at a Quaker’s meeting, Johnson replied, “Sir, a woman preaching is like a dog’s
walking on his hind legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at
all.” We will add that our surprise is all the greater when women of piety mount the
pulpit, for they are acting in plain defiance of the command of the Holy Spirit,
written by the pen of the apostle Paul."
"Women are best when they are quiet. I share the apostle Paul’s feelings when he
bade women to be silent in the assembly. Yet there is work for holy women, and we
read of Peter’s wife’s mother that she arose and ministered to Christ. She did what
she could and what she should. She arose and ministered to him. Some people can do
nothing that they are allowed to do, but waste their energies in lamenting that they
are not called on to do other people’s work."
"In like manner, you Christian people who cannot talk,—the women especially,—I
mean that you cannot preach, you are not allowed to preach,—I want you to shine."