Orderly speaking

1 Corinthians Bible Background

09.05.2017 New Testament: 1Co 14.30–33

To read the Bible in a year, read First Corinthians 14.21–40 on September 5, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

I have been present in an assembly when the preacher asked everyone to speak in tongues, but he did not follow biblical guidelines when he asked the congregation to do so,

But if anything is revealed to another who sits by, let the first keep silent. For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged. And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints (1 Corinthians 14.30–33). 

Only one person should speak at a time. Otherwise, confusion ensues, and that makes God look like the author of confusion, but we know that He is not. Paul knew someone would argue that he just could not help himself, but the apostle said that the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. So, yes, they can control it, and they need to control it.

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