Women Speaking In The Church

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Hi M____,
Thank you for very encouraging words, for your suggestions and for your questions.
I will ask Steve to place that article in the essential reading section. Anyone who still believes that women are not to be allowed to preach and teach as the apostles instructed, are generally today considered to simply be Neanderthal. I heard a minister on television say “Anyone who still thinks that women cannot teach and preach is just plain stupid.” That was Arnold Murray of the Shepherd’s Chapel program, but he is echoing the sentiments of most of the Protestant world.
As for Aquilla and Pricilla instructing Apollos, Aquilla is Pricilla’s husband, and I could very truthfully say that Sandi and I have instructed many over the years, simply because we are “one flesh.” Sandi has never once been a featured speaker at any conference and by virtue of that fact has instructed many women concerning what is so valuable to God in a woman. A meek and quiet spirit is what God values in a wife. When we come to Christ with idols of the heart, we as men are not coming to Christ with a “meek and quiet spirit.” But if we stand for His word against all the voices of Babylon, we are indeed coming to Him with “a meek and quiet spirit which is in the eyes of God of great price.”

1Pe 3:1  Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;
1Pe 3:2  While they behold your chaste conversation [ coupled] with fear.
1Pe 3:3  Whose adorning let it not be that outward [ adorning] of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
1Pe 3:4  But [ let it be] the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, [ even the ornament] of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

Physical women actually become “the hidden man of the heart” by obedience to these words. By ignoring these words they become  the elders of Israel who come to God’s word to enquire of it, with idols of their heart.

Eze 14:1  Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat before me.
Eze 14:2  And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Eze 14:3  Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them?
Eze 14:7  For every one of the house of Israel, or of the stranger that sojourneth in Israel, which separateth himself from me, and setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to a prophet to enquire of him concerning me; I the LORD will answer him by myself:
Eze 14:8  And I will set my face against that man, and will make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of my people; and ye shall know that I [ am] the LORD.
Eze 14:9  And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.
Eze 14:10  And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity: the punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment of him that seeketh [ unto him];

When we “think above what is written,” it is we who have “separated ourselves from God.” But to Arnold Murray and most of the Protestant world, “what is written” is “foolishness to them,” and anyone who thinks otherwise is ‘stupid.’
Well, I am preaching to the choir, so I will close by saying that there in nothing wrong with a woman who is new to scripture, asking a question in a teaching setting, so long as it is with a meek and quiet spirit. Hard as it is to say in this society, even questions should be asked of their husbands at home.

1Co 14:34  Let your women keep silence [ same Greek root used in regards to unemployed men in 2Th 3, see below] 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.
1Co 14:35  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.
1Co 14:36  What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?
1Co 14:37  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.
1Co 14:38  But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

As I have said before, there is a reason why we are hated of all men. There is a reason why many are called but few are chosen. It all boils down to loving God and keeping His commandments, and it is few indeed who tremble at God’s Word.

2Th 3:10  For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
2Th 3:11  For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
2Th 3:12  Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

It all amounts to the strong bearing the infirmities of the weak as per Rom 14. We certainly ought not jump all over a newbie, a babe in Christ who is asking a question with a proper spirit but ignorant of what is the mind of God. We ought always to treat all men with patience and love, and yet when confronted we must stand true to God’s word, and never waver. “The things I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord,” and in spite of all the doctrines of Babylon to the contrary, Truth is not relevant to the time in which it is spoken. Christ said “I am the Truth…” and then He added “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” (Mat 24:35).
I hope this is of some help to you. Many women in scripture were witnesses of what they has seen and heard. All of Christ’s apostles were also witnesses to what they had seen and heard, but a witness is not necessarily a teacher or a preacher. The sum of God’s word makes that so abundantly clear.
Your brother in the Christ,

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