Because Christianity is bigger than Biblical manhood or Biblical womanhood (Blog of Retha Faurie)

The translators of GRIME (Gender Role Implementation Edition of the Bible) updated their translation. There was a bit of a discussion about what to call it. Some favored BOSS (Bible of Supremacy and Submission), but in the end HEADSHIP (Husbandly & Ecclesiastical Authoritative Dominance, Subverting Her Into [her] Place) won out. To showcase the ground-breaking scholarly insight of the translation team of The HEADSHIP Bible, we bring you 1 Cor. 14 from verse 26, as it reads in their Bibles.

26 What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Those hymns, instructions etc. that come from men must be done so that the church may be built up, but not those from women. 27 If any man – not woman – speaks in a tongue, two—or at the most three—should speak, one at a time, and someone male must interpret. 28 If there is no male interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and to God.

29 Two or three male prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said. 30 And if a revelation comes to a male who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. 31 For your men can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged. 32 The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets. 33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.

34 Women should remain silent in the churches. This silence is different from prophet silence (allowed to speak, but giving turns) and tongue speaker silence (no tongue speaking if not interpreted, but the tongue speaker may speak intelligible hymns, words of instruction, etc.) Unlike prophets and tongue speakers, they are not allowed to speak at all, but must be in submission, as the law says.(a) 35 If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.

36 Or did the word of God originate with women? Or are women among the people it has reached? No, the word originated with men and reached only men, therefore women should remain silent. 37 If anyone thinks they are a prophet or otherwise gifted by the Spirit, let them acknowledge that what I am writing to you is the Lord’s command. 38 But if anyone ignores this, they will themselves be ignored.

39 Therefore, my brothers but not sisters, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. 40 But all this prophesy, tongue-speaking and other talking should be done in a fitting and orderly way by men, and women should leave it to men to do it. – 1 Cor 14:26-40, HEADSHIP Bible.


(a) Elsewhere in the HEADSHIP Bible, they have the law which says so. The translation team found said law in a previously unknown old manuscript. In the footnote here, HEADSHIP gives a text reference to this law.

Comments on: "The HEADSHIP Bible: Men’s role in the church" (6)

  1. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry!


  2. This is awesome. Love your humor.
    I don’t see how people miss that if gender hierarchy is true, much of the Bible must be rewritten. It’s the reason I became unable to listen to sermons at our church, sermons talking of salvation and of freedom and the Gospel, without wondering what applied to me, and what applied to men only (we were part of a church that practiced gender hierarchy).


    • Precisely, Michelle. For both the comp and the egal, there are problem passages that we cannot, by our view, take on face value. In this case it is :34 and :35 for egals; and :26 – :27, :31, the contradict-what-was-just-said nature of :36, :39, plus the idea that three groups are asked to be silent and comp practices forbids one group from speaking in church, while the other groups could talk but avoid just one kind of speaking, for comps.
      One difference I see between comps and egals is that almost no comp ever try to explain the passages that make their view problematic. They repeat those that bolster their view and seem to stop there. The egals I know of often engage with the Bible passages that – on face value – don’t work with their view.


  3. Amen to all that’s been said. I couldn’t agree more!

    “We have red letter editions of the Bible to highlight the words of Christ. Perhaps we need green letter editions so women will know what to skip, what really wasn’t written to them.
    Certainly these words would have to be green, “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.” I cannot “speak” and “be silent” at the same time. But would the preceding verses be in green too? “Be very careful, then, how you live –“ or “be filled with the Spirit.” Or what about those that follow, “always giving thanks to God” or “Submit to one another” ?
    What about all those verses which describe people of God speaking throughout history? Should they be in green too? Just in case I might make application to my life by following their example?
    “Wait a minute!” I hear some saying. “You’ve gone overboard here. You have completely misunderstood.”
    You’re right. I have misunderstood. I don’t get it. It’s too complicated for me. When I look at Scripture from the complementarian/hierarchy point of view I just don’t know when God is talking to me, and when he isn’t.

    The question is:
    Am I a “brother”, or not?
    Am I a “saint”, or not?
    Am I one of “anyone”, or not?
    Am I one of “every/each one”, or not?
    Am I included in “all”, or not?
    Am I a part of mankind, “man”, or something apart, only a woman?
    Is the Bible written to me, or not?
    (Eph. 5:19.
    Eph. 5:15, 18.
    Eph. 5:20, 21.
    Luke 8:21; Rom. 7:4, 8:29; Col. 1:2; Heb. 2:11, 3:1.
    Rom. 15:14; 1 Cor. 14:26, 39.
    Rom. 1:7; 1 Cor. 1:2; Col. 1:2.
    1 Cor. 6:2–3.
    John 3:3, 5, 6:50.
    1 Tim. 3:1.5; 1 Pet. 4:11.
    Acts 2:38; 1 Cor. 12:7,11; 11 Cor. 5:10; 1 Pet. 4:10.
    1 Cor. 14:26.
    John 17:21; Rom. 3:22–24.
    1 Cor. 14:31.
    Gen. 1:26–27; Eph. 2:15; 1 Tim. 2:4–5; 2 Tim. 3:17.
    1 Cor. 14:34–35; 1 Tim. 2:12; 2 Tim. 2:2.
    Rom. 15:2.4; 2 Tim. 3: 14–17.
    Matt. 28:19–20; 1 Tim. 4:13; Col. 3:16.)”

    The Full Rights of Sons, Chapter 15 – The Middle Of The Road: How safe is it?


  4. I’d rather call it the Cranio-Rectal Inversion Bible.


  5. Kathryn Elliott Stegall, some verses are ONLY for women–like Eph 4:32 “Be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Kindness and forgiveness are female characteristics, and are in fact REQUIRED for women–especially those with abusive and mean husbands. When men are kind and forgiving, they could be considered feminine and not practicing their manhood. Also, only women are to display the fruit of the spirit. Men are to display authority and leadership. Love, joy, peace and longsuffering have nothing to do with authority/servant leadership. Think Joyful Submission. Why not longsuffering submission? It’s a more accurate response to men who consider themselve exempt from Eph 4:32.


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