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.

1 Corinthians 5:13 A Severe Blow Against Sin

1 Corinthians 5:13 (KJV)
But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

We have here an example, and not the only one, in the Bible of our thin skinned, hypersensitive nature today. We would have an outcry if a preacher pointed as clearly as Paul did to this young man and called him a wicked person.

It is true that this man’s sin was exceptional but it is also true that the church had been generous with him and his sin. Their generosity towards sin compares to our own. They felt like God’s grace overruled the nature of the sin just like today’s Christian thought insists that grace overrules any sort of sin:

  • Living together
  • Homosexual behavior
  • Licentiousness
  • Abusiveness

You name the sin and there will be a church somewhere willing to overlook it, probably even excuse it. How dare we call anyone a wicked person?

Notice the hard nature of Paul’s exhortations concerning this one:

  • He was to be excluded from the church
  • He was to be excluded from the fellowship
  • He was to be delivered to Satan

I want to quickly point out that there was provision for his restoration. In the second letter to Corinth Paul will tell them to receive him back.

But the restoration likely would never have happened if there had not first been a severe blow against his sin.

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1 Corinthians 5:13 A Severe Blow Against Sin

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2 Chronicles 23:13-14 Treason, Treason

2 Chronicles 23:13-14 (KJV)
And she looked, and, behold, the king stood at his pillar at the entering in, and the princes and the trumpets by the king: and all the people of the land rejoiced, and sounded with trumpets, also the singers with instruments of musick, and such as taught to sing praise. Then Athaliah rent her clothes, and said, Treason, Treason.
Then Jehoiada the priest brought out the captains of hundreds that were set over the host, and said unto them, Have her forth of the ranges: and whoso followeth her, let him be slain with the sword. For the priest said, Slay her not in the house of the LORD.

How deceptive the human heart can be!

Athaliah had committed treason by killing all of her own grandchildren. One however survived, hidden away by the child’s aunt in the temple and home of the High Priest.

Some years progressed as the child grew to the ripe old age of seven. It was then that the priest brought others in on his “secret” and plans were made for the child to be anointed King. When Athaliah heard it she cried “treason”, forgetting that she was the one who had truly committed treason.

The human heart, in similar fashion:

  • Destroys the ownership of God upon it
  • Establishes its own authority and
  • Goes on behaving as if it is legitimately in charge

One day God reveals the true sovereign, Jesus Christ, and the heart’s first impulse is to cry “treason”. Some do as the priest and others did that day, and submit to the true king. They are saved. Others do as Athaliah did, and reject him. They are all eventually destroyed in eternal fire.

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1 Samuel 15:2 (KJV) Remember God Remembers

1 Samuel 15:2 (KJV)
Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt.

God remembered what the Amalekites said to Israel four hurdle years previous. Sometimes we forget that God doesn’t forget. We are aware of the Word of God and what it teaches but we think, since so many people have disobeyed the Bible for so long and have never suffered a consequence then maybe the teachings of the Bible are flawed.

I just want to remind you that four hundred years is nearly twice as long as our nation’s existence. If we were to pay the consequences of Bible disobedience today, we would be paying for the sins of the first Pilgrims and settlers on this continent! Perhaps we are!

The fact that people seem to get away with sin does not mean they have gotten Away with sin.

There is another bunch in this chapter whom God remembers. At nearly the same period in history the amenities had showed kindness to Israel and they are offered and escape from judgment.  Even so we, sinful as we are, are offered a way of escape through Jesus Christ.

God remembers our sin; unless He chooses (because of Christ) to forget our sin.

 

 

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1 Samuel 15:2 (KJV) Remember God Remembers

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1 Samuel 3:17-18 (KJV) Compartmentalization

1 Samuel 3:17-18 (KJV)
And he said, What is the thing that the LORD hath said unto thee? I pray thee hide it not from me: God do so to thee, and more also, if thou hide any thing from me of all the things that he said unto thee.
And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said, It is the LORD: let him do what seemeth him good.

Years ago I heard the testimony of a man who had, at one time, been a pastor of a large church but who had gotten involved in some illegal activity and had lost his ministry. After doing his jail time he began receiving court ordered counseling. It was during that counseling that he said he came to understand what had been going on in his head. He said that people he had pastored would ask him how he could stand in the pulpit and preach the messages he did, all the while being involved in the sort of illegal activities he was. Through counseling he came to call it “compartmentalization”.

  • There was the one compartment that desired to do the right thing, to honor God and to serve God’s people.
  • There was the other compartment that desired the things of this world; wealth, riches and luxury.

He was able to perform in both spheres because they were two separate compartments of the same man. The Bible would call them the old and new natures.

Eli wrestled with his own two compartments.

  • On the one hand, his flesh had driven him to complacency with his sons. They did not know the Lord and they had no discipline from their father. It was this fleshly compartment that led to the eventual downfall of the family as the line of High Priests.
  • On the other hand, his spirit was submissive to the Lord. It was this spiritual side of him that, though not quickly, recognized that God was speaking to the child Samuel and that, when once hearing from God, willing accepted the will of the Lord.

Eli served the Lord and eventually surrendered to His judgment. But it was too late to save his sons or the destiny of his family.

There is in each saved person these same two compartments: a sinful fleshly compartment and a spiritual, Christ seeking compartment. These two compartments are at war with one another. Good wisdom says to aide the spiritual.

 

 

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1 Samuel 3:17-18 (KJV) Compartmentalization

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Loving Righteousness

Hebrews 1:9 KJV

Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

 

The testimony of God concerning Christ is, “Thou hast loved righteousness”.   The testimony goes on to say the Christ “hated iniquity”. Perhaps our hatred for iniquity, or sin, would be better received if we were known first for loving righteousness. How completely we ought to love righteousness:

  • In the practice of it
  • In the encouraging of others engaged in the like practice
  • In the study of and bettering ourselves in it
  • In the humble avoidance of making ourselves known for it (a true practice of righteousness will not seek to be known but will naturally become known)
  • In the prayer for it

 

Righteousness; God help us love it and to love it more.

 

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Hebrews 1:9 Loving Righteousness

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Nothing Better Than Christ

Colossians 2:8-10 KJV

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

 

There is, it seems, this constant urging in our flesh for something new, better, fresher.

The bondage to sin operates on this urging.

We can never indulge in a sinful practice without the risk of that practice growing into something more sinister than the sin we originally indulged in. Drug addiction, alcoholism, sexual deviation; all tend to increase in intensity over time. They can never level out. They lose their satisfaction unless they increase.

 

The advertising and sales industry rely on this urging to keep moving products

It seems like it is never enough to have a working item; we want a newer one, a faster one, a shinier one, a bigger one, a more luxurious one, one like the one our neighbor has. Cars, computers, smart phones electronic gadgets all have us craving the next one before the new smell wears off the one we have right now.

 

The sin nature tempts us to constantly seek something better than Christ

Paul warned the believers at Colosse, and through them, us, to beware of anything or anyone that would spoil our walk with the Lord Jesus Christ by enticing us to seek something better than Christ. The philosophies and traditions of men; the rudiments of the world are nothing compared to Christ, except that they prey on our sinful nature to seek something else. Paul’s message is that Christ is:

  • The fulness of the Godhead
  • The completion of the believer and
  • The head of all principality and power

There is nothing better than Christ. There is only a better walk with and love for Christ.

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