All should be orderly in worship
Paul wrote a letter to the church in Corinth to address problems and answer questions that they had. Here is Paul's command for women to be silent in church. David Prior aptly observes that this cannot apply to all women since Paul had given instructions on how women were to pray and prophesy in church. Instead, Paul was likely addressing specific people who were causing disruption in their gatherings. They might have been the source of discord in the church.
Order should be maintained in worship gatherings. It doesn't matter whether the disruptive person is male or female. God is not preventing interaction during worship. But disruption and discord has to cease. That's why Paul stresses love and unity in his letters.
We must strive to be zealous for God. We demonstrate our love for Him by loving others. Worship services, especially, show the outside world what a gathering of God's children is like. We must make every effort to present God's family in the light of love and unity. Then they will truly know that God is with us.
David Prior, The Message of 1 Corinthians: Life in the Local Church, The Bible Speaks Today, ed. John R. W. Stott (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1985), 251-2.
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