Monthly Archives: December 2015

1 Corinthians 14 Controversy and Analysis

1 Corinthians 14 Controversy & Analysis:
1st Century Implications for a 21st Century Context

ammar14The conversation concerning multiple song leaders and analysis of 1 Corinthians 14 has resulted in various forms of analytical discussion, debate, and controversy. The discussion is not necessarily new in churches of Christ, but on one level it is unfortunate that in a world so full of pain, grief, oppression, and sin–that some in the church have subjected themselves to endless conversations regarding the permissibility of one song leader, versus the prohibition of two or more in the assembly of the saints. I guess I am not much different since I have taken the time to write this narrative on the subject. I will say up front, I do not believe contextually that 1 Corinthians 14 should be used to justify one song leader in worship or to prohibit more than one. The congregational plea and practice is for us to sing, which seems doable and without scriptural violation with one song leader or more than one. I believe that to make such a prohibitive claim is to miss the thematic premise of the epistle, chapter, and its connected elements. Read the rest of this entry