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Is It Lawful For Women To Speak In The Church?

1 Clem. 1:3

For ye did all things without respect of persons, and ye walked after the ordinances of Alahayim, submitting yourselves to your rulers and rendering to the older men among you the honor which is their due. On the young too ye enjoined modest and seemly thoughts: and the women ye charged to perform all their duties in a blameless and seemly and pure conscience, cherishing their own husbands, as is meet; and ye taught them to keep in the rule of obedience, and to manage the affairs of their household in seemliness, with all discretion.

  • Let us find out what the rule of obedience in the church that was taught was: 

1Co 14:34  

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.

  • It's a manifestation of their moderation of the spirit to perform this good work. Also it professes their obedience unto Yache by doing what He commanded.


1 Clem. 21:6

……. Let us guide our women toward that which is good:

1 Clem. 21:7

let them show forth their lovely disposition of purity; let them prove their sincere affection of gentleness; let them make manifest the moderation of their tongue through their silence; let them show their love, not in factious preferences but without partiality towards all them that fear Alahayim, in holiness…

  • And it’s of great price in the sight of Alahayim to do these things unto Him:


1Pe 3:4  

But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of Alahayim of great price 


1Co 14:35  

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.

  • If a woman doesn't have a husband or father in the faith, she may ask the ministers of the church that instruct the wisdom of Alahayim outside of the church setting.

1Co 14:37  

If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.


1Co 12:27  

Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

1Co 12:28  

And Alahayim hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

  • This is the hierarchy for instruction to be given because these people are ordained of Alahayim to minister to us for good:

Rom 13:1  

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of Alahayim: the powers that be are ordained of Alahayim.

Rom 13:2  

Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of Alahayim: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

Rom 13:3  

For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

Rom 13:4  

For he is the minister of Alahayim to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of Alahayim, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

Rom 13:5  

Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake

  • Being in subjection to them is not only for conscience sake, it’s also for the purpose of putting to silence the ignorance of foolish men:


1Pe 2:15  

For so is the will of Alahayim, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:

1Pe 2:13  

Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;

  • Christ, the man, is King as supreme

1Pe 2:14  

Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.

  • Governors are those bishops, elders and deacons governing the church. Those sent by the Lord are apostles, prophets, and teachers. 


Rom 10:14  

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

Rom 10:15  

And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!


  • They that are sent are held in higher order than the governors, hence Peter exhorts to be in subjection to governors as unto those that are sent. 

1Pe 2:14  

Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well

1Pe 2:15  

For so is the will of Alahayim, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:


  • So for unmarried women/unmarried women with no father in the faith or women with unbelieving husbands, her questions so as to maintain obedience, are to be asked unto the ministers of Alahayim outside of the church setting

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