LIBERTY OF WOMEN, SONGS & MUSIC
Question #618 : "I heard that
some of the Pastors here who follow the Message of Malachi 4:5-6 are asking the
sisters to pray in the church, and read Bible. They say, woman should be silent
in the church means, "They should not preach", but they are eligible to pray in
the churches. One of our sisters complained to me about the sisters praying in
the church or praying on the special occasions, while the Ministers are
standing. I gave that sister Book 10 to verify. Will you please send me the
answer if they can or cannot pray?"
E.O.D.H. Answer: Yes, a woman can
pray in church (1 Corinthian 11:4-5). She must not pray or prophecy with cut
hair (uncovered). It makes a remarkable difference between praying in
church and leading in prayer, in the presence of men. If she does, she is
usurping authority over the man (1 Timothy 2:11-12). She can pray as much as she
wants, among men or a mixed congregation, but should not be called upon or
choose by herself to lead in prayer as long as men are present. Book 10,
question 248, pages 282-283, gives more information.
Question # 619: "Women give
testimonies in church; is it wrong since they are to be silent?"
E.O.D.H. Answer: 1Timothy 2:12,
1Corinthians 14. Brother Paul was speaking about women handling the Scriptures
and voicing their opinions in church matters. He said, if they would know
anything, let them ask their husbands at home. Not necessarily to be silent
without speaking any word, then they will be prohibited from singing, praying or
even speaking to each other, for some good reason.
If we see how Brother Branham handled such things, we will understand the
correct meaning of such Scriptures. We allow the women to testify, sing and
prayer, but forbid them from preaching. The prophet allowed the same in Branham
Question # 620: "I will love to
ask, is it right for women to go out in the streets or house to house preaching
and to preach in the buses, because here in Nigeria people are permitted to
preach in the buses. Please sir; I will like to know as I have not heard in the
Bible where any woman ever preached in this way."
"I suffer not a woman to teach nor to usurp authority over the man". (1
In the light of the above scripture, the woman is commanded not to teach the
Word of God (1 Corinthians 14: 34-35). She is commanded to be silent as far as
breaking down the Word. Apostle Paul said that such are the commandments of the
This commandment is the absolute. She should not break down the Word of God
at no time and in no place. She tried to break down the Word of God to
the serpent in Eden and she did wrong. God commanded her not to teach, because
she was deceived and not Adam (1 Timothy 2).
Therefore, preaching behind the pulpit for a woman is wrong, as well as
personal witnessing or public preaching; it is in direct violation to the
scriptures. She should absolutely not handle the Word of God in any fashion'
even if she is a writer. She cannot teach the Word nor can she break down
the Word to her husband for him to do her preaching. Let us stand firmly on the
Word of God and not compromise with these modern women who are like the
Corinthian women and even worse. I trust that this helps in some little way.
Question # 621: "Can a woman
sing a song in a fellowship"
E.O.D.H. Answer: My answer to
this is 'yes', once she is living right and maintaining her Christian testimony.
I will not expect a sister whose testimony is marred in anyway to just be
allowed to sing a special song. She must be at least trying to live right. This
goes also for a musician in the House of God. They should be living above the
reproach of sin. If not, they become a stumbling block to others
Question # 622: "Is a woman who
is a prophetess allowed to prophesy in the church"
Quote W.M.B.: "But women are gifted with prophecy, and gifted
with tongues and interpretations, and everything but being preachers. They're
not to be preachers." (Patmos Vision 60-1204E
Quote: "And it shall come to pass in the last days,
saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your
daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old
men shall dream dreams." (Acts 2:17).
"But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head
uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were
shaven." (1Corinthians 11:5).
I see in the Bible where Anna, a blind woman, prophesied in Church. Also
Elisabeth when she met Mary prophesied.
"And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel,
of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband
seven years from her virginity; And she was a widow of about fourscore and
four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings
and prayers night and day. And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise
unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in
Jerusalem." (Luke 2:36-38).
She met Mary and prophesied
"And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did
prophesy." (Acts 21:9).
Phillip the Evangelist had four daughters who did prophesy.
question means if to prophesy in the open congregation, the answer maybe a
little different. See 1 Corinthians 14th chapter. Such prophecies must be judged
by spiritual persons before it is brought to the congregation. The prophet WMB
set that in order at the tabernacle, on his message, "Church Order").
Question # 623: "Should a woman
ask a question during Bible study?"
E.O.D.H. Answer: Yes, the Word
said she should ask her husband at home. I understand that she should not do
that in the open congregation. Her husband is permitted to ask her
"Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not
permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as
also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their
husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church."
Quote W.M.B.: "That's why the Bible forbids her to
teach, or to preach, or to handle God's Word in any manner." (Choosing Of A
Bride 65-0429E P:47)
"Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I
suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in
For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the
woman being deceived was in the transgression." (1Timothy 2:11-14).
Question # 624: "Most churches
in Nigeria cannot afford pipe organs, but use local made drums, which gave us
the type of music we play in our country. What class of music should be played,
because the Message says that Rock n' roll is from Africa?"
E.O.D.H. Answer: All worldly
music are forbidden from the church of God, regardless of their names: rock,
jazz etc. etc. This was highly condemned by the Prophet.
Quote W.M.B.: E-22 "The people are gone boogie-woogie or
rock-and-roll wild… And they're trying by that same spirit, to get the thing
into the church. I like church music played like church music
and not rock-and-roll in the church." (God keeps His Word
Many preachers around the Message, in America and right through the whole
world, have changed the music. They have changed the music because the Spirit of
God has departed from them. They destroyed the Holiness Message and are not
practicing it. The Spirit of God has left them, and brought
entertainments into the church, through various musical instruments.
Okay, "What instruments should we avoid?" Africa and India; all
instruments that are linked to your old heathen religion and witchcraft. All
instruments that invoked spirits, like the drums of Africa; it came down with
the Shango and Voodoo religion in the Caribbean and elsewhere; such instruments
should not be played in the House of God, because that has something to do with
the kingdom of the Devil and witchcraft. It is used in heathen religions to
So now, the rock-n-roll people borrowed those beats of the drums of Africa
and they modernized it through other instruments and then made rock-n-roll music
from it and got the people demon possessed. Christian youths listen to the radio
with earphones, hiding from parents. That music is in the schools, on the buses
and the streets, and they are getting demon possessed. When they get demon
possessed they become rebellious to mother, father and elders. They hate their
parents and even kill them. So we don't want those kinds of instruments, and
much less for any kind of worldly music and songs.
We got to be careful with certain instruments which were linked to
witchcraft and idol religions, and if a certain instrument carries a stigma to
it in the world, you don't want to have anything to do with that. For instance:
I would not allow the steel-pan to come into the church, because it carries a
certain stigma of vulgarity. Homosexuality, fornication and adultery is attached
to that steel-pan, but the steel-pan itself is wonderful music. Now, that is for
You have to use your discretion, over there in Africa and India, to
know and to pin-point these kinds of instruments, and avoid them. Now the
Prophet of God said that the piano, the organ and the trumpet belongs to the
church, and Psalms 150, tells us what kind of instruments, are allowed.
Question # 625: "Some ministers
are now introducing choirs ministration into the Message. What does the Message
say about this; is it not the spirit of denomination that set in towards the End
E.O.D.H. Answer: When these
questions arise, our minds, as ministers, must reflect quickly on the Scriptures
and the Message of the Hour. I first see how Brother WMB operated his church
along with how the Early Church was set up and that helps a lot. I cannot find
it there, then, I have no confidence in any new institution in Message
Assemblies. I cannot find any Scriptures or quotations that advocate choirs.
It's a Catholic institution adopted by organizations. Many song leaders
may come together and help each other in taking turns and singing together, but
the congregation should sing along with the song leader. I do not have a choir
at Bethel the House of God, neither in any of the other churches where I hold
Question # 626: "Is it good for
Message churches to have choirs?"
E.O.D.H. Answer: It is not a New
Testament custom. I believe that was started by the Catholic Church and came
down to other organizations. The people were not allowed to join the song
service on many occasions. Again, this is a custom of pride, competition and
much show off. However, if several singers want to sit together in leading
songs, and the congregation joins in, I believe that is alright.