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1 Corinthians 14:34-35

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 34 Let your women keep silence in the churches. For it is not permitted for them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as the law also said.4 [Notice, this applies to women not yet led by the Sprit, and still under the law: But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Gal 5:18. Women in the church led by the Spirit of God were expected to prophesy, (for edification, and exhortation, and comfort. 1 Cor 14:3), proven by Paul requiring them to keep their heads covered when prophesying or praying, 1 Cor 11:13, and proven by Acts: 'And it shall come to pass in the last days, said God, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all men; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.]

 35 And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is a shame for women to speak in the church. [Paul is speaking about newly initiated women, not under control of the Sprit. A mature woman in Christ needs not to ask her husband anything to learn: But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. But the anointing that you have received from him abides in you, and you do not need any man to teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you all things and is truth, and is no lie; and even as it has taught you, abide in him. 1 John 2:20,27]

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4 Let your women keep silence in the churches. For it is not permitted for them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as the law also said. Notice, this applies to women not yet led by the Sprit, and still under the law: But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Gal 5:18. A woman led by the Spirit, following the commands she hears spoken to her, is free from the law of sin and death, freed by the law of Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus. Rom 8:2. No one is supposed to speak in a worship meeting, unless they are prompted by the Holy Spirit. And if women or men are prompted to prophesy, then they are to speak. Per Gal 3:28: There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. There are hundreds of records in the Bible of women prophesying. Paul was speaking in regard to unruly Greek women, not yet under control of the Holy Sprit, still subject to the law. For extensive discussion on this point, see Margaret Fell's writing and George Fox's letter. I might add, I have personally been very strongly commanded by the Lord to accept women who have been ruled by him, as unequivocal equals.

In 1 Cor 11:13, Paul says: But every woman who prays or prophesies. To prophesy is not just to predict the future; it is to speak for edification, and exhortation, and comfort. 1 Cor 14:3. Here Paul shows that women who prophesy, that is who speak from the Holy Spirit's promptings and teachings to them, are speaking in the Church. To prophesy is to speak out in the presence of listeners who are interested in what is said — women speaking in the church, but speaking under control of the Spirit. This proves Paul's restriction to women asking their husband a question, should not speak — those were women who were newly initiated in the Church, whose tongues were not yet under control of the Spirit of God, which Spirit was poured out on all men and women at Pentecost: 'And it shall come to pass in the last days, said God, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all men; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.

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