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- Category: Bible Questions and answers about the Church
- Published on Thursday, 19 November 2009 17:24
When Paul enjoins the sisters to be silent in the assembly (1Co 14:34), he supports this from the Law. "Under obedience" denotes submission or subjection to the role God has ordained. The Lord Jesus is the introduction to this in the New Testament, being subject to His parents (Luk 2:41, 51). The ordaining of differing roles for women and men goes back to Genesis 1 and 2, which is part of the Law, a literary division of the Old Testament (compare Luke 16:16 with 24:44). As in First Timothy (2:11-15), Paul teaches that the silence of the sisters is a leadership issue. Because of male headship, sisters do not lead in the use of gifts (1Co 14:4, 5), prayer (v 15), worship (v 16), or teaching (v 3; 1Ti 2:12). In these four activities an individual is the visible leader in the activity.
In singing (1Co 14:15), although one person leads (therefore a male) in starting the singing, the congregation joins together. It is not a leadership issue, therefore the women sing. The same principle applies to saying "Amen" after a brother’s prayers.