There’s no question that God calls whoever He’s already purposed to be in the ministry. The arguments over the centuries will continue until Christ comes, but one thing is certain.
The Lord calls whoever He wants.
Women has been used by the Lord for centuries. However, there’s always excess. Men are just as guilty of extremes as well as women. The Bible gives us enough guidance on how to handle this sensitive subject.
Let’s look at the two most controversial Scriptures given to us by Paul.
1 Corinthians 14:34-40 (NKJV Strong’s) “Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says. And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church.
Or did the word of God come originally from you? Or was it you only that it reached? If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord.
But if anyone is ignorant, let him be ignorant.
Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues. Let all things be done decently and in order.“
The questions to be asked…………..
Why did Paul want women to be silent in the churches, and why are they not permitted to speak?
Without speculating, we see that there’s indecency and disorder operating in the houses of worship primarily centered around the operations of the gifts of the Spirit, but it also appears that in the course of a service, women would ask pastors questions.
Some people come to service prepared to sow discord among believers. They plan on being a nuisance. So much so that it became a serious distraction. Whenever things are done to attract attention on a person, things will get out of hand and the service turns into idolatry.
Paul mentioned that women are to keep silent……..as the law says.
Let’s examine the law.
All scholars will agree that the first 5 books of the OT is the law.
“Pentateuch means the first five books of the Bible. These books are Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. The word Pentateuch comes from two Greek words that mean “five books” or “five scroll” According to tradition, the books were written by the Israelite leader, Moses.”
So one cross reference points to Genesis 3:16 as the place Paul’s referring to when he said……“but they (women) are to be submissive, as the law also says.”
Genesis 3:16 (NKJV Strong’s) “To the woman He said:
“I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception;
In pain you shall bring forth children;
Your desire shall be for your husband,
And he shall rule over you.”
But look at the rest of what Paul said and it zero’s in on women that are married.
“And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home….”
What about women that are single and widow’s?
Obviously they have no husband to ask at home. So who do they ask when they have a question on the Scriptures?
Many will say that they could ask a male pastor, or a male elder, deacon, or a male that is knowledgeable in the Scriptures. But this is dangerous simply because of the potential of “one thing leads to another.”
I honestly believe that there’s wise elderly women that are knowledgable in the Scriptures that they could be referred to. That is if there isn’t a public forum such as a Bible study or fellowship, where a group of people could be present to discuss questions on Scripture.
This is much safer and closes the door to any sexual temptation.
What’s clear is that a service is NOT the place where a question is asked during the course of a service.
It appears that there was additional distractions and disturbances in the course of a service. It may have gotten to the point where it was unbearable and Paul declares that it’s “shameful for a woman to speak in church.”
The argument has been raised repeatedly, and to no end, and with no clear resolution.
But we all know that disturbing a service is the issue.