What then is the conclusion, brothers? Whenever you come together, each one has a psalm, a teaching, a revelation, another language, or an interpretation. All things must be done for edification. – 1 Corinthians 14:26
The church in Corinth was born out of an eclectic, pagan mixture of decidedly anti-biblical philosophy; therefore, we should not be surprised that this budding, developing young church struggled at times to find a righteous, orthodox path.
To aid the young church in her growth, Paul seemed to shy away from rote prescriptions (always a good idea), leaning more toward the application of broad guiding principles. The verse above is a great example of his approach. Rather than provide an “order of service” that might be copied by every church in Asia Minor, the apostle gave a simple list of acceptable ingredients and then wrapped them up in a single binding theme. A timeless theme that needs to find more application today.
Whatever a church does … however it chooses to minister or serve … whatever the program or ministry, it must ultimately build up the Body of Christ (in quantity and quality) … BRICK … or it should aid the essential elements of healthy church in their vital function … MORTAR. So sing, teach, dance, shout, etc., but if the activity isn’t “brick or mortar,” it really should be burned.
Beware that you do not lose the substance by grasping at the shadow. – Aesop