Question:

Hi sir,

Is it right for a woman to raise songs when she is about to give testimony? I am asking because this issue is bringing confusion among us. The Bible says a woman should not lead in the church, but when this woman is about to give her testimony about the wonderful things God had done for her, she raises songs and the whole congregation joins her to sing. Now by doing this has she not led?

Please help.


Answer:

There is no mention of giving a personal testimony in the assemblies of the church. "Testimony" means "witness." It can refer to a person's reputation: "Then a certain Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good testimony with all the Jews who dwelt there" (Acts 22:12). It simply means that people spoke well of Ananias. It can refer to the Apostles' testimony concerning Jesus, "Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God" (II Timothy 1:8). In other words, it was the teaching of the Gospel. "He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son" (I John 5:10-11).

Nowhere has God asked people to stand up in church services to talk about their lives.

During worship services, women are not to address the assembly. "Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says. And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church. Or did the word of God come originally from you? Or was it you only that it reached? If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord" (I Corinthians 14:34-37). That would include leading a congregation in song.

The only reason you are facing confusion is because your practices are not inline with God's teachings.