Role Of Women In The Church
The Bible speaks of how women are to conduct themselves in worship.
Corinthians 14:34-35 we read, "Let your women keep silent in the
churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be
submissive, as the law also says. And if they want to learn something, let them
ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in
church." The Bible says that women are not
permitted to speak during the worship service of the church. If a church
allows women to speak or take a leading role during their worship service, they
are ignoring what God's word forbids. They are telling God, "we don't
care what You say we are going to do things our way".
This is the way God has specified that it will be.
We read in 1 Corinthians 11:3, "But I want you to
know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and
the head of Christ is God." God speaking to
Eve in Genesis 3:16 says, "Unto the woman He saidÖyour desire shall be to
your husband, and he shall rule over you." The reason women are to be
submissive and not speak in the worship of the church is God has specified that
the man is the head of woman and is to rule over the woman. Many people do not approve of what God has
done, but this is still Godís business. As we read in Romans 9:20, "But
indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to
him who formed it, Why have you made me like this?" Who are we to question
Also in 1 Timothy 2:11-14 Godís word to us says, "Let a woman learn in
silence with all submission. And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have
authority over a man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then
Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into
transgression." Godís word is very clear. It says it is not to be permitted.
other words it is forbidden. When we do things that are forbidden by God it is
sin. It is sin which separates us from God and sin will cause us to be lost
eternally. Here we see what happened when Eve took the spiritual
leadership over her husband and what happened when Adam failed to exercise
spiritual leadership over his wife. Why
did God place these limitations on the woman? The Bible explains why women are to keep silent and why they are not
permitted to speak in the worship of the church. It was because "Adam was formed first, then
Eve." God could have created woman first or He could have created the
man and woman simultaneously. But God's creation of the man first was to
show the authority of the man and the submission of the woman. Because of this Satan was able to
introduce sin into the world.
worship of the church women are not permitted by the Lord to preach, lead prayer
or lead singing. This does not preclude women from singing in the worship
service or teaching children in
the Bible classes. But they are not to take a leading role over man in the
worship service. This command of
God is not hard to understand. But some still want to ignore it and do what seems
right in their own eyes.
Again this does not prohibit women from teaching
children in the Bible classes. Paul tells Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:15, "And
that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures." How
was Timothy taught the scriptures? He was taught them by his mother and
grandmother as we read in 2 Timothy 1:5, "When I call
to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your
grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded in in you
also." Women can play a vital role in teaching children in
Bible classes. Women are not inferior to men, but the difference is a
matter of function as designed by God. This is the way that God chose for
it to be.
God intends for women to be subordinate to men
in worship. When a woman gets up before the church with men present to teach, preach, lead prayer, or lead
singing, she is in violation of what God has commanded. She is perverting the
worship of God. As a result of this rebellion, God is not worshipped in spirit
and in truth. As we have already seen, worship becomes vain or useless when we
follow the desires of men instead of what God wants. For us to ignore what God has said,
on this matter or any other, is spiritual anarchy and will have horrible consequences.
Questions Lesson 9
Role Of Women In The Church
(click on the button of the answer of your
1) (1 Corinthians 14:34-35) How are women to conduct themselves in the worship
of the church?
They can preach.
They can lead singing and prayer.
They are not permitted to speak.
According to the Bible it is not shameful for women to speak in church.
3) (Genesis 3:16) God told Eve
That her husband was to rule over her.
That she was to rule over her husband.
That neither shall rule over the other.
The reason a woman is not to speak in worship of the church is she is to be
submissive to man.
5) (1 Timothy 2:11-12) During the worship of the church
Women can teach and have authority over man.
Women cannot teach and have authority over man.
Both men and women can lead
in the worship service.
God has commanded women to keep silent and not to speak, teach, or
have authority over man in worship.
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