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What about 1 Corinthians 14?

Submitted: 1/22/2007
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Question: Is it not so that 1 Cor 14:28 teaches the man to keep silence publicly, but that he is ok to privately speak to himself and to God in a church service if there is no interpreter? Similarily then, is it not so that 1 Cor 14:34 is for women to not speak publicly as well?

Answer: The passages you have referenced are dealing with specific circumstances where it is inappropriate for certain persons to speak out in gatherings of a local assembly. These passages are dealing with decency and order, not church polity or the roles of men and women in the assembly. For a more thorough explanation of the passages you cite, please see our article 'The Role of Women in the Local assembly' in the Apostolic Free Library (www.gloriouschurch.com/html/Role-of-Women-in-Assembly.asp).