The Place of Women
'Blessed art thou, O Lord, our God! king of the universe, who hath not made me a woman.' So runs the Jewish office book, 'Daily Prayers'. This is an evil saying which feeds the worm of pride in the male heart and is opposed to the spirit of both the Old and New Testaments. It should find no echo in the hearts of Christian men.
Our Lord was supported in His ministry by women who travelled with His party and gave material assistance. Paul refers to 'those women which laboured with me in the gospel'. In his time women prayed and prophesied and he did not rebuke them, 1 Cor. 11. 4-5. At the same time Scripture commands women to be silent in the churches, and docs not permit a woman 'to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence'. There is no confusion error in logic here. A little clear, unbiased thinking reveals that the Scripture takes a balanced view of the place of women in church life. If only we were all as balanced!
To be frank, some men who take an extreme view of the matter and treat women with contempt, would be the first to fight for women's rights if they themselves belonged to the opposite sex. Equally, some women who forget their modesty in these things would be the first to try to 'keep women in their place' if they belonged to the opposite sex.
There is no doubt whatsoever that the Bible forbids women