The Bible gives us some pretty clear guidance about what we are to do when the people following Christ gather. Here are the most important verses. My basis for making that statement is that the Bible identifies this as a Command of the Lord.
NLT 1 Cor 14;26-40 ‘A Call to Orderly Worship’ 26 Well, my brothers and sisters, let’s summarize. When you meet together, one will sing, another will teach, another will tell some special revelation God has given, one will speak in tongues, and another will interpret what is said. But everything that is done must strengthen all of you. 27 No more than two or three should speak in tongues. They must speak one at a time, and someone must interpret what they say. 28 But if no one is present who can interpret, they must be silent in your church meeting and speak in tongues to God privately. 29 Let two or three people prophesy, and let the others evaluate what is said. 30 But if someone is prophesying and another person receives a revelation from the Lord, the one who is speaking must stop. 31 In this way, all who prophesy will have a turn to speak, one after the other, so that everyone will learn and be encouraged. 32 Remember that people who prophesy are in control of their spirit and can take turns. 33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace, as in all the meetings of God’s holy people. 34 Women should be silent during the church meetings. It is not proper for them to speak. They should be submissive, just as the law says. 35 If they have any questions, they should ask their husbands at home, for it is improper for women to speak in church meetings. 36 Or do you think God’s word originated with you Corinthians? Are you the only ones to whom it was given? 37 If you claim to be a prophet or think you are spiritual, you should recognize that what I am saying is a command from the Lord himself. 38 But if you do not recognize this, you yourself will not be recognized. 39 So, my dear brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and don’t forbid speaking in tongues. 40 But be sure that everything is done properly and in order.
Ask a typical pastor to interpret this passage, and they’ll say that only the underlined words describe the “Command of God”. All that they say is really required by this command is to do things in order at our church services, and make sure everything must is done to strengthen the assembly. They’ll say there is no need to seek to prophesy, no need to share a song, a teaching, or a special revelation. These words just magically disappear from the text.
I understand that their entire profession [Pastors] would lose the power and control that they have [in my opinion wrongfully] retained for many centuries, if they acknowledged the simple meaning of these words. What God Really Wants From Us
Isn’t their interpretation like claiming since I haven’t murdered anyone, I’ve kept the 10 commandments?
I think we have enough examples from the old testament that ignoring God’s way is a serious error.
Uzzah and the ark, 2 Sam 6;5
Moses striking the Rock Num 20;8-10
Jonah running from God Jonah 1
Samson and Delilah Judges 16….
If this were terribly difficult, there might be some excuse, but it is not! Previous generations handled this by having both Sunday school & church on Sundays. I think the final nail in our ‘Laodicean’ coffin is our ‘majoring in the minors’. We’ve exalted the “Worship Service’ [performance] and almost phased out Sunday school, [shared gathering]. I’m not agreeing the Sunday Schools structure fully complies with the Believer Gathering Command of 1 Cor 14, but it did at least offer the opportunity for the Holy Spirit to speak to the gathering.
Pls help today’s churches to turn back and obey these simple words. In the mean time help those who sincerely seek you to find you, to find the truth that sets them free, to separate from these fallen leaders and join a Biblically obedient believer gathering! In Jesus name we pray, Amen.