This may turn off some of the followers of this blog who are women, but I am firm in the belief that God forbids women from being elders or pastors in the Church. Every church which has permitted this to take place has turned liberal or aberrant. Paul said the reason for this was because Eve was the one deceived. Women by nature are more emotion-driven than men, which makes them easier to deceive in general.
1 Corinthians 14:33b-35 in context: The overall context of our subject is in regard to orderly worship. Beginning at 11:17, Paul says, "In the following directives I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more harm than good." At v.33 he says, "For God is not a God of disorder, but of peace." Finally, at v.40, he says, "But every-thing should be done in a fitting and orderly way." Paul is establishing order for the worship service. That is the overall context of our subject text. Now, to understand what is happening, we must put some verses around our text so as to better understand the immediate context. It appears to start at v. 26, and concludes at the end of the chapter:
2. Three prophets at most could speak.
3. All others should "weigh carefully" what the prophets say.
4. If someone sitting receives a revelation, the one speaking should stop.
5. All [prophets?] can speak in turn so that everyone is “encouraged and instructed." He points out that they do have control over their need to speak.
6. Women are not allowed to speak, but be in submission.
7. Women are to ask their husbands at home if they have questions about what is said.
8. They should acknowledge that what Paul is saying is the Lord's command.
9. Finally, they are to be eager to prophesy and are not to forbid the speaking of tongues.
2. Continue various prayers.
3. Men are to offer prayers everywhere, not just in church, AFTER putting aside their anger and quarrels.
4. Women are to dress modestly, not showy; that their beauty should be in what they do, not in how they look.
5. vs. 11-15 discussion about a woman's silence and submission, as this study is addressing.
6. Qualifications for elders/bishops/pastors.
7. Qualifications for Deacons.
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