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Let Women speak in the Church and do not hinder the Holy Spirit

Edith Neumaier November 27, 2019

Many still believe that God does not want women to speak in church. They base this on two places in the scripture even though it was never commanded in the Old Testament or in the New Testament. In 1. Corinthians 14: 34 and 35 it is written “Let your women keep silence 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. 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.”

These two verses totally disrupt the flow of the chapter and go against what Paul taught in the first section of the letter. Therefore, they are most likely added to Paul’s letter and was originally in the margin. In older manuscripts they are even at the end. Scholars believe they were in the margin as questions which happened regularly. The original manuscript were also not written with punctuation. So it is possible that these were questions for Paul to address in the letter.

Paul taught that women as well as men received the Holy Spirit and that both were equal members in the body. He said nobody is over another person. And he used the analogy of body part to demonstrate this.

Especially in 1. Corinthians he addresses the way the assembly of believers is suppose to function. How the gifts are suppose to be used in an orderly fashion. Then in chapter 14 he addresses how it ought to be done. All the way to verse 34 he allows men and women to participate in the assembly and use their gifts. Then all the sudden he says women can not speak and he uses some lame excuses like the law forbids it and it is shameful. Where does that come from? Both are not scriptural. What law is this talking about. It is not the Law of Moses. It could be the Jewish oral law or Talmud or the civil law. Neither is a valid reason to limit women from speaking in the church. And Paul would have not used them. And what about this thing about it being shameful? Well in Greek culture it was shameful, but do we want to continue with Greek customs? In addition, these two verses disrupt the flow of the whole chapter. All these reasons make it clear that these two verses were questions and that Paul clarified them in his letter to the Corinthians.

We also can not find this restriction of women in any other place of the Bible. Some would like to mention 2. Timothy 3:16 and 17, But even there Paul only asked women who are learning to be quiet in order to learn first and not to disrupt the assembly with questions which also was a practice applied to men even though in the letter of Timothy that did not need to be addressed which does no mean it did not exist. But that is a subject for another time. If you want to here more about it watch my video on my you tube channel Great Deception of the End Times https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bc3rkDIo9U&t=26s

 

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Edith Neumaier

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Edith Neumaier is a licensed professional counselor. Before opening her own private practice, Edith had worked . . . read more

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