reading the rest of the Bible not got far to go to have completed from cover to cover and after that then study some more. Can’t get too much of the knowledge of the word of the Lord you know.


May God bless you and guide your pathway, Sonja 9/8/2010
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