Without question Paul placed the leadership of the affairs of the
churches in the hands of men. His view concerning the place of women in the church was
that they should be subordinate and silent. Their subordination, based on the natural
facts of creation, was to be exhibited in the meetings of the church by the wearing of a
veil. This was the general practice of all the churches (1 Cor. 11:16) and was for the
purpose of teaching men and angels an order which God effected in creation (1 Cor.
11:7–9). It was not connected with some local Corinthian peculiarity. In exhibiting
subordination by wearing the veil, the women would be teaching sound doctrine.