Greetings to the Father, Son, Holy Spirit, Holy Angels and saints in Christ. As I read through the New Testament, I noticed that Paul gave two apparently conflicting instructions on the issue of women speaking in church. I hope that these references will settle the issue in the minds of those who really believe that women should be silent in church. The instructions were given in the same letter to the same group of people. Here they are:

a. In 1 Corinthians 11: 5, Paul spoke about the issue of “every woman that prayeth or prophesieth…”

b. Later in the same letter, he then told the same Corinthians, “let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak…” (1 Cor 14: 34).

I previously discussed the issue of 1 Cor 14: 34 and taught that it was spoken in the context in which the women were disturbing the prophets by speaking inappropriately. 1 Cor 11: 5 indicates that women in the early church prayed and/or prophesied publicly and that this was an acceptable practice. God had already promised that He would pour out His spirit on all flesh. Joel indicated that this included sons, daughters, old and young men, servants and handmaids (Joel 2: 28, 29). I hope that these scriptures will help us as we earnestly contend for the faith. Greetings to the Father, Son, Holy Spirit, Holy Angels and saints in Christ. As I read through the New Testament, I noticed that Paul gave two apparently conflicting instructions on the issue of women speaking in church. I hope that these references will settle the issue in the minds of those who really believe that women should be silent in church. The instructions were given in the same letter to the same group of people. Here they are:

a. In 1 Corinthians 11: 5, Paul spoke about the issue of “every woman that prayeth or prophesieth…”

b. Later in the same letter, he then told the same Corinthians, “let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak…” (1 Cor 14: 34).

I previously discussed the issue of 1 Cor 14: 34 and taught that it was spoken in the context in which the women were disturbing the prophets by speaking inappropriately. 1 Cor 11: 5 indicates that women in the early church prayed and/or prophesied publicly and that this was an acceptable practice. God had already promised that He would pour out His spirit on all flesh. Joel indicated that this included sons, daughters, old and young men, servants and handmaids (Joel 2: 28, 29). I hope that these scriptures will help us as we earnestly contend for the faith.

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