Putting 1 Corinthians 14:34 into Context

Putting 1 Corinthians 14:34 into Context

1 Corinthians 14:34 – Women should be silent during the church meetings. It is not proper for them to speak. They should be submissive, just as the law says.

This verse can be taken out of context very easily. It can be seen as a sexist remark against women in the church. I don’t believe that this verse means that women can’t be leaders in the church, or that they are less than their husbands. I don’t believe that it puts down women at all.

In the early Corinthian churches, women prayed and prophesied (11:5). They had spiritual gifts, just like men (Chapters 12-14). They were seen as equals in the Christian faith. They contributed, and participated in the worship services. However, some women would publicly confront their husbands during services. They would question the men about the worship, causing division. Some were also raising questions at inappropriate times, questions that could be easily answered at home, instead in the middle of a service.

To be clear, this wasn’t all women, only some. The verse was telling them to be polite and respectful to the church leaders.

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