Prayer Meeting and women

Discussion in 'Worship' started by Dieter Schneider, Jul 21, 2007.

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  1. Dieter Schneider

    Dieter Schneider Puritan Board Sophomore

    I would like to hear from PB members whether women are allowed to pray audibly in church gatherings or not - with Scriptural reasons for either view.
  2. AV1611

    AV1611 Puritan Board Senior

    No, the Scriptural rule of women remaining silent should be inforce.

    BTW: I didn't realise you live in the NE!! I moved from Gateshead about seven months ago. I used to go here as a student. :)
  3. ServantOfKing

    ServantOfKing Puritan Board Freshman

    I am a member of a PCA church and if a family is moving away or we have a special prayer time, women will pray aloud from their seats.
    At first I wasn't sure if I necessarily agreed with the practice because of women "keeping silent." In scripture though, Paul doesn't want them disrupting and asking questions which could be better asked at home. He also said they shouldn't have authority over a man or teach a man.
    So that helped me to understand, because praying to the Lord is not disruptive if done within the proper time given in the order of worship and praying is not instructing a man or having authority over him. It is just that - praying to the Lord.
  4. JonathanHunt

    JonathanHunt Puritan Board Senior

    So logically, you would have the women silent during the singing as well?

    I believe as has been stated the 'silence' pertains to specific areas - namely preaching/teaching, exercising authority, etc. You cannot use the text as a blanket rule because then you are making scripture contradict scripture.

  5. x.spasitel

    x.spasitel Puritan Board Freshman

    Well, it would seem to me that women singing is a part of the corporate worship of God, an act of the congregation. And I think what Paul is getting at is that women outside of the corporate worship should not have their lone voices heard...

    I am still not certain on a fact of women praying in prayer meetings that are not public worship. I would tend, however, to think there is nothing wrong with it as long as the woman is not leading the meeting above a man.
  6. kvanlaan

    kvanlaan Puritan Board Doctor

    Don't mean to jump the tracks here, but is there an element of how it's done that concerns you? (i.e. is she covered when praying?) :worms:
  7. ServantOfKing

    ServantOfKing Puritan Board Freshman

    Do you mean, is she under the authority of her husband? Or do you mean head coverings?
    Sorry I was just confused as to what sort of covering you're referring to :)
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