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Could you please address the verses in the Bible which say that a woman should remain silent during the church service?

The following is written in the New Testament of the Bible: "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."1

There is debate as to how these verses are to be interpreted.  In fact, it appears that how one interprets these verses has a lot to do with the church they attend; such as the Church of God, Baptist, or Assemblies of God etc.  The churches which tend to be more conservative would say that all women are prohibited from speaking in the church worship services-period; however it would appear that the apostle Paul was addressing married women.  And a less conservative church might say that the apostle Paul was addressing the subject of disorderly conduct during the church services in Corinth it would appear that there were married women causing disorder by speaking during the services.  If this is your view, then you believe that the apostle Paul was instructing the married women, who were being disruptive during the services, to remain silent; and if they have any questions, ask their husbands when they get home.  Even in (1 Timothy 2:11-15) it is not saying that women can never speak in church.  The Greek word interpreted "silence" means "settled down, undisturbed, not unruly, quietness."  These verses (1 Timothy 2:11-15) do however address the subject of male leadership within the church as pastor, overseer, or bishop etc.  It is the responsibility of a man to lead the church as pastor; and it's not because he is any more spiritual than a woman.  It is because God desires it to be this way; it mirrors leadership within our families.2   The Church is the family of God; the body of Christ.


Bible References:

1 (1 Corinthians 14:34-35   NKJV)

2 (Ephesians 5:22-33)

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