x376......Who Put In the rules?

I want to know why this is---

Why is it that I can pray so good in my home--I can pray so good when I am over another Christians' house. I can pray so good--I can teach the word--I can preach the word--I can sing in the Spirit--at home, or over another Christians house---and yet--

I can't do these things in church?

The same goes for so many people--I see them praying--very effectively, outside of church, they pray for healing and it is effective--they pray for deliverance to others--and it is effective--they teach the word--they preach-- they sing in the Spirit outside of church---and yet--

they cannot do these things within the church?

Who made up the rules?

Who is making up these limiting rules over people?

Why is it this way?

I don't believe that the pastor--the "leadership" actually has these rules in place "officially"---and yet we follow these rules strictly--it is what is expected of us in church.

The Bible certainly does not have these rules in it.---Oh wait a minute---"God is a God of order"---(is this actually in the Bible?)

40 Let all things be done decently and in order. (1Corinthians 14:40)

I believe that this is the verse that says that "God is a God of order?"

Why don't we read it in context?

the beginning of this chapter goes like this--

1 ¶ Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

This chapter is speaking about the fact that all Christians ought to desire--seek after the spiritual gifts that have been described in the previous chapters--

27 ¶ Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. 28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? 30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? 31 But covet earnestly the best gifts:.... (1Co 12: 27-31)

Chapter 13 began in this way--

1 ¶ Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.

So we see that these 3 chapters are all about the gifts that God has put in he church--to whom are these gifts given?

4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. (1Co 12: 4-7)

So now, when we read this verse--

40 Let all things be done decently and in order. (1Corinthians 14:40)

We now know what it means by "all things"--speaking about these gifts which are given to "every man"--and how they ought to look and operate within the church meeting. Remember that these are called "commandments"

37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.

Now, what are the commandments that are given here about how to conduct these gifts?


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.

How is it when you come together?

Is it like this?

The "order " that God commands when we are together is that "all may prophecy". God is going to speak through whoever He chooses--in any of these ways---- sing (a psalm)-or testify (a revelation)--or pray/interpet tongues --or teach (doctrine)--the order that God asks for is simply that we take turns!! Simply that we love and respect one another--that in fact, we love and respect one another's ministry. Take turns---one a time--we all ought to have a turn---but only 2 or 3 on any given meeting (but we ought to have daily meetings--in small groups--in our homes--this is the type of meeting that these rules apply to--has to be--that's how they were meeting!!)

Who put in the rules?---the rule that only one person speaks and teaches in the meetings is definetly not in the Bible. I don't believe that most churches have these rules in their official or unofficial rules--but we really don't need to--they are our long-standing Christian tradition. This is the expectation of most Christians when we come together--that they will be silent---listen to one person. But the Bible says......

"For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted."

We will not all learn, and not all be comforted, unless all prophecy!!