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

I do ask my husband!

Some people disagree with me on the topics of this blog. When that happens, some of them tell me I should ask my husband to teach me about these matters. They base this on their understanding of 1 Cor. 14:35:

And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.”

The problems with that interpretation1, of course, include:

  • The whole passage says all believers (not just men) should bring their speaking gifts to church and all believers (not just men) should prophesy and desire earnestly to prophesy.
  • Many of the Christian women in the Corinthian congregation would have been first-generation believers whose husbands were not Christians – Paul certainly would not suggest that a Christian ask an unbeliever for theology.

But, for now, I want to ensure the concerned individuals that I indeed ask my husband to teach me. No, I am not married. But I am a Christian. That makes me a tiny part of the bride of Christ.

So, I prayerfully ask Jesus what He says on these matters. In many entries on this blog, among them the previous one, I explain what Jesus teaches.

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Comments on: "I do ask my husband!" (3)

  1. You might also remind your critics that this is the Internet and not a church…not that it matters. 🙂

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  2. “Many of the Christian women in the Corinthian congregation would have been first-generation believers whose husbands were not Christians – Paul certainly would not suggest that a Christian ask an unbeliever for theology.”

    Yes. People who take 1 Cor. 14:35 so literally and legalistically allow no room for life circumstances. Such as the one you offer above. And today there can be similar circumstances. What if the woman is a mature believer of many years, and her husband is a newer believer and less developed in the faith. He may not be able to answer her questions! In this case, the husband would need to ask the wife questions.

    That is one thing that so irks me about complementarianism – it often puts men and women in such small boxes leaving no flexibility for different personalities, different giftings, different life situations.

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  3. Ha ha ha, my husband would likely run out the door if I asked him to explain God or His Word. Some husbands know they don’t have the answers 🙂

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