Women in the Ministry – a contentious subject within the Body of Christ…

Women in the Ministry…a contentious subject within the Body of Christ…

An alternative perspective,

This Scripture (1 Timothy 2:11-14) and Paul’s letters to the Corinthians commanding women to remain silent during services (1 Corinthians 14:34) should be taken and received in light of, consideration of, the pagan rituals that were transpiring in the Temple at Delphi adjacent to Corinth in the First-Century and the intoxicated babbling – “oracles of enlightenment” (Delphic Oracles) offered by the pagan priestess there that had obviously carried-over into the Corinthian Church where women in the congregation were mimicking the pagan practice during Church services; this unruly behavior causing confusion and disorganization among the congregation, much to the consternation of Paul; this, through babbling in unknown tongues of prophecy and spurious interpretation.

It is wise and discerning to understand the context and the society, customs, norms, in which these Biblical commands and edicts are given before ordaining them as ceremonial law for the entire Body of Christ. I do NOT believe a woman should have divine authority over a man but women have invaluable gifts and knowledge and experiences that edify the Body of Christ and to deny them a place of honor in the congregation and specialized ministry is unwise.

1 Corinthians 14:33 for God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.

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