1. Is it in the Bible?

"ORDER" Yes.


most frequently abused quote:

"Let all things be done decently and in order."


2. What do we believe it means?

This half-verse is used quite often in some churches--usually when someone in church, or perhaps a large group of people get "too excited". The common concept is that is the pastor/leaders job to "keep order"--which means an adherence to the preordained format that we expect in Sunday church.

"Order" supposedly means that the format of church (praise & worship--pastoral teaching) is correct, and must be adhered to. When we read the Bible out of context in this way, we think it is saying to look at other churches (which all have this same "order") and stick with the established way of doing things.

3. What does it really mean?

this does mean we should follow the order of other churches--BUT--the problem is that we take it out of context! Read the surrounding context in 1Corinthians 14...

26 ¶ How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
27 If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.
28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.
29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.
30 If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.
31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.
32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. (1corinthians 14: 26-33)

The "order" of the new testament Bible asks for is a meeting in a small group. Ministry is a function of all the people in the the group (not authority over others-!). The purpose of meeting is to further the Gospel. This was the "order" the apostles established in the churches of the day and the order that god put in the Bible.

the fact is that hundreds of years ago (in the dark ages) people changed the order of the Christian meeting--and it became the enforced order of all Christians (literally enforced by law). The old covenant concepts were taken on by the church of that time--as if they were law. Now in our day we don't have laws that enforce the order of the church, but our wrong tradition and misunderstanding of the Bible continues to enforce the wrong "order" on Christians.