My husband would often tell me that a woman can not preach the word of God.  It is clearly written out in the bible that the woman should remain quiet in the Church.  If we went to a church, and the pastor and his wife worked together as a team to teach- he would never want to go back there again. 

I do not feel the same as my husband on this issue; I believe the bible is talking about women that gossip in the church!!  I believe that since the men are not stepping up like they should, God is anointing women with the power to preach!! 

If you look at this scripture literally, what do you interpret as the meaning? 

If you are spiritual, what is your interpretation as well!!! 

What role should women play at church?
Should women keep quiet during church services?

Some believe that women should not speak at all during services. Others feel that women should be able to ask questions but should not be allowed to make statements or comments. They view this type of active participation by women as "teaching men."

Is it permissible for women to publicly pray or discuss the Scriptures?

 Is it permissible for women to "teach men"?

What does Scripture tell us?

1Timothy 2:11-12

A Most Difficult Scripture

Perhaps the most important verses used to argue against the active participation of women in spiritual fellowship are found in

1Timothy 2:11-12:

 "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."

The question still remains, what did Paul mean when he commanded,

"But I suffer not a woman [a wife] to teach [the plan of salvation to her husband], nor to usurp authority over the man [the husband], but to be in silence [maintain a tranquil spirit]" (1Timothy 2:12)?  

What do you think of the Bible telling woman to remain quiet and not speak in Church?

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Jun. 3, 2008 at 11:30 AM

An Orthodox Jewish friend of mine says that women are separated in the synagogue and are silent (more or less) during the service. Never-the-less, if the wife is not Jewish then the children's religion is in doubt. She is the one who is recognized as the teacher and upholder of faith within the home, so much so that during the diaspora, where families were not always stable, the religion of the children was determined by the religion of the mother.

I struggle with the gospels - especially in instances where the disciples seem to contradict the teachings and example of Jesus. I have experienced the Holy Spirit in my life and found that it is not constant. It makes me wonder if all of the utterances of the disciples were under the authority of the Holy Spirit. I do not believe, however, that God would allow us to go too far wrong, so when in doubt I struggle to find God's truth in the writings of the disciples.

As far as women teaching - I have no problem whatsoever with female pastors. That said, I have learned that men have a special need for feeling like they are leaders. A wise women submits to her husband publicly, recognizes him as the head of the household, and encourages his confidence and sense of responsibility. Strangely enough, instead of lessening her power in the relationship, it actually increases it, and makes the partnership more harmonious. In this case, allowing the men to feel in control of the official, public services is the best way to keep them focused on God's truth while the woman wields the awesome power and carries the responsibility of raising the children and keeping the home in service to God.


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Jun. 3, 2008 at 3:57 PM

What about Deborah in the old testament? She was a prophet and a judge! What about in Joel and in Acts where God says "I will pour out my spirit on men and women alike, and they will prophesy." ? (Joel 2:28, Acts 2:18) So God will cause us to prophesy and then forbid us to? That makes no sense! And we know that God is not the author of confusion (1 Cor. 14:33).

This is a subjest that gets me very heated, because I feel very strongly that God has geven me a mouth to speak to the nations what He has spoken - and my dad has always held the beliefs that your husband does. It makes me feel small, inferior, and pretty much worthless - another reason I believe it is NOT God's will or word.

Here are some teachings that really set my heart free on the matter

I hope they work for you, you have to have qucktime I think to listen....

 Another thing I have noticed as far as men's beliefs on this issue; men that are strong in God and don't have insecurities about their manhood do not need to let women know what their "place" is, and men who are insecure, do.

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Jun. 3, 2008 at 3:58 PM Oh yeah, the record of Deborah is in Judges 4.

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Jun. 3, 2008 at 6:48 PM I think this just means that the man should be the leader. I am a woman's lib. I take it to mean that we should NOT HAVE to teach the men. They should know better. Of course we know this to not be true lol.

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Jun. 4, 2008 at 12:39 PM I absolutely agree with you.  It is intended for women who gossip in church.  I belong to an apostolic church and we stand, we shout, we sing, and we worship the lord.  My sister is a minister in our church as the lord blessed her with this gift.  Initially she tried to fight what the Lord placed on her heart, but eventally submitted to his wish and she is inspriational and blessed.  The pastor, a man, leads the church but ministers or evangelicals may preach the word.

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Jun. 19, 2008 at 6:28 PM Oh PLEASE!  Who knows why Paul said that!  A friend of mine told me that (she's a preacher) the women used to be very loud and noisy in the temple back then and they would talk all at once, and that's why he said that.  When I'm going through the writings of Paul, I have to remind myself of how Jesus used to treat women and breath.  I know some of the most powerful female preachers.  My cousin is is one the the most powerful preachers I know.  There had been some powerful women in the Bible and I would like to see who would tell them that they can not preach if they were still alive today.

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