The third question is one you don’t think of much at first but, when you realise how often people use this excuse, you see the importance of giving it time and an explanation.
Does this apply only to the Corinthians church?
The letter was addressed to the church in Corinth, after all, that’s why the book in the Bible is called, “Corinthians”, right?
Paul, called as an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.
– 1 Corinthians 1:1-2 NASB
Does it seem like this letter is still only addressed to the Corinthians? “With all who in every place call on the name of the Lord”.
I believe that pretty much settles it but I’ll go a step further. If you look at all the other letters of Paul to the Churches, I could be wrong but from what I’ve noticed, those letters only mention those groups. If you wanted to excuse certain teachings in those letters, I’ll still disagree with you but at least you’d have a better excuse. First Corinthians, from what I’ve seen, is the only letter that specifically mentions “all who in every place call on the name of the Lord”. There’s no doubt about it.
Now, as we spoke in the previous part of the series, all the teachings in the Bible were entrusted to people in order for them to then pass the teachings on to others. If something was written to the Church in Corinth, it was done so for their edification as well as for them to pass it on to the next generation and those around them. Likewise to the Church in Rome, Galatia, Ephesus, Philippi, and Thessalonica.
After all, if we excuse ourselves from some teachings because we claim they were “only to that church” then where do we draw the line? How much of the letter is for us and how much for that local Church alone? On what do we base our selections?
To believe that certain instructions in the Bible were written for some groups and not others shows a lack of understanding of Scripture or else a blatant refusal of the Word of God. Please pay attention to what I’m saying; I’m not saying that any woman who does not cover her head is blatantly refusing the Word of God, I’m saying when we excuse ourselves from Biblical instruction, after we have understood the requirements of it, then we are blatantly refusing the Word of God.