1 Corinthians 14:34 says “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.” Let’s address something that it has been heard a lot lately, that women are not at all suppose to be in ministry in speaking roll. “Women CAN prophesy and BE Prophetess’ they can also co-Pastor with their Husbands if he is a Pastor meaning in a deacon and deaconess role, such as Aquila and Pricilla, or co-Apostle, Andronicus and Junia. They can be preachers, (Evangelist). He gave some Apostles, Prophets, Evangelist, Pastors, Teachers (Eph.4:11). An Evangelist is not the same as a pastor (Bishop). The word Preacher in the Hebrew is koheleth, or Qoheleth meaning female speaker (Ecclesiasties). Paul’s setting in 1 Corinthians May be understood with speaking in tongues and interpretation. Women were not allowed to speak (in tongues as a message or interpret) but ask their husbands (assuming all women are married?) it’s possible because at the time the oracle of Delphi was a woman and she used ecstatic speech to give messages as a spirit of divination. Paul ran into a young woman possessed in the region with that demon of python that tried to align herself with Paul by confirming they were men of God. Paul through discerning of Spirits was vexed and cast the demon out. Wives of course should not usurp authority over the HUSBAND or men in the congregation. So we need proper context of the verse. It’s a Husband and Wife relationship. So women that prophesy or are Prophetess’ need to cover their heads in prophecy so not dishonor their head, the scriptures say because of the angels, meaning to show the angels that they are under authority. Genesis 6 could have been the result of women not understanding their place is why the fallen angels went into women and they bare Giants. Demonic infiltration and doctrines of demons. In a larger setting women cannot teach the congregation of men and women combined, preaching is different from teaching, but they can teach women and children Titus 2:3-4 says “The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,” According to 1 Timothy 2:11-12 it says “Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.” The reason why women are not to teach men is because they’ve already taught them in rearing them as children, they are the first teachers. Psalms 68:11 describes that women are preachers, proclaimers to all: “The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.” The word company is feminine here meaning it should say “Great was the company of women that published it” it is correctly interpreted in the TLB Psalm 68:11-13 TLB [11-13] The Lord speaks. The enemy flees. The women at home cry out the happy news: “The armies that came to destroy us have fled!” Now all the women of Israel are dividing the booty. See them sparkle with jewels of silver and gold, covered all over as wings cover doves! And so does the ESV Psalms 68:11 (ESV) “The Lord gives the word; the women who announce the news are a great host:” The Bible began this fulfillment when Mary began to proclaim the gospel that he was risen! Jesus restores the female voice in scripture!!

-Anthony Booker

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