“Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13).

Paul’s strong admonition is no slight against women but has most likely been precipitated by the men of the church failing to maintain the standards of the high calling of Christ Jesus. In a culture of moral decay, both then and now, the temptations of the day are successfully withstood only by remaining on high alert so that the right response might be made according to the Spirit and not the desires of the flesh.

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