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I don't want to sound like I'm throwing stones at the Corinthian church, because if it were for their missteps we would have nothing to learn from.
This passage has brought a lot of controversy in the church and the issue of women in leadership and ministry. Everything I've learned Paul was speaking specifically at the Corinthian church not the church as a whole. Paul acknowledge women in ministry and for a lack of a better word gave them "kudos" for their work.
There's also the issue of the Lord's Supper which unlike my church was a full meal. Again the people of Corinth are looking out for their own needs before the needs of others. This morning in our Adult Bible Fellowship (AKA Sunday School for adults) our Pastor's wife, Lisa, was sharing about talking with other leaders this week who are doing church self-evaluations and they are seeing a similar thing. The people in their churches are more concerned about what's in it for me and forgetting the lost and dying world outside their doorsteps. As Christians we already have the most important thing we could have, salvation. But as we talked we all felt the same thing, we get thrown at us daily the "you deserve it" mentality that it's in our churches as well. I want to go to church and be fed the Word of God and encouraged in my walk, but it's bigger than that, people are dying every day without knowing Jesus. That should break my heart, but honestly, I don't always think about it.
Paul's writing to a church in trouble, but am I really that different!?!?