Women in the worship assembly

1 Corinthians Bible Background

09.05.2016 – New Testament: 1Co 14.34–35

To read the Bible in a year, read First Corinthians 14.21–40 on September 5, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

Have you noticed that the Bible cares nothing for political correctness? To prove that, observe this passage and guess the reaction of the world, and even of many who claim to follow the teachings of the Scriptures,

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 Corinthians 14.34–35). 

The context shows that women are not allowed to lead in the worship services. This is a stumbling-block for much of the Western World right now, but the Holy Spirit does not bend to the will of men and women.


  • How do you react to that passage?
  • What is the context of First Corinthians 14?

3 thoughts on “Women in the worship assembly

  1. Ooh! I like this question. Well my understanding is that this speaks of married women, because it said to “ask your husbands” Previous verses speak of the order in church when it comes to speaking in tongues and prophesying but also we know that women did that throughout the bible and were not reprimanded, so I don’t believe it means not allowing that to take place.
    The catching verse is verse 33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. Vs 28 and 30( read it) I know I’m backwards with the scripture listing, but that’s how I understand things. In the church somebody is subject to somebody.
    Also as a child, I remember the married women in the baptist church including my grandma would ask papa (paternal side)about things. I know because I was a nosey child asking women questions and they would say “I’ll have to ask Mr.” so and so or “need to ask Mr. Banks”papa). In the methodist church ( my maternal family denomination) there were always more married women in church w/o an attending husband. 🙂 It still goes on today, how sad.
    However, after reading your post, I opened my bible and it fell to pg 989 1 Cor 7:34

    We need to discuss this more. So what do you believe, all women or just the married women?


    • It seems to be that in First Corinthians 14 Paul is discussing the assembly of the worship of the church. In that context, I get the impression from the text, that the Lord wants male leadership.


  2. I can agree with that too. I find it odd that in most Methodist and Presbyterian churches, the women are taking over in high positions and I am not comfortable with that.
    Sorry I went overboard with thoughts.


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