1 Corinthians 11:1-5
We return now to our verse by verse study in 1 Corinthians. As we come to ch. 11, it is very important to understand that Paul is here speaking to the nature of relationships in the local church. He is not talking about private prayers or prophecies, or even relationships in the home, although there is certainly some application here- but Paul is directly speaking to relationships within the local church: how we ought to behave, and even how we ought to look, when we come together to worship as we ought, which is absolutely essential for the people of God. So this entire text presupposes the importance of the local church, and your commitment to it as a true child of God. This commitment to the local church is indeed one of Paul’s great presuppositions throughout the text of 1 Corinthians, but really comes to the foreground in ch. 8-14.
Many modern theologians reject this particular text entirely on the grounds that it is not Pauline in nature; but this is a bit of dishonesty. The true reason is that these doctrines are an affront to modernism and liberal thinking.[i]But this is arrogance of the most unbelievable kind- maligning God and his truth simply because we don’t like what he says. Thankfully, many conservative theologians vehemently debunk this heresy, and we join them in affirming that every word of God is true, and that our responsibility is to submit ourselves to the Bible’s teaching, as unto the Lord.