Woman’s Place in the Church As Taught in Holy Scripture -- By: C. H. Judd

Journal: Priscilla Papers
Volume: PP 02:3 (Summer 1988)
Article: Woman’s Place in the Church As Taught in Holy Scripture
Author: C. H. Judd

Woman’s Place in the Church As Taught in Holy Scripture

Rev. C. H. Judd


Reproduced from The Chinese Recorder and Missionary Journal, vol. 27, no. 6, June 1896.

(a) “These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication with the women” (Acts 1:14). “They were all, with one accord, in one place” (Ch. 2:1). “They were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues” (Verse 4).

(b) “This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel... your sons and your daughters shall prophesy” (verses 16-17). “On my servants and on my handmaidens will I pour out in those days of My Spirit; and they shall prophesy” (v. 18).

(c) “Philip had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy” (ch. 21:9).

(d) “Every man praying or prophesying having his head covered dishonoureth his head. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head.” (I Cor. 11:4,5)

(e) “Desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy” (I Cor. 14:1)

(f) “He that prohesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort” (v.3).

(g) “He that prophesieth edifieth the Church” (v. 4).

In the above passages of Scripture we have the following facts:

(a) That the women as well as the men shared in the Pentecostal blessing of the Holy Ghost, and are mentioned as being in prayer with the men, and that they all spake with tongues.

(b) That this was defended by Peter, saying that Joel had previously foretold that the Spirit should be poured upon all flesh and that the sons and daughters should prophesy.

(c) That the evangelist Philip (the only one mentioned by name as such) had four virgin daughters, who did prophesy.

(d) That women praying or prophesying must have their heads covered. (Pence the custom of women keeping on their head dress while in public worship, whereas men remove theirs.)

(e) That Christians, which surely includes women, are commanded to desire to be able to prophesy.

(f) That prophecy is not merely to foretell or to write inspirited Scrip...

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