|1 Corinthians 14:26-33 |
26 What then, brothers? When you assemble together, may everyone of you have a psalm, a doctrine, a tongue, a revelation, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.
27 If any men speaks in a tongue [language], let it be limited to two, or at the most to three, and that by taking turns; and let one interpret. [If two or more people are speaking in tongues simultaneously, then the tongues are not from the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit is not going supply words to multiple people simultaneously; that would contradict the instructions Paul has given to take turns, which instructions originated from the Holy Spirit. As Paul wrote in verse 33, "For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace and order."]
28 But if there is no interpreter, let them keep silent in the church; and let them speak to themselves and to God.
29 Let two to three prophets [those inspired by the Spirit to teach or preach — at that moment] speak, and let the others judge what they hear.
30 If anything is revealed to another who sits by, let the first stop talking [so that the second may declare his or her revelation]. [If the first speaker were only speaking words as heard from the Holy Spirit, he would cease hearing further words so that another could speak words supplied by the Spirit. This guideline is for those who get "carried away" and keep talking after they have ceased hearing from the Spirit what to say next. The Word of the Lord within specifically told me, "When you stop hearing what to say, Joan will have words to speak," (Joan is my wife).]
31 In this way you may all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn, and all may be encouraged.2
32 For the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace and order, as in all churches of the saints.3
3 God is not the author of confusion, but of peace and order, as in all churches of the saints. God is a Spirit: and those who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24. So worship from your carnal mind, speaking from your mind's will, praying from your mind, reciting a previous teaching, singing from your mind, reading from the Bible — they are all out of a worship that is in spirit and truth and an abomination to the Lord. The Apostle Paul and the early Quakers termed such worship: will-worship. So no worship is in the Spirit, unless the Holy Spirit is controlling the sequence of events and the words, be it talk, singing, or prayer.
Regarding 1 Cor 14:26-33. Think about it. How can the Holy Spirit lead a service unless everyone is subject to the Spirit's direction by being simultaneously quiet to listen for the Spirit's teachings and promptings? Unless a person is prompted (at that moment) by the Holy Spirit to preach or prophesy, sing, or pray, the service is without the Spirit's control. If someone is preaching, singing, reading, and praying from a planned agenda, therefore from their carnal mind, etc., the Spirit can not be heard or lead — “Be silent, oh all flesh before the Lord.” Zech 2:13. Paul said, so all can prophesy one by one. Note: there is no one preacher. Every person, as prompted by the Spirit, is to speak; and there will not be multiple people speaking simultaneously, because the spirit is in control. If one man is speaking, and another has something to say; the first is to yield to the second. This is the orderly service described in the Bible, but missed by almost all, due to preconceived notions of what a worship meeting must be.
Even Jesus did not judge, speak, or act without the Spirit's specific prompting. Jesus said: