Speaking where the bible speaks, and silent where the bible is silent.

Sin In The Camp

Sin In The Camp

The scriptures warn us that we are not to alter God’s Word whatsoever. (1 Cor 4:6 f; 1 Pet 4:11) Most take this warning with a pinch of salt (very little weight). Yet, even man knows that one bad apple spoils the entire bushel. Even so, a little sin will cause all to sin if not removed. As Paul said, “Do you not know that a little leaven (Yeast) leavens (works through) the whole lump (Batch of dough)? (1 Cor 5:6). Do you know why people can’t leave their doors wide open, unlocked, or unguarded as they did in generations past? It is because an evil person will take advantage of such trust and walk right in and spoil one’s house and perhaps even kill all that are within it and take all of its bounty.

When Paul commanded all women to remain silent in all the churches in 1 Corinthians chapter 14 he was commanding such by the authority of Jesus Christ. (1 Cor 14:33-40) Yet, churches today believe that they can change this commandment to mean whatever they want it to mean. Therefore, man said, “Let your women teach little children and women in the churches.” The only problem with this is that it leaves the door wide open for another generation to add whatever it wants to appease themselves.

Thus, brings me to what the Fourth Avenue Church of Christ in Franklin Tennessee have allowed to happen. They now have a young woman (Lauren King) who is preaching as in intern. (Check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqXglnMi0xA#t=40) Is this wrong? They say no. Why do they say no? Because they believe Paul’s prohibition for women speakers in the churches was only for that generation, and them only. Are they right? Certainly not! Paul made it clear that what he preached in one church, he preached unto them all. (1 Cor 4:17) If the kind of false doctrine which they are now professing was used across the board, it would erase the gospel and doctrine of Christ and replace it with the doctrines of men. After all, if all that Paul taught (1/2 of the new testament_13 books) were for that generation only, then the gospel which he preached would also be erased. The doctrine which he taught would also be erased.

However, having said this, local churches of Christ, with few exceptions have allowed this kind of false doctrine to enter in. In fact, they have no right to say such is wrong, when they themselves have undermined the teaching of the inspired writer, the beloved apostle Paul. They have called Paul a woman hater, uninspired, and misinformed. They have turned, flipped, twisted and virtually called Paul an unmitigated liar in need of repentance. When confronted with biblical authority for women teaching children in classrooms when the church is assembled I have heard brethren say if elders say they can, then it is allowed. I have heard others say the bible never said they couldn’t teach little children, therefore they can. I have heard others say that as long as women don’t usurp man’s authority, then they can break the commandment which says all women are to remain silent in the churches.

Let me make this indictment absolutely clear, sin lies at the door. There is sin in the camp! According to popular doctrine among brethren, women could verily become a preacher even as men. The only difference is the position in the building, and that only. If elders can change God’s law by allowing women to teach little children and women in the churches, then they can also allow women to preach both to men and women.

If ever I have heard “Legalist” defined, it is defined in such false doctrine. Hypocritically you say women can’t teach in the general assembly and yet allow women to teach other women and children in another room. Thus, you have made the law of God of none effect which said, ” Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says.” (1 Cor 14:34)

Conclusion: God meant what he said, and said what he meant. Women were prohibited from becoming speakers in the churches in all things. Therefore, they can sing, but not become song leaders. They can pray, but they can’t lead prayer. They can learn, but only in silence. If they have questions to ask, they must ask them at home. This young girl who thinks God’s Word doesn’t apply to her is not the villain. When we allow colleges to teach our children, denominational doctrine inevitably will enter in the churches. This has already happened several generations ago. Today, we are reaping what was sown. Don’t be surprised to see women in other congregations to eventually use this girl as their example to follow as opposed to the inspired apostle Paul. (1 Cor 11:1) Unless the churches repudiate their false doctrine, though harmless it may appear, then sin will grow until it destroys the entire church. God’s Word can’t be compromised by man’s additions, and still be considered God’s Word. Those who follow the doctrines of men are worshiping God in vain. (Mt 15:7-9)



Comments on: "Sin In The Camp" (4)

  1. Interesting. Women don’t speak? Women don’t teach? How do you pray or even “prophecy” without speaking? Was Paul psychotic? He told them they could do both! Prophecy? Whoa! That is speaking as an Oracle of God! It’s k I nd of hard to speak as an oracle of God with your mouth closed! : ) or, that is speaking the Word of God under divine unction, which would be preaching. Either one is quite powerful! I believe the key to properly interpreting the Corinthian passage you are referencing is understanding the verse which immediately follows it. The key to properly interpreting the passage in I Cor. 14 is understanding what Paul was doing in 14:36. He was rebuking the Corinthians for the previous two verses which had come out of their mouth! He is in the section of the book where he is answering their questions from their letter. They were quoting the law to shut up their women! And Paul was rebuking them for it! Do you think Paul was quoting the law to put women in their “place”? If he was, then he directly contradicts Himself When He Says THEY CAN PRAY AND prophecy! Oops! Had Paul forgotten what he had just written? Or was he simply quoting what they had written in their letter about using the law to silence women and he is rebuking them for doing so in verse 36? If he is not rebuking them for trying to use the law to silence the women, then verse 36 makes absolutely no sense at all. But read verse 36 in the context I am setting forth and watch how the entire passage flows and makes sense! Blessings!

    • Leon, let the Word of God speak for itself:

      33 Paul wrote by the inspiration of God and he said, “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.
      34 Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says. 35 And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church.

      36 Or did the word of God come originally from you? Or was it you only that it reached?

      37 If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord. 38 But if anyone is ignorant, let him be ignorant. 1 Cor 14:33-38

      No, Paul was not ignorant in his writing nor did he contradict himself. Just as he also said to Timothy concerning the reason women were silenced in the churches: ” Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. 12 And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.” 1 Tim 2:11-14

      The law Paul was writing about in 1 Corinthians was the unwritten law of Moses which Paul was fully aware of, being a Pharisee. This law according to Jewish tradition states it is better that the Word of God be burned than a woman handle the Word of God. Your false conclusions in your statement has no credence Biblically nor is it affirmed. As Peter so boldly stated concerning the letters of Paul that there would be some who would twist it to their own destruction. 2 Pet 3:16

      Prophesying could have be done by women in new testament days but they were prohibited from doing such in the assembly. Men also were silenced if they spoke in tongues without an interpreter. 1 Cor 14:28 All Christians must submit themselves to the commandments of the Lord. This commandment of silence for women came directly from Jesus Christ. If you can’t obey him, you will pay the ultimate price.

  2. I’m at a loss for words after looking at the youtube video. I have only heard of such practices taking place in some churches of Christ but to actually see it on youtube really made it real. I pray that someone in that congregation, whose eyes have not been blinded, can stand up for truth and restore that congregation back to 1st century church practice. It’s a sad sad time for the church when things like this are becoming more and more prominent in the Lord’s body. We have our work cut out for us with much prayer for such congregations.

  3. Michael said:

    I’M SO GLAD THEIR ARE STILL PEOPLE STANDING FOR TRUTH!!! A good brother from what used to be a doctrinally SOUND congregation started questoning recently told me that theyare allowing a women to teach a 9 yr old boy who was baptized!! 1 TIMOTHY 2:12 CLEARLY says “I DO NOT PERMIT A WOMAN TO TEACH OR TO ASSUME AUTHORITY OVER A MAN; SHE MUST BE SILENT!!!” I told him to disfellowship that congregation because it was leading him astray onto a slippery slope. Let our churches be FAITHFUL to GOD’S WORD, thanks.

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