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Living Word Broadcast - End Time Gospel FAQ Question: Can a woman "preach" the gospel? Does Mark 16:15 and Matthew 28:19 apply only to men or to women, too. We know of course that women are not to teach or to handle the Word, but how about "preaching" the gospel? Is it the woman's role to just give testimonies, to encourage others and to live her life a good testimony / being a witness the same as "preaching" the gospel. Can a woman pray out aloud in church? Just praying. Like during a meeting, everyone is asked to pray, can a woman participate, or has she got to remain silent. Does "silent" here mean refraining from any noise? If so, then it would be difficult for her to worship God. In Bro. Branham's meetings, women also spoke in tongues etc. Can a woman hold any position in church e.g. church secretary, treasurer? These are just administration roles - just to help out, no authority / leadership is implied. I know she cannot hold any leadership positions. What can a woman do, and what can't a woman do?


Answer:

I CORINTHIANS 14:34 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, as also saith the law.

SPEAK: laleo {lal-eh'-o} Preach, to use words in order to declare one's mind and disclose one's thoughts; to speak.

35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
I TIMOTHY 2:11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 12 But I suffer not a woman to *TEACH, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

TEACH: didasko {did-as'-ko} to hold discourse with others in order to instruct them, deliver didactic discourses, to discharge the office of a teacher, conduct one's self as a teacher, to impart instruction, instill doctrine into one, the thing taught, to explain or expound a thing, to teach one something.

“Brother Branham, is it not Scriptural that women should not speak in the church? He's got two questions here. That's true. That--that is true. It's not right for women to be ministers and--and speak in the church. That is right: I Corinthians the 14th chapter. Of course all of the church here, you all know this. And this may be a stranger in here this morning; I don't know. But it's not right for--for women to--to be a--to minister. That--that is true. I'll just read it to you here, and you--you can find out. And then you'll--you'll know: I Corinthians the 14th chapter I believe. I'll get it just in a minute, if I can find it. Yeah, here it is. Let your women keep silent in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. (Now, the law didn't permit women priest and so forth back in them days. See?) And if they will learn any thing, let their ask their husbands at home: for it's a shame for a woman to speak in the church.” [Questions And Answers Jeff. IN, Cod 61-1015m]

“Now, if you'll notice Corinth here... Many of these Corinthian Christians and many of... The great goddess of the world in that day was Diana, which was a Roman goddess. And she was a goddess of Ephesus. And she was worshipped throughout all the world. And now, her ministers... Of course, her being a woman, then that made her ministers women. And when they were converted into Christianity by Paul... Now, Paul was in prison when he wrote these letters, of course, at Rome. Now, they wrote him letters (You see?), after they'd begin to speaking with tongues and got great gifts working among them. Well, these women thought they should continue on their ministry.” [Questions And Answers Jeff. IN, Cod 61-1015m]

“Now, if you'll notice, you that's reading your Bible, the 36th verse he said. What? came the word of God... from you? and came it from you only? If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. But if... he be ignorant, just let him be ignorant. Now, in otherwise, the women... Now, if you'll take the history to this letter (See?), of the church, these women thought that they were... continue on with their ministry just as they was a--of the priest to the goddess Diana. God is not a woman; God is a Man. And there's only really one, and that is a man. A woman is a by-product from a man. Man was not made for woman, but woman was made for man. See? If you'd just open up your spiritual understanding. You, see? See?” [Questions And Answers Jeff. IN, Cod 61-1015m]

“Man--when man first come on earth, he was both male and female, feminish and masculine before he become sex. See? A feminish spirit, the lower spirit, it's the one that's timid... And then there's also masculine man. But when He made and put him into different... In order to reproduce the world, He brought the feminish spirit off of him and put from him a rib from his side and made a female. She was not to be ruler. When she first started that, she caused the whole human downfall. See? Oh, and even it was a... She was the cause of the fall. And then God taken her up and brought life back into the world through Christ by the woman. But nowhere was a woman ever permitted to--to be a minister in the church.” [Questions And Answers Jeff. IN, Cod 61-1015m]

“On over in II Timothy the 3rd chapter, he said, "I suffer not a woman to teach or to usurp authority over man, but to be in silence." You see? And it isn't right for the woman to preach; that is true. Now, I know I've seen some women that were real preachers (They could preach too.) like Aimie McPherson and many of those women there. But just put your hand on them just for a little while. See? It's not... I know people who could speak with tongues this morning setting right in this church. If there was no interpreter, they'd be daresn't to do so. See? You got to remember; them women was borned under a certain line, that when they are... Your birth has a lot to do with it. It's your name, your--all about you (You see?) has a make up to it, no matter what it is.” [Questions And Answers Jeff. IN, Cod 61-1015m]


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