George Francis Wilkin Prophesying of Women

INTRODCUTION

Welcome, Brothers and Sisters in Christ! For a few years, I have read a book written by George Francis Wilkin, entitled The Prophesying of Women, and in it he argues that women have an inherent right to speak in any and all public promiscuous assemblies, even for devotional purposes, EXCEPT the church meeting and the duly appointed State assembly. Then he argues that the ROOT CAUSE of all this is the ontological property of sexual being known as the Headship of Man and the Subjection of Woman to Man, and the distinction between the VOLUNTARY assembly {which we shall call Z*} and the institutional assembly, which we shall call E*. As it turns out, this school of thought happens to be the most common ultrafundamentalist traditional argument against women speaking in CHURCH. And also I shall use this as an opportunity to vindicate the righteousness of the cause of the woman suffrage movement against all of its slanders, especially of the Neo-Confederate camp.

 

SUMMARY OF TRADITIONAL ARGUMENT

In such institutional assemblies here is what Rev. Wilkins argued:
 
Institutional Assembly ----

~The vital organic principle is the duty of the church members to obey the command of God to assemble for worship at His stated regular times and observe His Divine Office of Worship according to His prescribed rites, ceremonies, and offices thereof

~Because of the duty this imposes on the hearers to pay attention to those who have a recognized right to speak in such assemblies, the hearer is subject to the speakers

~For a woman to speak would be to subject all the men to her authority, contrary to the Male headship law which forbids this sort of thing

CONCLUSION: it is MALUM in SE {inherently wrong} to allow women to speak, even if it hadn’t been for the statutes given in 1 Corinthians 14:34/35, 1 Timothy 2:11/12.

Voluntary Assembly ----

~The vital organic principle is not the duty of the church members to obey the command of God to assemble for worship at His stated regular times and observe His Divine Office of Worship the way He ordained it, but on the contrary, the right of the people to attend just because they please

~The speakers are subject to the pleasure of the hearers

~It would no longer be an exercise of authority or jurisdiction for her to speak

CONCLUSION: 1 Corinthians 14:34/35 & 1 Timothy 2:11/12 do not apply to voluntary assemblies.

At face value, this rationale seems extremely plausible. Therefore the burden of proof is on those who deny it.

There are certain materials I will post on the website from time to time for extra information. I have a mirror website http://sites.google.com/site/gfwilkinprofwomen/home, that you can also read. But many of the points that I will raise are applicable to not just the issue of the role of women in church, but also many other issues, like the Emergent Church, and the course that Church music is taking in our contemporary society.