Why did the Spirit command women to keep silent in the churches?
Let’s use the analogy of the biological human body as the example. SUBMISSION TO AN OUTSIDE AUTHORITY IS DIVISIVE TO THE BODY. IT’S LIKE A VIRUS THAT RE-PROGRAMS THE BODY’S OWN DNA BY INJECTING DIFFERENT INFORMATION. THE VIRUS NOW CONTROLS THE BEHAVIOR OF THAT BODY.
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave [glue] to his wife; And they two shall be ONE FLESH: so then they are NO MORE TWO, but ONE flesh. What therefore God hath joined [glued] together, let not man put asunder. —Mark 10:7-9
And Adam knew [intimate, experiential, knowledge] Eve his wife. —Genesis 4:1 KJV
The marriage bond is created by God to be a complete, self contained, whole, single organism (like the body of Christ); with God-supplied nourishment; channeled through the husband (the head).
I like the analogy of a virus’s destructive effect on human DNA, because this is the effect the advice of the serpent had on the first family. It was a poisonous, fatal infection. When a wife seeks or receives instruction from another man, it mirrors the serpent finding Eve alone, and cutting her God-given union with her husband by deceiving her into disobedience.
Therefore, the Bible’s instructs the wife to not inquire for herself instruction from other men in the church. This command is based upon the deception of Eve by Satan. The text notes that she was tricked, but her husband (Adam) had a resistance to deception– he sinned willfully with correct knowledge of the dangerous situation and its consequences.
“But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. Let the woman learn in silence [without questioning the male teacher] with all subjection [to her husband, and the Lord’s order]. But I suffer [permit] not a woman to teach [instruct], nor to usurp authority [have dominion over, dominate, govern] over the man, but to be in silence [quite. She is not the designated teacher, leader, in the church.]. For [because] Adam was first formed, then Eve [1st. reason: God’s creation order, Adam was first in rank. Eve was second]. And Adam was not deceived [2nd. Reason: Adam’s resistance to deception], but the woman being deceived was in the transgression [3rd reason: Eve was susceptible to deception]. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety. [She demonstrates her godliness and good works by submitting to God’s rank and place for her in the family structure, including the responsibility of motherhood.] —1 Timothy 2:10-15 KJV
In that passage the God-given relationship of the woman in the male lead church, and within her family unit is emphasized. The focus is on who is responsible for instruction — it’s the man, not the woman. If a woman teaches men, she is usurping authority over (dominating) them. The phrase has an aggressive tone of assuming power over another, and forcing submission upon them.
This next passage is often rejected because of its language: (silence, command, obedience, shame). But it teaches the same truths when properly understood.
“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 [to God’s command, and husband. “Wives obey your husband…”], as also saith the [O.T.] law. And if they will learn anything [be taught, instructed, guided], let them ask their husbands at home [specifically addressing married women]: for it is a shame for women to speak [ask for guidance] in the church [from male teachers]. —1 Corinthians 14:33-35 KJV
The “Shame” in this passage is upon the husband, or that family unit in the church. The occasion of the shame would be the wife inviting a third party into the marriage as her guide. Additional shame on the public division of that household’s leadership and learning structure.
How would a husband react, knowing that other men are leading, teaching and guiding his wife? How would a wife react knowing that other women are depending on her husband for leadership and guidance? How should a single woman feel, when depending on a married man (another woman’s husband) for guidance or behavioral instruction? We will discuss single women shortly.
The greatest example of this shame and sin, is what the serpent did in the garden when he caught Eve alone and gave her corrupt advice. She took it, and also caused her husband to transgress. We are told in the passage in 1 Timothy. that Adam was not deceived but she was. Like a virus Satan corrupted her good, healthy, family unit. Another warning is given in: Ti 3:6,7 For of this sort [corrupt teachers] are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away [from truth] with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
FRIENDS, MANY PASTORS COMMIT THESE SINS BY INSTRUCTING AND LEADING OTHER MEN’S WIVES AND DIVIDING HOMES. AS THE TEXT SAYS, THIS IS A PUBLIC DISGRACE —A SHAME.
The “Woman thou art loosed”, and “Think like a Man” programs are not Biblical. They are based on worldly philosophy. No married man should be “loosing” any woman but his wife. Women should think like a woman makes more sense — right? We’re not confused about gender identity in the church and Bible.
If anyone doubts the weakness and susceptibility of women in general to this sin, just consider the Playboy Enterprise, based wholly on millions of women readily submitting to an authoritative man for exploitation. To this you can add, the so-called adult bars and clubs, the prostitution industry around the world. Where women are voluntarily taken captive by the millions by corrupt men they submit to for guidance. There must be no such unlawful submission to other men in the church. Many of the gentile women during the time of the early church also served as prostitutes in the pagan temples, being obviously exploited by the male leaders of those religions, 1Cor. 6:9-11. Paul was writing to Gentile converts.
DEBORAH AND SHAME:
Jdg 4:8,9 And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go. And she said, I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the LORD shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh.
The above passage confirms the fact that selected men were to lead Israel. The request of Barak would bring shame on himself, by subjugating himself to a woman. The story of Deborah was included in the book of Judges to demonstrate the sad condition of male leadership in Israel during that time of repeated moral and spiritual failure. The book of judges is a history of sinful failures.
The believers are protected by truth, against this prevailing sin in the world. The family unit is sacred to God, because it is patterned after Christ and his bride the church. The husband is the head of his household in the same way Christ is the head of the church body. (Eph 5:22-33). God gifts, equips, and expects husband’s to lead their wives and households. Along with his command we believe God gives the ability: “It is God who works in both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” —Phil. 2:13
Let’s have faith in God’s word.
SO, WHAT ABOUT SINGLE WOMEN? HOW DO THEY GET THEIR TEACHING and GUIDANCE?
Single women should not be led or guided by a married man! Mature women should be teachers and leaders.
“The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, TEACHERS of good things; That THEY MAY TEACH [lead like Miriam] the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient TO THEIR OWN [not someone else’s] husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed [same as shamed]. —Titus 2:3-5 KJV
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be ONE FLESH: so then they are NO MORE TWAIN, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not [any] man put asunder [separate, divide, tear apart]. —Mark 10:7-9 KJV
OPPOSITE SEX LEADERSHIP FROM AN OUTSIDER SPLITS THE ONE-FLESH FAMILY UNION, whether it’s a man over another man’s wife, or a woman under another woman’s husband. SUBMISSION TO AN OUTSIDER IS DESTRUCTIVE. IT’S LIKE A VIRUS THAT SEEKS TO REPROGRAMS THAT BODY’S OWN HEALTHY GENETIC STRUCTURE. The Scriptures forbid it.
What therefore God hath joined together, let not [any] man put asunder [separate, divide, tear apart]. —Mark 10:7-9 KJV
However, it is very important for all women “to LEARN” from the preaching and teaching from the male elders, but “in quietness/silence” as the scriptures teach. If she has the experience or gift to teach, she should exercise it teaching women younger in age, and/or younger in the faith. If she needs advice she she consult her husband or older women.