Is 1 Timothy 2:8-15 Limited To The Worship Assembly?

No. Let us examine several reasons based on the context of the passage:

First, the purpose of the letter is mentioned in 1 Timothy 3:15: “…but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar, and ground of the truth.”

“What is the church?” It is the people of God who have obeyed the gospel, redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 1:5). “Does the church remain the church whether assembled for worship or unassembled for worship?” Yes. Paul is writing to Timothy about how men and women are to properly function in the worship assembly as well as outside the assembly.

Are we to be modest in apparel outside the assembly as well as inside the worship assembly? Yes (1 Timothy 2:9,10). Are elders and deacons to exemplify their qualifications inside the worship assembly as well as outside the worship assembly? Yes (1 Timothy 3:1-13; James 1:27).

Second, if it were the case that 1 Timothy 2:8-15 is only limited to the worship assembly (as well as 1 Corinthians 14:34,35), then it would be the case that women would be authorized to teach a Bible class with men present (whether it be Christian or non-Christian men).

Third, the principles of men leading prayers in mixed company, women not teaching or assuming authority over the man, etc. are substantiated further by mentioning “non-worship” facts of Divine design: man being formed first and woman being deceived first.

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