Ladies in the Church

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Subsections

Head-coverings in Public Worship

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Order of Contents

Articles
Lady Preachers?
Whether Ladies have the Right to Vote for Church Officers?
On Women Prayer Meetings
On Women Rebuking, Teaching & Exhorting Men

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Articles

Breed, W.P. – Jenny Geddes, from Jenny Geddes: or Presbyterianism and its great Conflict with Despotism, 1869

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Lady Preachers?

Dabney, Robert – The Public Preaching of WomenHTML, 1879, from the The Southern Presbyterian Review for October 

The Biblical argument against women preaching

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Ladies Voting for Church Officers?

Whether Ladies have the Right to Vote for Church Officers

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On Women Prayer Meetings

Bunyan, John – A Case of Conscience Resolved, viz. Whether, where a church of Christ is situate, it is the duty of the Women of that Congregation, Ordinarily, and by Appointment, to Separate themselves from their Brethren, and so to Assemble together to perform some parts of divine worship, as Prayer, etc. without their men?  And the arguments made use of for that practice examined.  (London, 1683)

Bunyan argues ‘No’ at length, and gives helpful insight into the Scriptures that are sometimes brought forward for this practice.  Take the time to read this treatise and assure your conscience from God’s Word.

Bunyan speaks of the view he is arguing against (that of holding women’s prayer meetings in a regular church area) as being an obscure and novel practice in his day, giving a glimpse into the majority position and practice of the puritans that he sought to defend.

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On Women Rebuking, Teaching & Exhorting Men according to their Station

Samuel Rutherford

A Survey of the Survey of that Sum of Church-Discipline Penned by Mr. Thomas Hooker…  (London, 1658)

p. 260

“And though women be forbidden authoritatively to teach in the Church, 1 Tim. 2:7; 1 Cor. 14, and publicly, yet they may teach the younger women, Tit. 2:2-3, give a seasonable rebuke and counsel to men, 2 Sam. 20:16-17; 1 Sam 25:23-24, 32-33, and a woman, a sister is to labor to gain a sister, by Mt. 18, and that in a Church-way; and women, as other Church-members, are to teach, exhort, warn, according to their place, as well as men, Col. 3:16; Rom. 15:14; 1 Thess. 5:14; Heb. 3:13 & 20, 25.”

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p. 321

“2. Do not women covenant to gain the younger women in their way, by rebuking, by Mt. 18:15; Lev. 19:17; 1 Sam. 25:25-27; Tit. 2:3-4, both men and women? and do they for that rule [by the power of the Keys], as the male-Church? [No they don’t, contra congregationalists] and by what oracle? am I not to rebuke a trespassing offender of another congregation dwelling within twenty cubits to my door, and being my beloved brother in Christ?”

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pp. 465-6

“…and sure Paul’s rebuke of these at Athens, Acts 17, though it made not up the rebuke of a Church, yet Paul rebuked them not as a private man, or as a godly woman may rebuke idolaters, but formally as a pastor.”

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