Daily Devotional

“But if one is inclined to be contentious, we have no other practice, nor have the churches of God” (1 Corinthians 11:16).

Whatever the women of Corinth were failing to do in regard to their hair or head-covering, it was such an egregious breach of culturally expected behavior that it became a contentious matter of distraction in the corporate worship experience. Paul’s teaching in this chapter is a reminder of the distinction that exists between private and corporate worship; that the notion we are free to do whatever we want in corporate worship is not only without biblical merit, it dangerously impedes the clear communication of the Gospel. Corporate worship values tradition (v.2), subjugates individual expression and emphasizes, instead, complementary expression (v.3-15), and is to be attended with a teachable spirit (v.16).

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