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)