Does the Bible allow women to Preach?
This response goes much deeper than the initial question. The answer may be found in Genesis, where Yahweh says to Eve that Adam was to rule over her (Genesis 3:17). Yahweh from the Beginning established that the man was to be the head of the relationship. Many people feel that this command no longer applies in such an advanced and modern world, however, Yahweh’s commands do not change through time.
Regardless of time or culture, Yahwehs Word rules supreme for all those that will seek it with a pure and honest heart. Yahwehs regulations and standards for mankind do not change. His Word remains the same for all generations. Malachi says in Malachi 3:6 that Yahweh changes not. Therefore, we must understand that Yahwehs commands are perfect and do not change for any reason.
In 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 Paul says that women are to remain silent within the assembly: "Women should remain silent in the assemblies. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the assembly" (NIV).
Paul says that women are not allowed to speak in the assembly. When a women has a question she is to ask her husband at home in private. In Pauls letter to young Timothy he again makes it a point to mention that women are to obey their husbands and learn in quietness. "A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent" (1 Timothy 2:11-12, NIV). Scripturally, a woman must never place her authority over a mans.
In the following Old Testament passages we find that all priests were men: Exodus 28:1; Exodus 32:26-29; Leviticus 8:2; Numbers 8:16-26. Nowhere within the Old Testament do we find priestesses. In 1 Corinthians 12:29 the Apostle Paul lists the different offices within His body, and all are masculine positions: "Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers?" (NIV). Nowhere did Paul or anyone else ordain a woman to official offices in the Body of Messiah.
The womens role may not be formally within the assembly, but the women also have responsibilities which greatly affects the assembly as a whole. In Titus Yahweh through His Apostle says that women are to be sober-minded, chaste, workers at home, kind, submissive to their husband. The mother also is responsible with the father to raise the children in Yahweh. She is to teach them how to love their fellow man, and Yahweh.
Any assembly or culture starts with the family, and the morals and ethics are built from there. If the family is strong the culture will be strong, if the family is weak the society will be weak. Women have a great role in accomplishing Yahwehs truth, and without women no assembly or society would survive.
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