1 Corinthians 11:16 Strong Words

1 Corinthians 11:16 (KJV)
But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.

The subject is that of authority as designated by length of hair. The apostle states that nature itself teaches men should wear short hair and women should wear long[1]. I suppose it has to do with how impractical long hair is on the working man or the warrior. Both Greek and Jewish culture insisted that, with some rare exceptions, a man should wear his hair short.

I gather that, just as today, there were some who just wanted to argue things like this. It is to them that Paul writes verse sixteen. John Gill makes the following statement regarding this verse and those to whom it refers:

“…a man that is always contending for contention sake, and is continually caviling and carping at everything that is said and done in churches, and is always quarrelling with one person or another, or on account of one thing or another, and is constantly giving uneasiness, is not fit to be a church member; nor ought he to be suffered to continue in the communion of the church, to the disturbance of the peace of it.”

My point has little to do with the hair issue and much more to do with the contention issue. Contentious people, according to Gill are, “…not fit to be a church member.”

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1 Corinthians 11:16 Strong Words

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[1] Exactly how long or how short is not provided in the text. I would take that to be based on cultural preferences.

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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