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    MUST A WOMAN ALWAYS KEEP SILENCE IN CHURCH?
   A question that has been in  discussion  among Christians for at
teach or speak in  public.  On this point intelligent and right-minded
tach or speak in public.  On this point intelligent and right-minded
Christians have never agreed.  As to whether they are likely to agree
in the next eighteen centuries. intelligent Christians  differ widely.
Here comes a Christian woman in Kansas who is troubled because one
commentator has a positive opinion on the subject:
   "I have been reading the words of a commentator on 1 Corinthians
14:34,35, and 1 Timothy 2: 11, 12. on which he makes a statement
like this: "Spirtually minded persons. who rightly understand truth
and duty, will acknowledge that the directions given by Paul about
women's keeping silent in the church are commandments of God,
which all should obey.'  Surely he cannot mean  such women as Miss
Willard.  Mrs. Booth, Miss Alice Bryam Condict, M.D., women Sunday-
school teachers, missionaries, and active members of the Christan En-
deavor societies are working in disobedience to God's revealed will and
commands!   I shall be very thankful to you for an answer in your
Notes on Open Letters."
   There is no error in the Christian Church which cannot be found
advocated by some prominent commentator; therefore there is no force
in the fact that a commentator says a certain thing. The real question
is. What ought a wise commentator to say?  We know that ordinary
women are allowed no such prominence before the public in the East
as is accorded to them in the world of the West. Yet we know
that exceptional women in the East have been given, on occasions, as
great power among men in government, for at least forty centuries, as
ever among Christians of the West.  What Paul's words meant, in
view of local practices and prejudices, and therefore of temporary
force, we canot be sure;  but we can be sure that Paul had no inten-
tion of saying that God had been at fault in what he authorized or ap-
proved in former times or later.  We know that Miriam was inspired
to teach and to lead Israel in public praise in the beginning of Israel's
new life. We know that Deborah was chosen of God to be a leader and
a judge in Israel in olden time.  In the Christian dispensation, in-
spired Philip had four daughters who were inspired to teach Priscilla
     




			
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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 19, Num. 1

Women's Department

Volume:  19
Issue Number:  01
Page Number:  467
Date:  07/1902


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