Woman's Role

Women Preachers

According to the Holy Scriptures women are not allowed to preach sermons or teach in the official gatherings of the church. I will quote a few Bible texts to support this increasingly unpopular but, nevertheless, inspired directive.

1 Corinthians 14: 24:  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. 35: 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.
36: What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?
37:  If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him  acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments  of the Lord.
38: But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

Many believers will challenge this stand. It was challenged in Paul's day.
The Apostle anticipated a rejection of this teaching.
verse 36 What  came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? He then  goes on to say that believers who profess to have the Spirit of God  should recognize and acknowledge that what he is writing is in fact the  commandment of the Lord!
verse 37 If any man think  himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the  things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.  Conclusion Paul's conclusion is that believers who ignore the fact that  this is a commandment of God, will remain in ignorance and be ignored  themselves. One can hardly imagine a more tragic outcome than to  willfully remain ignorant and be disregarded by the Almighty God. verse 38 But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant. When writing to Timothy we find the Apostle saying virtually the same thing.

1 Timothy 2: 11: Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
12: But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
13: For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
14: And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
2 Timothy 2:2 And  the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same  commit thou to faithful MEN, who shall be able to teach others also.

Old & New Testament Examples
No  one will doubt but that only men officiated as priests in the Temple  services ordained of Almighty God. Had Yahshua the Messiah intended the  New Testament church to function differently he would have made that  fact known by appointing at least a few women apostles. But he didn't.  He chose twelve men who, later, when selecting seven deacons also chose  men instead of women for those duties. These facts have a message for  the church today. Heed it.

This does not mean that women are inferior to men; or that they have no place in the work of Yahweh.
The Holy Scriptures provide several examples of women prophets:

Miriam the sister of Moses. (Exodus 15:20)

Deborah. (Judges 4-5)

Huldah the wife of Shallum. (2 Kings 22:14)

The four daughters of Philip the evangelist. (Acts 21:8-9)

These  women obviously used the gift of prophecy to benefit the church; and  their prophetic messages were listened to by all who cared to hear the  Word of God spoken through them.
But they did not preach nor teach  in the temple or in the official Sabbath assemblies. Their prophetic  messages were delivered outside the official church gatherings.
That is the point Paul is making in 1 Corinthians 14:34 where  he plainly states that women are not allowed to teach or preach in the  churches. "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."
Bear in mind that Corinth was a city in Greece where democracy was born.
But even there the Greeks had to be taught Yahweh's levels of authority, of which our misguided generation is so ignorant.

The fact is:
By divine command and innumerable examples in the Scriptures, men are given  more authority than women inside the Temple services and church  assemblies. Men will also be held more responsible for the errors they  make inside the churches. The 'church' incidentally is not a man-made  building. The 'church' is the congregation that meets in a building, be  it of bricks and mortar or wood. This does not mean that men are more  intelligent or able than women. They are not. We all know some folks in  authority, men or women, are not always more able than those under them.  Nor does it mean that women are more able than men. That also is not  the case. What it does mean is that Yahweh has given the men in His  church the authority and task of preaching and teaching His Word.
He has not given this authority to women, however qualified they may consider themselves to be.
I  repeat: it is a matter of divine authority; not personal preference,  sincerity, enthusiasm, democratic expediency, intelligence or ability. It is a matter of divine authority!

Consequently the Holy Spirit will work more effectively through His authorized  channels (the men) than through even the most dedicated or educated of  women. Also bear in mind that we are here dealing with Yahweh's  commandments, not with the fickle fashions of a wayward and deceived  generation.  

Things "Unmarried" Women can do in the Church:
Help in Church offices (Filing / Word-processing / Database & e-mail management)
Help teach the very young children
Providing  musical accompaniment at Sabbath and social meetings. (Piano, guitar,  violin, banjo, mandolin, flute and trumpet etc.)
Doing special items (choir items, testimonies, poems etc.)
Help at Feasts: laying tables, flower arrangements etc.
Help their mothers in their own homes.

Things "Married" Women can do in the Church:
Teaching the young children on the Sabbath
Teaching younger women how to bring up their families
Providing music in church services (choir, keyboard, piano, violin etc.)
Senior secretarial work in the Church office.
Reading  incoming mail and dispatching literature: setting aside letters for  personal answers. These letters are answered by the elders (men).
Organizing the catering arrangements at all the Feasts.
Keeping Church Accounts.
Voluntary Welfare Work / Dorcas / Community Care / Helping the aged, the young, the lonely, widows, orphans, the sick.

Should Women wear Makeup and/ or Jewelry?:

In  view of these things my personal opinion is that true believers should  not paint their faces in a vain attempt to look better than they really  are. I can understand a very pale faced woman using a little coloring  in order to look healthier; but that is a far cry from what one sees  nowadays where, even in Christian churches, women paint their faces and  nails and look more like modern versions of Jezebel than the children of  God preparing to meet the Savior. In short, scent, powder, a little  makeup, hairstyles, jewelry, expensive clothes etc., may be in order;  but there is a fine separating line in all of these things which  Christian women and their husbands must decide for themselves.

Of  course this doesn't expressly deal with the matter of makeup; but it  does point to the heathen practice of printing marks on the body,  cutting or tattooing (Pagan) marks in it; a practice which is now very  fashionable. Some fans at sporting events now paint their faces and  bodies in part or whole almost as a way of entertainment and nobody  seems to connect this painting craze with the Bible command which  forbids believers from marking their faces or bodies in anyway.

We  read in the book of Kings that the evil queen Jezebel painted her face  and tired her hair in an attempt to impress the conquering Jehu who had  just killed her son Joram king of Israel in battle.

2 Kings 9:22 And  it came to pass, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, Is it peace, Jehu?  And he answered, What peace, so long as the whoredoms of thy mother  Jezebel and her witchcraft are so many?…

30:  And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted  her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window.

In  view of these things my personal opinion is that true believers should  not paint their face.
If you study all the texts in the Scriptures on this matter you will see that Yahweh's people (the Israelites) wore jewelry.
Abraham's servant's presented jewelry to Rebekah. (t one sees  nowadays where, even in Christian churches, women paint their faces and  nails and look more like modern versions of Jezebel than the children of  God preparing to meet the Savior. In short, scent, powder, a little  makeup, hairstyles, jewelry, expensive clothes etc., may be in order;  but there is a fine separating line in all of these things which  Christian women and their husbands must decide for themselves.

In 1 Timothy 2:9 Paul  is warning about putting fine clothes, elaborate hairstyles and  expensive jewelry before good deeds, submissiveness and godliness. It  is all a question of priorities. As I said above, if a believer, male or  female, gets these things out of order, (in other words if the most  important things are put last) then he/she is missing the point and has  made a idol of a perfectly acceptable thing. Bodily cleanliness, good  clothes, well groomed hair etc. all have their proper place; but they  should always come second to godliness, humility and good deeds.  hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before  him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.

17:  And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I  make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son  that serve him.

If you study the following passages you will see clearly that the wearing of jewelry is not a sin. (Exodus 11:2, 12:35, Isa.61:10, Eze.16:17-19).
Did not Yahweh Himself clothe Israel his wife with jewelry and fine clothes?

Nevertheless,  the wearing of jewelry becomes sin when believers put their gems and  fine clothes first before faith, holiness, humility and good works. Then  the jewelry has become a snare, an idol - a sin. This means that  women may wear jewelry if they please: it is not a sin, so long as it  doesn't distort their appearance and become an over-riding obsession.

Then, like every other excess, it can become a snare - a sin.   

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