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QUESTION: Is It Right for Women to Speak in Church?


Note: The following question came to me from The Question Box on my congregation’s web site.

Is it right for women to speak in church?

This question has about as many different answers as there are people answering the question. There are three passages of Scripture usually used in discussing this question, here given in the order of their appearance in Scripture:

As in all the congregations of the saints, women should remain silent in the churches. 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 church. – 1 Corinthians 14:33b-35

There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. – Galatians 3:28

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. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. But women will be saved through childbearing – if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety. – 1 Timothy 2:11-15

As a casual reading of all three shows, Paul seems to be inconsistent. Continue reading

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