Since Women Prophesied, Does That Mean They Can Preach From The Pulpit?

Perhaps the number one argument made for “women preachers” today are the instances of women prophesying in the New Testament. We see examples of such in I Cor 11:5, Acts 2:17, and Acts 21:9, just to name a few.

But none of these verses say women prophesied or taught in the church assembly. Faithful Christians don’t oppose women teaching the gospel as long as they do it outside of the church assembly (I Cor 14:34-35), and as long as they don’t teach over a man (I Tim 2:11-12).

Regarding the women preachers issue, all Bible verses can be classified in one of three ways – either they don’t mention the church assembly, or they don’t mention a woman teaching, or they mention neither. There is no verse which mentions both, that is, a woman teaching in the church. I Cor 11:5, Acts 2:17, and Acts 21:9 all fall into the first category – they don’t mention the church assembly.

Let’s read that passage again that forbids women from teaching in the church assembly – “Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church” (I Cor 14:34-35).  Could anything be stated more clearly than that?

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